Per a previous post i mentioned where an individual informed me to pull max power on ever flight as the helicopter is "maintained at higher standards (I.e. oil change and sparks plugs every 50 hours.) therefore we are allowed to pull redline on every PU".
(I disagree with this completely)
to followup with another event which also took place that day i I went back to speak with 1 of the 3 individuals which i am butting heads with and was informed "I was wrong, because i elected to do a max performance over some trees rather than perform a take off & approach to land over a busy parking lot"
Being i am a relatively low time pilot but trained very well, i am looking for your thoughts.
My first inclination is to let them do as they wish and leave as it is already apparent they care more about not making a passenger nervous about going over a tree than ignoring regulation which rrequires you to maintain enough altitude to be able to land safely with dmg'n person or property.
I did voice my opinion but was shortly informed "You can survive landing a heli on a car but going over the trees scares passengers".
what are your thoughts?
As others have stated, power utilized on take-off is totally dependent on the specifics of the situation. Would I be concerned with always using maximum take-off power if I always operate at a weight/DA that requires it? No. You are still in compliance with the aircraft's limitations and it was designed and proven to operate within the published parameters.
If I'm operating at a low weight/DA, and I can maintain a suitable rate of climb without using max power, then I see no need to raise the collective right up to the limit (mainly to give myself an extra margin in case there is a sudden need to apply more power pedal).
Another thing to consider is how your collective setting affects auto-rotating. Some may say that using max power gives you more altitude sooner, which can certainly come in handy if the engine quits. Others may argue that it is detrimental because the high blade pitch angle will result in faster RRPM decay if the engine fails.
As for you avoiding the parking lot; you are misinterpreting the regulation. There are many times where your LZ will be surrounded by things on all sides that could be potentially damaged if the engine quits. It is absurd to think you will always have a 'clear' path when taking off or landing. And, in some situations, making a forced landing into a parking lot could be preferable to going down in the trees. It depends on a lot of variables (such as tree density, canopy type, height, etc.)
§91.119 Minimum safe altitudes: General.
Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:
(a) Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if a power unit fails, an emergency landing without undue hazard to persons or property on the surface.
b Over congested areas. Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft.
© Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.
(d) Helicopters, powered parachutes, and weight-shift-control aircraft. If the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface—
(1) A helicopter may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (b or © of this section, provided each person operating the helicopter complies with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the FAA; and
(2) A powered parachute or weight-shift-control aircraft may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph © of this section.
Without knowing your colleagues/superiors I can't tell you whether their advice and judgement are sound. They could be full of crap. Or maybe not. Keep an open mind as to what they are presenting; they may be offering you completely reasonable, 'real world' advice. However, if you feel that what they expect is really not safe, then obviously don't do it.
Also keep in mind that as your career progresses (especially beyond the CFI stage) your views and your 'comfort zone' will change. A few years down the road you may see certain things that you once viewed as 'unsafe' to be completely reasonable. And vice-versa.
*Edited for grammar, word choice and tone.
Edited by Hand_Grenade_Pilot, 07 October 2014 - 01:36.