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#1 YankeeDoodle



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Posted 16 February 2015 - 10:02

Hi I am new on this forum. I am a fixed wing pilot since 1978 and flew a lot of different airplanes, up to turbine King Air's 200.

But that does not count, starting to fly rotorcrafts.

My question is: do I start with dull Robinson's first or go to Bell 206 LR JetRanger's immediatey, because that is my goal.

any reaction will be greatly appreciated.

Maybe also a referral to a good and professional training facility would be helpfull.

Thank you for your time. God Bless.

#2 RagMan


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Posted 16 February 2015 - 17:30

Fly one helicopter, and you can fly them all.

Do what your pocket book allows.

Are you looking to do it professionally or just as a hobby?


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Posted 16 February 2015 - 17:33

If you want a job flying helicopters, fly the R22. If your just flying for fun the 206 is a waste of money, so go with the R44.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 19:09

If you start in the 206 (Jet Ranger/Long Ranger) you will spend a lot more money you would using a piston trainer like the Robinson. I can't think of any real benefit in the US aviation industry of spending that extra money, and I personally think that learning in a piston is a better training experience. Learning in a Robinson maximizes your employability, too.

Just a pilot (retired, so I have a LOT of time)...

#5 terminal_velo


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Posted 16 February 2015 - 23:50

Dull Robinsons? A 206 isn't exactly a hot rod, it just sounds a little cooler.

#6 jerryphx



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Posted 17 February 2015 - 20:33

I'm about 15 hours into my Commercial Add-On. A Robbie will attract and hold your attention, don't worry about that.

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