The things Freddy said to me were so outrageous that sometimes I wonder if maybe it was just an act? I mean I know I don't have the most likeable personality (why do you think it took ten years to get hired,...Hell just ask NR he's the only member who has actually met me, and he didn't hire me even after saying, "All we care about is can you can fly the helicopter, and we know you can fly", so it had to be my personality he didn't like).
I hate to dredge this up all this time later, but I found this post and thought I'd better address it.
Yes butters, you are a...strange...guy. But not the strangest helicopter pilot I've ever met, believe you me. In the years since we interacted, I've interviewed pilots who pegged the "Strange" meter. We have had some real..."characters" pass through. Some of them got hired and worked out, some did not. Some we would never ask back in a million years even though they flew okay.
We absolutely could've put up with your idiosyncratic personality. Heck, as I said, all helicopter pilots are a little weird in their own way. Based on the intro flight that *I* flew with you, your flying certainly was good enough for us to take you on. I'll give you that - you're a good pilot. And yeah, I did (and do) say that I only care about a person's ability to fly the helicopter.
But there's something important that goes along with that...
What put you in the "Not Hireable" category was your fear of heights. When I climbed up on the transmission deck of the S-55 to show you the preflight of the trans and rotor head, you seemed hesitant. When I said, "Come on up," and jokingly asked if you were afraid of heights, your response was, and I quote, "I'm not but my legs are." BZZZZT! Show-stopper right there.
The tail rotor 90 degree gearbox is 14 feet off the ground. Checking the oil level in it involves standing on top of a *tall* ladder. It's precarious If we could not count on you to preflight the ship, as well as do the other routine maintenance items (like greasing the main rotor head and tail rotor), then we simply had no use for you. Perhaps one of the R-44 operators would be a better "fit."
I hate to break it to you, but it wasn't your personality that caused you to not get the job drying cherries with us.