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#1 cherminator

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 13:58

Three guys are flying around the world in an R66. They left Vancouver B.C.a week ago and will be in Panama today.

 

They're video blogging each leg of the trip. The chief pilot's videos are here:

https://www.youtube....schagelb/videos

 

The main site with live map locations and a video blog by the son of the second pilot are here:

https://www.epicworldtour.com/

 

They're planning to complete their journey in 84 days, visiting over 40 countries.

 


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 18:54

With modern technology I'd hardly call any cross country flight epic anymore. Plus two dudes?,...wouldn't be caught dead spending that much time couped up in a sardine can with another dude!

Now this guy,...he did it right, solo, yeah that's the way to go!


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 19:08

With modern technology I'd hardly call any cross country flight epic anymore. Plus two dudes?,...wouldn't be caught dead spending that much time couped up in a sardine can with another dude!

 

There are actually three dudes in the helicopter. The chief pilot, Mischa Gelb, co-owner of B.C. Helicopters in Abbotdford B.C., has the most instructional helicopter flying videos I've ever seen on Youtube.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 19:20

There are actually three dudes in the helicopter. The chief pilot, Mischa Gelb, co-owner of B.C. Helicopters in Abbotdford B.C., has the most instructional helicopter flying videos I've ever seen on Youtube.


I don't know,...he seems to be a bit confused about settling with power,...but whatever.

You know he loves his new Cabri so much I think a solo around the world in that would be more,..."epic".

Three dudes huh?,...that's one long sausage fest!
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 20:11

And Dick Smith did it without GPS, mobile phones or any of the modern tools. 

 

He also did it properly, with a certain amount of the flying below the equator - the R66 trio only gets close at Singapore.

 

Back in 2001, I was poised to fly an A109 from London to Sydney as part of an air race, but the organisers weren't very helpful getting us approvals to land at mid-stops along the way - fixed-wings were only going to land every 700nm, but the best we could do was 450nm. We pulled out and lost our $15,000 deposit, but got a cap and a jacket for our efforts. The maps I had prepared, when laid out in a route, ran from one corner of our hangar to the diagonal opposite.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 23:03

Butters I could see you doing a round the world in an R-22 someday.



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 01:19

Behold!

 

An excellent book by this gentleman!

 

https://books.google...epage&q&f=false


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 03:08

Vertical Magazine recently did an article on Mischa Gelb, B.C Helicopters, and training with the Cabri G2:

https://www.vertical...bc-helicopters/



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 11:10

Butters I could see you doing a round the world in an R-22 someday.


Some rich dude wants to give me a Mariner and sponser the flight sure.

,...but I'd go pole to pole.
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Posted 09 May 2018 - 19:06

 

 

..but I'd go pole to pole. 

 

Dick Smith did that one first too - solo to the north pole in a B206, and round the world via the poles in an S76. I'm sure that Butters in a Mariner could do a similar job....


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 22:12

Dick Smith did that one first too - solo to the north pole in a B206, and round the world via the poles in an S76. I'm sure that Butters in a Mariner could do a similar job....


Hmm, pole to pole in a chopper's already been done you say? Well no point in doing it again. Guess I'll go with plan "b"....

Start a ferry service in Antarctica,...'cause in this day and age there's no reason penguins should have to walk that far just to get laid!
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Posted 10 May 2018 - 08:32

This is a super cool trip for sure.  However why the captain's bars?  Do you guys cruise around with your official gear on?



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Posted 10 May 2018 - 11:00

This is a super cool trip for sure.  However why the captain's bars?  Do you guys cruise around with your official gear on?

 

I suspect it's to help them look more official/professional when visiting all those different countries and getting through their customs quicker, with less hassle.


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Posted 10 May 2018 - 12:07

I suspect it's to help them look more official/professional when visiting all those different countries and getting through their customs quicker, with less hassle.



Dress like an airline pilot, get treated like an airline pilot.

Dress like a bum off the street,...


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Posted 11 May 2018 - 03:59

Some rich dude wants to give me a Mariner and sponser the flight sure.

,...but I'd go pole to pole.


Given your focus on the gender of the pilots in these videos I guess that's the most familiar route for you.

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 09:49

Given your focus on the gender of the pilots in these videos I guess that's the most familiar route for you.


Hmm, seems we've been infiltrated by one of those "sjw" things people are talking about these days,...unless?

Avbug,...is that you buddy?
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Posted 11 May 2018 - 11:04

Some rich dude wants to give me a Mariner and sponser the flight sure.

,...but I'd go pole to pole.

 

What if the rich dude wanted to fly with you?  If you know what I mean.....



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 11:29

What if the rich dude wanted to fly with you?  If you know what I mean.....


No way dude, butters is a solo act!

,...but yeah, I guess I did walk right into the gay jokes.

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 11:53

With modern technology I'd hardly call any cross country flight epic anymore. Plus two dudes?,...wouldn't be caught dead spending that much time couped up in a sardine can with another dude!

Now this guy,...he did it right, solo, yeah that's the way to go!

 

He did it in a nice helicopter too.



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 17:51

That 206 is hanging from the roof of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. 

 

I have flown with Dick on a few occasions, fascinating man to listen to.


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