What is your best flying moment?
Posted 10 October 2003 - 20:40
Posted 11 October 2003 - 04:40
Surface wind southerly at 35 knots. I came hooking in from the south in the 76, timed the descent and turn perfectly to do a 180 onto the threshold, touchdown, taxy in. When i went into the FBO, three separate aviators commented on what a good-looking approach and landing it was. Just seemed normal to me, but at least somebody else enjoyed it! Simple things amuse the best. :laugh:
Posted 11 October 2003 - 15:19
I'm sure that'll be surpassed when the DE tells me to go in to sign my double I.......The fun just never ends..........
But there was the time flying over the mountains watching the sun rise..........Some of the things that non-aviators will never experience become commonplace for us, remember to savor those moments for it is truly a few who will experience it.
The fun never ends when your wings swing over your head!!
Posted 11 October 2003 - 15:37
Posted 11 October 2003 - 20:04
Posted 12 October 2003 - 02:38
The first was doing a "no-hover" take off. For the first year of my training, we lifted to a hover, taxi'd over to a designated spot and then transitioned to forward flight from the hover. The day I took off straight from the ground was memorable. I don't know why I enjoyed it so much, but I did.
The second is my first TERF flight...that's "Terrain Flight". During this flight, we work in the low level environment (below 200 feet) until we enter TERF (min alt 10') where I chased a desert jack rabbit and a Mountain Ram in the same flight with my 14,000 lb AH-1W. Pure joy.
After that, flying kept getting better, but those are the two events that will be etched into my memory.
Posted 17 October 2003 - 07:04
Posted 17 October 2003 - 07:15
I was out at my local uncontrolled airport. Fired up the bird....merely a 300C, but heh...
Anyway, I decide to hover over to the taxiway and use the runway for my take off. Being a fixed wing pilot also, I jumped in line behind a Cherokee a Cessna 182, and a 150, maintained a safe distance as to not bother them with my rotorwash, and as the line moves, I pick up, move forward, and set down. After a few minutes, I hover to the numbers, set down and do a very nice running take off.
Then several radio calls followed with "concerned" pilots reminding me I was in a helicopter.
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Posted 22 October 2003 - 15:33
That was my first helicopter ride too! I think I was around 12. Me an my father took a Bell 47 for that quick little 5 minute tour. Thats what got me hooked on helicopters.
Posted 16 December 2003 - 21:35
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Posted 17 December 2003 - 11:39
Next big moment was the first solo. Then the CPL-H ride. Getting the 500 endorsement. Also getting on the mediums. There are many more, but I'll quit boring you guys now. ::
Posted 16 February 2004 - 12:07
Posted 16 February 2004 - 19:55
2nd was on my check ride. The examiner had me divert to an airport that I had never been to (Clearview). If you are familiar with Clearview in MD you know it is hard to find. Well I knew I was going to have trouble findind it and make a small error figuring how long it was going to take because of the wind. The DE kept asking where's the airport every 30 seconds. Finally when I was about to give up and start heading back it came into view.
Third was just recently. While flying security checks during the heightened security threat level I got to fly between the two spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Pretty cool.
Posted 18 February 2004 - 10:06
But if you add that I was an NCO (E7), that made of me the only NCO in the world that had taken those courses ( and I think still the only one) I was issued a special ID to go to the officers club and mess... quite a big thing since I was young and felt kind of unique
Another special moment was the other day. We were filming a rescue operation in the mountains for a TV channel and the guy was filming during the flight inside the cockpit. When he was done we were already landed and he say: Oh! I didn't realize that whe had landed already! That made me feel very well :thumb:
Posted 19 February 2004 - 23:49
Another great job was grizzly Bear darting (350B). The Biologists want to shoot the dart into the Bear from INSIDE the rotor disc, as a shot that exits the rotor disc area wil encounter a much different wind pattern. We'd circle around and get the Bear moving up hill, then dash in and take the shot from 15 ' high and less than 15' away. Talk about split second concentration as the bear ducks and weaves away, or stops and stands up swinging at us. After a successful shot, we'd herd the bear into a safe area until the drug took effect, then land beside it and install a radio collar and take the scientific measurements (weights, DNA, etc, etc)
Posted 21 February 2004 - 09:18
While in flight school at Ft. Rucker, we were practing hovering autos. When the IP rolled the throttle off, I, like a good student, looked out 50-75 feet to get a good reference point and immediatly had my concentration broke by two dogs in their "special moment". Needless to say, that Jet Ranger hit the ground and my IP gave me my pink slip for the day and kicked me out of the aircraft.
Immature? Yes. Funny? Well....hell yeah it's funny!! You should have heard that IP yelling at me with his broken English/Spanish accent. "Ju stupit lutenent! Wha di F$#% u tink ur dooiiing!"
Posted 21 February 2004 - 10:42
Back in 1884 I was
Matador... you may have a girl friend as class 1 medical examiner? :laugh: :laugh:
Posted 22 February 2004 - 10:09
I see you are a sharp guy. Congratulations :cheers:
Hope your tests came out right, let me know and if you come over give me a call.
Posted 08 February 2005 - 12:10
if you know any pilots in kauia please contact me i want to talk to him. he was an austrialian dude, he was trying to hook me up with a school in arizona. if you know him by chance contact me.
Posted 08 February 2005 - 12:31
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