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Posted 10 October 2003 - 20:40

What was your best moment flying helicopters (or working on them)?

#2 Eric Hunt

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Posted 11 October 2003 - 04:40

Wouldn't call it the BEST, but it was a GOOD moment, and it was today.
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:


#3 Heloplt

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Posted 11 October 2003 - 15:19

That moment had to be when the DE told me to go back in so he could sign my commercial helo ticket; hmmmm, or was it when the FAA checkpilot told me to go back in so he could sign my helo instructor??
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!! :D


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Posted 11 October 2003 - 15:37

my best/favorite moment was 31 yrs ago at the tender age of 15 when i strapped into a bell 47 on the canadian side of niagara falls... i still remember as we came light on the skids... awesome.. :cool:

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Posted 11 October 2003 - 20:04

Conducting a static line parachute jump from the back of a CH-47.
Helicopter pilots have more "stick" control.

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Posted 12 October 2003 - 02:38

I have had two great joys in flying.  

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.


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Posted 17 October 2003 - 07:04

Wow......chasing a jack rabbit in a Cobra!!!!!


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Posted 17 October 2003 - 07:15

Sounds kinda silly.but its all I have....


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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#9 CJ Eliassen

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 15:33

Twinstar,

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.


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Posted 16 December 2003 - 21:35

Yes I remember it well it was the first day working on a heli logging job on vancouver island. (before I was a pilot) I was the new firstaid attendant and had never before been in a helicopter.  We were 10 minutes into the day and a call came in of a man down with a possible back injury.  as I climbed in the old 206 I remember thinking hey this is cool, followed a few minutes later by the pilot saying ok get out!  My first flight and also my first hover exit wich of course was on to a steep mountain slope to load up my first patient! once loaded into the basket the patient was picked up by long line. as we steered the basket in about a three foot hover, about two hundred yards over the fallen timber to the closest mountain pad where the 206 landed. Then we pulled the door and post off to slide the patient in on the backboard.   The door was handed to one of the guys who turned and put the door over his head and proceeded to walk up hill in the direction of the blades.  (still spinning at idle)  as the pilot is yelling at the top of his lungs, the only person that could hear this is the firstaid guy sitting in the back recieving the patient (thats me) luckily this fellow with the door  in his hands figured out what he was doing wrong because he stopped within a few inches of impact.  once the door and post were re attached the pilot lifted off the high pad and turns around to say, where are we going.  To wich I reply where is the closest hospital, and away we went. once I had a moment to collect my thoughts and think about all that had just happend with the steep learning curve that I was going through, I new that this crazy buissness was just what I was looking for, and I was hooked on helicopters! :D
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#11 Randy Greenhalgh

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Posted 17 December 2003 - 11:39

Well the first time that I was able to control the durn thing in the hover.  We'd be in a huge field, and do you think I could hover the thing ??  Well my instructor gets this idea, "if he can't hover in a huge field let's try something smaller".  So we go to this frozen lake (ice was 12"+ thick) and he takes control.  He takes us into this corner, trees on 3 sides of us.  Then he gives me control.  For some reason I needed a "confined" area to figure out how to hover.

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. :D  :;):

Cheers


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Posted 16 February 2004 - 12:07

<font color='#ADA96E'>My best moment was, as a new LT in the Army and being sent out to Colorodo to do high altitude triaining in CH-47Ds.  I was told by the IP (an old crusty CW4) to land at a pinnicle called "By Your Self". It was named that because it's a pinnicle about 1500' AGL with an altitude of 8600' and just big enought to set the landing gear of a Chinook on...and that's it.  I predicted my simulated max torque and made my approach.  I landed that Chinook, without flaw, on top of that pinnicle.  The old CW4 said to me, "LT, you fly like a Warrant Officer."  That was the best compliment anyone has ever given to me.

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Posted 16 February 2004 - 19:55

I have had three.  1st many years ago.  I was selected to be an aerial observer for my police department(former department).  While on my first flight (the pilot did a bunch of stuff to guage my reaction to emergencies to evaluate my suitability) we got an actual call.  While we were going the pilot had to look up the address on the map and had me hold the controls.
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.
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Posted 18 February 2004 - 10:06

Back in 1884 I was designated to go through the AMOC course and Test pilot course for the CH 47 at the US. That was a happy moment for me and even more when I came back to Spain with my diplomas and top scores in all tests :D
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) :D  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 :P
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:

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Posted 19 February 2004 - 23:49

One of my most memorable and difficult jobs was a Sock-line pull on the local ski hill.   I had never done a sock-line pull before, so got some information from a few guys who had.  The pull was for 4 wires, one at a time, the Up gondola cable, the Down gondola cable and 2 communication lines, the length was 11,000' the vertical was 4,200'. It took 1.0 hours per pull, I backed down with a 60' line and a 500 lb headache ball while placing the 9/16 cable into guides on each of 25 towers. Intense concentration !!!   The customer liked my job and used me on several other ski hill projects in the area.

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)


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Posted 21 February 2004 - 09:18

Not a best moment, but a moment:

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!"


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Posted 21 February 2004 - 10:42

Back in 1884 I was

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Matador... you may have a girl friend as class 1 medical examiner?  :laugh:  :D  :laugh:  :P

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 10:09

God, I didn`t realized I was that old !!!! :D
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.
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Posted 08 February 2005 - 12:10

my greatest moment was on a trip to kauia when i was like 12. my mom told the pilot i wanted to fly helicopter when i grow up. he gave me a very special tour of the helicopter and showed me the RPM gauge. when we got ready to go he told me to get in shot gun with my sis and the other tourist had to sit in back. he told me he was going to do a running take off and we did. he turn the helicopter till we were litterally facing strait at the ground, and road it all the way down the strip very low to the ground.  that running take off is something i will never forget.

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.


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Posted 08 February 2005 - 12:31

Oh I had a lot of good moments over the years, the best one, the day it all came together with a 150 foot line.




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