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#61 Fred0311

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 13:07

When I was about 10 my dad took me on a helicopter ride in a 300 at the airshow in stuart FL. We went up with the doors off and I sat on the outboard seat. I was exhilerated and terrified. I also knew when I landed I was going to fly helicopters. He had already exposed me to fix wing and I knew I'd have a career in aviation, but that ride showed me how much more fun helicopters were. The flight out of our area of operations in afgahnistan was a close second.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 15:18

Not many to choose from but the best (in a helicopter) so far is when I took an Intro flt in an R44 with Mark at CHO. The weather was trying to move in but we got a window at just the right time. Mark let me fly everything after departure except final aproach, taxi, back to the hangar, and the landing. My confidence was boosted by his compliments and suggestions that had me flying a patern and holding a hover for at least a few seconds. It also helped that we were in a R44 which seemed alot more forgiving than the R22 I had previously done an Intro in. I walked away with a smile I could not get rid of for days.

One of My scariest moments was my first intro flight (the one in the R22 mentioned above). The pilot was alot more quiet and less informative. Probably because he was scared out of his mind and busy trying to correct my inputs. I'm talking about the part when I was allowed to "attempt" to hover. I thought I was going to kill us both and so did my wife that was filming it. Although scary and very un-graceful that was the flight that got me addicted.

Not related to this post (it was in a fw) my best flight ever was in an F-16D over Alaska. I got the controls for about 50% of the flight and did barrel rolls, a loop, high G turns and we broke the sound barrier. I still have my tie tack from lockheed showing I have experienced 9 G's.

All great times, can't wait for the next one.
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Posted 21 September 2011 - 19:28

My best flying moment ... When I got enough confidence and ability to take my little boy for a ride :)


(P. S. My definition of "enough" is when I really felt and showed my instructor mutiple times that he could pull power and choose a specific spot ... and I could "auto" to it. Instead of "theoretical autos" with a countdown at the end of a long paved runway.)

What a great feeling to know your machine and to be cautiously optimistic about engine-outs without being overly confident. A delicate balance for sure!
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#64 gary-mike

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 00:43

My best flying moment ... When I got enough confidence and ability to take my little boy for a ride :)


Can't wait to do the same and the opposite, maybe make it a guys day out with my 2 boys and my dad. When that day comes I'm sure it will be on the top of my list.

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 10:37

Great stories, everyone...made a great read for a slow morning at work :)

Best memories flying...

Taking a tour in an FH-1100 over Cowboy's Stadium with my girlfriend the day before the Super Bowl(pilot knew I had experience and let me sit left seat).

My first 2.5 hour solo in a Schweizer 300, flew to two other airports and back in pretty soupy weather, and absolutely loved it.

And probably the most memorable:
Practicing off-site landings with a substitute instructor who was former Army infantry, pretty laid-back guy...after an hour or so, he could tell that I was getting a bit stressed and fatigued and said, "Let's take a break- take us southwest," and brought me to the north side of a nearby lake where a 30-40ft wide, tree-lined river snaked into it. He had me drop us down just under the treetop line(about 30 feet off the water) and with only a little help let me snake my way down that river at 60-70K for about 5 minutes(seemed like 20), with the trees just a few feet away on either side of the rotors. Occasionally the bend would be a little tight and I would have to climb out of it then dive back into it and attack the next turn. Most fun I've ever had in my entire life. Looking back on it a year or so later I can barely believe it happened. When we pulled out of the river and headed back to the airport, he reminded me, "Never let flying feel like anything but fun." It's the memory of that flight that motivates me to keep fighting the bureaucracy to get into WOFT, lol. :)

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 12:59

Best moment may have been landing on the 50 yard line in the Orange Bowl in Miami after a Monday Night Football game to pick up my friend Walt and his GF to take them and drop them at the Rusty Pelican a little after midnight.

Or, it could have been the green tracer rounds passing by the front windscreen in the UH1 and not making contact back in SE Asia in 1968-9.

Or having Liz Taylor, Cathy Rigby, Lynn Swan, Raymond Floyd as passengers on a few flights.

Or sneaking up on the Aegis series cruiser USS Ticonderoga after passing over the Russian sub that was monitoring their activity to the NE of Puerto Rico in 1981 and requesting a green deck for landing.

Nah, it was not any of those!

It was the 1,000+ touchdown autos, done one by one over the years mixed in with other EPs.

I am confused as now I think it was flying a Mi2 about 150 miles into the Arctic Circle on the Kola Peninsula in Russia.

Nope, must have been flying an AS350 in New Zealand.

Heck, obviously do not know which was best.

Was probably flying a S300 at KBJC August 17th with Mark Landers. DA about 7,500' or so. Best part was, it was his 30th birthday a few days prior and he asked me when was the last time I flew the S300. My answer was 31 years ago.

Actually, remembering that every day, every flight is the "Real World", training or beyond and we should all appreciate life and be safe.

Sorry to be messin' with you all but I could not resist as it was harmless.

See you at Heli Success in Las Vegas,

Best Wishes,

Mike
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Posted 30 September 2011 - 14:42

Wow, you have definately had alot of fun Mike.

The closest to any of them flights that I have done is I also flew with Mark Landers, it was in the R44 though (S300 was being fussy that morning).

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 12:03

Best moment may have been landing on the 50 yard line in the Orange Bowl in Miami after a Monday Night Football game to pick up my friend Walt and his GF to take them and drop them at the Rusty Pelican a little after midnight.

Or, it could have been the green tracer rounds passing by the front windscreen in the UH1 and not making contact back in SE Asia in 1968-9.

Or having Liz Taylor, Cathy Rigby, Lynn Swan, Raymond Floyd as passengers on a few flights.

Or sneaking up on the Aegis series cruiser USS Ticonderoga after passing over the Russian sub that was monitoring their activity to the NE of Puerto Rico in 1981 and requesting a green deck for landing.

Nah, it was not any of those!

It was the 1,000+ touchdown autos, done one by one over the years mixed in with other EPs.

I am confused as now I think it was flying a Mi2 about 150 miles into the Arctic Circle on the Kola Peninsula in Russia.

Nope, must have been flying an AS350 in New Zealand.

Heck, obviously do not know which was best.

Was probably flying a S300 at KBJC August 17th with Mark Landers. DA about 7,500' or so. Best part was, it was his 30th birthday a few days prior and he asked me when was the last time I flew the S300. My answer was 31 years ago.

Actually, remembering that every day, every flight is the "Real World", training or beyond and we should all appreciate life and be safe.

Sorry to be messin' with you all but I could not resist as it was harmless.

See you at Heli Success in Las Vegas,

Best Wishes,

Mike


Is your book published yet?
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 21:08

My flight instructor taught me to hover by chasing a bunny around a field.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 21:25

Nice! We used to smash ant hills :)

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 00:01

A Champagne low level has to rate pretty high.

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 13:51

Favorite moments....

#1. The point I level off after takeoff & smile for getting paid to to this...

#2. Getting out of the helo after a flight & seeing bystanders enviously watching me...

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 23:28

My best would have to be the day I lead a 4 plane formation flight for a bombing, and strafing training flight. We were on detachment to El Centro Ca. Otherwise known as El Sweato. There are four bomb ranges close by, Shatetree, Loom Lobby, Inky Barley, and Kitty Baggage. As I recall we were at Shadetree. Our formation of 4 A4-J skyhawks in the high 30 degree dive bomb pattern performed well. When it was time for the 10 degree strafe low pattern, I remember transitioning like I was on rails, and zenning into having all the pattern parameters perfect. As I rolled out into my first dive, cleared the range, and selected master arm hot, I remember I was right on all the numbers, when I reached firing altitude, the gunsight pipper was right on the bullseye as I squeezed the trigger of the 20mm cannon, and it fired, but jammed after the first round, which was common. But as I began the pullout, I distinctly saw the vapor trail of the bullet, and it arced ever so perfectly right into the center of the bullseye. I still get a great sense of satisfaction when I think about that moment. Now if you want my rotary best moment, I shall have to think a lot about that, but I'm sure I don't have an experience in rotary as comparable.

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 00:32

I've got one.

Back in May flying at the range. Beautiful night, probably 80 degrees, doors off, very comfortable. It was my turn to be in the right seat as the shooter that night, and it was pretty quiet out at the range since it was only us (no Apaches out there, just 5 of our Kiowas). Flew a perfect approach into the FARP, loaded 7 rockets and 400 rounds of API/APIT into the .50 cal, and took off for a dive fire lane.

Flew a practice lap to get a feel for the lane. Good illumination that night made it easy to find my turn points, and we came back around. Bumped up during my turn inbound, couldn't see my targets until we got over a ridge line and then there they were. Picked a spot in the windscreen where I felt the rounds would hit, armed, and hit the trigger. The rounds were landing probably 10m short, so I adjusted them up and saw the sparks start to fly. I held it there and nailed the hell out of the APC target, sparks flying everywhere. It was the best group I have ever shot.

The rest of the night was fun but I couldn't compare to that first run. Either way, 3 hours, 21 rockets, 800 rounds of .50 cal... It was a good night.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 18:16

mine will happen in two days when I take my first solo flight. Although that day when hovering finally became easy was quit enjoyable...

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:47

Just got back from an amazing flight... I was practicing off airports and the sun started setting and it was so beautiful it was surreal... Sun setting behind snow covered mountains with clouds hanging over them, blue purple orange and red sky and the lake between us and the mountains...I can't do it justice. I wish I had a camera for it.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 02:03

1. First time doing shoreline transition through LAX.. nothing quite like going 90kts ~70agl and having all the surfers wave at you (without overflying them of course)

2. Getting collective bounce in a UH-1H on an unaided night frost control flight.. never have I more willingly handed over the controls. First real 'oh sh*t' moment
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