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  1. Very cool vid. That shot of the MI-26 is pretty cool too. There was one parked in Kandahar when I flew in and it was a monstrosity. My buddies said they climbed a STAIRWAY up the tail boom.
  2. The only reason I wanted a 300ish is to be exempt from PT. Our company has a policy that if you score higher than a 290, you're exempt....or you can just take the WO option and not show up....but then again that depends on your LT's and Commander.
  3. I agree with Blake...find out who the aviation unit is in country. If you have to...run out to the aircraft and ask the crew chief to give you some info, get in contact with the unit and I'm sure they'll make the time if you can get up there. I just got back from the 'Stan and we had a number of soldiers knock on our door at the CP and ask for just such a thing. One of the PZ controllers down south even got permission to come up to BAF to get his recommendations. Another option is find out who the local Guard unit in the DFW area is and give them a call and ask if you can come in for an interv
  4. I'm an Army pilot that's prepping my DCA packet for the upcoming board and going for an interview in the near future. I have some questions for any of you current USCG pilots out there- especially those of you ex-Army guys that might be able to give me some feedback on what to consider in the coming times if selected. The one thread I found on DCA answered some of the basic questions. 1) Any tips for the interview? What it consists of? 2) I'm a 60 guy with 2000TT. I've been told,"you'll probably get 60's." How does aircraft assignment work? Or is it based on duty station? I talked to both
  5. Thanks for the responses, guys...I didn't think I was misreading the FARs, but I had to ask. As far as the S70 type rating I'll probably just do it since it can't hurt. A fellow pilot just out of the military told me that Brainard mentioned that the lack of VR time and fire fighting was a bit of a detriment despite our 2000hrs in Hawks. I know some guard guys get the fire fighting experience but it's tough for us active duty guys.
  6. I'm a military pilot UH-60 time that's getting out soon. I've talked to my local FSDO about adding the type rating but am still wondering if it's even a worthwhile task. I understand the type ratings are only given for aircraft over 12,500lbs and there aren't many civilian 60's or S-70's. I was looking at an employment listing a while back which was looking for S-76 PIC's requiring the type rating. From previous reading I understand that one doesn't need the rating to act as an SIC and will likely get the rating by the check pilot for their "PIC" ride. Type ratings are aircraft specific, am wr
  7. Question for you guys: All my external load time is with 35' lines and a crew chief. I'm a 2000hr military pilot with no VR time and getting out pretty soon. I'm sure I'll get a biased answer here (haha) and it depends on what I want to do but would there be a significant benefit to getting this type of formal training in relation to both marketability and employment options available? My concern is whether the benefit will outweigh the cost for me. I'm perfectly willing to spend the money if necessary but I don't want to if employers are still going to want prior experience as opposed to ju
  8. Just so it's clear: you submit your packet FOR the flight slot- it's called WOFT (Warrant Officer Flight Training). If you're not selected you don't go into the military and even if you are selected you still have the option to decline the offer- because you aren't under any obligation.
  9. Yes they primarily provide stability in a hover but it is a mechanical linkage that is still present in flight. In flight, stability is primarily maintained by the pilot (obviously), and the Automatic Flight Control System. As AS350b said it is a complicated flight control system (a proverbial can-of-worms). Even at a hover AFCS is providing assistance to the pilot whether it be heading hold or short term rate dampening (e.g. the effects of wind gusts). To sum it up, stability is a combination of mechanical linkage, pilot input, and electro-mechanical input from the AFCS.
  10. I believe (in the Army, at least) Officers are held to 8 years. With flight school and commitment it adds up to just about 7.5 leaving less than 6 months in the inactive reserves. I've heard of few if any pilots called back.
  11. If I were to apply and get hired on with CHC what would be (if any) the benefit in the long term to flying 76's? I'm strongly considering looking into the company because of the simple fact that I can choose where I live, the commute (although tedious) isn't a cost I have to absorb, and the starting pay as an SIC is not too bad.
  12. The USAREC website says 33. "You must be at least 18 and not have reached your 33rd birthday at the time of selection. Age waivers above the age of 33 are NOT Authorized" U.S. Army Recruiting Website Good luck
  13. To add a little insight: I have a degree but you can enter the Army WOFT (Warrant Officer Flight Training) without a degree. After 7 years I am quickly approaching 2000TT, 100N, 400NVG. The only reason I have gotten there is because of 3 deployments-some of which now can stretch to 15 months. During my current deployment I will end up with about 650-700hrs this year in mountainous terrain up to 14,500MSL. I've had a breadth of experience but it does come at a cost- as everything does. As Aviator James said, it's a great experience. Keep in mind you're at the beck and call of someone else and y
  14. Military...7.5 years. With the rate of deployments and flight hours you'll probably get about 1500-2000hrs...upside, make a good stable income....downside, be deployed 1yr at a time.
  15. Thanks Delorean, that's pretty much what I was looking for. I wasn't under the impression that the flight service would close it's doors, it was the hospital I'm more concerned about- so that definitely gives me more insight. It makes sense about what you said in regard to multiple operators in and area. I've looked at the PA area and have seen several bases and positions open so your comment really makes me wonder. Speaking of big cities, I coincidentally was looking at planting down in Dallas but have yet to find too many bases there (even though I'm sure they're there. Being stuck in Afghan
  16. haha...Thanks for the clarification palm...klas, it was drug interdiction with the USCG/DEA
  17. Just to give you a comparison I joined the military in 2001. I now have about 1900TT, 100N, 400NVG- and that's after spending almost a year in Iraq, a year in the Bahamas and finishing a year in Afghanistan. As Junior said he's free to roam where he likes. I have little experience with civilian training except for one of our guys that paid his own way in a 44. As far as base training is concerned I think the quality is equal- the only difference may be the variety of flying we do as opposed to the majority of civilian jobs out there. The one thing the Army will do for you is get you a Comm Int
  18. Thanks Gomer. I don't expect you to tell me exactly what is best. I know there are so many variables involved- but then again I'm pretty sure you've been around in the business awhile and definitely respect your input. I'd gathered from other threads that most companies don't provide on site housing. I know aviation is never solid but I'm most concerned uprooting my wife out of a job and a lifestyle every year or so. I already do that on repeated deployments which is a big reason for me getting out of military aviation. One more piece you might be able to confirm or deny is the overtime iss
  19. Thanks Gomer, I know aviation is inherently unstable but I keep reading comments about EMS that you might show up one day to no job. I'm already used to instability...just wanted to get an idea of how it really is. So what are you saying? If I got on with X company (as you said,I'm sure it depends on where and what contract) in X city, would you buy a house and move your family in or rent and get an idea of what lies ahead?
  20. I've read and searched threads to no avail on this topic. I've read several references about the inherent stability of the GOM and some opposite comments about the EMS market. For the most part all the threads mention how much people love their jobs. Is it an unstable market? I understand that contracts move, etc but is the stability something to be overly concerned with? If I do choose to go this route I'd feel alot more comfortable knowing I could buy a house without a constant fear of having to move/sell the house or up-root my family.
  21. Good point Hunt- I agree. I should have been more specific when I said "continue" and said for a very short distance. Yes that extra 5 seconds might still mean a messy landing but so is a auto into a patch of trees- especially with those tiny 44's. Yes you could have a part getting ready to separate but if you do it would happen very close to the time of initial material failure. In any case you do have a slight idea of what's going on back there by changes in engine noise, vibrations/feedback in the flight controls, and/or change in CG. During my 206 training at Mother Rucker another crew had
  22. My training was entirely in 206's and each and every auto was done to a run on landing. Yes it may be true that you may not have the luxury of a runway or a road but as Gomer said, but the reasoning behind this is that it gives you that much extra cushioning/rotor RPM remaining to accomplish the task with as little damage (if any) to the aircraft. For the nose to drift with collective application you can't argue with physics. I'm curious as to why it would be necessary to cut the engines if the engine is decoupled from the rotor. Equal and opposite reaction- Is the induced drag enough to pull
  23. What about Blackhawk down? Except for a few idiosyncrasies only a 60 pilot would catch, I thought it was pretty accurate. The emergency procedures when their tail rotor was hit was pretty close to life and accurate to losing your TR at low airspeeds. You're definitely right about the action movies. I spend more time in disbelief that people actually buy it- but hey, can't knock people for not knowing any better. Sorry about jumping off topic a bit...
  24. Thanks Palm, I must have missed it or not looked deep enough.
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