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  1. Hi Boots, There are a few around here as Manchester Helicopter Centre train exclusively using Enstroms. They also sell them and have done for years. There are a few Enstrom engineers (mechanics in US of A) which helps. Keep in touch though. As far as I know there is no owners club which is a shame. Shared experience saves making all the mistakes oneself. Enjoy your new helicopter.
  2. GA You are totally correct. The A's had right facing narrow chord TRs. Some have been updated with rotor on the left, including mine. I think you are correct in that pushers are more efficient(and quieter) than tractors. I have flown both variants of 28A and there seems to be no detectable difference. At normal RPM there is no shortage of tail rotor thrust with either type and with care, recovery from low RPM is possible. However, full throttle with 70% rpm will overpower the tail rotor. I have not seen an 'A' with a wide chord tail rotor but I do not see why it could not be done. There are no
  3. The tail rotors of both types more than adequate under normal conditions. The Enstrom can run into problems if you inadvertantly let the rpm drop very low in the hover or downwind taxi, but that won't be a problem when you get your governor. I suspect that the Robbie would do the same if it didn't have the governor. I must admit, I quite like black aircraft but they show the blemishes more as they age. Metallic red is a good choice from that point of view. The trim system is excellent. My longest time for totally hands off flight is eight minutes! steering can be acheived by leaning in the sea
  4. Hi nj, I operate a '75 28A in the UK which was around the same cost as you are contemplating. You wouldn't get a C for that money here. If you do spend that little money on one be prepared to spend quite a lot on renovation as it is likely to be 'well used'. I spent about £20K on mine to make it right. It has been very reliable for three years and needed almost no out of sync maintenance. I take the position that with an aircraft of this age, if there is any doubt about a componant, change it. It is a pleasure to own and fly and I enjoy lavishing care and money on it. If you take that attit
  5. GaChopper. I would wecome your opinion on cooling down my non turbo 28A. I have a EI multicylinder monitor and I generally approach my LZ with no power on. The hottest head temp is often below 350f when I land which is what it says in the book for shut down. Would you think it wise to cool more or is it OK shut down straight away? I generally cool till number 4 hits 320f. Thanks.
  6. I forgot to mention that I prefer totally manual throttle to the later, rather poor correlator on the 280s. I also run with no throttle friction. I like the control. The 28A as it is makes a reasonable trainer except they are all old and most are past it. If they could loose a few pounds, update it and produce it for a competitive price (Chinese labour?) the R22 could have a serious competitor. I know which I would rather fly. (I still have more Robbie hours than F28) How about it Enstrom? There is probably more money in producing a few 480s.
  7. Boots, For the first 3 years I went with comprehensive insurance due to my very low Enstrom hours. The cost was about £3200ish per year ($6000??). This year I may change to 3rd party liability only but I haven't decided yet. Depends on the cost . Despite confidence in my own ability I acknowledge that things may go badly wrong. The previous owner of BDKD had a piece of plastic drainpipe hit the tail rotor which wrote off TR plus gearbox. He didn't see it coming but had full insurance so it was OK. I think you have to take the position that you can afford to take total loss to not have h
  8. The neighbours are OK with it. They actually seem to like the fact there is a helicopter in the village. Most of them, their friends and families have had a ride, which is no chore for me as I love taking new people flying. I have been very lucky to get no complaints but I always try to fly considerately to keep the noise down. Also Enstroms, particularly the non turbos, are much quieter than Robbies which helps. When I first got it I went round to all the locals and told them that if they had any problems to let me know. I think if one is co-operative and not arrogant then people respond well
  9. Hi pairofboots, I trained in R22s with governors, graduated to R44s and rented for a couple of years. I then decided to buy. I needed 3 seats (2 adults plus small child) so an Enstrom seemed worth a look. I did 5 hours and then bought one. It is an old 28A without even a correlator. Initially I missed the governor but after a few hours it just stopped being an issue and I certainly would not fit one as a retrofit. The governor may help the FX to attract sales and it may help Robbie trained pilots to fly it, but for me, I enjoy RPM control. Its part of flying. So far (3 years in) I am very, v
  10. My aircraft at work for the Met in 1976 and in comfortable retirement now.
  11. The 28As are not all buried. I've got one that's lovely. It took a lot of effort to sort it out but it now flies so smoothly and is reasonably reliable. Cheap to run. cheap to insure. Not too bad on avgas. Loads more room than an R22 with about the same performance. Pleasure use only I love it.
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