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Kelly N.

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About Kelly N.

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  • Birthday 09/23/1970

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    Voice/Video/Data Networking vendor (think really big).

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    Raleigh, NC (KLHZ)
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    Hockey (Go Stars!!!), Telecom/Computer Networking (work in the industry and have for going on 15 years).<br /><br />Starting my training to be a commercial helicopter pilot. I know I won't get rich or likely make what I do now, but have wanted to fly helicopters since I was a kid. Finally time to do it.
  1. I'd like to report that I've been flying several times a week and getting close to my instrument, commercial ratings. Sadly, the reality is that work has taken a precedence for me right now and I'm watching my finances pretty closely. I'm still involved with aviation in general (between school work at UVU and some other flying related business ventures), however the actual flying part of the equation is blank for the past 3-4 weeks. That being said, I did get to go to the RHC Safety course from 2/2 - 2/5. I learned so much while I was there that I didn't really mind only getting about 30mins of actual flight time due to getting rained out (go figure, I get rained out in LA?). If anyone reading this hasn't been to the course yet, I highly recommend it. The instructor is very knowledgeable and there is a ton of info that will make you a safer pilot before you ever leave the ground; not to mention the information you'll receive that will make you safer in the air. I'd like to say I'll do better about keeping blog entries more frequent, but I'm afraid that would just be wishful thinking on my part at this point in time. For those who do read this blog (you know who you are), I really do appreciate the messages you send periodically and it helps me keep motivated about the day when I'll be back in the air on a regular basis and once again making progress towards my flying goals. Drop me a line anytime and let me know about your own progress so I can fly vicariously through your experiences Thanks, Kelly
  2. Thanks guys (JD/Heli.Pilot). I do appreciate the advice and it's the direction I'm leaning in. Kelly
  3. Yeah, that was/is my situation too. Three kids, single income family part time college, demanding job and still got to keep my lovely wife happy too (though that's not too difficult ). I got my private and now am starting down the road to my commercial and eventually CFI (still not sure about instrument now or later). It's worth the hassle, stress, money, and time. I love flying helicopters and I can wait as long as it takes until I'm flying for a living rather than working behind a desk. Kelly
  4. I should have read this thread first. I just semi-butted into another thread with this same question. . . I'll be there with another student from the school I attend. Definitely need to meet up and say hey. We're staying at the Ramada Inn. You? Kelly
  5. A bit off topic, but. . . Myself and a friend from the same school will be at the safety course from 2/2/09 - 2/5/09. If anyone else will be there it would be great to meet up. Thanks, Kelly
  6. Before I get into flying from the left hand seat let me relate a bit of a problem I was having. . . Autos were giving me headaches. I couldn't get my entries right and I had a major mental block about them. I tend to over-analyze things and I was going through auto procedures step by step trying to figure out an A to B to C process that I could repeat. To top it off, when my entry was o.k. I started diving or had issues with the rotor RPM. I was a basket case. So, I talked with a good friend who really has a handle on autos and he suggested doing multiple entries from altitude and recover at around 1000' or 500' and then climb and do it again until I was comfortable. Long story short, I took my friend's advice and that combined with some excellent instruction allowed me to focus in on what I was doing incorrectly. I was making an aft motion with the cyclic at the entry of the auto but I wasn't actually watching outside like I should have been. Once I started watching the nose and pulling aft until it rose a bit and stabilized and then lowered it to my 65kt attitude, everything got much simpler. Instead of chasing RPM and airspeed all the way down, the aircraft just sort of settled into the glide with no fuss. Even on one auto that I entered while in a slight climb, I got the Low RPM horn, but because I now had a higher comfort level with the process, I just flared a bit to build the RPM and got my attitude right again. Not to say I'm an expert, because I'm not. However, I feel 100% more comfortable with autos now. I went out a few days later and did more autos and it was just as comfortable as before. I'm sure there will be other times when I stress a bit over the maneuver, but I don't think autos will ever present the same sort of block for me as they did in the past (Thanks Dan and Al!). Left Hand Seat Myself and a buddy are going to attend the Robinson Safety course in February (2-5th). Afterwards, we plan on flying with each other quite a bit. As a result, we wanted to get familiar with flying from the left seat since the idea is that we could take controls to relieve the other pilot at some point during long x-country flights. We both happened to be out at the airport the same day and got to experience left-hand side flying for the first time. First Impression: This feels GOOFY! You wouldn't think it would be that different, but the different angle of the helo (since I'm around 190 and my instructor is 150ish - I think) really does change the feel and perspective. The controls feel different and the angle/position of your arm/hand holding the cyclic is not the same. I got it up o.k. except for a bobble with the cyclic where I was trying to move it to the right (to counter my weight + the main fuel tank) but I was really torquing the handle without moving the cyclic as much as I needed to. I'm not sure if that makes sense but I've talked to others who've had the same experience starting out. It's sort of like you make an input that you think should move the cyclic but instead you're really just twisting the end grip vertically to the right without moving the cyclic. Essentially, you're fighting your own motion. Anyway, I got over that with a little nudge from my instructor (and I don't think I can explain it clearly anyway). Pedal turns were next. Left pedal was no surprise. Pretty much same-o same-o. Right pedal was a different story. I don't know why it's different but it is. It feels a lot more touchy than working the right pedal from the right seat. It took me a couple of turns to get the hang of it and I still drifted a bit to the right instead of rotating in place like a normal pedal turn. Next was just flying. The take-off was a bit different. You feel more nose down and you're really aware of the constant pushing pressure you have to maintain to the right. I'm sure there's similar (though probably not as significant) pulling pressure required in the right-hand seat, but I suppose I'm used to that at this point. Around this time, it still feels weird but I'm starting to adjust. We did a normal approach and a steep approach (a little long but nothing horrible) with no major issues. Then we set up for an auto. My previous nemesis! I was a bit tense and I admit, I was thinking, "Crap, here we go again. . ." No worries, it was the exact same. The goofiness in the feel was still there but all the lessons I learned about the entry and managing the craft on the way down were exactly the same (duh!). All in all, it was a great lesson and I can't wait to get back out there and fly some more. That's it for now (I know - it's like I wrote a badly written book this time). For those of you reading who are still in a non-comatose state or suffering severe eye strain. . . Safe Flying, Kelly
  7. About 80 for me (R-22). My CFI wanted me to go earlier but I don't like doing things unless I'm sure. I'm not really a risk taker I guess you could say. Of course, I do fly helicopters. . . I'd probably learn a lot quicker if I expected less from myself. I look at it from the perspective that it's all good experience and if it makes me safer in the long run, I don't care if it takes longer up front. Safe Flying, Kelly
  8. Happy New year from the east coast too!!
  9. Congrats! Greg is a great pilot and I really learned a lot from my check-ride with him. I've heard from others that he's examined who've had the same experience. Once again, congratulations!! Kelly
  10. Hi all, In case anyone else was wondering (although that may be a bit of hubris to think that more than one or two people actually followed my blog), I'm still around. Between a promotion at work, tightening the budget and some other activities going on here locally, I haven't flown for about a month. I plan on flying again this week and will be doing some solo time (I'll be taking it slow to make sure I don't do something boneheaded after having not flown for so long). I'll be at the RH Safety Course from 02/02 - 02/05 in 2009 with a good buddy so, I'm looking forward to that and want to get some time under my belt before then so I don't look like a complete idiot during the flying portion. Thanks rodrop for prodding me into typing some random, semi-helicopter related text into the ether Safe Flying, Kelly
  11. Dear Rodrop, Ho ho hope you're doing well . I'm still around but, unfortunately, I haven't flown for about a month. Money's been tight and the school here locally has had some issues keeping 22's in the rotation. That combined with a recent promotion at the day job and it all adds up to about a month of me on the ground. I've got plans to start flying again this week, but it's looking like there will be few if any CFIs available to fly with in the coming weeks so, I guess I'll be building that solo time towards my commercial. . . I'll update the blog once I start flying again, but thanks for checking on me Oh, also, I'll be at the Robinson Safety course from Feb 2-5th with another guy from my school so, I'm definitely looking forward to that. How's your training going? Where are you at in the process now? Are you going to do instrument next or commercial? Take care! Kelly
  12. Congratulations Chaz! Keep up the good work. It's all worth it. Kelly
  13. Crap. I knew I should have scheduled the safety course months ago. I guess I need to stop procrastinating and get on the schedule. Maybe Feb or March. Have a blast guys and be sure to report back (especially if Witch wears the helmet and/or the flight suit). Witch, I dare you to get a tattoo of Frank R's face and then post it on your myspace page - drunk of course. Kelly
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