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Jay Bunning

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  1. Hi all, When performing a 180 auto from a high downwind, direct to final I currently use a radio call something like "Simulated engine failure, high right downwind, direct to final 16" but we are a very busy uncontrolled airport with many helicopter operations and everyone has their own version and I've heard airplane pilots complaining that 180 radio calls did not make sense - they were unaware of where the helicopter was (especially if there were 2-5 other helicopters on CTAF). So others who have worked in a busy training environment - what radio call do you use? Have you worked with fixed-wing operators to find to a standard radio call that makes sense to all users? Many thanks
  2. Question: Which would produce the slowest rotor RPM? A: A vertical descent with power. B: A vertical descent without power. C: Pushing over after a steep climb.
  3. Hi, I am doing some research for a training video on airfoils used on training helicopters (main and tail rotors). The emphasis is on Robinson helicopters, but I'd appreciate help from people with Enstrom & Schweizer experience. Robinson R22/R44 Main = Symmetrical, Tail = Asymmetrical Hughes/Schweizer Main = ???, Tail = ??? Enstrom Flacon/Shark Main = ???, Tail = ??? Any other small training helicopter? Many thanks for your time, Regards, J
  4. AvBug: you are right, I'm sure you have much more experience and I sincerely respect your opinions/advice. This forum discussion is degrading into personal attacks and so how about message me your number and we can discuss this on the phone- id like to learn more from you and until then, agree to disagree.
  5. @ AvBug: I find it interesting that you can be so sure, despite not knowing all the facts or actually being there at the time: 1> This was NOT a wildfire - this was an urban bush fire - in a city. 2> How do you know I do not have wildfire training? I actually do have wildfire firefighting training and experience. 3> The fire was moving towards houses so fast (hard to see the full details in the video) that I chose to stay over and buzz houses as I made the call to wake residents and - it was around 1am and the fire was probably not going to be called in on the ground until it crested the ravine onto the properties with sleeping residents. I also believed that fire units may not get there in time - so I chose to stay in the area and wake the the residents. 4> I had previous taught my student how to deal with WILDFIRE calls and how to stay clear of areas etc. And in the flight (maybe on the video above too), I reminded my student of how this was an exception etc. Like I said I hear you and understand what you are saying and 99% agree, but on this single instance (which you are forming such firm opinions on, without being there or knowing all the facts) I'm confident in myself that I made the right decision that night.
  6. My name is Jay, I was the CFI and took that video and so in a good position to respond to some of the comments: @ Sorcer: GoPro suction mount on the left seat 'skylight' @ AvBug: "Everyone likes to call in the fires, and the truth is that usually we get ridiculous numbers of calls on fires. Everyone thinks they're the one that reported it first."After to speaking to thankful residents who called to find out why a helicopter was waking them up at 1am - they were told we were the first and only call. "We really don't need people contaminating the airspace, and usually all you do is create a safety hazard and delay airwork over the fire."I agree. We often spot wildfires during the day and train student to do exactly that - via center or FSS. But this was nearly 1am, below the level of houses and in a built up area with imminent risk to lives (sleeping residents) and property - hence the low buzzing and direct call to 911 - and you will hear one of the very first things I say is "lets see if anyone is there already" "If you see a fire, get an approximate location, note the lat long, and stay clear. Call the nearest ATC, center, etc, and report it, and then stay away. "Again I totally agree if it was not for the fact that this was 1am and moving fast direct to houses. @ Nearly Retired: "That "We are so cool!" comment really turned me off. Is that what you think, Captain Hero?" He is a young kid just starting flying - he did think it was cool to be helping potentially save lives from the helicopter. @ crashed_05 Thank you I agree. @ rubidug: Absolutely - I received multiple emails and phone messages from people who lived by the fire. Here is an example: "Thank you for your email, Jay. I just wanted to let you know of the magnitude of your good deed (and Keaton’s). As I mentioned, we were the house closest to the fire, however I didn’t mention that there were ten of us in the house at the time – myself, my husband, my daughter, my son-in-law, my granddaughter (13), my two grandsons (4 and 2 weeks), my two grand-dogs and my grand-kitty. J I came to Bend from California at the beginning of August to celebrate the birth of my grandson and to spend time with him and my family until heading south at the end of this week. Looking at the fire from your video and then seeing the charred remains the day after (looking over the hillside) just makes you think about how lucky we all are to still be here….if you and Keaton hadn’t seen the fire, who knows what may have happened. Mire words cannot express our gratitude. We will be forever thankful for your keen eyes and, as you said, for being in the right place at the right time. Please share our gratitude with Keaton. Thank you again." @ C of G: I agree. @ AvBug: I agree with 99% of what you say, including this: "Call it in from a distance and move on, away from the fire. Always." But not the "Always" - there are exceptions and this was one - fast moving fire at 1am with immediate threat to people and property. I live near the fire, I know the terrain and know how it would not be detected until it reached the crest of the river and the house - it was almost there and I needed to wake people as we got the fire trucks enroute. And like I said the residents were extremely thankful - see the email quoted above and listen the resident talking on this news video (2 min 15 seconds in): http://www.ktvz.com/news/bend-student-helicopter-pilot-spots-wildfire-photo-john-michaelson/-/413192/21614362/-/11a1eblz/-/index.html Also listen to this message left for us at the local airport: http://s3.amazonaws.com/wescomcorp/audio/Helicopter_wakens_residence_to_fire.wav So my takeaway is YES as AvBug says - stay away from wildfires and make the call to center/FSS, but there are always exceptions - use your common sense and judgement.
  7. Hi all, Inspired by the R22 tachs, I designed a logo for t-shirts, hoodies, etc. See what you think: http://www.zazzle.com/rpmlogo?rf=238714493945491049 Jay
  8. I designed this helicopter "RPM" logo after spending far too long looking at the rotor and engine tachometer instrument in the Robinson R22 helicopter. It is a subtle, but cool reference to R22 helicopters and being an R22 heli pilot. Check out my new RPM Logo stores out: http://www.zazzle.com/rpmlogo and http://www.cafepress.com/rpmlogo
  9. Hi and thank you all for any feedback. I know the practical answer to this - "I wouldn't fly with a MR Temp light inoperative", but what is the position regarding regulations? Firstly I would check the day VFR required equipment (91.205) - and the MR Temp Light is not on that list. So now I go to inoperative equipment 91.213(d) and this is where it gets a bit less clear to me. It seems to say that as long as the instrument/equipment is not required for day VFR (91.205), not "Indicated as required on the aircraft's equipment list" (the R22 POH?) and the aircraft doesn't have a MEL then it is OK to fly without the equipment being operational - as long as the pilot removes/placards (remove the bulb?) and doesn't consider it a hazard to safe flight (which is subjective). I would conclude that legally, if it was a short flight maybe to a repair facility, you could legally fly with the MR Temp Light pulled (that is my version of removed/placarded). What do you guys think - legally? I want to know because I want to make sure I tell my students the correct thing. And this issue doesn't just apply to the MR Temp light, what about other equipment/instruments not on the day VFR or POH lists of required equipment? (Heater, Carbon Monoxide light, VSI, etc). Like I said the practical advice for this example would be "call the mechanics/don't fly etc" but I would appreciate some clarification on the legal issue. Many thanks Jay
  10. Here is an updated video for SFAR 73 Awareness Training - I hope it helps - any feedback welcome. Edit 2/26/14 - updated video link
  11. Yeah I wondered the first time I saw that page POH 2-15 - http://www.robinsonheli.com/manuals/R22%20POH/R22%20Pilot's%20Operating%20Handbook_2.pdf) but then re-read the first sentence: "The following limitations (1-3) are to be observed unless 200, 50 etc..." Number 3 does say "continued flight in moderate+ turbulence is prohibited", but the 0.7 Vne and 57 kts stuff - that comes after number 3.
  12. Thank you all for your input. The definitive answer was provided Answer provided by Raven on another forum: The airspeed you fly in turbulance is a range. 60 is the low point 71.4 (0.7 of 102) is the high point. If 0.7 of any other Vne (remember it goes down with altitude and tempurature) is less than 60, you must go 60. However, at 10,000 feet and 30 degrees, you cannot go 60, because your Vne is 57! Hence the one exception, "no lower than 57".
  13. Hi all, I understand in moderate+ turbulence we want to reduce airspeed to reduce structural loads, but why do you think in the R22 POH it states the number 57 kts as the absolute minimum? R22 POH Limitations Section: "Adjust forward airspeed to between 60 knots indicated airspeed (KIAS) and 0.7 Vne, but no lower than 57 KIAS, upon inadvertently encountering moderate, severe, or extreme turbulence." I guess it is probably a performance issue - to be able to maintain best climb maybe, but that number is 53 kts... Any ideas? Without understanding more I think I would just aim for 60kts and try to keep the ship level. Many thanks for your thoughts, Jay
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