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Everything posted by TomPPL

  1. Do you have any helicopter flight experience? That helipad looks way too tight.
  2. Some interesting facts there PRJ, thanks for posting!
  3. Will they not have insurance that covers this type of liability?
  4. The longer tail boom length is also a factor in the difference between the two. The more hours you spend flying the 44 the easier it will get.
  5. I cant see any video here - All I see is the play bar and nothing else..
  6. What a great post - thanks for taking the time to write it. Whilst I'm nowhere near a commercial pilot, nor am I planning to be anytime soon, I do have extensive experience in the offshore oil and gas sector and drone surveys. The above assessment in my opinion is about the most accurate description of the future state of the market. In addition, I see a further decline in offshore oil heli-ops due to the decreasing market for the product. The world is slowly but surely weaning itself away from oil - it's not all environmentally focused either, there are Geo-political reasons involved too (a greater subject best left for another day). The agriculture side will indeed be pressed into using drones due to massive cost savings, speed of deployment and all round increased accuracy - the pace of drone development is very fast, with new developments being released on a regular basis. It's a bit of a gloomy assessment but there's always opportunity with any type of change, the hard part is trying to identify it.
  7. Sniff sniff.... Is there a bull in here somewhere?
  8. I remember seeing that somewhere, it was part built when I saw it - wonder if it ever got finished, if so, wonder if it's still flying?
  9. Sounds like a quiet and peaceful place - what would the neighbours think about it?
  10. Great read NR, thanks for posting.! The forum has indeed been a bit dead of late, however, I'm a permanent lurker, and have been for quite some time. I'm with you on all the comments above, however I feel the checklist, in particular, is important. Sometimes most mistakes are made when we are carrying out a repetitive task, it's sooo easy to omit something - 99.9 times out of a 100 this would be something more or less trivial, something that won't have too much of an effect - that other 0.1% though represents a catastrophic omission that could result in a bad day.
  11. For anyone else reading theres some video / pictures here: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/225121
  12. Wow. What a great post. It's the best response I've read to date that explains it like that.
  13. Bonjour Alejandro, avez-vous essayé ce site? Ils vendent des pièces MD500 reconditionnées: http://www.helicopterparts.com/f_hmd.html?2 J'espère que ça aide!
  14. That was a great read- thanks for posting!
  15. I stopped reading the digital issues a long tme ago, they are way too difficult to read on a PC - constantly zooming in and out all the time, it's a terrible format. Have you thought about releasing a PDF version to go alongside it? I'm sure it'd be way more popular.
  16. Great video.! I liked the waste gate set up. What would be the rough guide to total costs for those 10 improvements?
  17. I wondered why they didnt get a drink, then all was revealed - They forgot the donuts too.! (you have to have a donut with any MacDs).
  18. I run a forum, have done for years. I also run a huge social media network (60+ channels) unrelated to helis. We keep the forum running as its an easy to search repository for the knowledge that is contained within it. We've seen traffic fall off a cliff over the last 4-5 years, most other forums - this one included - are suffering the same. The immediacy of social media has taken hold, affecting the attention spans of a lot of users. Most questions we see posted on SM tend to get repeated, users are reluctant now to actually search for anything they need, they prefer to post a question, get immediate answers and then watch that information disappear in the timeline, only to be asked again, by another user sometime in the near future - the cycle then repeats. The users we get who drift over from SM to the forum all report it as being a breath of fresh air - being able to easily find answers to their questions pleases them. There are still users out there who prefer to have their industry specificinformation presented in the shape of an indexed forum like this, but their numbers are dwindling.
  19. Given the massive amount of Islands belonging to Japan it's amazing they haven't had a larger input - I'd be interested to see thoughts on this too..
  20. Any know any background on how that one happened?
  21. I've never thought about that before, bet it was the strangest feeling ever..!
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