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  1. Wow, all this because of a bent tail rotor! Well, since everyone else is chiming in, I might as well, too. I agree with Deerock that the crew and capt. of the Sea Shephard are doing conservation a disservice. I watched all of the episodes of Whale Wars because I love whales, and sure, some may be around for another 100 years, but I believe that whales are intelligent, social, and communicative beings that shouldn't be slaughtered unnecessarily. I wish I had the passion about anything that the crew of the Sea Shephard has for protecting whales, but at some point, it does become terrorism.
  2. When I was copiloting on a logging ship, I got to work with a few different command pilots. Most were really smooth, but we had this one command pilot who used the collective like a sledge hammer. I'd look over and see him pumping up and down on that stick like a UFC fighter pounding some guys face into a bloody pulp. I was always looking over my shoulder to make sure the rotor hadn't decided to go free agent and look for a less hostile work environment, but it hung in there. Eight hours of that a day for two weeks at a time. I definitely would not want to fly logs again.
  3. This is why it never pays to be a grammar nazi, unless you're allowed to carry a gun. Now you've got a buffalo herd to herd to Buffalo. This is surely a sign of the impending apocalypse.
  4. If there was a dust bunny, you could call it dust hare hair, har har.
  5. That's an interesting proposition for a preposition. I ought not of put it there.
  6. I just read that thread on JustHelicopters and it looked like only a couple of really assinine comments directed at Steve. I used to fly the right seat in a logging ship and I can tell you that you don't want to be there if you don't have to. A friend of mine tore his esophagus from vomiting so much from the right seat. I almost threw up my first time flying logs. Fortunately, it was so windy that the command pilot called it a day before I did. The first couple of days on a two week rotation were bad, but once you got used to it, you were impervious. I was always amazed at what gyrations
  7. It's "You should HAVE said," not "You should OF said." Enough said. Who's the Nazi now?
  8. The latest Vertical Magazine has a nice article on Canadian Helicopter's mountain course. They're using EC120's and 206's, so it's got to be expensive, but seems like they cover things that only people with experience could teach. If you know anyone giving grants for advanced helicopter training, please let me know.
  9. http://www.trade-a-plane.com/classified/se...2&maxads=25 On trade-a-plane, click on other categories, employment, then under search choose help wanted -flight crews.
  10. Found this on Trade a Plane: HELICOPTER AG PILOT WANTED, must have R44 or Bell 47 time, turbine fixed wing a plus, be able to fly GPS, need references. cropdoctor@hotmail.com
  11. When you do that, do you try to be closer to the ground so you end up in ground effect? The way it looked in the clip, he/she was descending and flaring with a high rate of speed which to me, risks getting into settling, and if he had gotten to a hover, he would have still been high enough to risk settling if he tried to get the helicopter to the ground too quickly. I can imagine huge vortices being pushed down from the helicopter in all directions, with a tremendous induced flow pulling them along with the helicopter, almost like creating your own tailwind. Yes, i know I have an overactive
  12. He also may have had a slight tailwind which would explain why he came in so hot, his ground speed would have been higher than his airspeed. It might also explain why he got into settling right after he stopped, as though his downdraft, which would have been very strong, got pushed right back into him. He hung there for a split second before accelerating downward. Or was it not having enough power to hold an OGE hover once out of ETL? This is a good lesson for recognizing when to go around.
  13. As a tangent to the previous comment about a lease-back arrangement, you could buy one of those "Flyit" simulators and lease it to the flight school in exchange for work, if they don't already have one. It would be a lot less maintenance and insurance than a helicopter, but you wouldn't be able to build time. The advantage would be that the school could use the simulator to attract more students looking for instrument ratings.
  14. Not sure why no one's mentioned the EC 135. This, too, has the quiet fenestron tail and baggage area, but also club seating and VIP configurations.
  15. How about a turbo Subaru engine or a turbo-diesel engine to improve high altitude performance for those of us out west? Also, another ten gallons of fuel capacity and some baggage space would make it competitive with the R22.
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