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  1. So, my R22 flight review just expired,...now there's a sentence I never thought I'd say.😥 Anyway, here's a video I took once of what I used to like to do with the little guy. Sorry the quality sucks,...just pretend you're near sighted and forgot your glases. 🤣
  2. Well, I'll give you a hint,... Its overcrowded, overpriced, overregulated,...and apparently only the lower half ever gets the mcrib.
  3. Sure, I walked out. Thing is, as much an a**hole as Freddy is, there are around a dozen entry level guys willing to, "suck it up and bear through,.." his bullshit season after season after season. So what does that really say about me,...?
  4. Sorry Foot, but old butters has been defeated
  5. Just a few minutes ago I was at the top of a ladder picking hard to reach figs from my father's fig tree. ,...and I couldn't help but think of you Bob.
  6. Well, I never became a CFI so my point of view on these types of questions has always been from a guy who has to open his wallet everytime he speaks with your kind,...and you guys are expensive, so,... Just teach me what I need to know to pass the test, if I want to learn more, I know where the library is! Personally I liked the Jeppesson Private Pilot Manual for all that "other stuff" (like what we need to know about vision and physiology) but, if its not in the FAA book don't worry about it. Keep it simple,...and relevant!
  7. Last time I talked with these guys they said the first three months were "unpaid". then $20/hr (not clock hour) thereafter. I don't know if they still do it that way, but this is as close to an upaid "internship" as I have ever seen. By the way, this is a recent ad,...you just have to wade through three pages of HEMS ads to find it.
  8. Yes, this is a pretty f*cked up industry. I do wonder though, what the passengers would say after one of those five minute flights over the beach, if they learned that their pilot had just made only 0.83 cents for his efforts? ,...yeah, it takes a while to come to grips with just how little we are worth in the beginning.
  9. What exactly is your complaint here? That the R44 should only be flown by experienced pilots? - or - That a pilot who is willing to fly for $10 bucks an hour must be a lousy pilot? ,...because I gotta tell ya. If I were in Florida making a good living off of my dream job (monorail driver) then I would take this job ('cause the sh*t pay wouldn't matter) just to get some air time for an hour or so every week,...and I am neither an experienced nor lousy pilot! Just because this industry treats its young like dog sh*t, doesn't mean we are dog sh*t!
  10. Now that I can no longer fly for fun, it seems that if I ever want to fly again, I have to get hired to do so,...which sucks balls 'cause I really don't want a flying career anymore! I would actually love to take this job, a part-time flying gig sounds great, but $10-$15 bucks a day! Even when I had just one months experience driving a semi I was able to get a part-time job driving one just four hours a day for $100 bucks a day! I realise R44 tour operations aren't huge money makers and entry level pilots have to pay their dues and all, but we should be worth more than a burger flipper!,...or at least equal to an entry level truck driver! ,...shouldn't we? I don't know,...if the job included a place to stay, then,...maybe I could make it work?
  11. June 4th,...yep, that was it, the last time I got to fly just for fun. I still kinda remember it, a nice fogless night, sliver of an orange moon behind the city. If I had only known it was my last flight I'd of stayed up a bit longer Anyway about a month or so later (just as I was perusing the forecasts for a good night to go up again) the school I had been renting from for the past eight years abruptly closed its doors. ,...and that was that There's only one school left in the area with a 22 and well, long story short, they'll only rent to me if I get my own renter's insurance. Just got the quote from AOPA and now my one hour a month in the 22 will be for the price of a 44! So that's it, can't afford to fly anymore Sixteen and a half years of flying, where all I had to do was send a text, "Can I get a 22 tonight?",..."keys in the box, have a good flight" Guess I had a good run. There's an off shore flow right now, that's the best time for a doors off night ride around one of the most beautiful cities in the world,...oh well.
  12. Well, if it were me, I'd combine those first two sentences thusly; ",.when I became an entrepreneur and established my own business". ,...but I was a "C" student in English, so,...
  13. It isn't as much a "baby flare" as its simply getting the ship level before you flare. Try that?
  14. Well, I know that in an R44 55kts is the best rate of climb speed, which means it is also the speed at which drag is the least. Therefore going faster and/or slower requires more power! What I don't get is why you would check to see if you have enough power to land off airport by using the speed which requires the least amount of power?
  15. You know there was a time when I thought of posting a video on YouTube of one of my night rides up to the city, partly because I thought it'd be interesting to watch,...but mostly just to brag about something I got to do that most do not,...yeah old butters can be a dick sometimes :-) Then I saw this, and just had to ask why? Why is this something you wish to post? Yeah, its "her".
  16. Hmm, by the time I figure out what you just said here, I'd of pulled into a HOGE, made my decision, landed, shut down, taken a wiz, fired up, and taken off!
  17. Well what the Hell, I'm just bored enough to enter a thread the op will most likely never return to so here goes,... Based on my experience with schools I've trained/rented/time built with over the years; September 1, 2019 USA PPL; power recovery CPL; power recovery CFI; I'm not one, but I hear they get to do full downs. As for the debate,... Well, not being a cfi I had to seek out full downs. I did a bunch with Jerry Trimble in an old R22hp up in Oregon. Didn't think they were all that hard compared to power recovery, but I did enjoy doing them. One time on a job interview the guy rolled the throttle off on me as we passed directly over the runway numbers at around 500' or so and said, "land on the numbers, sometimes the only good spot is directly beneath you". Never started an auto from directly over the spot before, so it took a bit of minimum rate and "s" turns to get it lined up, but I made it,...power recovery though. Hadn't auto'd a 44 in two years (and never done one like that before) so I was really proud of that one! Don't get to do many autos as a casual renter. When you can only afford an hour every six weeks or so, the last thing you want to do is waste that flight on an instructor! I do find that mental practice of autos every so often seems to keep the skills decent enough to handle it. As I discovered on a recent flight with a cfi where my autos were just fine despite not having done any in almost two years. If I were flying commercially though, I'd want to actually do them regularly, but couldn't care less if they were power recovery or full down. Full downs are more fun though.
  18. Oh come now, if Bob leaves they'll be no one left to dry cherries but 500 hour Robbie Rangers, and well,..."her"! Yeah that's right, I don't know how you did Bob, but the 58 guy said I was the highest time guy of all the new hires by like 200 hours!,...woo that's sad! I don't want to say there's a pilot shortage, but,... ,...maybe there is a pilot shortage
  19. You seem to like frivolous crusades, so perhaps you can shed some light on this for me? What happened to the word "sex"? Unisex bathrooms are now "gender neutral" bathrooms, transexuals are now "transgenders", and on forms and applications where it used to ask for my sex, it now asks for "gender"! Did the word "sex" offend you people, and if so, how,...?
  20. Men complain about women. Women complain about men. Its the natural order when you have two sexes! Get over it Nancy! ,...HA! See what I did there. You PC types are gonna have one hell of a rebellion when your kids grow up,...well maybe grandkids the generations aren't as quick as they used to be.
  21. You know Bob, instead of starting that up again, just enjoy this,...
  22. Ah' don't sweat it Bob, there's enough love in her comments section to over shadow any hate dislike from the small handful of nobody's in this obscure place,...hell, like most in the real world, she's probably never even heard of VR. Anyway, you should be proud! You inspired almost 50 posts plus a visit from the Ministry of Truth, that's more action than this place has seen in a loooong time!
  23. Well I'm no expert either, but I did stay at Holiday Inn Express last night so,... Do a damn hover check lady!
  24. So why 55 kts for the power check? It will take more power to go slower, so how do you know 5" will be enough? I always figured an in flight power check would be to bring it below ETL at 500', 'cause if you need to do a max takeoff to get out of that confined area, it would seem better if you could HOGE with 5" to spare? ...but then I haven't done off airport landings in years, so I'm a bit rusty on this stuff.
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