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Marc D

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  • Birthday 09/07/1971

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  1. Here's a partial answer from the AIM: 7-4-6. Flights Over Charted U.S. Wildlife Refuges, Parks, and Forest Service Areas a. The landing of aircraft is prohibited on lands or waters administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or U.S. Forest Service without authorization from the respective agency. Exceptions include: 1. When forced to land due to an emergency beyond the control of the operator; 2. At officially designated landing sites; or 3. An approved official business of the Federal Government.
  2. Hola, como estas?

  3. Boy, you really think that that info would be more widespread? Is it in any service letters yet? Or in the POH? Mentioned at the RHC class? MD
  4. I just read all the recommended reading. Change the names as you will---but we're talking about the same thing(I mean that in a good way). As I have always said, "All single rotor helicopters get in to LTE, but only some have a problem with it because their T/R is inadequate to compensate." According to yours and Mr. Lappos definition, you would simply say, "well, then you didn't get LTE---if you were able to compensate for it with enough t/r authority." Fair enough. I see what you are saying. I have done lots of explaining over the years myself. There is a "fear" of LTE out in the ranks because of this lack of understanding that Mr. Lappos talks about. He is right, I've help dispel the fear myself. I have just jumbled the words a little differently, with the same end result. I guess it could be better stated---All single rotor helicopters(excluding notar) get into the conditions favorable to LTE, but most are able to overcome the potential problem and simple fly away. They can do this because they have adaquate T/R autority to do the job required. Thinking of the FAA AC about LTE---All the conditions presented in the AC would be considered "normal" to all flight operations, and therefore will not be deemed a problem unless your T/R is inadequate to over come the situation. How's that. I think we are on the same page? Marc D.
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    I agree---that is not safe. The guy didn't even have a helmet on!
  6. All helicopters with a tail rotor can and do get LTE-Loss of Tailrotor Effectiveness. Most just overcome it successfully.
  7. Has anyone here taught or teach at Fort Rucker as a civilian? MD
  8. Quote: "These accidents are happening because the pilot doesn't accept the fact that he has gone IIMC and wants to keep decending and slowing down to maintain VFR as long as possible. The pilot reaches a point where it then becomes to late. " I think the best preventative IIMC training I have ever had and have continued now for 18 years is reading accident reports. Old ones, new ones, and every one in between. 18 years ago this is what my dad told me to do, and I'm certain it has molded my attitude. Unfortunately it has made me a pessimist; but I'm alive, I'm safe, and I'm appropriately confident. As far as a "short course", I do believe this was the intent of the 10 hours required for a commercial rating. Marc D.
  9. Those videos are interesting. It shows that while nomex might not be perfect, at least you don't become ---more---fuel for the fire. In a total engulfing of flames and heat you might still die, but with cotton, you might make a small fire worse. Interesting. Marc D.
  10. Saving lives---Saving homes. Saving lives is rarely necessary by air, and could be done in emergency situations by the Guard. Saving homes? I'm sorry, but let them burn. Everyone knows a fire will come, yet nobody protects their home. And why should they when billions of dollars will come zooming their way when a fire comes. Let's get real here. It's more like, suck off the government tit as long as you possibly can and fight off anyone who tries to get on with you. A few years back I watched a single wide get 5 dumps of retardant around it to save it from a grass fire. You do the math. Saving homes! Of course it was at the end of the season and the tit was starting to dry up. Marc D.
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