Jump to content


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

pairoboots's Achievements


Apprentice (3/14)

  • First Post
  • Collaborator Rare
  • Conversation Starter
  • Week One Done
  • One Month Later

Recent Badges



  1. Hi Dean and thanks for the tip! That book sounds interesting and it never hurts to go back and review the basics, besides its been along time since I took my check rides . Since the book is based on flying Enstroms it might make a good addition for any Enstrom enthusiast. Thanks Dean
  2. Thanks again PhilPrice and I will indeed keep in touch with the other two Enstrom owners here locally. Another reason I feel confident to own the Enstrom is that there is going to be a service center for them just about 40 or 50 miles from me. I have talked to the owner of the service center and was impressed with the background in helicopter maintenance and the fact that Enstrom personnel is working with him to get the Enstrom line of helicopters added to his existing maintenance set up. I have been told that there is a lot of interest in the Enstrom line of helicopters here in Texas and that there will also be a dealership in my local area soon., sounds very encouraging ! Thanks
  3. Hello PhilPrice, was wondering where you were? 8 minuets hand off flying in the Enstrom, now that’s impressive ! My first hour in the Enstrom wasn’t all that pretty, but improvement was fast there after. I will need a few more hours in the 280FX from my instructors to get a discount on the insurance, that and a letter from the main man. I guess there are only four Enstrom owners in this forum, that’s including myself even though I have not taken delivery yet ? I have located two other Enstrom owners in my area, so I am not totally alone in my preference. Was wondering if there were other Enstrom owners in your areas or are you all the one and only ? Thanks a bunch boots
  4. Red …………. I can live with that ! I noticed that the 280FX had lots if tail rotor authority , for you pilots that have flown both the Enstrom & the Robinsons how do you think the tail rotors compare? I know the Robinsons have great tail rotors, but so does the Enstrom, just curious. Cross-eyed I hope you get a chance to try the Enstrom again someday. It took me several hours to get used to the cyclic system, but when you do it is really a great system . Thanks
  5. Hello everyone Thanks Dean nice to hear from you , I did not know you had ever flown an Enstrom, hope it was a good experience! And yes I have chosen the Enstrom I really do love it. Also I agree with you it is nice to fly other brands when its possible. There are a few simple things about the Enstrom that are not mentioned very often that really make a big difference in comfort to me, the seats are extremely comfortable, the collective stays where you put it in flight at least that was my experience in the 280FX. Also I really do like the way the rotors are engaged, it is a simple manual lever that does not take much effort and It is a real quick rotor engagement. The adjustable pedals are great and seem to be a little higher of the floor , very comfortable. The preflight checks are fairly easy most everything is easily inspected. Oil dip stick is up high and easily reached and the push in access steps make it a breeze to check the rotor system . Also the fuel drains and main sump drain are easily accessed. One more thing worth bringing up is what Ga Chopper mentioned , the worth of the graphic engine monitor, it is a very big comfort factor. I do think that the Enstrom is gaining in popularity and as more people get a chance to fly them ,I think they will realize that it is a exceptional machine. Now what do you think ? Black or Red ? Thanks Everyone and fly safe pairoboots
  6. Hello cross-eyed thanks for chiming in! I am fairly new to the Enstrom, but my experience with the cyclic control, is that it is easy to make changes after initially setting the trim, basically as easy as a hydraulic system and in some ways I think better. I have only a few hours in the Enstrom and love the system. I think something doesn’t sound right about the one you flew, but then again I am only speaking from my limited experience with the 280FX and about 30 minuets in the 480B. Ga Chopper and others in this forum are better able to give you a better answer than I can, they are much more experienced with the Enstrom. OK guys help us out. Thanks
  7. Hello ! Ga Chopper congratulations , glad to here about your check ride! I am actually thinking of maybe getting my CFI, wish me lots and lots of luck ! I wish everyone had a chance to fly an Enstrom for several hours. It really took me several hours to realize how great a ship it is. At first I did have trouble with the correlator , but after a hour or two it was easy to use. I am hooked on fully articulated rotor systems now. I am flying a 300C model some and now really appreciate its rotor system . Just as flingwing 206 said he would pick the 280FX over the R44 in a heartbeat, well now so will I. Right now the 280FX is the best helicopter for my needs, I love the Enstrom . I have not yet worked out all the details yet , but plan on placing my order this month. I do know that I will get the new dampers in the deal and possibly work a deal for the throttle gov. when it is available . I think I now know why these two gentlemen, Ga Chopper and Phil Price speak so highly of the Enstrom. I think it just might be possible to fall in love a little bit with these ships ! pairoboots
  8. Hello folks ! Just got back from flying the Enstrom 280FX ! I did some training in a brand new 280FX and I was and still am very impressed to say the least ! It is a little different to fly at first, mainly the trim system, but after a few hours of flying it you begin to realize it is spectacular ! You can trim it out to where it will continue on its clime out almost unassisted, even on a climbing turn it will continue on if properly trimmed. It is not hard to learn, the Enstrom was a dream to fly ! I also got a chance to fly the 480B under the supervision of the instructor . All I can think of to say is awesome ! What can be done in the 280FX is amazing . Autos to the ground totally a non event . The Enstrom is absolutely my first choice for a personal helicopter. If you ever get a chance to get some time in a Enstrom 280FX I think you will love it. And also the fuel flow and EGT was easily done at hover just as Ga Chopper said in another post In my opinion the Enstrom 280FX is absolutely the Cadillac of the piston helicopters ! Also the piston models should be available with the new elastomeric dampers before long and the throttle gov. hopefully following soon . Happy trails
  9. Thanks again Ga Chopper, I thought that was probably one of the Enstrom myths, but wasn’t sure. I think that if that was a normal thing that they definitely would have brought it up at the factory maintenance course. Like I said, strange question, but thought I would ask anyway. I agree with you that they are probably the two best piston helicopters available. Its going to be a hard choice and one that I will probably be able to make only once, so I better make it count! Happy trails!
  10. One thing more that I wanted to say about my final choice of purchase and what will help make that decision for me. I will sometimes have my wife flying with me, so I want to feel that she is safe. I know that all helicopter flights have risks, so that is expected. What I wish to do is to narrow it down, by the two helicopters own merits. The R 44 doesn’t have that bad of a fatal accident rate, but there are some other factors that are bothersome. Main rotor divergence being the most concern. I have looked, as probably most of you have at the NTSB sites and the accidents listed and there causes. This is just one tool that can be used and I do not rely on it alone ( My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones, very sad). As I have stated, I sometimes fly the R44 and have always felt safe in it. I think when I said that the rotor system on the Enstrom made me feel safer, that I might have very well been saying that it also makes me feel my loved one is safer. I am sure that some of you that have your own personal helicopters have gone through this process of selection also. The Enstrom has a good safety record also, and I feel I would have a good chance of getting it down safely if an autorotation was needed, but I also feel that way about the R44. When I was flying The R22 I experienced over a period of time several bird avoidance situations or what I thought was. I was never hit by one, but reacted anyway, but not severely. I did not yank the cyclic or go bananas with the collective , so I do wonder, how that loss of main rotor control could happen other ways. I know that most in the R22 seem to happen with an instructor & student on board, but not all that I recall were low timers. I also believe there were a few loss of main rotor control accidents in the R44, I believe they were in Europe, but not sure about this or what were the circumstances. There is a lot of R44s out there now and very few that have experienced loss of main rotor control according to what I read in a report on the website. There are a lot of other things that can happen in a helicopter that are serious, but that would be a very long list. What it all boils down to is that it is a personal helicopter for pleasure and I want the most safety I can get for me and my wife. Right now I lean towards the Enstrom, but still learning. I have some questions about Robinsons, but will post those in another site. I do have one question about the main rotor transmission. In the Enstrom, is it common for the transmission to make metal in small amounts when new? Strange question, but this is what I have heard. Thanks again and fly safe
  11. Ga Chopper excellent information, its good to know that the newest engine in the Enstroms is making its 1500 hr TBO recommendations and also in some machines going past the recommended 1500 hr. TBO. I also agree that proper cool down at the end of the flight is essential to long engine life. I am not very familiar yet, with a fuel flow & EGT gauge, but doesn’t seem that it would be very difficult to control. I will find out in a few more weeks when I get a chance to fly it. I think its probably one of those tasks that become second nature with time. Is that the way it is with you and your machine? Also I thought there would be a fairly good manifold pressure reserve in the Enstrom under most conditions, what is your observation? Helidoc or any one with experience in the Enstrom turbocharged ships what is your opinion on controlling EGT/ fuel flow gauge? Say from a hover to cruising altitude? Thanks in advance Pairoboots P.S. Have you taken the CFI check ride yet?
  12. Hello! I would appreciate information from mechanics, pilots, CFIs or anyone familiar with these engines mentioned below. The Enstrom uses a Lycoming HIO 360 F1AD engine that is turbocharged and runs at 3050 RPM to produce 225 HP. The Hughes / Schweizer 300 uses the Lycoming HIO 360 D1A and runs at 3200 RPM to produce 190 HP. Both engines have TBO at 1500 hrs. The question is if used in the exact same flying situation ,which engine is more likely to make its TBO or go past it? Which engine is under more stress, or are they about equal? The Enstrom is running at lower RPM., but runs at a hotter temp because of the turbocharger. On the other hand the Hughes 300 is running at a higher RPM., but should run at a lower temp., not having hot air forced into it from a turbocharger. The Enstroms engine is supposedly beefed up to handle the turbo, what area did Lycoming beef it up? Is the Hughes 300 engine beefed up in any way for use in a helicopter? I may have a lot of information wrong, so please correct me if so. This is something I am curious about and would appreciate any information. Thanks! i
  13. Just would like to say that I am looking foreword to learning to fly the Enstrom. I do like the R22 & the R44 after all I got my private and then the commercial license in the R22. I was extremely lucky to be able to fly pipelines for a while in an R22 that my instructor owned. That was a while back, but was one of the best times ever for me. He lost the contracts and that was that. The rest of my time has been in H269, 300C and the R44. It is my plan to purchase in December the R44 or the Enstrom 280FX so I have the time to compare and decide what is best for my needs. I have waited a few years to be able to do this. Kids are grown only one left at home! Wife says go for it! Cant get better approval than that! Seriously though I am not bashing the Robinsons at all I am just concerned about the rotor system. It may very well be extremely safe system, but the blades if there is a problem I hope its fixed after all are not the R22 & the R44 blades made at the same place? When I get back from the Enstrom training I will still go and fly some in the R44 while waiting on my purchase. Its close by so might as well fly. I have a concern about the rotor system that’s all. It doesn’t mean I wont fly it or buy it. Ga. Chopper good luck on the CFI Sorry everybody about the multiple posts hoped it wouldn’t be noticed! I always wanted to be best at something, but not mistakes on the computer! Thanks again everyone and safe flying pairoboots
  14. Thanks again PhilPrice your information was indeed helpful. I will weigh the insurance decision carefully. You mentioning the pipe hitting the tail rotor reminded me of another incident here locally involving a 300C I believe they were hovering near a hangar and I think it was a burlap sack that got blown into the main rotor system. That misplaced sack caused extensive damage. Those unexpected mishaps can be very costly. Something to seriously consider is if one can take the loss and still buy again. One thing though I have never flown without even a correlator. That would keep me busy for sure, maybe I am spoiled to a correlator also. Helidoc thanks for your input. I have much to consider and more flying to do before a final decision. Hopefully in a few months I can decide. One other thing that former 280FX of yours might have been a good buy for me if it had come on the market latter. It sounds like when you had the ship it was well taken care of and lacked for nothing. Those kind are sometimes hard to find. Thanks and be safe pairoboots .
  15. PhilPrice Thanks You are probably right about the gov. It might increase sales and make Robinson pilots likely to try an Enstrom. If Enstrom ever brings out a lighter weight trainer with the gov. It might be a lot more desirable for new students. Even though I like a gov. I remember when I first started flying the 300 I thought I would miss the gov., but I adjusted fairly quickly and it was not a bother. I hope Enstrom does develop a trainer that will compete in that market. I would like to see more people flying Enstroms. I also agree with IgorS that is a beautiful 28A. Ga.Chopper thanks for your earlier response. I would like to ask you since you’re a Enstrom mechanic and owner what would cause the swash plate to need rebuilding after so few hours. Also I will likely not fly more than 100 hours a year, will this create any special concerns about maintenance. Helidoc Iwould like to ask if you don’t mind about the 20,000 for the two years you had it. It included maintenance, fuel and ins.. I was wondering if the ins. Was just liability? Since ins. Is a big factor I thought that I might go to just liability after the first year. I would also like opinions from PhilPrice and Ga. Chopper on using liability ins. only after a year. My thought is that I would be more familiar with The Enstrom and could better chance just using liability and maybe partial hull. . As you have probably already guessed I will most likely go with the Enstrom. I said it earlier and I will say it again, when I look at the Enstrom rotor system it makes me feel better and safer. That along with a solid feel and tail rotor authority. Thanks again, pairoboots
  • Create New...