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  1. If I had been aboard that one VRS would have meant Viscious Rectal Spasims....
  2. This is the best helicopter related book I have read. A rescue in the storm from "A perfect storm". From the phillipines to Iraq and many places inbetween... Arial refueling with a 400ft ceiling with 60' waves below... Flying the old HH-3's and having to milk the collective in the underpowered pigs... Basically an awesome book which clearly shows it is'nt glamorous, it is'nt safe but when you can hang it up after 3 decades and know you saved 293 lives it is worth it. Info
  3. From the link in the previous post click here Me ::rotorhead:: and ::thanks::
  4. I know its not there but what about a 355 vs a 135?
  5. she's a super huey.......... super huey super huey out...
  6. I'm 30 exactly, prior active, current reserve aviation... When I have my PPL Helio, IFR and commercial written done I'll send the packet. Update Today I just aced the PPL test!
  7. Kamo focuses on low cost KA 115 There are alot of used helicopters on the market in that price range. Less noise and more fuel efficient makes it interesting..
  8. RTRNV

    Tilt Rotors

    I'm surprised I have'nt seen more coaxial rotor or intermeshing machines as they try to push the envelope. Some hatchet tip rotors fend off retreating blade stall to a higher speed on single rotor machines so add it to rotor designs for the duals. I'd go for a ride in a fullsize production "Unicopter" but hide behind a fire truck when a tilt rotor is hovering... A turbine powered "unicopter" type upsized to a EC155 sized cabin would be a good ems rig. Unicopter If I was an engineer at kman I'd start with the engine/trans from the kmax, make a fuselage as slippery as EC's but with the pusher prop. They will need 3 or 4 rotor elastomeric rotor heads.
  9. I'm thinking the roof top was the best bet. It's still the wrong helio for training unless you already have a cert and are now training to fly a R22 and have been thru SFAR 73. Looking at the ground for an auto has some advantages like more time to plan out the thing, maybe more room for a better flare, more room for ground run out. Its also true there would be lower density alititude at GL than 700 or so AGL but in city like LA I would'nt count on having to many places on the ground that are perfect for an auto let alone be lucky enough to be near one when it happens. Main and/or tail rotors stricking pedestrians or vehicles or even something else first like a sign post then fragmenting is'nt good on a crouded city street. The majority of the rotor fragments (if not all) probably stayed on the roof. The saftey nets and shelf on a FAA approved roof top pad exist for a reason. Another thing as that going down around all the buildings would make for some unpredictable winds. I have become good at predicting/avoiding structure generated shears by observing the wind sock and looking at the surrounding structures, terrain and trees and extrapolating their effects. I have watched a EMS helio land at a local hospital which had 3 wind socks all pointing in different directions. One was on a pole at GL and two on two different levels and points on buildings. Think high, middle, ground level. He had to decend thru two shifts in wind direction and velocity. Scrubing altitude off at the rate of an auto thru unpredicable winds while traveling at the recomended auto rotation airspeed per the POH is'nt a good idea in downtown LA.
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