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tvman345

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  1. Uh.. because it costs money to operate an R44 and R44 time is marketable. Half price is a pretty good deal... What are you going to charge me if I walk into Colorado Vertical looking to do some R44 dual?
  2. Was he the one with the dog named "Chopper" that flew with him? I used to like to watch his blog videos that he did online. I didn't realize that he was gone...
  3. Well, the news is the news and aircraft accidents are usually big news especially in the local area. It is a great chance for uneducated news reporters to sensationalize an otherwise tragic event. But at the end of the day, if you take an ENG job, you are there to cover what they tell you to cover. Refusing to fly to something because you feel it is wrong is a good way to get fired quickly. If you want to make a difference, work to build your credibility with the station. At many stations the pilot is a faceless bus driver that no one knows. Reach out to your station, meet the people that make the decisions, bring local aviation related stories to their attention. If they trust you you'll find that they begin to call you to ask aviation questions. Then the next time an aviation accident happens help us all out by making sure that they report the facts correctly, use the correct terminology, and don't speculate. That will stop things like "It is unknown if the single engine training airplane had redundant (meaning dual) controls" from getting on the air. - T
  4. I came across this little gem on another forum: http://www.youtube.com/user/theninthtrust This woman has upwards of 250 videos on YouTube that "document" the various helicopters and other aircraft that have been "stalking" her over the past 5 years. All you pilots in the San Antonio area wondering where all the complaints were coming from...well here you go. If you expand the description field on some of these videos you could have reading material for hours. Brings to mind this classic fella': http://youtube.com/watch?v=zA1hyqA6UTY Disclaimer: I in no way intend to demean or ridicule those who suffer from any mental imbalance. However it is my opinion that once you put it up on the WWW, especially YouTube, it is fair game. - T
  5. I'm still on the "flare the tail into the ground" thing. Did Rob just make that up? I mean, I don't have 18,563 flight hours but if you asked me if I had ever heard of that technique I wouldn't argue with you. I would just say "Uhh...No?" and consider you crazy from now on. Edit.... Damn man, if you ever want to get a job lose that web site quick. If I get a resume the first thing I do is Google the person to see if there is any dirt on them.
  6. Ring...."Hello? FSDO? I think you should take a swing by Helicopters of America. Your story sucks dude...and if it is true I feel bad for you. If nothing else being jerked around will make you more cautious in the future. The part that scares me is the flaring the tail into the ground and poor maintenace that you describe. If they are telling students to ignor broken fuel gauges then do everyone a favor and call the local FSDO and ask them to take a visit.
  7. I've worked in the tv news business for years. Be ready for the station you are dealing with to have absolutely no concept of aviation. If you have any questions send me a PM...
  8. Sorry to bring up an old thread, but are these guys still in business? Their website is gone and the only phone number I could find is disconnected. If so, any other rental suggestions for Vegas would be appreciated. - T
  9. http://www.heliclass.com/ Not $150 but I suspect something like this is what Goldy is talking about.
  10. Yep, that was North East Philly (PNE) at the Agusta HQ. Second time this year that the foam has gone off. Last time they updated the ATIS with "use caution for blowing foam." -T
  11. Uhhh....nothing chief, but the people who make the rules generally don't know much about the reality of what they are regulating.
  12. Check out Nassau Helicopters at Princeton Airport in NJ if you have a car. http://www.nassauhelicopters.com
  13. I think it will be a station by station thing. Maybe ABC will tell all of its owned stations that the pilot can't report on air any more. NBC upped the weather mins and training requirements for all of its ENG contracts after that crazy "caught on tape" crash onto a roof in New York City in '04. http://www.citynoise.org/article/568 In the end the stations will still want the first, fastest, best, coverage for the cheapest price. So my guess is that any short term changes will fade away over the long term. We'll see.... - T
  14. A tragic loss for the helicopter community. God Speed....
  15. Haverfield does power line patrols and repair. They are those crazy guys who climb out of the helicopter and sit on the power lines. A pretty big company I believe, they have 13 helicopters based at that heliport. -T
  16. I am no expert, but when I was training you didn't need to have an account. You could walk in the door, fly, and put it on the MasterCard. I don't see why it would be neccessary to keep money in an account unless it's some kind of "insurance" for them against you flying and then disappearing without paying. Maybe they got burned in the past. -T
  17. Is this the voice you speak of? http://www.cbs2.com/video/?id=31768@kcbs.dayport.com If so that is Larry Welk and he is the person to beat if you are in aerial ENG. He owns Angel City Air which provides 2 AStars for the KCBS/KCAL duopoly in LA. Yes he is the pilot and yes he does that reporting while flying. All that on top of navigating that crazy LA airspace and maintaining seperation with up to 10 other helicopters following the same thing. It is another level of flying. His bio is here: http://cbs2.com/bios/local_bio_290185215.html
  18. Idea for Fixed Wing Fun: Go to the Helicopter web site and stir the pot. Grow up dude...Let's see you sling some trees with that little Cesna of yours.
  19. If you do it and it doesn't work out.....at least you did it. If you don't do it.....you'll be pissed at yourself forever. You can do anything as long as you want it bad enough. Good luck!!
  20. Good lord...!!! High speed (around 70kts in the robbie), shallow decents are the biggest culprit. Somewhere I have a blade slap chart for the R-22 that shows the airspeed / decent rate combinations that cause it. If I can find it I'll throw it up here for all. - Fly Safe
  21. The most disturbing part for me....10,000 hours in make/model. Just goes to show that you're never immune. Fly safe!
  22. University MedEvac operates a yellow and black BK up in that area. Fenestron? I dunno... I thought the only PHI operation in the North East was in northern Jersey.
  23. I think fry is a greeter at walmart and gets his helicopter thrills by going to an online message board and insulting everyone that has the stones to do what he can't. Good luck Freeplay, if you want it enough you'll make it work. I did and so did many others here. Fly safe!
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