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  1. Thanks for the info. I've only flown the R22, R44, 300, and 47...never anything turbo or turbine and it hit me today to wonder what the gauge would be when turbocharged. I looked at gauge clusters online and some of them didn't even have a manifold pressure gauge so I was a little mystified. Man I'd love to fly that Bell 47 B31. I took my private checkride in a 1952 Bell 47 D1 model. Awesome aircraft, but a little more power would be cool too.
  2. I was sitting here thinking about power gauges and different helicopters. Turbines have a torque meter, reciprocating engines have inches of vacuum or manifold pressure. Then I wondered what gauge a turbo charged recip engine would have. I imagine the boost would vary by altitude and engine speed (although fairly constant).I have heard the turbo is set up to boost more at high altitude and less at low altitude to keep engine performance somewhat constant regardless of altitude. This makes me think the boost would vary quite a bit. Do they just have a boost gauge in place of the manifold pressure or is there some sort of torque meter? -Thanks
  3. Yeah I just thought it was a crazy video I'm glad it raised some discussion. My neighbor tells me all about the hueys and 500's or "Loaches" as he calls them doing this in Vietnam also. He makes a good point though...in Vietnam either you made a hole to get your buddies or they died. He was a door gunner not a pilot, but he tells me how chopped off branches used to fly in the open doors of his huey, over his .60 or .50 in the doorway, and fill the aircraft then they had to throw them back out. He isn't really one to exaggerate, he doesn't need to he got shot down 3 times, and has lots of photos. He said most of his pilots were 18 or 19, but he was "older" and in his early 20's.
  4. Well, I feel for you guys. I have been there myself. I'm still recovering from a schools wrongdoing. I've moved on and now have saved a good portion of what I need. I started flying in 2005 and will never quit until I reach my goal. Only a private pilot with 110 hours as of now...still working on it.
  5. I'll vouch for Helitahoe's instructors. Great couple of guys there! One of them was an instructor of mine. While on the ground I must warn you you will need a handfull of good comebacks ready at all times...lol All jokes aside, I would send my best friend there.
  6. OOPS What do you all think? He says they literally just sawed the skid off to make it easier to net. he he
  7. I only flew the franklin 325 piston engine bell 47 D 1 but here is an awesome turbine
  8. It is like a good old cup of coffee in a world of energy drinks and supplements. Not fancy or flashy, it just plain works. My favorite trainer. (I flew them all)
  9. The 47 D1 I used to fly had wood blades as well with no time limit only inspections and I think they were originals from 1952 or possibly replaced once. I have seen the super expensive composite blades on a 47 G3 and they look like the blades on an A-star. The school I used to attend in California is working with Bell to get set up for assembling bell 47's from parts to start popping more out again. Personally I would love to see that. Maybe more people are in the same boat and will make parts, including blades, easier to obtain. The bell 47 is primitive but is really a sweet ship for late 40's and early 50's technology. I like it generally more than the robbie 22 or s 300 by far when it comes to flying enjoyment. Autos are like comparing a new lincoln town car to an 80's vw rabbit, the rotor inertia is incredible.... more like a "real" helicopter I am told.
  10. I would like to buy a timed out or slightly damaged tail rotot blade of a reasonable size. I'm on a strict budget so something cheap would be nice. I'm serious and want to display it over my desk. It doesn't need to be painted or anything. Let me know what you want and we can figure out some shipping.
  11. 48 hours between 3 R22's, a 269/300c, a 300cbi, and a Bell47. Spread between 3 schools over about 1.5 years with 7 fliht instructors. I don't even want to explain the details.... Check ride was in a Bell 47D1 ... A sweet machine no matter what anyone says!
  12. Jras312, I hope that you won't give up however you do it. I always wanted to fly helicopters but the cost sort of killed it in my mind so I semi-gave up for a few years. After working a lot of construction, then equipment operating, then driving semi, then becoming an electronics engineer to get the hell out of construction I realized one thing. I just wanted to fly helicopters and thought about it literally every day. If you know it then you know it. I tried applying to the WOFT (warrant officer flight training program) in the ARMY. You can, although somewhat rare, be accepted into the program as a civilian after a lengthy application. I tried for two years and hadn't gotten in yet so I tried the private way. I now have my private and close to a commercial. I decided the military wasn't for me either, at least not if I wasn't flying, and I wasn't going to sign up general enlisted to hope someone thought to choose me for helicopters. Looking back after becoming a cop anyway, I should have kept applying for that program to fly in the military but I'll still get to my goal eventually. I got my electronics degree so I would meet the requirements of the WOFT program. I was flying once a week because it was what I could afford. Now flying is a little more demanding and I want to retain more information by flying more often right up to when I try to get a job so I have stopped flying to save that money until I can go all at once... maybe 8 to 10 flights a week or more. I reccomend if you can only afford to spend so much at a time to save until you have enough to do it all at once. Loans can be good or they could drive you to bankruptcy so be careful. Even if someone said they would finance it all for you realize that if you can't afford the loan it will kill you and make you miserable. It is very hard to get an unsecured (no collateral such as a house) loan that is that large even with good credit. One of my flight instructors started flying at almost 50 and he was the best one I have had yet. I just think he wanted it very much and loved what he did more because of his struggle to get there. Whatever you do don't give up and I'll be fighting to get there too. Maybe I'll see you in the air someday. I noticed the 312 are you in Chicago?
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