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Helipilot PTK

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  1. If my flight physical came back that fast I would be ecstatic. I have heard they can take from a few weeks up to a few months. I am trying to have my battalion board scheduled in August and the only thing holding me back is the flight physical approval. Since I didn't take the flight physical at an Army base, Battalion had to send my physical to Ft Rucker. I want to keep track of physical so I can see when it is approved. I will then have my recruiter call battalion and speed things up, instead of waiting for them to contact us.
  2. One reason they wanted to replace the AFAST with the SIFT was because there was to much information (Aka study material) on the AFAST. In one of the articles posted about the SIFT they said it "isn't a test your suppose to study for", even though everyone included myself will do everything in our power to be prepares as possible for it. I believe the SIFT is an Army/ Navy mixture, many sections will have the same concepts as the AFAST. If I am wrong, feel free to correct me. I have been waiting for the SIFT to replace the AFAST, I scored a 100 on the AFAST and was extremely disappointed in m
  3. My flight physical has been sent to Ft Rucker according to battalion. I know recruiters can look at the progress of the flight physical online (completed, need more information etc.). My question is, how does a recruiter do this? Would anyone have the number or email of their recruiter that has experience with this? Any help is greatly appreciated.
  4. In the video it said he was only grounded for 30 days. At least he didn't lose his job.
  5. The one time I did frost patrol, which was in Michigan. The farmers set up big fire heaters under all the wires where we would be patrolling, about 6 feet apart from each other. We got there before the sun went down and flew over the fields we would be patrolling spotting all the wires that would be hazardous to our safety, with the help of the farmers. They worked very well, easily seeing where all the wires were. I don't know how operations work elsewhere, and realize this is not practical for all frost patrol operations. This is not fool proof as you all know, if you lost focus or were gett
  6. I agree. On my night cross country, my instructor had me land on an elevated helipad. I didn't think it was going to be to difficult until I tried it for the first time, your judgment is a little off because it's not level with the ground and you have to be much more precise when coming in on final. The wind can defiantly add to the complexity of the landing. I learned a lot from practicing them. If I ever become a CFI they will be in my curriculum of things to work on. I see everyones point of view on this topic. You obviously have to teach to PTS standards so the applicant can successfully
  7. The first time I performed a running take off was on my PPL check ride. I did say however that you should at least be able to hover for a short time. Shawn Coyle explains running takeoffs very well in his book "Cyclic and Collective", which I'm sure many of you have read.
  8. Isn't that what they are meant for? If you do a proper W&B, and you check the limitations section (including personal limitations) and everything is within limits, you should be able to have a safe flight. I do agree however, that you should at least be able to hold a hover for a short amount of time, and if not it would be wise to postpone or cancel the flight. I have only practiced these maneuvers, no real world experience doing them, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. This reminds me of a story told a while back on this forum. Where two guys in a R-22 couldn't take off, so one o
  9. I had 54.1 hours TT. That includes two flights I did in the R-44 helicopter, and Bell 47 G2 helicopter that my instructor brought me along on to get some free time. 51.6 hours is how long I had in the R-22 helicopter when I took my checkride, It took me about a year and two months to get my rating due to the fact that my flight training was funded by two part time jobs. Like the above posters said, keep positive because in the end you will need all the time anyways.
  10. Brings back awesome memories of my cross country flights, enjoy every minute of them! My only advice to you is to keep on studying for the FAA test, if you put the time into studying the test will be a breeze. Good luck on your next cross country flight!
  11. Any new tips on mounting the GoPro with the suction cup mount?
  12. Thank you for all the help Sir. My recruiter is the one with the medical records, makes sense that I should not be in possession of them (for the reasons you mentioned). I will be calling him tomorrow to see if he has found any new information on sending it, and will give him the number you posted. This is the last main thing to complete before the board interview, so I'm eager to get it done.
  13. That is what I thought happened also. After the flight physical was complete, I specifically asked him if they send it to Rucker, he replied "No, you do that" and gave us all the medical papers. My recruiter doesn't know what to do, so I am trying to figure it out. Should we just call the base where I took the flight physical and ask them? I took it at an Air force base, if that makes a difference.
  14. I completed my flight physical, and my recruiter is telling me he has to send it to battalion first so they can send it to Fort Rucker. I want to know how all of you guys/ gals sent your flight physical to Rucker. Addresses and process of sending it etc.
  15. Came across this post, wanted to bump it up to see if we can get a response.
  16. That is one hell of an accomplishment to be proud of Sir. I hope I'm able to say that one day. How old were you when you first started flying choppers?
  17. I believe it would be in your best interests to get an actual certificate rather than just a couple of rotorcraft hours. IMO it shows the board that you are committed to what you started.
  18. Sorry, I don't have anything to add to your post. But how is your friend in special forces and also in the reserves? I always thought all of the SF and SO have to be active duty. Like the Rangers for example.
  19. My flight instructor would always say "you have the whole runway to land", start with normal approaches, not necessarily to a specific spot. Then start trying to hit your spot. lose altitude when you have airspeed, don't slow down when you're ten feet in front of your landing spot. You control your airspeed, your instructor will be able to give you the best advice based on your skill and progress level. I am not the most experienced pilot in any way, I am just trying to give you the best advice based on my experience. Anyone feel free to jump in and help him out. Good luck!
  20. You worked on the helicopters used in the Osama raid? That must have been an awesome experience. Also nightsta1ker, how long were you with the160th? It is my life goal to be a 160th pilot.
  21. It will be a bigger advantage because it will be a more up to date test, meaning they straightened out the "kinks" in the old test aka the AFAST.
  22. I understand and agree with you, some things are best left unknown. It does however motivate me even further to get accepted into the WOFT program.
  23. I do not know the credibility of this. However, I heard they may have gotten into SWP because the walls were taller than expected making them have a steeper than expected approach. I could very well be wrong as this is just what I have heard.
  24. Congratulations! If you don't mind would you post your stats, test scores, PT, LOR's Etc.
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