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HelliBoy

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  1. Thats great. You can tell she's new because she didnt get all indignant and self important and scream up at the helicopter "how DARE you!" Give her a few years. Props to the cameraman for holding his ground, he must've seen it coming.
  2. Glad everyone is okay. My heart goes out to the pilot, he/she will probably have a lifetime of self recrimination caused by one simple mistake. Take solace in the fact that your actions saved the lives of two passengers. Keep your head up, live and learn, try and move on, these things CAN AND DO happen to the best of us. Professionals can still make mistakes and be professionals afterwords; just ask a weatherman. On a lighter note: the announcer in the youtube video is absolutely hilarious. My favorites: "is it gonna blow up?!" "can I get some food over here?!" "(heavy breathing into the mic)"
  3. Heres what I'd do: Place a job opening for a Director of Operations with an emphasis on what the company you bought was doing before. You'll pay for it, but having some upper level management personnel should help avert disaster. There are plenty of owners out there who dont neccesarily run the day to day of their company, and in you're company everyone here would advise against it. One of the good things about the helicopter industry is that personell costs pale in comparison to operating costs...makes you feel better signing payroll checks Going to Heli-Expo is a good idea. Maybe consider asking around about who you could bring on as a consultant to help you get started with your company. It sounds like you have the money and its better to spend it now than lose it later.
  4. A good lesson in the fairness and effecacy of legions of government beaurocrats. Will PHP be compensated for the effect this misuse of federal power had on their business? No.
  5. This doesnt pass the smell test from a mile away. You wouldnt be writing from Nigeria, would you?
  6. What a cogent and enlightened argument GP. Your usual level of reasoning as I recall...
  7. Comparing auto insurance to health insurance is comparing apples to oranges, and saying auto insurance is single payer is just plain ignorant of the debate we're having. Auto insurance is bought by you to protect other people from your negligence. Health insurance is bought by you to protect you from huge medical bills. Single-payer in health insurance is the govt pays for everyone...I have no idea what you're talking about when you say that car insurance is single payer. And its "your constitution" too buddy. You may be willing to surrender control of your life to a govt beaurocrat but Im not. So you know people who have died, you say becuase of insurance issues, but it IS their fault for not having or bothering to understand the implications of their coverage. Who else's fault is it??? Mine?? Because in your perfect healthcare dream I'll be the one paying for it. Your making this argument based on emotion instead of facts(which apparently arent important enough for you to detail in your response), just like every big government liberal. You want everyone to feel sorry for you and your sob story to get them to agree to something that you cannot otherwise convince them of. If rejecting that kind of argument in a serious debate makes me a heartless jerk then so be it. I live in the real world where the consequences of these decisions go far beyond the crying towel. What part of Obamacare would have saved your loved ones from the evil insurance companies? Why dont you detail what happened to them (honestly) to win this debate and prove me wrong?
  8. You're right, I havent been sick, but I still pay alot of my income towards insurance. Thats what insurance is. Maybe I should just decide to cancel it and buy a car...If you get sick and your insurance sucks or you dont have any at all, that is your responsibility. Dont blame me and the 'system' because some people dont think they should have to pay for what they want. Sure its heartbreaking but Obamacare is not the answer, my insurance rates went up 73% on Jan 1, and its not because of profiteering. Its me paying for people who didnt want insurance until they were sick. So much for controlling costs, and making insurance affordable. A heartbreaking anecdote can be cited as a reason to do just about anything. Newsflash-life is tough and unfair. Shredding the Constitution wont change that. Your loved one will go from dying because they didnt have insurance to dying because a beaurocrat decided the return on investment wasnt worth givng them the care they needed. We live in a country that was founded on limited and eneumerated powers of the federal government, Im not willing to flush that because something bad happened to you. Im sorry for the pain you suffered and I think we can fix it but more government control and beaurocracy is never the answer for anything. And the reason you can't think of a single good healthcare system that doesnt use massive gov't intervention is becuase there arent any left. I would be interested to hear an example of a 'good' heathcare system by your standards. I dont think there are any of those left either. Socialist Scandanavian Petro Economies excluded of course.
  9. You're right; what we have IS criminal. However, more govenment control of the private sector is not the answer, its the perpetrator. Your assertion that the cost of healthcare is driven by corporate profits is false. Insurance company profits are around 4% of revenue. In contrast, microsofts profit margin is in the neighborhood of 25%. The Healthcare overhaul, as it currently is written, is not designed to reduce healthcare costs or to 'fix' our system. Its designed to collapse our private insurance system and lead us to single payer and is obvious in this intention based on it most touted tenent: Gauranteed coverage for prexisting conditions. Not allowing people who pool risk to eliminate customers who pose too great a risk to the pool is not insurance. Its wellfare. People wont buy insurance until they need it, and when they do their risk will be 100%. The supposed safegaurd in the legislation against this is the 'penalty' for those who dont buy insurace. Despite the fact that this provision will most likely be overturned in the Supreme Court as unconstitutional, the 'penalty' is capped at a much lower percentage of income than would be spent by that person on an actual policy. The people who cant afford any insurance in this country have Medicaid, the people who dont have insurance in this country choose not to buy it. They'd rather have a nice car, apartment, cable TV, cell phone, ipod, etc, etc.... When the government inserts itself into the private sector (healthcare represents 1/6 of our economy), it invariably leads to disaster. Look at the current housing apocolypse. The government persuaded, cooerced even, mortgage lenders to give loans to people who could never repay them under the auspices of the Affordable Housing Act. Because of the politcal dream that everyone should be able to own a home, banks, under threat of penalty for discrimination, gave out junk loans by the trillions and in trying to protect themselves from being left holding the bag, bundled and sold those loans with other mortgages that were strong in order to reduce the percieved risk of the bad loans. They cant be blamed for protecting themselves and their customers, after all the money you have in your bank is loaned out, from the inevitible crash. The problem became cyclical and because more loans were going out, more people could buy a home and naturally home prices skyrocketed, meaning the loans got bigger and bigger. So in the name of a political dream that would never have happened in a free market, our entire economy was nearly collapsed. Healthcare is no different, only now the collapse is the goal. The Healthcare system could be fixed very simply: Elimination of State Mandates- "Why should I pay for your sex change?" Portablility of Policy- "Um, but I like that policy for sale in the next state over..." Tort reform- "Your medical malpractice insurance costs WHAT?" Medicaid/Medicare reform- "Why am I paying more than him for the same procedure?" And I dont know where you're getting your facts regarding R&D but your assertion is laughable. There are four major funders of medical research in the United States; drug companies, universities, the NIH(govt), and private citizens. 36% of funding for medical research comes from the government. Hardly 'almost all' as you said. And the blood pressure medication you'll need when Obama looses in 2012 wont be the product of government research. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GAURANTEES OPPORTUNITIES, NOT OUTCOMES. "You'll find no charity in the Constitution"- Ben Franklin. If you think everything I've just said is right wing propaganda I'll suggest a starting point for you to do your own research by posing a question and challenge you to come to a different conclusion about our system of medical care. Here it is: When and how did medical insurace come into existence in America, and what did people do before that?
  10. N451DB-2004 R44-Bravo Helicopters, Miami N666SL-2007 R44 II-Downrite Engineering, Miami (a real estate developer) No pics of the JetRanger in the video. Get ready for frost control insurance rates to go up!
  11. Is there a reg regarding the sterilization of headset mics?
  12. Actually not all AR-15s are carbines. In ARs the type of rifle (carbine, mid, or rifle)is based on the length of the gas tube and the location of the gas block on the barrel. Also theres no reason not to put a scope on an AR especially if your targets are at 100m+. Plus not everyone can afford a cool holographic sight that costs almost as much as the rifle itself Check out www.AR15.com, my second favorite forum. Theres a youtube video of an R22 flyin around the boonies shooting nuisance wild hogs, and of course the deer and goat hunters in NZ. I heard the guys in the R22 got killed tho.
  13. In my opinion, a confined area, high GW/limited power takeoff is the most difficult thing you can do with a helicopter. It takes the most ammount of discretion with the least ammount of margin for error. Often times it takes every advantage one can get, and TL begins with any forward airspeed, not just until you get into ETL. If you have room to get some airspeed I say use it. I teach, and practice, that as much forward acceleration you can get while keeping your tip-path plane above the obstacle will give you the most lift while giving an easy visual reference that your angle is good. Aborting is not as difficult as its been made out be here by other posters, we're not talking about barrelling towards the trees and getting out with a cyclic climb. I dont like stationary towering takeoffs because often times you can fall off your column and are decending right at your obstacle until you get ETL. So the argument that its safer to abort at stationary towering t/o is bunk with me. Why not take advantage of translational lift and your power margin in a way that can clearly be measured out the windshield thougout the maneuver. BTW if a student used your yard as a demonstration area for a confined area he'd fail my pre-checkride standards. Its hard to judge from a video but that looks like plenty of room to accelerate past the knee of the HV curve and establish a normal takeoff profile with plenty of room to clear your obstacles. I've never flown a heli-cycle tho. The best advice I can give is to KNOW YOUR AIRCRAFT. Understand and know the OGE hover charts if you have them. Understand what your power checks mean for performance. Experiment on a runway- how high can you climb straight up at MGW? I know my JetRangerIII will only climb to 50' straight up on a standard day at MGW.
  14. I dont understand how you reconcile those two statements. Those that didnt get hired are subpar instructors but are in demand elsewhere because they're so well trained? It might serve your ego to think you got hired there because you're the greatest pilot since Chuck Yeager but you're basically saying that 3/4 of the students you trained were incompetent or arrogant. (5 hires out of a 20 student class) If you really believe that the CFIs that graduate from BA(HAI) that dont get hired are 'not up to the level' then what does that say about YOUR performance as an instructor?? Get over yourself. As someone sated in an earlier post, and as I observed when I was there some years ago, apparently the 'right' attitude at BA/HAI is "Im gods gift to aviation." You're a walking, talking ad for any school in the US other than BA. Maybe they should pay you since you've appointed yourself the VR ad police.
  15. These questions are why you need to spend $11k on Bell school
  16. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkSONy8xt4U Be nice to see a schematic to compare to a 300. Just to see how much of a ripoff it actually is. I seriously doubt they could match the strength of the drivetrain components in a kit.
  17. I went to the florida school back when it was Heli Adventures, but I've heard it hasnt changed really. They have a good program and have a great educational approach and if you apply yourself there you will be as well trained as any initial CFI in the world. On the downside, your job prospects there are probably the worst among domestic flight schools. You can be the best student in your class and not get hired, its not a meritocracy; its a crapshoot. They hire based on demographics and need, if you're a white american male your chances of being hired are minimal. It sounds crass but unfortunately its true. There are a couple things you can do to improve your chances, like working as a fueler or dispatcher, but with so many unemployed, proficient CFIs hanging around its really a matter of luck as to when a slot opens up. That said, I dont know anyone among my contemporaries there that never found that first job somewhere. My advice would be to look around at the employment boards on JH and elsewhere and look for schools that have hired outside CFIs. Its a good indicator that they dont produce a whole lot of CFIs and almost invariably hire anyone they train to that level. Good luck.
  18. My two cents: You're going to have a tough time flying 5-6 hours per day if you're not used to it in order to get done in your time frame. Its easier to do that in a FW, thats why all the 'gauranteed IFR in 7 days' schools. Also, since time seems to be your major concern I wouldnt bother with a sim. You're not going to be able to log it towards the rating unless its part of a 141 program anyways and you need the flight time if I remember correctly. Trust me, if you do an instrument in two weeks the last ten hours will seem like a huge waste. You'll have everything down by 25 or even earlier at that rate. Its not the rocket science everyone makes it out to be. A two week flying vacation sounds fun...Im jealous. P.S.- make sure to research the airports around wherever you decide to go. Make sure plenty of appropriate approches are available nearby, preferably at airports without major carrier traffic cuz you'll be about the smallest potato there is.
  19. I gotta believe it would be a better expenditure of stimulus dollars than getting monkeys high on cocaine and studying ants in africa. Call your congressional representative.
  20. You probably have a better chance of finding a part time job right now. Hours are down for schools and replacing a full time CFI with a part timer is very attractive. The full time guys like it too because they can get thier full time flight hours but arent overstreched.
  21. I would just like to remind everyone that none of us was there behind the stick. I would never blow someone into the FAA without FULL knowledge of the facts and circumstances, and would never forward a vid to my POI just to kiss his a$$. You can say thats not what you were doing but thats what it looks like to me and most everyone else. So congratulations hero, just hope no one ever sees you do anything stupid, or better yet anything that they deemed from their den was stupid. Why dont you think back accross your carreer and write down the times that you 'may' have violated a reg., put it in an envolope, and mail it to your POI or whomever. That way no one will ever have to repeat YOUR mistakes. Unless a sky god like you never made any. Unbelievable.
  22. Rule number one: Never fly your camel directly over your target. Rule number two: Never let your camel see you having sex with your donkey. It'll get jealous.
  23. I hate to speculate and I live in a glass house just like everyone else, but my guess is rotor droop or overpitching (settling with power in Canada). I fly a 300 CB almost every day and he let his airspeed drop below ETL. Very lucky considering the unlucky situation.
  24. The glovebox in a SZR is about as big as r22 underseat stowage and you wont be pulling your survival gear out of your rectum after the seats stroke in a crash.
  25. Invest in a handheld radio. Dont bother with a cheap one, if you need it you'll wish it was a good one. It makes the overnight/survival gear unnecessary. And carry it on your person, I heard somewhere that 'if you dont have it on you, dont expect to have it with you after a crash.' Especially true in a tinderbox robinson.
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