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  1. The last time I saw a sentence that began..."I spent a year in Nepal", it ended..."one day"
  2. Rotors and Ribs is less than a month away. Goshen Indiana, July 15 and 16, 2016. Hope to see you all there!
  3. I'm trying to get all worked up about it, but so far...no such luck.
  4. You are on the right track.When autopilot controls came into use by Britain, King George and the monarchy officially owned the aircraft the autopilots were installed in. So the banter amongst the pilots was "let George fly it", or "give it to George". Hence the autopilot became referred to as "George".
  5. Not for nothing, but it has been openly stated that the FARs/CFRs are purposely written to be vague enough to be interpreted any way the FAA wants to. Instrument procedures are identical with few exceptions between the categories. Especially when being flown on autopilot. Another example of a lack of common sense regulations.
  6. Which brings up an interesting trivia question... Why are autopilots named "George" ? In answer to OP question...dual rated.
  7. Great discussion question by OP "my controls". No engine failures, but some eye opening system failures. Fire light no secondaries, had to land immediately at abandoned strip. 2 complete electrical failures(day). Numerous gear issues. Pressurization failure. Numerous birdstrikes, the worst of them was a shattered windscreen. I remember one of the electrical failures left me a little maudlin, but my instructor complimented me, so I got over that quickly. I just try to be mentally prepared for what may come my way, and handle what comes up without too much panic or emotion. I only lost it once and tried to track down the culprit later, only to get shut out. I suppose if I had kept my cool the guilty party may have come forward for detente. I think some people's temperament, disposition, and character make them more suitable for handling situations where the chips are down, while others are great during ops normal. Great discussion to my fellow forum members.
  8. I don't know how to say it tactfully or diplomatically, but let's just say I strongly agree with Astro on his Orwellian comment. I think I could make some constructive comments, but in the final analysis it's Lyn's forum and he can do what he thinks is best. I have furtively lurked for awhile seemingly inactive. Maybe other non military are doing the same as others in this thread have suggested.
  9. I suspect a lot of nurses, medics, mechs, and HR people over there as well.
  10. I hope you're joking. I had a colleague and also a family member pass away from pancreatic cancer in the last couple years. It took about a year from hale and hearty but somethings wrong to the end of all earthly suffering. Get it checked out. Wally, Not pancreatic cancer, panacea ...creatic... Oh, never mind , my attempt at a humorous method to define panacea fell sadly short.
  11. Still looking for the quintessential proverbial old bold pilot.
  12. Good info in thread. You can bet I will be tugging even harder on suspension bars when I preflight them.
  13. My hypochondria has me convinced I have all the classic symptoms of panaceacreatic cancer. I sure hope they develop a cure all for it. I'm going to be needing it!
  14. One of my fellow VertRef poster mentioned compensation and security. I hope you aren't using my experience as an example. I have had 3 fixed wing and 4 rotary wing jobs since my start in commercial aviation over 20 years ago. That's not including side jobs and contracting to help make ends meet. As for compensation fixed wing was marginal and rotary was worse. Living the dream.
  15. After hearing Lynn Tilton speak at HAI, I don't know if I could recommend any MD products.
  16. Missed you all. I had to leave a day early. The rotors an Ribs booth will still be manned. Any of you going ? I will look for you there.
  17. Can't make Wednesday night. RTB. Everyone please come by and say hi at Rotors and Ribs booth. Section 12300. Leave a note if you don't find me there, and I'll get back to you. I'll be around the booth most of Wednesday.
  18. Too late, Lindsey beat you to it. Lindsey is always the first to take advantage of the perfect opportunity post!
  19. My good days are flying days, fixed or rotary. My great days are flying days, fixed and rotary. My banner days are when I get paid to do both.
  20. I'm not going to get into the implications of herding. Real men flock !
  21. Again I am forced to piggyback on and iChris reply. I have said it before, I consider iChris posts to be the gold standard. It should come as no surprise when peak power output is being approached. The closer you get to it, the more you can count on insufficient power pedal. If you are already close to peak power at a (no wind) hover, your low level flying options are markedly diminished. I can't say I have never heard of the screwing technique for reducing power required, but this is a first as a recovery technique. I would consider it in a last ditch effort. Great thread by the way. edit:add
  22. I hate to try to piggyback on anything iChris posts. His replies are the gold standard to my way of thinking at least. But I have an almost irresistable urge to add, downwind operations require no more power than no wind operations under the same loading and atmospherics. It does however require additional logistics and considerations. Lengthened takeoff and landing distances for instance. Another consideration is engine out operations which are complicated greatly by downwind operations. Also ETL backwards should be given very careful consideration.
  23. Uber took a black eye yesterday when one of their drivers went on a killing spree in Kalamazoo.
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