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BH206L3 last won the day on June 6 2015

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  1. Gee's I just came over here because I have not been here in a few months. And Nearly Retired got a post, and well I read it all. Are you talking about the same R-44 Lady that was also a Blogger of some sort. I remember that in 2012, she wrote about how complicated it is to fly from point a to point b with a GPS or some such nonsense. Doing You tube now? I never thought much of R-22's or the 44's so I don't really care a wit. Use of Check list and flying high enough to give yourself some time well that is commonsense. I am not going to bother to watch, Go Pro videos are not my thing unless is a guy Knee deep in Gin Clear Water of the South Island of NZ and fly fishing for trout. You tube got a lot of good stuff and if she is making a buck off of it fine. I see Butters up to his usual, glad you are still around.
  2. Nobody is perfect, except maybe Nearly Retired! I know him so it may or may not be a jab. Let them say no when the time comes, in the meantime just keep dotting the dots and crossing the T's! We have all done foolish things, ok, you learn from it and move on. You didn't drive off of a bridge and left a person to drown and not say anything for 12 hours or so. No ongoing track record of doing such things as you did when you was 19 and you are not hiding it and you are owning up to it. I think you will be fine, I don't know maybe that 3.9 GPA might be a problem- too bright to fly helicopters you know! Good luck to you.
  3. I will put my two cents into all of this, not that it's going to matter. I would look at it from how much debt you are in right now and how much debt you are going to take on! Spike is right on target here. You really need to look at not only what jobs are around but the jobs for 150 to 200-hour pilots. Then how are you going to service that debt? There are lots of 150 to 200-hour pilots chasing those jobs, so the pay is going to be poor. You are also 40 years old, and while I am not skinny I am a good 70 lbs lighter than you. It all comes down to money there is no getting around it, either you have the cash to drop or you borrow it that is pretty much how you are going to finance flight school. With the binge of borrowing that was done a decade ago and the lack of jobs, your real problem is not finding a job but a lender that will lend you the money. Right now they say there is a shortage of pilots, well I been hearing that chestnut for 44+ years now. I don't buy it but that is just me. I would suggest you see your doctor, and get a real good physical done, not do you hear thunder and see lightning kind of deal, blood work stress test, eyes checked. With your weight, I can think of a couple of things that might cause you some problems High Blood Pressure, and Adult onset diabetes. I am type 2 diabetic and I still can fly but I have been flying for over 30 years before being diagnosed. It's an issue. I am 64 years old so my flying is coming to a close it's just a question of time. I am in my 7th year with this issue and the kind of things I need to do in order to maintain my medical. I don't mean to discourage you in any way, just don't let the Idea of flying cloud your judgment! Also, you want to sit down with a good accountant to really go over the finance part of this whole thing. You don't want to get blindsided.
  4. Since the very nature of the Internet, you can hide behind a handle or nickname or your name that is on your pilot certificate. And because of this and the little fact that there is an almost zero chance you will ever actually meet the person who posts you are commenting on, it's a license to be just plain rude. I know Bob or I should say we are acquainted is a more accurate word. Professional Helicopter flying is really a very small industry if you can even call it an industry, it's really a very limited specialize service. That fills a need that can not be done any other way. Since I also fly Airplanes, that segment is larger but still it not all that large or profitable compared to some other businesses, Pilots are just wired differently and we do put up with a lot because of it. Something about flying I guess. Like most things that Coach or whatever, I don't care, I never was a football fan or any sort of team sports for that matter. My thing is fly fishing and big game hunting. With some upland game and waterfowl, thrown in. And what is wrong with an MD-500 and its variants anyway? Great machine to fly, even thou they are a black hole for money, but so is ever aircraft you can think of so it's a moot point. Nice to see that you are still stirring the pot, Bob!
  5. I don't know what to tell you other than, apply, do your best and put your best foot forward. Let them say no, don't say no to yourself. Now, do you really want to fly? After a bit, it just becomes a job and hard work with little thanks for it. But you get to work in interesting places flying. I don't have any regrets but after a while, it's just that a job with a lot of roads bumps along the way. So go for it all you will be out is some of your time and effort and you will not look back and say to yourself I should have tired.
  6. My guess is that UND doesn't have enough fools to sign up for the Rotorwing courses. Gee's it all nonsense. Look the rules say you can fly for money with a Commercial Certificate, and that is true in spirit. But then the ugly truth sets in, meeting 135 flight times, then the competitive flight times. It's hard in the Fixed wing side of the house but there is more of it around, so new pilots have a shot at something, in Helicopters, it's very small and just getting certified you are getting into spending serious money, UND is not cheap and to come out of there with the kind of debt some kids are going for and with what the pay scale is and is going to be, I would not do it today. That's just me. The problem with flying is building time to be competitive. The kind of jobs that a 150-hour helicopter pilot are few and far between, and a lot of people chasing those few jobs. And before you say well you can flight instruct, yes you can! You learn a lot about flying by teaching the skill that is a given, but in order for you as a new flight instructor to get the hours you need to move on, you are going to be in a way replacing yourself 15 to to 20 times. Just to get enough flight time logged to get to that "1000" hours. So you have to create even more pilots. All this does is to create an overabundance of pilots that are not really employable due to regulation, insurance, or mandates from the customer. It's a catch 22. It's a little better on the fixed-wing side but not much. It's a very hard road to travel debt free, it's much harder with all the debt a lot of you are taking on. The Army is the place to go for helicopters, but they don't fly like they did in the past, so by the time you have competitive flight times you are looking at being able to retire out of the service. It's not an easy thing, it never was or will be. You could say that it's a Ponzi or pyramid scheme.
  7. With the helicopter part of aviation as a whole being so small, and it really is a very small segment. You will see friends die or guys you crossed paths with die in accidents. Just the nature of the business. You will also see it on the Fixed Wing side too. A while back there was a really bad one in Hawaii, It's got to be sometimes around 2000 give or take, it turns out, the pilot and I crossed paths in Alaska one season 5 or 6 years before. It's like I said a very industry.
  8. Not a surprise, the condition of a Bell 47 that I flew for them briefly was at best suspect. Another Pilot who was flying one of their MD-500c's walked off the boat at the same time, when it made port in Truk. Hansen has been flying junk and lying about it for decades.
  9. Well, I would tell you no on your life to go anywhere near helicopters or airplanes, I fly both. At least that was an opinion I had, well it's a hard business but it's doable. I can't tell yeah go and do or no don't. I am not you. I think right now and going forward, fixed wing and going to the Regionals would be a better option, both in terms of costs to get certified, time building jobs out of school. The regionals are really starting to pay decent money to start and even more money down the road a little. Most of the rotor work is seasonal, and yeah there are some really choice jobs in helicopters, and damn little movement too. I have been at this stuff for 43 years now, these days, my last job was flying for a family, under part 91, they when for a fractional arrangement. That is another thing you have to contend with, Jobs do end with some regularity, aviation is like that, if the economy is good, things can be going like gangbusters, when it's not well then it can become quite lean. You should do ok!
  10. Well, I didn't want to weigh in on this because I really don't care about it. The Canyon tours got started really by accident in the mid-1960's it was a different time, people were more tolerant of such things, they are pretty much grandfathered in now. Hawaii has the volcanos. Both places have a huge tourist base to draw from. My guess Yellowstone because of a very short season, is not very economic. Yosemite is the same. You could try, my guess it would cost more money than most would want to spend for very little gain. Most tour type operations come and go on a regular basis. And yeah I know you young pilots are looking to build time, and it's like pulling teeth. I understand that. The bottom line if you can't make a profit then there is no point. Flight Instruct, get on with Temsco, or one of the operators at the Canyon or Vegas and go from there. no easy path and I don't think it's going to get any easier for you anytime soon. I don't buy the pilot shortage business, I been hearing about that one for the almost 43 years that I been flying both airplanes and helicopters. It's a tough road to walk being a professional pilot.
  11. Well if he could hover, then he could also land, even with a stuck throttle or whatever, if the reporting is actually factual, and I have doubts about that, all you have to do is to just get into a stable hover over some flat ground like a runway and do a hovering auto. but since I was not there and I don't know the pilot or the school, I will keep my further opinions to myself.
  12. What you do is just go and talk to the fellow in charge, generally over a cup of coffee and sort it out to your satisfaction. Try being polite first, getting rude and in your face from the start will just make the matter more of a mess than it needs to be! Tell them since they are the county that an adjustment on the property tax would be fine- most people are reasonable if approached in the right way!
  13. Just getting ready for the season, nothing wrong with working ground crew, nobody is going to hand off a helicopter on a contract with 150 hours total time! It takes year's to work your way up in Ag if that is were you want to go! There is a lot at stake in that part of aviation, look up the rules and what you have to do when you are handling economic poisons and what happens to you if you put it in the wrong place or wrong amounts! It's not a time building job no matter what a flight school says. It's mid Jan and well you would think the seasonal jobs will start posting for pilots? Not much is being posted, so much for pilot shortages! I been hearing that old chestnut for 42+ years now!
  14. Well, 17 is the minimum age that the FAA will issue a private pilot certificate to a person! So your grandson is old enough! Yes, the flight time will count towards a Commercial Pilot's Certificate if he wants to go that route! All it takes is a lot of study and effort on his part! It's not an easy profession to start in and it only gets harder as time and experience goes by! It's a very very small industry, and its subjected to the economic moods more that some! You have to really love to fly because if you don't, it becomes a missable thing to go and do!
  15. Well 43 is not very old, I am 61 now! As for were to go to school, that is a tough call, I know Precision over in Newberg, its a good school! But I think you would be best served doing your training in an R-22/ 44 since that is most likely the airfare you are going to be able to get that first job or two in! Precision trains mostly in 300's or did back when I did some flying with them 20 years ago! I would not go to Hawaii unless you like islands, its to expensive living there and you are going to have to live there for a good 9 months! Also consider that you want to get hired on by the school you train at if you can - Hillsboro maybe the best shot at that! You should be making note of every low time job posted right now, so that when you have your certificates and ratings, you have at least a list of were to look! Most low time jobs that are being filled now will be open again in 12 to 18 months down the road. It's all dependent on how good or bad the economy is doing- with oil prices were they are, the Oil Field Work slow, a lot of helicopters and Pilots service the GOM. You got time, how much well that more dependent on you, and if you end up with health issues going forward- thing that use to ground pilots 20 years ago don't anymore and with an aging population you could end up flying well into your 70's, the 20 year olds don't like hearing that, but you don't say in your 20's forever! From an exchange rates, Canada might be a good bet to keep your cost down, how it will effect your career, I would not know, but they are first rate when it comes to Mountain flying and that might be worth it.
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