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  1. Are these wild animals that are being captured? Or farmer's animals that have somehow escaped?
  2. hi guys and thanks for the replies. gettothechopper: before i read your post, about a week ago, i did indeed visit bluehillhelicopters outside of boston. i have to say i also had a much more enjoyable flight in the 300. i did a 30 minute flight and the end of it was hovering pretty solidly! the instructor was impressed. i didn't get sick at all, either. my hesitation was that bluehill seems like a tiny school with an absentee owner (who flies in the GOM, though, so maybe is well connected). they only have 2 helis, one of which is hte instrument trainer. the instructor said they were talki
  3. Great. Sorry I didn't catch that link to Amazon on the first read. Thanks!
  4. Right. I mean after instructing. So what would my chances of employment be with Rick? Another school I liked the sound of was Tomlinson (300s), but I can't get much of a straight answer from the guy. Also, it seems like most pilots from Florida go off to the GOM, which I wouldn't want to do.
  5. I took an R22 flight with NE Helicopters a few months back. I had been thinking all this time that I didn't want to train in New England due to weather. But I'll be in Boston later this week and was looking at New England Helicopter Academy in Plymouth and thought about trying the Schweizer. Spoke with the owner at length who seems like a good guy. First question: Any reason to try the Schweizer? If I were to train in this, I had better be employed by the school I trained at, or things will be harder than they need to be, right? Or, maybe Schweizer CFIs are so few that they can easily find
  6. I'm going out of town for two weeks and am looking for some good helicopter reading material for the 15 hour plane ride. Can you guys recommend some good, educational reading? Specifically things that a student in flight school might be reading? I'd like to start learning about all the terminology, mechanics, physics, etc... Thanks.
  7. I was on the NTSB site trying to find safety/accident records of certain helicopter schools. Is the only way to do this by searching by state and finding the nearest airport to that school and then stumbling upon the school name in a list of documents? Is there any easier way to see some kind of list of schools ranked in order of safety record? I also wonder if this really matters? In other words is a lot of it "luck of the draw" as opposed to negligence or improper maintenance on the school's part? But I read a thread of a guy listing three possible schools. One of the responses said th
  8. Thanks Fellas. That really sucks for R22Butters.
  9. I guess the place to start with this career is getting the FAA medical card? How and where do I go about this? Does it need to be an FAA affiliated Doctor, or do you just go to your GP and get a special physical? The only thing I'm concerned about medically is that I've had vertigo episodes before. It hasn't occured in almost 10 years now, but I did get nauseous on my first helicopter ride (extremely windy day and me lurching the chopper around like crazy, too, I hope it most of it). So getting the medical - is it a big questionnaire and if I check "yes" to "have you ever had vertigo," am I
  10. What I meant was, after instructing to 1,000 or 1500 hours. Most of the basic tour jobs seem to be in that range. Am I wrong?
  11. I hear ya BH, and thanks. Well, helicopters couldn't be any worse than construction right now and I'm already jaded in that field. Let's put it this way: The $40,000 entry level helicopter position is looking pretty sweet right now!
  12. Thanks guys. BH206: are you saying neither because of specific issues with the schools, or just because you don't think anyone should pursue this as a career? It sounds like you have some regrets, and I've certainly heard a lot of the negativity. First of all, I haven't decided for sure if I'll go through with this. Secondly, I would do it in such a way as to have zero debt. I've owned a house for the last 4 years and put several hundred thousand $ in equity into it. My plan would be to sell it, and pay my way through flight school as quickly as I can learn it all and pass the check ride
  13. that's a good question and i'm not sure. i'll have to ask neil tomlinson. thanks.
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