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Jester2138 last won the day on May 26 2013

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  1. Safety-wise, I would worry more about the reputation of the company and pilots than the specific model of helicopter. If you're picking between models it should be because of passenger capacity / sex appeal, not safety.
  2. Far fewer people fly in helicopters. However, in the U.S. at least, there are 30-40,000 deaths in automobiles every year.
  3. The USAF is buying a few so they can train other countries to use them, not so we can use them ourselves, though I think we should. Compared to the Kiowa, the Super Tucano's hourly flight cost is lower and it carries a larger armament 3x faster over a 5x greater range and with a 4x greater flight duration. Obviously the Kiowa can do all the cool helicopter stuff like hover and fly extremely low and slow for more flexible observation capabilities. But I think some Super Tucano's would be an excellent addition to the Army's fleet, possibly replacing some Apaches and Kiowas (obviously not all or most of them). In Vietnam we had Kiowas and fixed-wing props on the same battlefield. The props were not useful against the USSR after the war so we got rid of them. But what we do today is a lot more similar to Vietnam than WWIII so why not bring the props back? Anyway I'm derailing the thread so sound the alarm and I'll wander off.
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embraer_EMB_314_Super_Tucano#Colombia Seems like something the US would also get a lot of use out of in the asymmetrical warfare typical of the last fifty years.
  5. I'm curious: why doesn't the military have light observation / attack props like the OV10 anymore? Is it because of loiter time or something along those lines? Seems like a Super Tucano with 30mm and/or rockets would be a hugely cheaper alternative to the Kiowa with somewhat similar observation/attack capabilities.
  6. http://www.clickhole.com/blogpost/how-i-spent-week-without-helicopters-1161?utm_campaign=default&utm_medium=ShareTools&utm_source=facebook This guy clearly doesn't have an hours problem.
  7. I meant it was odd that they would need to ask where they were, not that they would wait out bad weather. I've done enough sailing to know how fast the weather can change without warning.
  8. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-10/u-s-army-choppers-land-in-polish-fields-to-seek-guidance.html
  9. If you're willing to divulge some idea of your response I'd appreciate it. Not sure how I'd respond. "I'd ask what qualifications I'm missing in your view."
  10. Several things. The two biggest, though, are 1) building a packet that makes up for the fact that I have zero experience relevant to the military and flying helicopters and 2) building familial support which I currently do not have but want. Btw I see you're a fellow Louisianian. My location says Manhattan but I'm actually a NOLA native and just moved back here after graduating from a school in Manhattan. I've been thinking about whether the LA guard makes more sense for me and my ultimate life goals. Too bad one has to enlist first.
  11. Dang if it was that easy I'd already be a super leet operator tactical Nightstalker with flames painted on my facemask instead of at least 1.5 years from applying even after knowing what I wanted to do 4 years ago when I was a freshmen in college
  12. I work on camera crews on film sets in the U.S. If a production wanted to know which helicopter to use for VFX they'd A) call a pilot and ask or hire a aviation consultant or, if it's live action, C) not give a sh*t and use the cheapest one available at the time of shooting. Art department would have nothing to do with the choice of helicopter for VFX and nobody would be going online to ask for live action. Unless this is a really low budget thing, in which case all bets are off...
  13. Just thought I'd point out that cutting 100 F-35s from the USAFs planned 1,700 would save enough money to buy nearly 700 of the latest Apaches. Or 2,500 Kiowas. The additional pilots required for all 3,200 of those helicopters could be trained with funds saved by cutting and additional ~100 (assuming the training of one pilot costs just above $3 million). The Air Force would be left with a "mere" 1,400 F-35s instead of 1,700. Disclaimer: I am not a Pentagon budget expert.
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