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  1. Funny, I haven't logged in for about 4 years and this is the first thing I see!
  2. Yes, we did. For several years DP and I would attend and invite all the VR members down for a beer. I still have my VR pin. We used to pack 50 or 60 folks into a back room behind the bar. Those were the days.......the way we all communicate has moved on......Fly Safe, Goldy.
  3. Yes they are all different requirements. Los Angeles County Sheriff now only requires a private helo cert, and even that may be going away. Couple years of patrol, couple years as an observer. Great department and you can move from flying Astars to flying SAR with our Super Pumas...
  4. Company up in Fresno area that contracts an R44 and pilot to California City PD. They used it for years to handle calls for service in their OHV area. Dunno if that is still going on. Lakewood uses a helo with a civilian pilot working for the city and a deputy observer.
  5. Now you can't blame all that on the old Erickson. The investment firm that owned them and Evergreen saddled them with a few hundred million in debt. No worries, you can handle it they said!
  6. Drive train failure. Still wondering if the floats were manually triggered or a result of the accident. Somebody is going to need a new fence. Glad all are (mostly) ok.
  7. Western is very much a more advanced training school, much less of a initial training school. Not your average group there. Most of the CFI's have 10,000 plus hours, some that just retired probably 3 times that number. LA has changed over the last 10-12 years, used to be schools everywhere. One by one they fell off the map.
  8. Butters, I remember seeing that 206 many times. The ticket office was closest to the strip and changed in size a few times, the pad was behind it...
  9. I posted some photos of me in that bird just a few months ago...... This comment is most likely an issue as well...."The incident did not occur during a company tour, according to Rob Sims, who said the helicopter had been rented by the pilot for a charter flight."
  10. drops below 90%?? Your lifting capacity would be significantly decreased, your RPM would continue to droop, and unless you did something fast, like cut the load loose, you would be in a world of hurt.
  11. Only when doing tours for a big event and the FAA had an LOA in place and I knew they were going to be there.....I knew the inspector by name, but seeing 3 of them waiting for me to shut down still put a lump in my throat. Never forget, when I asked him what he wanted to see, he said "everything" !
  12. I guess I'll be the lone voice in the distance here. If you are going to pay to train anyway, why not do it at one of the higher altitude schools? I can think of one outside of Denver and another in the altitude of Arizona. Every take off and landing is over 5000 DA (to do a factory ferry flight in a Robinson requires 10 T/O and landings over 5000 DA...there is a reason for that). Sea level makes pilots power management lazy at best...I know I've flown (mostly) there for 30 years now. Whatever you do, fly safe and good luck. Goldy
  13. Wow, I guess I haven't missed too much. Been a few months since I checked in. The forum has changed, a lot. Not necessarily bad, just different. As you move thru different parts of your career, you have more or less time to jump on. Have to say though I have met some people from VR over the years that I consider good friends...we just don't use VR anymore to stay in touch. Like someone said, almost all the questions have been asked and answered repeatedly. Not that I'm against new pilots trying to learn as much as they can, but many just need to lurk and get the answers from 10 years of posts. A lot of social media has turned into I'm right/you're wrong AND you are NOT entitled to your own opinion. Guess that's just a reflection of our society as a whole. See ya, Fly safe, Goldy
  14. LA County Fire- Hires civilian experienced helo pilots, makes them sworn firemen and they fly rescue. Most start at 5000 or more hours with a lot of bigger metal experience.....Hueys and Blackhawks would help. They fly 412's and Firehawks with a lot of new emphasis on the BlackHawk/FireHawk airframe. LA City Fire- First you have to be an LAFD fireman, wait 5 years then apply to move over to AirOps. You don't need a lot of time, I've known a few at 250 hours. Start flying the 206 on air recon missions, then move into the 412, then the 139's. CalFire- Hires civilian experienced pilots. Long line and Huey time is good. About 4000 hours is a good starting place. Maybe 3000 if you know people. OCFD- Flies Hueys, civilian trained pilots, long line and 3000 or 4000 hours would be a good start. Right now LAFD, OCFD are looking for pilots with a lot of slots to fill. LA Sheriff and LAPD both require you are sworn patrol first, then migrate over to aero units....Sheriff is 5 years min of patrol duty, dunno about LAPD mins. Sheriff only needs a PPLH to start. Goldy
  15. Hmmmm, glad I can say that and still keep both of em!
  16. Beta or Beta !!? What year? What options?
  17. Not really a longline, they have to move the saw up and down, as well as along the intended path, so a lot of movement.....not your typical longline work.
  18. Sounds like a good deal all around. Having responsible flight training schools is a good thing for the industry.
  19. Exactly why I slow down....reduces stress on the aircraft and lowers the possibility of low G. I flew an R44 in a 52 knot Santa Ana wind thru Cahuenga pass one night. Had to turn off my landing light cause the back and forth was making me dizzy on landing. It can get bumpy on the back side of mountains, which is why you don't fly immediately behind them. Get some altitude, it's nicer above the mountain tops than above the tree tops.The machine can usually take a lot more than the pilot flying it. While mechanical issues do occur, well maintained Robinsons really don't have a lot of mechanical issues. And yes, an R44 is a lot different than a S300 or a B47.
  20. anyone know what the pilot experience level was in the Astar? Could he have panicked just as he set down and decided to abort? I also like the passenger collective theory, I've had passengers do some strange stuff on tours.
  21. So the question is why haven't you done a 1.5 hour flight to a nice airport 75 or 100 miles away? Do you feel comfy jumping in and doing that flight tomorrow? If not, why not? And "normal" for getting a private varies. All my pilot buddies and I got our private somewhere between 50 and 75 hours. If you're still in the pattern at 70 hours, you are most likely behind the curve.
  22. My advice...figure out what you need to do to stay healthy, physically and mentally. In the job of a pilot, it's all about keeping your medical as you get older. You have to stay in good shape. Anyone can succeed, even at 265 pounds. You will be limited for sure, in what aircraft you can fly, in job opportunities, etc, but all of those things can be overcome......plenty of pilots out there today that are 265 or larger and fly everyday....but it is a harder path. 240 pounds is the R22 seat limit...but you can fly the 47, 300, 44 or 280 just fine at current weight. But without a medical you don't fly..... Good Luck, Goldy
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