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  1. Sometimes these things take time to be found out. For example (Just skip to the end after viewing the date) On March 26, 2005, about 0830 Pacific standard time, a Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC) R22 Beta, N820SH, impacted terrain following a loss of engine power during a practice autorotation near Los Banos, California. Silver State Helicopters, LLC., North Las Vegas, Nevada, operated the helicopter as an instructional flight under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. The flight instructor and the commercial pilot student were not injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the cross-country flight that originated from Los Banos around 0800. The flight was destined for Gustine, California. The instructor pilot reported that shortly after departing Los Banos, he simulated a loss of engine power. The student, who was studying to become a flight instructor, initiated an autorotation to a field. When the instructor attempted to apply engine power following the practice autorotation, the engine "immediately quit." The instructor applied full collective to cushion the landing, but the helicopter landed hard in the field, structurally damaging the tail boom and the fuselage. Following the accident, the operator returned the helicopter to their facility and test ran the engine. No anomalies were noted, and they believed the conditions were suitable for the development of carburetor ice during the autorotation. Review of archived weather data for the day of the accident revealed the weather observation facility at the Merced Municipal Airport, which is 24 miles northeast of the accident site, reported the temperature and dew point as 6 and 5 degrees Celsius, respectively. Plotting of those temperatures on a carburetor icing probability chart revealed that conditions likely existed for serious icing at any power setting. The accident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Fresno Flight Standards District Office on August 23, 2005. FAA personnel informed the National Transportation Safety Board of the event on August 24, 2005
  2. Step away from the head clamps JH AUDIO will change your life - Guaranteed
  3. true due to the changes to commercial requirements. Private remains the same. 3 hours of flight training by reference to instruments
  4. Search for Barry Lloyd responses- this forum or JH he explains the added ratings very well. IFLYEVERYTHING has got it right. You can't double up as much as you think (Night, XC, Simulated instrument). Depends on the examiner. Mine showed me the FAA letter he had explaining that the Simulated instrument can't be doubled up with the night.
  5. You are creating an excellent resource. I really enjoyed reading your blog. If only you could be a default response when newbies pop up on the forum. Do you have a complete budget plan? What does the UVSC tuition get you? How much extra book work is UVSC? What questions do you have for those of us on the other side? (Currently working helicopter pilots - some even call us professionals.) Maybe if I read more of the blog I would know the answers.
  6. Have to add my two bits for AHC Actually took my intro ride there in 2003. Ended up on the west coast for private through commercial. Returned to them for my ATP in 2007. Very accommodating and helpful. Went out of the way for a one week student. Fun to fly a 22 after a few years in the 'real' helicopter world. Very nice that the instrument trainer is equipped with a Garmin 430. Made my ride much better working with IFR equipment from this century. Other students I visited with were also pleased with Advanced. Always helpful and fun to work with AHC.
  7. vegas tour operator update Las Vegas let two go Papillion at least 2 and all the guys that came from the south rim at the end of the season Maverick 4 plus some guys that were leaving left earlier than planned Sundance had enough move on that they haven't had to do anything yet Also the fixed wingers and office staff - don't know the numbers
  8. Congratulations- Do you already have the "What's the next challenge anxiety?" I guess we can get airplane ratings to take a break and do something easy
  9. The efficiency will come as you proceed through your training. Go be anal about the emergency procedures and what to do when one of those lights or horns goes off. Sitting on the ground taking your time to get it started will never hurt anyone. Reacting properly when lights and horns are blazing will save lives. Success and Happiness
  10. My ride was right out of the PTS (Imagine that). Systems and the associated emergency procedures. Went right down the PTS for the Oral portion. Know the RFM. The ride was long - but it takes a while to do 2 non-precision and 2 precision approaches in a R22. A great expirience and something of a professional, independent evaluation after doing this pilot thing for a little while. Well worth the effort. Enjoy!
  11. You don't have to memorize pre-start to hover - That's what the checklist is for. Use it every time and you won't forget something important. The time will come when you have a helicopter full of people paying alot of money to be there and the last thing you want to do is light it off from memory. Especially if flying multiple makes or models. Just use the checklist and you won't be the guy that departs with less than sufficient fuel to complete the mission.
  12. This came up several months ago and was in reference to the north sea operations at that time. Be interesting to get the full details. I do not think it will require Vortex or HAI to work for Air Log. They can't produce enough, not everyone wants to work in the GOM, and not everyone from the 'Academy' will want to work for Air Log.
  13. I Financed it -- I paid it off in three years - here's the text from the online payment page. So you can finance it and pay it off for far less than the total if you do it over 1 or 20 years. A little hard work and discpline pays! This is a XXXXXXXXXXXX Loan for the period of 06-01-2004 to 12-19-2004. The loan amount applied for was $XXXXX. The amount of $XXXXXX was approved on 06-04-2004 The loan status is "Paid Payments". The current lender for this loan is XXXXXXXX. The school in which you were enrolled was XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Note that additional time beyond the disbursement date shown may be needed for school processing. So the 4th line I think sums up the point. I am done. My training is paid for working as a Pilot. It's almost like getting my CFII or that first 1000 hours.
  14. This debate will probably never end. Flying is a passion that many people only dream about and never seek, achieve, or believe is attainable. The fact is it is attainable and ther are many ways to get there. How many people start college only to last a semester or 2. That's several thousand dollars gone with nothing to show for it. Even you spend all the money to get certiicates and never fly commercially - you've got a license to fly a helicopter. I got the college degree and then spent all the money again to get the helicopter ratings. I wish I went to helicoptering first. That degree will never hurt me but I could have paid for my training without a loan had I spent it on my first dream instead of doing what I "should" do to be "succesfull" according to the "normal" world. So I did what it took to achieve the dream. I haven't met too many people that speek about the numbers they've crunched and deals they cut in their offices with enthusiasm. I'm a glorified taxi cab driver. I'm good at it. I get to do it at 500 feet and 100kts. Yes it's a job on some days - It's a better job than most.
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