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Retreating Brain Stall

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  1. $18 is what I'm seeing price wise? Well worth every penny for this app. Gyronimo on the other hand I consider too expensive for one airframe when I can have multiple airframes on iBal for more than half the price of Gyronimo.
  2. Instrument Flying Handbook & Instrument Procedure Handbook off of the FAA Library website.
  3. Congratulations! All the hard work pays off- now you got your license to learn;) Soon you'll be able to attach names to the Aviation Instructor's Handbook! Now the real fun begins- getting paid to do what you love. Stay humble and don't stop learning as you progress in your career.
  4. She doesn't need baffles if you treat her right;)
  5. To be honest Colorado Heli-Ops is an exceptional company and reputable. I do not know them personally but what I have read and see they appear to be what our industry needs to be turning out good pilots. In your case it may not make sense to relocate given what you have spelled out. If you were going to relocate they are a great that would probably be high on the list. Also being in Florida you have a flood of choices but need to find the one that will work for you. (You might need to keep the living arrangement you have even after finishing school as a new CFI going into the top ramen years). ​Just remember, no one can truly promise you a job upon completion. That gimmick has never gone away, nor will it. I was hired by mine fortunately but was given little chicken bones and couldn't make ends meet, so I fired them and luckily went to work for another school just by dumb luck timing.
  6. I got excited about the post when I read the title, then when I opened it and realized I wouldn't get training on maneuvers I want to do I was disappointed. Someone wants me to pay some of the cost to ferry their aircraft somewhere:( I thought wow what an opportunity to get checkout out in a Robinson and go play around with an instructor on a helicopter that desperately needs time put on it. Guess I'll just keep flying my day job.
  7. It's a sells gimmick to bring you to their school "WE TRAIN HIGH ALTITUDE". Save your money and stay closer to home rather than incur the cost of moving and being jobless while going to school. I trained in the rockies and it taught me discipline but never got me jobs or made me stand out that I would get hired over another pilot. As an experienced pilot you can learn to fly into the conditions of higher altitude. No need to go to a flight school in the 2500 to 5500 feet MSL range that is claiming this miraculous "mountain time". There are courses out there that do offer real mountain courses in turbine helicopters that would be great but at some point in your career you'll find your way into a higher altitude at some point rather than paying for it. Learning at sea level in a underpowered piston helicopter in my opinion is just like operating at altitude in a turbine helicopter anyways. (you'll learn power discipline and by the time your seasoned you'll know how to read the winds and apply common sense). This industry is plagued with gimmicks to make you better or stand out, only because there are so many people in the market willing to pay to get the "experience" to "stand out". We have a flooded industry of people wanting to do this job that people will fight tooth and nail to get in. Pick your school wisely and look for opportunities to work within the flight school you go to when you graduate- it's not a given position- it's an interview from day one. The odds are against you given how flooded it is- personality and skill sets you bring to the table outside aviation may be your stand out qualities that make you the instructor they are looking for once you finish flight school.
  8. To the EC130 T2 pilots out there looking for simple weight and balance options on the fly. First to market a few weeks back: iBal $17.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibal-rotary/id567642367?mt=8 Pros- Price, iPhone/iPad, Reduced Vne area alert, multiple aircraft for one app. Cons- may require a little patience to sit down and learn the app and all its features. Just the other day: Gyronimo $79.99 http://www.gyronimo.com/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/h130-ec130t2/id1112581376?ls=1&mt=8 Pros- Graphically appealing, performance charts. Cons- Price, iPad only, one aircraft only in the app. I'm partial to the iBal app since I fly multiple aircraft and always have my iPhone in hand and only need W&B needs. The VEMD will do the OGE/IGI performance and I don't have the need for it on an iPad. Also I have requested features and aircraft before from iBal and they have excellent service and help when you need customization or features added to the app to support your mission aircraft. If someone else has experience with either of these two apps or other sources or ideas please chime in.
  9. And anyone with the part 141 NVG courses will most likely be able to give you better answers.
  10. Most definitely, you never know when your going to be surprised by a TFR or some other unplanned event beyond your small world of control. I found myself in the middle of a TFR the other day when the tower denied takeoff/landing clearances while doing pattern work and he closed the airspace on everyone. A few colleagues of mine got trapped outside the airspace and had to divert to another airport unexpectedly for the night.
  11. I've seen some teach overseas to foreign military (non rating seeking candidates) with a CFI for only ground training (recently retired from flying), another guy with a CFI that expired in 1975 utilizing his ground instructor to teach ground, and a former military instructor with no civilian equivalents teaching ground classes. Also worked with another guy that was only a private fixed wing teaching with a ground instructor certificate to rotor wing students. In all these cases they were civilian contract positions working with non rating seeking foreign military pilots. Based on qualifications and in some cases language skills, they were justifing hiring requirements to complete the job. To most normal CFIs out there, the ground instructor certificate does not benefit them much, but to a few it's their main source of income.
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