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  1. Yeah me either, but apparently it does.
  2. Appreciate the feedback from you all, but I think that you may not understand Dyslexia completely. It does effect numbers and words, but the more extreme cases also suffer from hearing, vertigo and vision problems. This is the reason I was wondering if anyone knew of any specific cases. The way I understand it is that through training those problems can be overcome and I was curios about aviation related instances.
  3. Thanks Chris, very informative as usual.
  4. As a pilot I have had to also teach in almost every flying job I have had. I have done EMS, tours, fire, utility and many others. If you don't like teaching you should rethink your attitude, in order for you to move up anywhere someone will have to teach you. If feel it is my duty to help the people moving up in the industry, because I wouldn't be where I am if no body was willing to teach me! Good luck in the CFI job hunt, it is the way to go if you want to move up fast. The other routes tend to be very slow and painful.
  5. A good friend of mine suffers from Dyslexia, she asked me if it would stop her from becoming a commercial pilot. I had no idea, I googled it and didn't get any reliable results. Any experience with this as far as knowing someone with it that flys or got rejected? I know there different degrees of severity so it is hard to say for sure, but I was hopping for some anecdotal advice. Thanks.
  6. The best job I have ever had! Life is what you make of it. If you are naturally a negative person this career will not help that. I tell everyone who asks me that it has to be a passion, otherwise don't waste your money. You can make pretty good money, but it will take a while and you will have to fight for every dime. There are slim profit margins these days and owners are looking to save as much as they can, but that is true in most industries. I will also tell you to have a specific goal early on, meaning not just to fly but what type of flying. Good luck!
  7. http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/aj-blain/article_af567006-c1b5-5ccf-a761-b83bf30dc69d.html
  8. Getting out with the aircraft running is pretty much standard operations in the utility world, for many of the a fore mentioned reasons. However double checking that the controls are locked and the throttle is all of the way in idle is a great idea, just common sense. As far as the helmet is concerned I think the jury is still out. Some of us believe that pilot discomfort and fatigue is just a crucial to safety, also the loss of some vision and head movement can be a problem. If a helmet suits your current situation great, wear it!
  9. The VA can't give out your medical info without your permission. Thank you for your service!
  10. Anybody hear about Van Horn making 212 tail rotor blades? It would be really nice not to have to sign off ( and do) an inspection every shut down!
  11. If I remember correctly there is a warning in the flight manual about right turns at slow speeds. Well built aircraft though, very solid.
  12. Fun aircraft to fly, just don't bank hard at slow speeds!
  13. Many local agencies are trained and the flight crews are asked to help as well.
  14. EMS is a tough business, did it for a while and went back to utility. I hope that we as a community can come up with some sort of solution and not invite uncle guvement in to over regulate yet another industry.
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