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  1. ok, different twist, you are a CFI and not current but your student is...still keep flying?
  2. Paying to work seems backwards to me but if its a choice between that and not making it in this career then I guess it is ok if you can get the money. I always considered it at the very bottom of the list of options if I didn't get picked up at a paying school and out of options.
  3. Yea, has to be degree seeking to be 100% paid for. Most of the programs i've seen that are connected to a degree are part 141 training but I don't think that is a requirement. The school I work at is 141 private and instrument and part 91 commercial. Part 141 is good because the hours needed is slightly lower. If you pick it up fast you can get your private in 35 hours instead of 40. If not degree seeking then they will pay 60% after the private licence. It seems like most of the schools that are 100% are on the western half of the country but there could be one in NC. How set are you to the Fort Bragg area?
  4. Ahh, I should have caught that reversal, thanks
  5. I found this picture and made it my desktop background. Eventually I noticed that this guy is flying lefty. http://www.aviationexplorer.com/cockpit_photos/helicopter_cockpit.jpg Does anybody on here do this? Are any helicopters intended to be flown this way from the factory? I assume this pilot is using the right seats collective but are any built with the collective on the right? My friend said Astars can be like this but I think she is full of sh*t. I really don't think any manufacturer would make a helicopter like this unless it is a custom job. Do the regs even allow a reversed control setup? I like to prove people wrong when they have an inappropriate amount of confidence to back what is simply nonsense.
  6. Most crashes are to due human error and can be avoided, so your fate is what you make for the most part. But good pilots crash so there will always be a risk that is greater than other jobs. Get with a big enough school and you will make enough money to live comfortably but you will be working 12 hours a day. The guys who aren't making much also aren't flying much and have time to work a second job. If you train at the kind of school that can provide enough students to make enough money and build time fast enough then come out on top in your training and hope to get hired. Are you outgoing, positive, personable, and well spoken? Do you interview well? Are you in shape physically (i.e. lightweight)? If so, then you can hope to to find a CFI job outside of your training school. If you are a grumpy fat a**hole then the 200 hours you are putting on your resume won't get you very far. Being a good instructor has little to do with how you fly, except for safety, so expect to sell yourself as a teacher not a pilot. If you have a ton of cash you can buy your hours after training but the flying you pay for won't make you very marketable, or respected, when you reach your hours. It is possible to achieve a career as a heli pilot but it is hard, for sure. Be honest with yourself about if you can pull it off and afford the training cost. I suggest you check out a Chapter 33 GI Bill approved school because a certain percentage of those students are getting a free ride and aren't very motivated. As an architect you should have higher mental abilities than the average ex-grunt using their gi bill benefits so it should be easier to be at the top of one of those schools then at a school that is 100% self-funded motivated students. Typically older students perform better than younger students so that is also in your factor. No offense to grunts, I have tons of respect, but you know what I am talking about if you are in a position to be offended by what I said :-)
  7. Cool, thanks for the info Is there an official name for it? *edit* I think I found it: LORAS (Low Range Airspeed Sensor) http://www.dsto.defence.gov.au/publications/2550/DSTO-TN-0495.pdf
  8. I was watching something with Apaches and noticed an odd device on it....I am sure someone here can explain it to me. There is one on each side and it looks like a circular thing hanging on a stick. It is mid fuselage, coming out near the top of the engine shroud and sticks out about a foot and then has the hanging down part. They move around independently and look like an attitude or air vector sensor of some kind. It isn't on all Apaches, I am guessing an add on system I have also seen it on other aircraft like the cobra. Thanks http://www.militair.net/images/wapens/helikopters/AH-64%20Apache%20longbow%20apache.jpg
  9. Airhead

    Flight Suits

    I have heard that a few cycles through a washing mean will damage the fire protection that's in the nomex. Anyone know anything about that?
  10. Points in the direction I was seeking...but it doesn't sound like a power off landing in this case "it turned out that the ship experienced an electrical failure and the pilot set the ship down at a pre-identified emergency landing site along one of the routes, one of several potential emergency landing sites we’ve shown to our pilots." http://www.autorotate.com/portal/Portals/0/magazines/2003/2003%20-%20issue8/dec03.pdf I understand what you guys are saying about mountain flying and the reality of the situation. I'm just a lowly student but I quickly recognized the "if my engine quits right now I am probably dead" mentality when over the mountains. I am more bothered by the fact that I am ok with it
  11. I guess what I was thinking is that there would be a few known areas to be aware of that could be reached from the heli routes since you have a long glide ahead of you that would put somewhat distant spots within reach. I know there are some large terraces down there from when I hiked it but I just wasn't looking at it from this perspective back then. Even if you could find a flat spot it would be rocky as
  12. I was hoping a tour pilot on here might be willing to enlighten me... I was thinking about a tour I went on several years ago in the Grand Canyon and eventually my mind went towards where to auto. Is there anywhere flat enough to land other than the river? I remember seeing some open areas and we had plenty of altitude but I can't see a whole lot of flat places in the pictures. Also, do you practice engine failures over the canyon? Thanks
  13. Ha, that's bad ass. Did you have to be a regular sheriff before you could fly for the dept.? Where do you fly out of? The CHP guys did a presentation the other day and it seems like a really cool job except for the 2 years as a regular cop. Think I would rather be a CFI.
  14. Flying pig- Was it a drab green 500 that had engine work done at del rio? That is the only time I remember seeing one come in. Either way, I wasn't one of the people you spoke with. This has me thinking...why someone would think a school is military like? What is a military atmosphere? To me the military means that the quality of life is dependent on rank. If you have low rank then you are poor, treated like crap, expendable, clean toilets, kiss ass, menial, and naive. It means people yell at you. It means that you are expected to be an idiot so they hold your hand for every little detail in life. It means your have to run around and do push ups. Marching, uniforms, salutes, war, deployments, barracks, sleeping in the dirt, living on a ship, guns, excessive drinking, death, dui's, suicides. And lingo, tons of lingo. So military like is...uniform flight suit and a higher or lower threat of death depending on what you did in the military. The first day they go over a lot of rules, and policies, but feels as much like a corporate thing than a military thing. We have to look professional but we can have beards and long hair. Killer beards. The rank goes like this: no license to having a license. And aviation lingo. So I guess,in a small way, yes it could be said that it is military like but what about other schools? More importantly, a school full of veterans...it is the students that make it seem military like. They talk the talk. Eventually, the current instructors will be gone and the current students will be running the show. I then would agree that it will have a military atmosphere, vets teaching vets. The 80% passing thing is just a way to prove to the VA that the school is worth 10 million a year to the taxpayers. That's what I was told. The syllabus is basically the PTS--copy and pasted. But a school full of veterans...it is the students that make it seem military like. They talk the talk. Eventually, the current instructors will be gone and the current students will be running the show. I then would agree that it will have a military atmosphere, vets teaching vets. I'm not trying to stand up for the school. The enrollment will be full no matter what happens on here. I'm just trying to understand the point of view of the students that I will hopefully one day be teaching. I think it is more like a frat than anything....girls and dick jokes. When we aren't studying or have an imminent flight, we are drinking.
  15. Everything is relative I guess. The learning curve is pretty steep in the beginning. Some of us went from zero hours to private in 2 months with around 35-40 hours. Some took longer with more hours. It's two hours of ground everyday and 5 flights a week ideally. After that things ease off a little. The ground portion of instrument felt like it could have been spread out more but otherwise I haven't felt like I am accelerated or anything since I got my private but I am used to being in college. Some people are fresh out of active duty and never went to college so this is all they have to compare it to. Also, test scores have to be above 80%. The acceleration is the selling point for the school, take flight classes only, no gen ed, and be done quickly. Work on the rest of the degree if you want to but no contract. So compared to schools that take two years COS is much faster. Up until a couple months ago, all of the instructors were from a non military background and paid their way through. In a couple years it will be all gi bill people with very different backgrounds. I wouldn't expect much to change then but I think it will feel more military like after that happens. Currently the only thing that seems military like is the nomex flight suit. Since all the students are veterans that may make it feel military like.
  16. Have you thought of doing both? If you go to ERAU from the start it will take you 4 years to finish CFI and then you will be out of the GI Bill. At that point it won't matter that you have a BS degree as a pilot because you will anchored down by the fact that you have around 200 hours. So either you get hired at whatever school you learn to fly with or you are instantly forced to fall back on the degree until you can find a pilot job. Then maybe you find a decent paying job elsewhere and say "why be paid peanuts as a CFI and leave my cubicle?" COS could take you about a year to finish up, not the ten months that the ad claims, but the GI bill amount used will be two full time semesters which is less than 10 months. Other schools longer but still short. Then you have all of the remaining benefits to help you get through the CFI phase. You can work as a CFI and finish the degree through ERAU, or some other school, at the same time. COS is thirty miles from Cal Poly. The downside is the BAH at COS is based on Visalia...under $1100. Paso Robles is somewhat small and not a cheap place to live compared to Tulare, but is much much nicer. It could be hard financially if that is all you have to count on but there are guys in the school that are married and doing fine. For ERAU, in a perfect world, you would work flying near the college (Preston has a few flight schools) but it can be done through their worldwide campus system or online if you get picked up at where you train and there isn't a local college. I'm not sure why people rag on Embry Riddle, I think it is a social thing more than a quality thing. People hate starbucks, the yankess, microsoft, walmart, ect. Same effect. As far as the difficulty...I am finishing up at COS in a few months and have taken classes with ERAU in San Diego and online. I have also been in a regular state college and I think the hardest was the state school, second hardest ERAU online, and third hardest COS. Flight school will take up less time and effort than getting a 4 year degree from a major school no matter how you do it regardless of the major. The training received from flight schools is absolutely nothing like the education you receive at a 4 year college. Hit me up if you have any questions
  17. At what point is someone a pilot and not a student?
  18. So I was expecting a slower level and then hover, but damn, that was fast. Anyone know why they would make such a rapid pick up? Was is simply the weight of the aircraft pulling it down once he got it past the tipping point or a matter of getting off the unstable snow as fast as possible?
  19. For the money I think you can't go wrong with the 44. It is much much much more capable than a 22 but still "cheap" to operate. It is more then just a 22 with more seats. It has mass, power and speed. Auto's nice and the hydraulic controls and fuel injection are nice as well. It depends on what you are going to do with it. Are you flying it for fun or making money? Is it my first choice, hell no! If you have the ability to go for a more capable and advanced turbine ship, than do it, not even a question, but otherwise the 44 is a fine helicopter if flown carefully and taken care of.
  20. Jople, did you make that animation for this post? That's cool. Are you looking for a solution in the simulator or in the real world? Outside of a simulator this has to do with the stick control of the aircraft and the laws of physics. To me, it does not appear to be something you can engineer away. Even if you could figure it out it would be expensive and would add unwanted weight. In order to suppress the oscillation, wouldn't the point that the line attaches to the aircraft have to move or an appendage to act as a movable fulcrum somewhere down the line. The amount of movement would have to be pretty large, almost as large as the oscillation. Since you want it to respond faster then the pilot the controls required would have to be significant...like a computer with a camera, maybe a gyro, and the associated software plus the motors or hydraulics to move the wire. This is opposed to moving the entire aircraft and training its operators (or autopilot) which is the current solution. That's where the simulator could be useful, to enhance the pilot and keep the extra gear off the aircraft. My .02
  21. At my school they paint the blades when it is needed. It is said that due to the laws in California we cannot use a more durable paint and the paint we use gets worn off pretty quick. As a result we cannot fly in the rain.
  22. Sounds like a cool job. What kind of heli are you flying in?
  23. You're right about Mauna Loa "MLH is approved by the Veterans Administration. This allows veterans to use their VA benefits to pay for flight school. MLH is approved for eligibility under chapters 30, 32, 1606, and Post 9-11. Veterans with benefits in chapters 30, 32, and 1606 may be eligible for reimbursement up to 60% of training funds after Private. Veterans with benefits under Post 9-11 may be eligible for up to $10,000 reimbursement of training funds per year after Private. To find out additional information on VA funding contact MLH."
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