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  1. Glass panel makes it too easy, that Artificial Horizon is your turn coordinator Airspeed groundspeed WINDSPEED glideslope hsi/Vor vsi all in one with trend indicators. The left side can display moving maps or switched to a secondary indicator or an approach plate that shows your position and predicted flight path.
  2. I think there is such a thing as ceiling effect, when I fly my RC copters inside and they get close to the ceiling they get sucked up to it. I can't imagine what could/would happen in an inclosed building.
  3. This isn't really helpful but I thought I would share. One day while at the airport I watched a 206 land that had a longline attached, he descended vertically wiggling the stick just right so that the line coiled beneath him in a perfect circle then landed behind his master piece leaving only about 15' of line he had to wind up. All I could think was "man, one day I'll be that good. "
  4. I've tried the mic in cup solution before, wasn't comfortable and didn't work too well. If you can I recommend using/borrowing an extra headset that has earcups that fit together when the headset isn't worn. It keeps the cord off of you, and gets better sound.
  5. I recently watched a YouTube video of a man flying a contraption that can best be described as a lawn chair with 30 RC helicopter blades/motors attached with a trellis frame. After asking why, then, how fast/high can it go, and it's endurance, I wondered: does the limit of ground effect vary for multi rotored aircraft? Does this contraption's rotors act as a single larger rotor, or is it impossible for it to benefit from ground effect since it cannot get within one rotor diameter? Do tandem rotor aircraft or coaxial aircraft have a higher threshold for ground effect or is the differ
  6. As always, awesome response iChris. Thanks
  7. Pokey, do you have a link for an R-22 and Huey equipment list?
  8. I'm trying to find a list of the weights of common helicopters' rotor systems, but I'm not having much luck. I can find their diameter/speed but the blade weights or entire rotor system weights are hard or impossible to find. Does anyone know of a resource I can get technical data from? Preferably in PDF format. I want to try to extrapolate the centrifugal force and inertia of different systems.
  9. From what I gathered when you signed up for a six year term you were awarded 36 months of educational benefits. Under the Montgomery Bill you receive 60% of the training cost reimbursed to you, though I think there is a monetary limit. So if your working on your instrument license and it costs $20,000, you will be reimbursed $12,000. Keep in mind it only kicks in after you get your private license. In this pamphlet I'm linking to in this post it says you can be eligible for the Active Duty Montgomery after 2 years of service. Here's a link. http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch
  10. I think you've got the right idea, landing was the right idea. I've had to park a helicopter a few times when something wasn't right, not something that was outlined land as soon as practical/land immediately but something that seemed off. I would find a different school, not just instructor. I know no one is perfect, but it doesn't seem like that school is fostering a safety first attitude. If he is fearful of bad publicity or getting fired for a precautionary landing I wouldn't want to fly there. Just out of curiosity what happened (vibration/noise)that made you want to land?
  11. I know of at least one modern car engine being used in aviation. The Hummingbird Helicopter uses the Chevrolet LS7, it's detuned to turn at 3,000 RPM makes 300 HP and it's still fuel injected/water cooled. That Heli is an experimental based off of an S-52, the LS7 engine and its components add $50k to the price so it's not cheap.
  12. Helifreak.com might be able to answer your question since it's an RC Heli forum. In the life size coaxial helicopters the blades are geared together, when the pilot wants to yaw the helicopter, more pitch is put into one rotor than the other. In RC coaxial helicopters the blades are usually fixed pitch-meaning to change the lift they make they either slow down or speed up so both rotors are rarely synchronized, they aren't very fast so not really much dissymmetry in lift. Most likely it would lead to a vibration in the mast at higher speeds.
  13. I remember at the beginning of my training saying "eyes outside, entering auto now," back then I would say that then immediately look at the tachometers and fixate on them. The whole idea of the cyclic part of down collective-right pedal-aft cyclic-wrist uncomfortable is to keep the ship level, and the best way to do that is to reference the horizon. Whatever reference you use for cruise flight try to keep that on the horizon during entry, that is all the aft cyclic you need to put in. A couple of tips: 1 The smoother the entry the easier the rest of the auto will be- if you are already i
  14. I'm pretty sure it's the change in blade pitch from the root to the tip- higher at the root so that the lift along the blade is more constant.
  15. I thought the bungee cord was only for trim? The feeling I'm talking about is when you're in forward flight without trim, some birds your shoulder will be burning in a few minutes, others you can fly an hour and a half and never need to pull the trim. I've noticed a fine trim knob on the bottom left side of the instrument panel but assumed it wasn't something I should adjust, can cyclic forces in forward flight without trim pulled be adjusted with this or does it only adjust the bungee?
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