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tradford last won the day on August 6 2016

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  1. Since I spend a lot of time in Canada and hold a CPL-H, I've been thinking about getting qualified to fly helicopters here. I've pulled down a number of documents online in pursuit of a study guide for the written test, but I keep coming up with lists of what's required - medical, ID, 20 question test about air laws, but nothing so simple as a guide I can use to prepare for the written. Has anyone in the group gone through the process? Thanks, Tony
  2. Retreating Blade Stall my ass - you just smoked an F16! I didn't even know you could put a nitrous kit on a Robbie!
  3. N82222 It wasn’t surprising, on that blustery night, that the pattern was empty – not a flier in sight. The weather was sucky and the lights at full watts, with the wind at 250, blowing 38 knots. The beacon was flashing and the ATIS was stating – “if you’re coming in here – have an instrument rating”. That even with gauges and slope-lights to boot – attempting a landing was less than astute. The man in the tower was as bored as could be, reading Facebook and Twitter on his Galaxy-3. When all of a sudden, from out of the blue, came a drawl, “Gwinnett tower – eight two triple two”. He knew of the numbers – he’d heard them before, having cleared her for landings and departures galore. Was a Robinson chopper with time on the Hobbs – just a little old Beta that had logged a few jobs. The controller, though startled, acknowledged the call, said “I’m six to the north and just passing the mall”. “I’m inbound for Yankee, then on to the ramp – got to get in the hanger ‘cause she’s getting real damp”. The doors weren’t attached and the seats were both soggy – she was taking on weight and the windshield was foggy”. But the man in the tower wasn’t sharing his pain – he was clearly undaunted by the clouds, wind and rain. “The field here is Delta and you know the rules, we are well below mins and you ain’t got the tools!” “Head east on to Winder, it’s only Class E, you can scud your way over – just don’t hit a tree.” The pilot was testy – wasn’t willing to pass, said “I need special clearance, ‘cause I’m real low on gas!” By now, the Controller was taken aback when he sensed that the pilot was on the attack. He changed his demeanor and cleared him to land, “there’s a squall-line approaching, things will get out of hand”. “The ceiling’s just touching our old water tower and the wind’s really strong – better pour on the power!” “Copy that, tower and thanks for the clue, but I’ve logged a few hours and I know what to do. She was coming in hot with the wind at the rear, till she swung base to final, having got the “all clear”. With all the momentum a Beta could grace, she dropped onto Yankee like a rocket from space. He slowed to a hover then turned to the right, while the wind at an angle made her put up a fight. The tail boom was swinging about 40 degrees, as the tail rotor whined like a box full of bees. Out on the tarmac, a lone dolly stood with a minimal surface of unpainted wood. While pumping the petals and cyclic in hand, he lowered collective and attempted to land. But pendulum-action from turbulent wind made landing much harder than it ever had been. He flashed back to footage he’d seen on TV of a tuna-boat landing on a violent sea. He kept making passes ‘till he nailed it just right and the skids were aligned with that pale-yellow stripe. He shut down the rotors and ran for the cart, then he treated that Beta like a fine piece of art. He sopped up the water with a towel from his bag and wiped down the seats with a clean cotton rag. In time she was shining so no one could tell, with a minor exception – that locker room smell. The pine tree that hung in the cab of his Ram – he attached to the compass for much needed glam. A snap of the seat-belt and slap on her tail, he thanked the old Beta for having prevailed. He left her there parked by an R44, then he flipped off the lights and he lowered the door. A post here on Facebook is proof that it’s true – just a stormy night landing into KLZU.
  4. Yaaaaa! Finally got my medical cert back, 3 1/2 months after being deferred. What a frustrating experience that was and I know it was benign compared to some of the horror stories I've heard. Still, it's great to be 'commercial' again.
  5. That's great advice. I'll re-up my AOPA membership. Thanks.
  6. Still working on getting my medical back. After I sent in my follow up CT Scan results, I received a letter asking for several things that were already included in the original submission. I went back to the doctor this week and asked for a new letter and faxed it in today. It takes 10 days for a fax to make it into my file. When I call for a status update, I'm on hold for half an hour only to find out that very little progress has been made.
  7. Talking about helicopters and Tuscaloosa - I lived there and worked for the City's Traffic Engineering Department back in 1975 and had a shop at the airport. One of the police pilots invited me for a ride one day in their (I believe it was a Bell 47) helicopter that they used to chase down shop lifters. It was my first helicopter ride and very memorable. We skimmed over the Black Warrior River like we were in Vietnam and skirted the roof of the Tutweiler Dorm (where the female students liked to sunbath). The Chief of Police tried to land another of their ships on the roof or the Memorial Hospital and hit the elevator pent house, totally destroying it. Luckily no one was killed. It was 37 year later that I began helicopter flight training and learned how stupid all of that was. Yep, good old days.
  8. Arthur, Nice job on the video. I'm looking at a number of built Rotorway ships at the moment. I plan to run down to south Alabama for some transition training. I hear the Rotorway has a significantly different feel from the R22 and R44. Tony
  9. At least my follow-up scans made it into my deferred medical file at FAA. Unfortunately, the shut down has stopped processing activities, so everything is on hold until the feds come up with a compromise. I guess it's not as bad as missing paychecks, but it still sucks!
  10. I agree that it's debilitating. I did a mountain bike run earlier in the day and fell off (as I often do) and landed on my side. Minor pain. Later in the day, I was sitting in my home office when all of a sudden, it felt like someone came up behind me and shoved an ice pick in my kidney. I barely made it to the couch covered with sweat and in serious pain. My wife immediately started dialing 911, but I asked her not to - to drive me to the hospital that's not far away. By then, I was throwing up and peeing blood. Mine was a tiny stone of 2mm, but it felt like a sea urchin was ripping its way through my body. I can't even imagine what I would have done if I'd been sitting in a coach seat at 30,000 feet. Freaks me out just to think about it.
  11. Thanks Avbug - and I agree. At first, he talked about scheduling an X-ray so that my certificate could be renewed before it expired in 10 days. He read my CT Scan report and it talked about unrelated issues with my kidney that he didn't understand. Everything was normal. That was a bit alarming in itself. I'll be switching to my buddy's AME. My stone experience was beyond gut-wrenching, but I think it was tame compared to what you went through. I still count my lucky stars as I was holding a ticket for a departure the next morning to Singapore. I can't even imagine how bad that would have been. Thanks, Tony
  12. Thanks. At this point, I'll just be glad to get it back. I too was a bit dismayed that they've washed their hands of the issue. My flying buddy just had his physical as well and his AME suggested that I give the paper work to my AME and that they would send it in as a addendum to the file they sent. No go. I'll vector myself in with the numbers listed online.
  13. Well, I passed my Class 2 physical, but I had a bout with a kidney stone earlier this year and didn't have sufficient evidence to prove that it was gone. My AME deferred my case, so I immediately went out and secured a CT scan and Urologist report that granted me a clean bill of health. Now I've got to get the report into my file that was deferred about a month ago. It doesn't look like MedExpress is going to be of any help and my AME says that they're out of the loop - that from here on out it's between me and the FAA. Any suggestions as to what my next move should be? I'm guessing that I need to send a copy of my report to: Federal Aviation Administration Aerospace Medical Certification Division / AAM-331 CAMI, Building 13 P.O. Box 25082 Oklahoma City, OK 73125-9867 The FAX number is (405) 954-9326. But that's only a guess.
  14. The whole incident was caught on video. I saw a copy of it right after it happened. It was scary seeing the ship hit the ground at such a high speed.
  15. Just heard from my flying buddy that the Gwinnett County Sheriff's MD500 had a mishap at the airport this morning. Both pilots survived with injuries and the bird is a loss. Our helicopter service operates across the runway and I can't tell how many times I've marveled at that little black jewel doing flight maneuvers. Apparently their injuries aren't life threatening, but little has been disclosed so far.
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