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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, “Gwin
  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 Hosp
  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 t
  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 be
  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 ne
  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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