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  1. I tried it a few months ago. I wasn't particularily impressed with it. The adjustable strap seemed like a good idea, but I could not get it to be comfortable at all. I currently fly a HGU-84, and previously had a Gallet and both were more comfortable than the paraclete. I really loved the chin strap latch system..I'd buy that in a heartbeat if they sold it separately. Helmets are such a personal item, I almost hate to give a recommendation...your mileage might vary!
  2. If you are looking for a helmet to save your life in a crash, please stay away from something found in a surplus store. There are good used helmets out there that you can pick up and have refurbished and tested for a reasonable price. To expect something out of an Army/Navy store to protect you in an accident is asking for trouble.
  3. Hey Stan, I've been watching your videos for a while...very cool helicopter. Not sure if you saw it, but a Helicycle made an emergency landing in Mesa today..helo is damaged but the pilot walked away. Ryan
  4. I think these are the type of questions that you should answer for yourself before the interview and be honest with the interviewer. I would want to see someone who has thought about their career path, why they would like to work for company X ( do a little research on the company you are applying for and that will help you answer this question) and why they are the best candidate. I don't think there is any particualr "right" answer for those questions...only the answer you come up with and can articulate...that's how they get to know you.
  5. "I don't know what you mean by the commercially rated compensation question. The person agreeing to pay $325/hr will be accompanied by most likely myself, not a rotary wing CFI, but Comm/Instr rotary with over 1,000 hours in JetRangers." Aeroscout, What some of the guys are getting at, is that you are trying to take advantage of somebody that "needs" flight time, to accomplish a business function for your aircraft. If I owned a yacht (I don't) and needed it moved from Florida to Texas, and you were a qualified yacht captain, would you be willing to pay me $500.00 per day for the chance to log a little time behind the wheel? Of course not, you would charge me for your services, and I should be willing to pay you for those services...such is the cost of doing business. Ryan
  6. My only critique is purely nit-picky, but CFI actually stands for "Certificated Flight Insructor." The FAA does not "Certify" flight instructors per se. Ryan
  7. I love the otterbox for the iPad... I picked it up from amazon for about 55 bucks... I purchased the iPad on Friday and brought it directly home and put it inside... The otter box doesn't have a hard plastic screen cover like the iPhone does, but it does come with a screen protector film that is kind of a pain to put on. Ryan
  8. Does anybody know if the ram mount works if the iPad is in an otter box?
  9. I'll second the recommendation of Logbook Pro...I've used it for a few years now with no complaints.. Ryan
  10. I didn't make it by VR..but I was around..Either at our helicopter at the FLIR booth. Our whole unit was there...You probably saw me walking around at one point or another...We were wearing flight suits on one day...I hate finding out after the fact that so many folks were there....I should have planned better!
  11. Hey DP, since your a photo guy like me, I thought you would appreciate this...we had a professional photographer come out and take some photos for the unit...plus its EC-120 stuff! http://focalplaneimagery.smugmug.com/Law-E...796255781_FX9TF
  12. Goldy, I re read and saw that you were there too.....rats maybe next year....I actually may be in SOCAL in a month or two...I'll let ya know! Ryan
  13. Hey Mechanic...thanks for posting...the EC-120 in your first pic is my daily trusty steed! DP, I didn't know you were going to be there, I'd have bought you a beer!
  14. Rjl2001, You are on the right track...and have the right mindset....one resource that is a pretty good wealth of information is www.policehelicopterpilot.com there is several sections that discuss getting a job as a LE pilot... Ryan
  15. Not my thing...anybody want to put their test pilot helmet on and give it a whirl? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HUGHES-EXPE...=item414bfaa519
  16. Spike, I'm no expert either....And I'm not sure case law exists in this exact matter...however I don't believe that should prevent someone from pursuing what they believe is a valid charge. State law does not have a stated maximum applicable altitude....My disclaimer in this matter is that I'm not speaking directly to the facts of the Washington State case....I don't know the facts....Making case law is part of what we do in our line of work....We don't stop being police officers while we are flying.
  17. Delorean, Thanks for no flames..lol....I'm by no means trying to advocate that LE go after any ENG ship that doesn't do what they want....I was just pointing out that there are some legal means to keep them away from a certain area if it was necessary....We work real well with the other operators in our area, and have never had a conflict except with the aforementioned fixed wing traffic guy....ours is the same thing...he used to fly at 400-500 agl over downtown and do his thing...and he's done some darn near aerobatic (by definition) things over the city.....I followed him for a few one time because I thought he was having controllability issues and was about to go down....turns out he was just screwing around... In Austin, we have had a tenuous relationship with the media for a long time, and have recently taken several reporters and news directors up to see things from our point of view, and it has made great strides in being cooperative in how we operate...plus it has garnered some good press for our unit....and our department desperately needs all the good press it can get!! Ryan
  18. Spike, It would take creative writing only if you were trying to bolster a weak case....Its not very hard to articulate how a truck driver was interfering with an officer's duties by driving through a crime scene to make his delivery....he's only doing his job too....its all a matter of circumstance...it sounds to me like emotions were high, and common courtesy went out the window...If I'm working a rescue and constantly have to pull off my scene to avoid conflict with a media aircraft....would they not be interfering with duties....even if they were just doing their job...I think that would not be too hard to articulate. Ryan
  19. Michael, No problem...If there any that are in Texas you need looked at...let me know....I also know quite a few of the folks at Eurocopter in Grand Prairie that I can put you in touch with if it gets that far! Ryan
  20. Viking, If you don't have it loaded down with police equipment like us, I think you would love the EC-120...if your interested in calling with further questions, let me know, and I would be more than happy to PM you my number.... Ryan
  21. Viking, I have never flown an Enstrom...so I can only comment on the EC-120B...I have about 800 hrs in the EC-120. The EC-120 is a very enjoyable aircraft to fly...ours is relatively heavy...leaving me only about 1100lbs useful load, so we are pretty much limited to Pilot/TFO and about 600lbs of gas. At Max Gross it can be a handful in the summertime. That being said, I flew the factory trainer at NVG school in August and we had a full bag of gas and 5 on board, and it handled it nicely....The tail rotor authority is phenomenal compared to our OH-58 and the VEMD makes monitoring the engine parameters a breeze. One of the cons of the EC-120 would have to be the parts...they are only available through Eurocopter and its authorized service centers...same with Turbomeca....its not like finding parts for a RR250. I would recommend a Service By the Hour contract with Turbomeca if it is an option...it covers fuel manifolds (250hrs) and things of that nature...It performs well, and the air conditioning is a nice addition in the summertime. I am not sure where you are located, but if you want to call with more questions, or want someone to help you look at an aircraft..let me know...I'm definitely not the most experienced EC-120 guy out there, but I would be more than willing to help you look for some of the common things that can become problematic....our airframe has 6500 hrs on it currently... Ryan
  22. Hey all, I would like to add a L.E. pilot's perspective to this discussion....the police do not own the air over any scene..however (at least in Texas) if you are interfering with the duties of a police officer....and that can be articulated to a judge, charges can indeed be filed against the operator of an aircraft....I've been about 30 seconds from doing it myself on at least one occasion...not another helicopter, but a traffic reporter in a fixed wing, He was both violating the FAR's (minimum safe altitude) and borderline interfering with our duties. He was kindly asked by both myself and the controller to change how he was operating, and he eventually left the area....Secondly, there is the issue of police movements being broadcast live on TV. This is the issue that I believe was concerning to the officers in this scenario. If SWAT is about to surround a house, those SWAT officers would surely appreciate it if the bad guy wasn't able to see them surround HIS house on live TV...That is a HUGE officer safety concern, as this suspect had obviously intended to kill as many police officers as he could. I understand freedom of press etc....and feel that there is a need for live media feeds, but at times, I think that the media and the public at large, need to understand that sometimes there are more important things than getting the shot....If the proverbial SWAT guys above were ambushed based on images gained from a live video feed, I'm sure your ratings would go up, but who wants that on their watch.... fortunately, we have very small contingent of media assets that fly around me, but we pretty much work hand in hand with them...we are friends and have a mutual understanding about how each other work....If we have a good reason to censor a shot and can explain that to the media guys, they are usually more than happy to oblige, and likewise if we can give them a lead on a good story...we'll do that as well I'm sure I'll get flamed by the ENG guys here, and my post was not meant to offend or lessen your role in any incident, just to illustrate that at least in Texas, there are protections in place to allow the Police (Aircraft or otherwise) to do their jobs and penalties for interfering in those duties....and this would apply to the banner tow aircraft or private pilot in his own aircraft hanging around a scene as well... Ryan
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