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  1. You're right about the R44. If you own it for a full 12 year cycle, you need to fly it a couple hundred hours per year to keep the hourly cost from skyrocketing. However, you may be able to find one that has a lot of calendar time left but not a lot of hours. A ship with five years left on it and only 500 hundred hours left might be had a nice discount. And, don't forget, if get a good deal on the overhaul, there's money to be made by overhauling it and selling it with fresh components.
  2. There's absolutely nothing wrong with pay to ferry. They have an empty seat. That seat has value. The business dealings outside of that transaction are entirely irrelevant. Anyone who thinks otherwise either (1) doesn't understand economics, or (2) believes that for-profit helicopter operators should give away services of value for free. However, that isn't a competitive price. For $5/hr more, $380/hr, you can go get dual instruction in an R44 and work on whatever you need to work on instead of fly in a straight-line. Nothing wrong with the concept, but the price isn't particularly good.
  3. Trim and balance (ball in the center) are two different things.
  4. Neither the inclinometer nor the Aspen will tell you if the helicopter is in trim. Only the string will. The string points straight back when it's in trim. This was answered in the first reply. Everyone pay attention: ... It's just a string. Not a magical string that knows where the pilot sits and points to him when it's in trim, it's just a damn string. When air hits it from the front, it points aft. When air hits it from the side, it points to the opposite side. ... sometimes helicopter pilots amaze me.
  5. It's just a piece of yarn. When when the wind is directly from the front, it pushes the yarn directly aft, and it's in trim.
  6. Or they can afford to self-insure up to $80k. Many robust companies self-insure.
  7. That's a little lower than I would expect it to be. Keep in mind that training beats up aircraft. Even if they fix the big stuff that htey break, there's a lot of wear in tear in the training environment.
  8. JohnnyB's post is spot on. A small school, or even a freelance instructor, can be great, or terrible. The lack of a formal organizational structure isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, there's probably greater variance in the quality of instruction you find at schools that meet that description. (Worse bad experiences, better good experiences.) The bigger, more formal schools are more consistently mediocre, in my opinion. That's not necessarily a bad thing. There's certainly advantages to a known quantity. So, it's really situation dependent. A great instructor can thrive in the environment you describe. A poor instructor in the same environment can cost you a lot of money, time, and get away with being less safe. On a separate note, are you training in/near North Carolina?
  9. This it? http://www.tech-tool.com/catalog/robinson-helicopters/robinson-r22/windshields-full-view-cabin-comfort-replacement-do/
  10. I need a charger, too. I did some research today and settled on this one. It's $15, and puts out 24 watts, which is enough to charge two iPads. (iPads charge on 10-12w.) It claims to be good up to 30v, which should handle the R44's 28-ish volt system with a little wiggle room. On the advice of a friend, I also bought a long iPad cable to go with it. I bought one of these "Amazon Basics" iPad cables because they're 6' long, 8 bucks, and "Apple Certified". I'm going to see how well it works to run the cable behind the PIC seat and up the right side, so it's not crossing any controls. I just ordered this stuff tonight, so I can't attest to it's quality/performance. If anyone's curious, let me know, and I'll post a follow up when I get to fly with it.
  11. Not a gulf pilot, but just a tid bit of wisdom. Don't become dependent on it. It's a consumer device with consumer standards for reliability. There are a lot of reasons it might not be there for you when you need it: overheatingsoftware instability (the OS, or the app you're using, or some other app that's running)settings you changed and didn't realize might be a problem while flying (like screen auto-shutoff)you put gloves on and can't put in your PIN to unlock the screenyou spill something on it or crack the screenthe sun hits it at the right angle and the glare makes it unreadableThe iPad has very powerful apps built for it, but it's not a particularly good device from a hardware perspective. We all say "yea, yea, I won't become dependent on it", but over time it can lull you into complacency and many people start to slack off on using the certified avionics.
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