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  1. FLHooker


    wow. Don't sign in for a bit, and come back to some fun. The WOLF would have some fun here.
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    Chill Lindsey, damn girl. As Lindsey said, i'm a Chinook pilot in the NG. I fly an average of 150-200 hrs per year, which is pretty good. Rarely do traffic patterns (sorry Ragman). I flew over 20 hours last week on 2 missions in NY and RI. I don't know many Hawk pilots that flew more than 600 hours in country (Iraq or the Stan). The highest I have heard was around 800, but that was in a Chinook. MEDEVAC hawks usually get ALOT less, in the ballpark of 200 or so. And of course, as always, there are exceptions to it all. Instructor Pilots fly the most of all the pilots, atleast from what I have seen. You have to add the fact that these beasts are not robbies or 300's or whatever. My state only has 5 Chinooks, we fly them quite a bit, and everyone has to get their's. Not even mentioning the fact, that no matter what you fly, you have additional duties that you will be expected to complete. Add in Weather, Maintenance, and other required Army functions... As for long line, yes, the Chinooks do it... some. In FL we had a 100' long line on our bambi buckets, but not all units use the longer lines. Some states use around 40' or so. However, unless you get called up for a fire, we don't typically sit there and practice that alot. Maybe once or twice a year, probably higher in a state like CA, but I don't know. My 2 cents CHAD
  3. Lindsey, Definitely alot of good information there. I would just add the the CH-47 Chinook is the sexiest aircraft in the US Army inventory. Other than that, looks good! CHAD
  4. Congrats! And welcome to the addiction >
  5. Blake #2, I signed into WOCS weighing 203 and i was in damn good shape. Just my normal work out routine keeps me about 215-220. I fly a Chinook. Pilot's weight means nothing to this helo. I always pass 'tape'. Chad #1
  6. Rob, I'd watch this dude! He's gonna try to hide in the bushes. I'm tellin' ya. just kidding, cliff! Relax.
  7. In my opinion, that is just one way that the recruiter will attempt to get you to enlist instead of going straight to WOCS. 7 at my board, and I was the only one with any flight time. All are now WO's...
  8. Vulcan is the system you are thinking of. And the print out they do off of there has all the services on it. So there is no conversion.
  9. Pokey, No, the swashplates do move fore/aft. At around 70 kias, the LCT's (Longitudinal Cyclic Trim) program the rotorheads (tilt forward) to keep the fuselage level. When we come up to a hover, the LCT's retract, but on the ground they program to 9* on the FWD head, and 4* on the AFT head for ground taxi. However, we do not have cyclic feathering at a hover. As for the "flying sideways" he is right, with the AFCS off, the helo wants to fly sideways, and just as you stated, the aft rotor wants to find clean air. It equates to us actually having to dance on the pedals in flight. You can get it trim'd up and only use small inputs on the pedals when you are straight and level, but it's game on in a turn. Turns it into an overpowered TH-67 at a hover The nose will also swing left when you are taking off from the ground too, requiring right pedal. It's a blast! CHAD
  10. I like this thread... The pedals are also not called "anti torque pedals", they are directional pedals, because we don't anti nothing with them! No tailrotor limitation! Rick, you are right, the rotors on a chinook are synchronized, each blade is 120* out from each other, the only way they can touch is if the synchronizing driveshaft, which runs (like palmfish said) from the combining transmission to the forward transmission fails. Overall, like others have stated... the Chinook flies just like other helo's, the inputs are the same, etc... just don't need to touch the pedals.
  11. Dutch, congrats. Sorry I'm just now reading this... I have a good buddy that flies slingloads for SC, he says it's a good unit, and are starting to ramp for deployment. have fun! CHAD
  12. Yes, ARCO has the best book out there for the AFAST, and your experience in the boring wing will help you out. Definitely recommend the book, Lindsey will atest to that CHAD
  13. Guard LT, I hate to say it, but the Army is working on bringing the age down to 29, in fact... my state of NY, is already at that. We will not board anyone who is over 29, even though it has not been signed into law yet. So, act fast if you are going to do anything. CHAD
  14. Put in your packet ASAP, and update it whenever you have something worth updating. The LOR's, since you are now in the military, you will need to get, but luckily since you are a 15T (should have picked 15U, i'm just sayin') you will atleast see pilots running around. Watch them, find out who is the most approachable CW3 or higher, and when you get the balls up, go talk to him/her. Keep in mind, he will probably go talk to your first line leader and your Platoon Sergeant. So, be on time, be in the right uniform, keep your nose clean, and always ask what else you can do. My 2 cents. Oh, and damn!!! Computer access in AIT.... what the hell?! CHAD
  15. I dunno about the other responses, I was beaten. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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