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Everything posted by Azhigher

  1. "We really dislike you right back, Bob." -Helicopter Pilots
  2. If your flight time isn't made up who cares what you write it down with?
  3. It depends on the issue. If you're grounded because of a paperwork snafu (Which I've seen happen) then generally people will fill in for you, use sick/vacation time, etc... If you're grounded because you've got a serious medical issue, or a minor issue that the FAA is still going to ground you for a few years for (Hope you never have a seizure) you're going to be hoping for an administrative job with your company while you kill time. That, or walk out the door.
  4. Oh buddy, if that's your judge of trim I've been out of trim since flight school.
  5. I usually shoot for straight up the pillar. Not sure if that's the "correct" answer, but it's what I do. Regardless of what I do though my mechanic will tell me I'm using too much pedal and I'm wearing down the bearings prematurely.
  6. VR is for real questions and answers. Most of the questions have likely been asked/answered on here countless times before, but they were so long ago it's questionable if the answers are still applicable. The people still on here are likely pretty well set in their career, (Well, except Butters) and therefore don't have much to say. JH is for the dark side of people to come out, helicopters or not. Social Media (to me) is like JH but where people sign their names. Dark, full of malcontents.
  7. After writing a long and rambling response and then deleting it I think I can be more concise and answer your questions. In regards to hours, yes flying 600 hours instead of 150 a year will make you more proficient at flying that aircraft. After you get a baseline amount of hours in a part 135 job (Say, ~2000 Part 135, ~3000+TT) I don't think flying 600 hours in the gulf instead of 150 hours in EMS will make you a better EMS pilot. I don't think a 1500 hour pilot should be an EMS driver. (Looking at you, AEL) I also don't think it takes 5000+ hours to be a safe and competent EMS pilot either. I think the more you are exposed to the decision making and scenarios we face in EMS the better you get at it. My disclaimer to all of this is based on my personal experience. I started flying EMS at ~3300 hours, but over 2000 of that was basically in the make/model I'd be flying EMS in. Different strokes for different folks and all that.
  8. So according to you I haven't built my skill or experience at all in the 5 years I've been doing EMS? Wow, see I thought 5 years worth of working with crews, dealing with emergencies, flight planning, and going in/out of scenes at 3am would teach me lessons and make me better at my job. Guess not huh? Come on, you can't really believe that, right? Of course pilots are going to learn and grow the longer they operate in their chosen sector. Lord knows the last 5 years have taught me plenty.
  9. LOL, I think the reason they are going after newbies is because they want to attract talent, not people with poor work ethic and sour attitudes who want to fly, but only if it works out just perfectly for them.
  10. Which do you suppose is more likely to happen: 1. An engine failure on short final. or 2. You're burning into an LZ and you f*ck it up and hit something. At least that's what I was asked back flight school. Fwiw when I was young and dumb I got low rotor RPM in an Astar doing just what you described. Burning it into an LZ, flare, bring in power and... low rotor horn. That was enough for me, now I take it easy. In the end, fly it however ya want. (Or your employer allows)
  11. Getting the actual flying back shouldn't be too hard. Getting a job with 1000 hours, no turbine time and not current will be the hard part.
  12. Yeah, it happens. Sadly the more pilots you know the greater the chances you read about a friend in an NTSB report. 2 in two years sounds high though, that trend probably won't hold. All you can do is learn from it and tell yourself you won't let it happen to you. Same thing you should do with every NTSB report you read. Sorry for your loss, amigo.
  13. Encourages pilots to lie on their resumes? About what? 100 hours night?
  14. If you were an average EMS line pilot you wouldn't exactly need to build time, would you?
  15. Gonna need to do a lot of ferries and check flights to get from 1500 hours to 2000. I'd rather do a year of tours, but to each their own. Now that we're on the topic, is AEL's starting salary still in the 50's? If so I can only imagine what this job pays.
  16. I wouldn't do it. You don't know how good you have it until you don't have it anymore. That being said, you're going to do it anyway. Do yourself a favor and go fixed wing if you're gonna go down the aviation path.
  17. You're asking for trouble having an unsecured seat AND a patient in an Astar. If you really need the seat out, just leave it on scene. It'll still be there when you get back, maybe.
  18. I'm just throwing this out there, but if you flew for a living you probably wouldn't watch as many helicopter videos on youtube. Flying would just be normal...
  19. Better not give those tour jobs to new pilots, instead let's keep them local to train the next generation. Once they do 1000+ autos then and ONLY THEN should they be allowed to fly giant figure 8's in the sky. /s
  20. Faster path from zero hours to livable wage, home every night through my entire career, more varied flying, more personal satisfaction from the type of flying. (HAA)
  21. Glad to hear it! Good to know "The Roadtrip" still works. Mine was like a right of passage. =)
  22. I made $30-35k as a CFI. 28 months after I was hired as a CFI I was making 95k (with flight bonuses/tips) Just gotta pay your dues, dawg.
  23. Seems like one of them needs/wants flight time and one probably couldn't care less.
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