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  1. Pokay, what is your overall objection to this aircraft? As far as looks, it isn't a Eurocopter, but it isn't as ugly as a Schweitzer either. I think it has potential, and I wouldn't write it off unless you know something the rest of us doesn't know. Although I don't have any time in the FH1100, I would definately give it a serious look... after all, it almost became the primary helicopter for the Army! If you know the political background on that fiasco, you'd understand that the FH1100 is a very capable aircraft. In any event, I would encourage folks to fly as many different types as you can (even the Brantly B2B).
  2. Hmmm... I agree with West Coaster to a point, but I also disagree. Power recoveries, if performed properly, are so close to performing an auto with ground contact that there shouldn't be that much difference... THAT is the point. In my experience, the current problem is that autos are not trained to the right standard; a full-down should be an easy and natural extension for those who are TRULY proficient with the power-recovery. Perhaps we are ignoring the recovery phase of the practice autorotation too much... believing that if we get the ship down that far, it's all golden. Nevertheless, you can't ignore the importance of getting it right on the way down. As I mentioned in my statistics above, most practice autoration accidents are NOT caused by full-downs... most are practice 180's that should have been terminated with a go around. In almost every case, the instructor allowed an excessive ROD to develop, which becomes difficult to recover below 100 FT AGL. The instructor waits, jumps on the controls too late, and balls it up. The autorotation is probably one of the most mis-understood aerodynamic phenomenons. I'm not saying that only performing power-recoveries will adequately prepare you, because I think everyone needs experience doing EOL's. I simply don't believe that power-recoveries are taught or practiced correctly, and all of us have our own mindset on the "right way," which makes it difficult to consider that we might need to change our mind set on this topic. My two cents... and I could be wrong.
  3. Interesting discussion, but no need to panic. As previously posted, this will just remove the requirement for your CFI ticket. This debate is older than the crust on my grandmother's underwear, but let's look at some very basic statistics... I'll assume most training centers are using the R22, so let's use that aircraft as a basis for discussion. That helicopter has had one (1) engine failure from January 1999 - December 2003 (a five year period). In contrast, they have had 140 accidents due to pilot error (as the NTSB reports indicate - let's not debate how those category decisions were made, let's just assume they are accurate for the sake of arguement). Approximately 1/3 of those 140 non-fatal pilot error accidents were caused by PRACTICE autorotations. Furthermore, the majority of those practice autorations that went bad were NOT full-down autorotations! In fact, most of those were caused by practicing 180's where the instructor allowed the ROD to increase beyond 1500 FPM and typically failed to arrest the situation prior to 100 FT AGL (usually caused by too high bank angle, high airspeed, high RRPM, or an out of trim condition). So, a lot of autorotation accidents aren't really caused by the full-down attempt at all. Nevertheless, I feel that a full-down autoration is an essential part of becoming a professional pilot. Most pilot have never even seen a full-down from inside the cockpit, and they need to have an idea of what to expect. That said, I don't believe that you need to be proficient in performing a full-down to walk away from an actual engine failure. It's possible that the "power-recovery only" student MIGHT ball it up if he actually has to do one to the ground, but I think it would be survivable. So, that begs the question... why even practice full-downs? Personally, I feel that practicing full-down autorotations mean the pilot is less likely to ball it up if he actually has to do one... it's that simple. I think they SHOULD be taught, but only after a pilot has mastered the power-recovery autoration... and there is the biggest problem we have today. Most instructors don't know how to properly perform an autorotation, let alone the average pilot. Everybody seems to have their own "technique" and "method" on the way it should be done. Bah!
  4. I'm sure it was serious at the time, but I have to say that IS pretty darn funny! :laugh:
  5. If you make your way down to Baltimore or Washington, D.C. let me know... happy to show you around!
  6. I hope MD gets bought out soon. Anybody have any updates on that possibility?
  7. That's a well thought out course of action. Good job and thanks for sharing!
  8. I talk with Jeff often, and he took a job flying Jet Rangers at the Grand Canyon (Papillion). He's doing well, but busy with training and flying... he's trying to get as many turbine hours as possible. He was back home in Maryland last week for a few days, but he's at it again in the desert.
  9. John Rahn is the new editor of "Rotorheads Newsletter," which is dedicated to the Rotorway series of aircraft. He also has his own website, which is extremely detailed... http://www.homestead.com/johnrahn/exec162f.html When I retire or have too much time on my hands, I would consider one of the Safari (aka Baby Bell) helicopters as a hobby. It uses the same engine as the R22 and the same bubble as the B47. For now, I'm sticking with certificated aircraft, but here is the Safari site... http://www.acehelicopter.com/
  10. Skyfocal and I are here at the Expo, and things are being setup for the festivities. Since most of us have different agendas, perhaps it is better to have a beer call after hours. Some events at the Expo run through Midnight, except for Sunday evening. Sunday night is probably the best time for the VR forum members to get together, and the first round of drinks is on me! The job fair is from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Perhaps we could meet at the entrance to the Expo at 5 p.m. and walk over to one of the local bars? (Hiccup!)
  11. I just heard on the news that Lockheed and the European Team won the bid to build the new Presidential helicopter fleet based on the "US-101." If so, I guess I'll see a lot of large helicopters with three turbine engines flying in my backyard soon. Can anybody confirm?
  12. I'm buying a round of free drinks for VR forum members who attend the Expo! There should be plenty of Internet access around, so check this thread for meeting details.
  13. http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/01/26/...main/index.html BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Thirty-one Marines were killed in a helicopter crash near Iraq's border with Jordan, bringing the number of U.S. troops killed Wednesday to 36 -- the deadliest day for U.S. forces since the start of the war in Iraq. Four U.S. Marines were killed during combat in Iraq's Al-Anbar province, and a U.S. soldier died when insurgents attacked a combat patrol north of Baghdad, according to the U.S. military. The cause of the chopper crash was not immediately known and is being investigated, according to the military. Wednesday's death toll surpassed the 31 U.S. forces killed on March 23, 2003 -- four days after the start of the war in Iraq. Twenty-nine of them died in combat that day. Wednesday's incidents brought the U.S. death toll in the war to 1,417. The transport helicopter crashed near Ar Rutbah in western Iraq about 1:20 a.m. local time (5:20 p.m. Tuesday ET). (Map) It was carrying personnel from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the 1st Marine Division. Military officials said a search and rescue team was at the site and an investigation of the crash was under way. The four Marines who died Wednesday were killed during combat operations in Iraq's Al-Anbar province, according to a military news release. The Marines were assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. Ar Rutbah is also in Al-Anbar province. Elsewhere, a U.S. soldier was killed Wednesday when insurgents attacked a combat patrol with grenades near Ad Duluiyah, military officials said. The soldier, from the 1st Infantry Division, died and two others were wounded in the attack about 11:20 a.m. (3:20 a.m. ET). The injured were taken to a military hospital for treatment; one was in serious condition.
  14. I've always wanted to fly one, but I don't know of any in my area. There is a company in CT that uses a Hiller for training from time to time, but they haven't brought it out of annual for the last six months! I guess they are going to scrap it.
  15. I have mixed feelings as to the benefits of time building in an experimental, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt. Out of morbid curiosity, please tell us more about the Helicycle... I've always wondered what that beastie was like.
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