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MLH

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  1. I constructed a 12' X 12' cart with hitch and used a golf cart for transporting the first R44. Gave that away when I sold the ship and heard that the new owner landed short on it, teetered back, over corrected forward and contacted the rotor blades with the hitch. Not a pretty sight, but no injuries. I never had a problem landing on the cart, but it spooks even experienced pilots. With the second 44 I made a four wheeled tow bar with jack that engaged the tow ball, also made new easily rolled solid ground handing wheels with long handles. I found that solution the best. Mike Tow.zip
  2. I've owned two 44's over the years, narrowly avoided the blade and bladder tank hits. No complaints, maintenance costs were reasonable which can be expected when buying a new ship. Hourly cost of operation depends upon how many hours flown, I was at $500/hr for the four years I owned each one. I'm happy I have an Enstrom 280C now. Mike
  3. I learned in an H300C. During my training the instructor said he wouldn't put me in a Robinson because I'd accuse him of not teaching me anything. As soon as I passed the check ride I began flying an R22 and found out what he was talking about. If you can fly a Robbie, you can fly anything. Stick with whatever you start in. Mike
  4. Winnebago flying motor-home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJRlQrN8RAY&feature=youtu.be
  5. It's conceivable that a turbine installation might be flown in perpetuity if the DAR could be convinced every six months or annually that there is evidence for renewing the experimental certificate. At some point the legitimate claim to engineering tweaks runs out. The Bell 47 Soloy traveled this path.
  6. I spoke with a DAR about this recently. A certificated aircraft may be placed in experimental category for the purpose of evaluating an experimental modification. The maximum period is 1 year with 6 month authorizations being more common. Extensions may be granted with proof of benefit for further experimentation. An example would be fitting and testing of composite blades, power plant modification, etc.. Upon conclusion of experimentation the AC must be returned to standard category and certified airworthy for continued use. Another possibility would be Experimental Exhibition but aimed more at vintage aircraft. "A certificate for experimental exhibition must only be issued when an aircraft is to be used for valid exhibition purposes. Included in those purposes are organized air shows, organized fly-in activities, organized exhibitions, youth education events, organized aerobatic competition, fly-ins or meets, and movie or television productions." Mike
  7. Life is dangerous, 100% of us will die. The question is, what will we do between the bookends, live in a cave?
  8. When I first earned my rating I was pretty idealistic about the utility helicopters offer. There was enough room to land in my back yard, a vacant lot next door and a single neighbor up from me with the approach over an unpopulated coastal canyon. I never took advantage of the opportunity due to concern that once a complaint came in I would have a target on my back. The solution to the potential problem was to carefully research new digs where the possibility of complaints would be minimal to zero. I found 40 acres in a rural zone where the closest of my three neighbors is more than 1,000 feet away through a forest. When I first began operation in and out of the property, that neighbor called to ask if I would take their son up for a ride to earn a Boy Scout merit badge. Those folks actually go out of the way to hike through the woods to see the cool helicopter take off and land. Some times we luck out. Due diligence prior to purchasing a property can go a long way when it comes to dealing with the potential of pitchfork and torch wielding neighbors.
  9. The FAA does not mandate insurance - yet. With both of the 44's I owned I insured for liability only, no hull $2600/yr vs. $26,000/yr.. Buy an nearly timed out 22 at a good price and do the same. Better yet buy a 70's vintage Enstom F28 with the TT strap mod already done and escape the yoke of the Robbie 12yr. overhaul. If you fly enough hours the cost to own may be less than renting with renters insurance.
  10. She (the operator) fails to mention that filling to the "9" is an exercise in futility as it blows down to the "7" quickly.
  11. CHECKLIST 1) Turn off iPad. Another sexist NTSB report. https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20180226X31732&AKey=1&RType=HTML&IType=CA
  12. Monument Valley, AZ http://civichelicopters.com/wp-content/uploads/photo-gallery/027_24_JPG.jpg
  13. I've owned two R44's. The last one was flown purely for hobby 50 - 75 hrs/yr. Hourly cost not including the hangar was $500. The first was a leaseback and a money maker.
  14. The past few visits to Bryce Canyon I saw helicopter tours advertised. Elevation there is over 8,000 ft. https://www.brycecanyon.com/helicopter-tours-of-bryce-canyon/ Mike
  15. The "Helicopter Aerodynamics" series of books by Ray Prouty are an excellent source of engineering related information. Mike
  16. With the 206 be aware of TT strap 3 year calendar life. $4500 a set plus labor. https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/aerospace/2012-02-11/pma-tt-straps-bell-rangers Mike
  17. Robinson should be more concerned with designing a main rotor blade that does not develop cracks or debond.
  18. I did this indirectly in the form of a leaseback with an existing tour/training business years ago with an R44 Astro. My aircraft was used exclusively on the tour side. It was a profitable venture with a major side benefit being that I was able to use the aircraft for personal use. Mike
  19. Building the Helicycle has been a labor of love, but after several years and way to many rabbit trails I'm looking forward to flying, hopefully by this fall. Mike
  20. Most likely related to insurance carrier accident statistics.
  21. Maybe these clever guys can help Robinson design a set of main rotor blades that will reach TBO.
  22. How could they ever receive FAA certification? In the event of a catastrophic engine/engines failure, they become bricks.
  23. If you don't need all the Microvibe bells and whistles, the Dynavibe does a good job. http://www.rpxtech.com/index.php/StaticPages/aviation/track-and-balance Mike
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