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  1. These photos are perplexing in that someone would go through the time/expense of this needless modification, yet still be a cheap bastard and have the usual "American Instrument Panel" where they have the plastic inserts where the Direction Indicator and Artificial Horizon should have been. It's as if Robinson should make a 5-hole panel for the US - it's always the same. I don't know what this sh*t cost, but money would have been better spent on an instrument that they may find useful if they ever flew into a cloud.
  2. You're a third or half way to a PPL. Yes, go ahead and get your PPL(H). Private helicopter flying is great; I've never met another PPL that didn't love it and weren't glad they got their licence.
  3. Aside from the “odd” American construct of your job and your healthcare insurance being the same, being a contractor (with a corporate structure; not as a sole proprietor) can be quite advantageous as compared to being an employee. Provided you are being paid more as a contractor (you should be), it should be a simple decision. You have far more flexibility in tax, cashflow and deductions. For very little money, you can set up a company and then set/negotiate your own contracts with customers. Liability is limited to the company; not necessarily you as an individual.
  4. Have a look here: https://www.faa.gov/pilots/safety/pilotsafetybrochures/media/pilot_vision.pdf CAMI (FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute) is a good source of information for physiology: http://www.faa.gov/pilots/training/airman_education/aerospace_physiology/ I’m a private pilot/owner PPL and don’t work in aviation, but did their full-day course in the US for a civilian HALO jump. Really interesting and fun day; we did it for the hypobaric chamber training which really teaches you a lot about hypoxia (not that helicopters go that high)
  5. I personally wouldn't opt for a kit-built helicopter; only factory built for me. Whereas a trained monkey can build a plane; I view a helicopter as a little more complex. Not something I view as suitable for a bloke-in-his-garage project.
  6. For NYC flying, the Hudson & East River have special rules New York City Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) https://www.faasafety.gov/gslac/ALC/course_content.aspx?pf=1&preview=true&cID=79 Of course the CFI with you will have this, but it would be useful to understand it yourself. The online course is free; takes about 20-30 minutes and the certificate is good indefinitely - so you could come back and do it yourself sometime SFH.
  7. One caveat; don't pay anyone the full amount upfront. Go visit some locations and do some introductory/trial lessons.
  8. You use the following phrase “I want to begin training in a helicopter, but I want to reduce the expense by owning it while I build time” What do you mean by “building time”? Most posters on here are pursuing helicopter careers, however if you are seeking to fly for hobby/fun (like myself), your objective should be to train to achieve the highest possible skill level. On their own, hours don’t mean much; the only point that matters are your skills as a pilot when you take friends/family up. I hold both FAA & EASA licenses. In Europe (particularly the UK) your instructor will likely have 4-digit (maybe even 5-digit) flight hours and many years of experience. In the US, your instructor is more likely to have just a few hundred hours and be “on fire” to cease instructing and get a job elsewhere in the industry. My last five BFRs done in the USA were all done by CFIs with 200-350hrs with barely two or three years flying. Look around and find a high-quality instructor and training organisation. To be clear there are many imminently knowledgeable/experienced helicopter pilots in the US; you just have more of a “CPL Factory” than private pilot/owner scene in the US for helicopters (quite the opposite for fixed-wing; you’ve got the best FW private pilot infrastructure/scene). As for buying your own helicopter, go do some trial lessons/flights on a R44, R66, 206B3, 505 or others and see what you like. Not a bad idea to share ownership as you really need to fly a helicopter circa 200hrs/year to make real economic sense – that’s a lot of flying for one guy now matter how keen you believe you are. As for Enstrom, they are good helicopters but quite rare on a global scale; so think about if you would want to fly on holiday in other locales. I’ve privately hired R44s in US, Europe, South Africa & Australia. Of course, I had to get licensing or license validation for all the above, but think about where you will ultimately be able find a given helicopter make/model and also someone to do your checkouts on given make/model.
  9. Regarding No Man's Land Fort, it was open to pilots for a few years, but now they say it's only to be used in emergencies. It's off the south coast between UK mainland and the Isle of Wight. For the US, I'd be most interested in places near the major metro areas where I could fly to from the UK and also able to find a R44 for hire.
  10. The vast majority of my flying is to off-airport sites (circa 90%). I only land away at airports/heliports (non-homebase) if I need fuel or have to clear customs. I’m asking about fun/interesting landing spots to try out if flying in the area. Also, how is flying for recreation “limiting”? Private owners/pilots can go when/where we wish. Here’s another site; however unfortunately in mid-2018 they stopped allowing helicopter landings – possible that they may allow landings again soon. No Man’s Land Fort, hotel/restaurant, mid-Solent, UK (photo below)
  11. I’d be interested in discovering some new unique landing spots that a private pilot can land a helicopter (Europe or US). Here’s one which is the only rooftop landing in my logbook: Fort Lauderdale Downtown Heliport, DT1 (photo below) - rooftop landing pad on top of multi-story car park (115ft) Please post other cool landing sites that you may know of.
  12. That Enstrom "stick" could of had the graduation markings more clearly labelled. Also wood stays wet longer, so you now put a fuel coated/smelling stick back into the helicopter. Aluminium dries very quickly before putting it back into the underseat storage area.
  13. You do realise the "Trans Am" video above exemplifies my statement on Americans not much about sports cars? Damn, what a piece of crap. Why can't the US come up with car ideas newer than the 60's or 70's.
  14. This discussion is now confused and without reference (w/ a majority of US posters on this forum) as we have made reference to "sports cars" which is something Americans know little about.
  15. Damn, I hope no one in the thread link above is in any way involved in engineering or maintenance. The problem-solving skills - WTF? rigging tubes, pipettes, wooden dowels with paint or sharpie marker writing on it and the “I’m going to accidentally drop it in the tank”. How about a simple aluminium (yes spelled/pronounced in proper Queen’s English) bar approximately 5mm thick and 25mm wide with the increments “stamped” into the metal. The top is either shaped into a “T” or “triangle” handle about 8cm wide. You dip it into the tank up to the handle (it can’t fall in, is clean and always measures to the same point). I don’t know where these come from, but nearly every R44 I’ve flown in Europe has one similar. I’ve never seen the same in the US.
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