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  1. Alright everyone, Has anyone ever experienced Hydraulic pump cavitation on the R44. I got to thinking about this the other day when I noticed a very faint noise as I tested a hydraulic system. The noise would obviously come on when I turned the pump to the on position, it was a faint whining sound. My only experience with hydraulic pump cavitation has been on large turbine fixed wing aircraft where you would have no chance of hearing any onset failure prior to it happening. The other consideration with this noise would be aeration of some sort. So if you are familiar with this topic, additional knowledge would be appreciated as to get a better understanding of what an impending failure will truly sound like.
  2. Looks like a vent line, she's probably got another flight in her.
  3. I feel like a cheap plastic bottle of vodka will yield the same results for you.
  4. I suppose it can be tough for me to see the broader picture at this point in my life. I don't know much about the life of a fixed wing pilot VS the life of a rotary wing pilot. I know the type of flying I have always enjoyed tended to be low level VFR type flying. With that being said, I understand that there is no room for cowboys in this industry and that everything is done with a purpose, not just for fun. From my understanding paying my dues will be tough on either side of the house. I've also been told a lot of airlines require there pilots to have a bachelors degree. If I get a bachelors degree first, I don't think I would be able to afford flight school because I would've used up the entirety of my GI bill on it. Theres a lot of thought to be given on either side, fortunately I still have a bit of time to make the decision. I just want to do something that I can enjoy and slowly get away from the maintenance side of things with.
  5. Honestly, I would prefer helicopters. The idea of cruising at 30,000 feet being the top of my career doesn't seem as appealing to me. However, I do plan on getting a fixed wing ppl.
  6. Once again, I'm sorry I am getting back to y'all so late. Still deployed unfortunately. I'm out of here in like 2 weeks though so I'm pretty pumped. I think I'm going to follow in your foot steps, Crashed. I still plan on getting my A&P and apparently my base is opening up an aero club with free ground school, the only thing you pay for is cost of fuel. Obviously its a fixed wing club, but I'm going to log as many hours as I can with it while I'm still active duty. The only thing I am still unsure of is which aviation program I want to attend once I separate. -Joe
  7. Sorry about not responding any faster, I'm deployed right now and Im sure most of you know how that can go. Anyway, Ive never done anything that I haven't given my all. With that being said its a bit tricky of a decision as to stay in the military and try to go to OCS or not, I believe with the new retirement system I would actually lose my high 3 when the contract expired. And as for if I wanted to go helicopter or fixed wing I would prefer helicopter but am not opposed to fixed wing flight. I might be leaning towards the WO guard portion but I can't seem to make up my mind. Thanks for all of your responses, and once again sorry I couldn't get back any sooner. -Joe
  8. Hey everyone, First post here. I'm currently in the Air force, not a pilot just a mechanic. I get out shortly from now and have put a lot of thought into using my GI bill to attend a flight school (Considering PCC or COCC for their aviation science programs). Aviation has always been a huge passion of mine, whether its fixing the planes or flying in them. I've read so much negativity on the internet about getting into the flying portion of this career field, but everything seems to be somewhat out dated. I was wondering if anyone here might be able to give me some current insight on breaking into the business. Also would it be beneficial to fall back on an A&P license and try to swing a two jobs with one stone situation, or would employers take advantage of that type of thing. I look forward to hearing any replies. Thanks! Very Respectfully, Joe
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