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Everything posted by rotormandan

  1. Banished to cherry drying? Interesting
  2. So what you're sayinh is the assesment should be...Do you get paid well? Yes? Ok, go fly if you'r comfortable then. Sounds good to me
  3. I've had lots of those dreams. I never really thought much of them until now. Interesting. Damn never ending wires.
  4. If I can carry an hour of fuel then I'd cut it back to 30 minutes and take the extra mix if my tank has room. Nothing wrong with getting fuel often when you're working from a truck with fuel right there.
  5. Longhorn helicopters in tx has a good reputation of quick atp training. They use 300's and do it pretty quick if tou have a week to spend there. I know they do a lot. I've never been there. I just know a lot of folks in the gulf would go there to get a quick atp during their break to be eligible for ifr upgrades. Don't know about a sim though.
  6. I've got to be honest. Some details are too small to worry about. I sure wouldn't leave tours based on worrying if you've been there too long. On the flipside,many companies in the industry might view ems as negative. Specificly different utility and ag companies. Different lifestyles. Different environments. There's too many varibles to worry about.
  7. Any job would be good to do while training and fall back on if flying doesn't work. Just pick your poison. However if you get a cdl, having a hazmat and tanker endorsement could be useful in the future. At a lot of places you'll drive a fuel truck, even if just from the hotel to helicopter and back.
  8. Astro- with that thought, why get into any form of flying. Or really, why any career? Our future is heading to automation. As far as drones spraying, it'll be a long long time before the pilot is gone. The RMAX in the article has been around along time. The article states 25 years. There old videos on youtube of it spraying rice patties. A jetranger typically carries 90-100 gal loads. Bigger aircraft used like hueys and a lot of planes might carry closer to the ballpark of 200 gal loads This thing is small. It holds 16 liters of chemical. That's just over 4 gal. Typical aerial application goes on at 2, 5, 10 gallons/acre. With everything in between and more. We do some at 17.5 gal/ac and some stuff goes on at 20 gal. Ground sprayers use a lot more water in their mix to get coverage and spray at 20-100 gal/ac. This thing won't hold even 1 ac worth of material. . Granted this thing sprays a concentrate, alot of chemical require a lot of coverage to be effective. It depends on the pest and how it works. The article says its spraying fungicide on grapes. I assume its something that gets taken in by the plants and translocted through the plant to stop the desease. Full coverage not needed. The Rmax will be great for small acre farms with sensitive borders. Like houses, neighborhoods, and organics next door. We turn down a hand full of work because towns have been built up on all sides of some farms with suburban neighborhoods on all borders. It flys slow and can be real precise. Perfect for these places. No way it can keep up with the amount of work that gets done around the country. It has it's place but like everything else, it'll be a long time before the drone fully replaces pilots.
  9. And the steady hum of nonstop drones will be the new sounds of silence. Permanent white noise.
  10. The crazy thing for me isn't flying that close to boats. It's the fact that they're SAIL boats. I'm sure the boaters loved all that down wash and extra disruption of the wind.
  11. Not a helpful answer, but I didn't know people used 2 lightbars?
  12. Ag doesn't require high situational awareness or a feel for the machine? One with that mindset flying ag would become an xmas present wraped in wires. Probably witha few drift claims on top of that. Just sayin'
  13. Nine Lives Of An Alaska Bush Pilot By Ken Eichner Here's a good read about helicopter bush flying in Alaska. Written by Temco's founder I believe. At least the same family. It's a good read. One of the few fun reads by civilian helicopter pilots. Here it is on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0966251717?pc_redir=T1
  14. If all you want to do is fly, why did you start out the expensive way?
  15. There's other jobs then the one you have to buy. My opinion is if you wany to fly helicopters, go fly helicopters. If you want to fly fixed, go fly fixed. I didn't get into flying helicopters so i could fly a plane. There's other careers that make good money with better job prospects also. Go be an underwater welder, truck driver, anything else. Personally i didn't get into flying helicopters to do any if that stuff. A plan b is fine but do what you want and make it happen. And please don't buy a job. The boat thing looks like its the only option because they advertise how easy it is and market it that way. There's plenty of other options.
  16. It's probably too dangerous to carry doare aa batteries for your headset or flashlight too.
  17. thats the theory. The 1st start when cold is harder on the starter/battery then when starting warm. The opposite worry would be if you have a weak battery, the start cart would cover that up. Then you wouldn't find out until you were in the field and couldn't start. The start stick is kinda neat from what I can tell. My company was looking into them. They're about 10#'s so convient to carry in the helicopter. Supposedly they're good for 3 starts, and you can plug them in inside the cockpit if you have an outlet to recharge them while flying. At $3kish a pop though they're a little spendy to put one in each helicopter. I think they're a good idea. I haven't used one yet tho.
  18. Time is the biggest factor. If done right they should both be accurate. There's also damage due to driving over whatever is being fertalized.
  19. That could be said about any part of the aviation industry. It's all a long ways off and not any reason to base a career decision on today.
  20. At low time i'd say build the time as a cfi. Then i'd bet at 1000 hours you could still get a job driving a truck for a year or 2 and still get into ag. In my experience, the pilots who show up to drive a truck with 1000+ hours get trained to spray withing the 1st year or 2 and are usually cut loose for parts of the season during the 2nd year. While the pilots with a fresh cfi and 200-300 hours who show up to drive a truck spend years and years on the ground while getting tiny bits of ferry hours and cherry drying. Honestly, id think you'd find an ag seat faster if you did the cfi route before driving a truck. Plus you come out a bit more rounded pilot with a plan b in place. Just mainting that relationship with the ag place. Those driver positions are allways open.
  21. This was stated above but just to make it simple.... The 206b is checked at idle and 100% as per the checklist Once at idle the switch is turned off. Check for hard over and weird motoring felt in the controls. And as i just learned the uniball. Once at 100% the x pattern to check the servos.
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