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  1. Sad to hear that, Butters. I too walked into heli training with dreams of rental possibilities, only to realize it was a delusion after careful examination of rules, policies, and insurance. I'm now just doing helicoper flying to collect a rating with the realization that any sort of helicopter flying for personal enjoyment is pure fantasy unless I win the lottery, even with a decent major airline fixed-wing income. I've decided to just have a great time with the training then hang it up. Watching this video kind of drove home the point for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3VFReZ0jEM
  2. If i misjudge some part of the turns then i do occasionally start the flare in a turn. This would most commonly happen due to ATC since we operate at towered fields and sometimes cannot begin the maneuver at the perfect time; I guess a real engine faiulre would not happen at the perfect time either, though.
  3. Hi, 30 hour casual helicopter student here. Training in the R44 Raven 1. Working full time so I fly maybe about 10 hours per month. I am at 180 degree auto rotations but am having problems with the last 20% of the maneuver, which is the flare part. My airspeed and RPM control throughout is usually pretty good +/- 2%, +/- 5 knots, (101% & 70 KIAS) but when it comes time to flare I am either doing too much too soon, or not pitching up enough soon enough in the last part of the full flare which makes my instructors really nervous. I can almost never seem to get that perfect flare tim
  4. Thanks for the replies. One CFI said 55 knots because that was point of least power required for the R44 (best rate of climb, minimum rate of descent, etc). I don't know why you would use that speed but I will ask. Maybe it is analogous to an IGE hover power setting? It makes more sense to me to do an OGE hover as well. I really haven't gotten to do any off-airport landings yet but am just preparing in advance. The last half dozen lessons have mostly been straight in, 180, and hover auto-rotations. Interesting info about the AS350!
  5. Hi, I'm a pre-solo student working on an add-on commercial rating to my fixed wing ATP. I have about 25 hours, all in the R44. My question is about "power checks", spurred by other recent discussion topics on this forum. The R44 performance charts are pretty meager, and just include IGE and OGE hover charts, but don't include the expected manifold pressure settings (charts are a function of altitude, temperature, and weight). My hypothetical oral question would be something as follows: You takeoff from sea level at 15 degrees in an R44 loaded to 2300 lb. Your destination is a c
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