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About sky2

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  1. http://xinsurance.com/pilot-shield.html As a CFI, I searched all over and this is the best insurance and very affordable.
  2. Wasatch Helicopter Academy in Salt Lake City Utah. R22, R44, Hughs 500D, E and NOTAR Turbine transitions. Long Line, Mountain, ENG, Tours, Wildlife management and Platform Training Specialties. Over 10,000 hours of military and civilian experience. See SkyParkHelicopters.com and pathfinderhelicopters.com for more information.
  3. I found an insurance company that specializes in helicopter student/pilot/CFI liability and deductable. I am a CFI and my annual premium is 375. Students and pilots are around 275. It covers the 10,000 deductable. It covers 25,000 in personal liability. www.insureaviation.com/ United States Aircraft Pilots and Mechanics Association, Inc. The underwriters name is Rick Lindsey; you can go on the web site for more info. I am also a member of AOPA, and the legal insurance is a must. Have not had to use it, knock on wood.
  4. I know I'm a Long ways away; but for anyone reading this post. I run a H-500 D model for 750 an hour including instruction; long line, mountain ops and advanced EP's I also run a MD-520N Notar for 800 an hour including instruction. And, just for the record; an R22 for 235 including instruction and an R44 for 395 including instruction. SkyParkHelicopters.com Sky2
  5. If you are trying to get all your ratings in a 200 hour program, it really depends on you and your time to commit to the program. Flight = 200 hours @ 235 per hour = 47,000 Ground = 400 hours @ 35 per hour = 14,000 So the short answer = 61,000 61,000 is a realistic number (the ground time COULD include some of the variables) Although there may be many other variables Like: Where are you training, price of gas, weather, airspace limitations, equipment, books, DPE fees and more. I would suggest that you make many phone calls to the different schools in the area you want to training. Something that is very important; FIND A GOOD INSTRUCTOR; even if it COSTs more... A good instructor will pay years of dividends, on the initial increased investment. Sky2
  6. Since most are having fun with this, how about I throw a twist at it. On an IFR clearance; You never get the magic words; Right? That one may be easy to defend, but... When on an IFR clearance and you cancel IFR, 15 miles out, You still don't get the magic words... And now your VFR, right back where we started. This may be the set up that catches the controllers off guard. Thoughts
  7. I had similar questions. Prime insurance is the underwriter. They are nationwide. I did not have any problems with the bank, because I got more coverage than I had at Pathfinder. Prime has all the government requirements that are mostly state controlled.
  8. Thanks for the support. I kind of felt like the sharp shooters had me in their sights on this forum. I was just giving a REAL world situation that may develop a trap for someone someday. With over 10,000 hours and no violations; I feel confident that I would not have been violated under this case. Believe me, I understand the regs, but under this situation one controllers calls vs another is where the trap is set... The tapes of the controllers would have saved me with the fed attorneys (knock on wood); YES me in the wrong, BUT... Just trying to keep the faith and pass along a small experience for all of us to put in our bag of knowledge.
  9. As I said in my post: I fly in and out of Bravo multiple times each day. The controllers and I are very comfortable with each other. As a helicopter, I have a LOA and special flight paths. My post is just heads up info. Don't take the controllers clearance for granted, That's all... The very typical clearence I recieve is "Altimeter, at or below and heading; good morning" Again just a heads up...
  10. Just pulled out the policy: 100,00/1,000,000 $10,299.52 Hull: $400,000 R44 $200,000 R22 deductible of 10,000 or 5% of the loss which ever is greater $16,531.70 I can email the sample policy I got if anyone wants to take a look at it. Sky2@email.com
  11. I fly in and out of Class B multiple times every day. Out of the last 100 times I have heard those famous words "you are cleared into class Bravo" MAYBE 15 times. Well today I got the "copy a number and call the tower on the ground" call. I called the tower and talked to the supervisor, we know each other and had a chat. I told him that the clearance practice is not followed 80% of the time. He said he would talk to his controllers. Well the moral of the story. I did not get in trouble, BUT; just because the controller does not follow the rules does not mean you don't have to follow them. So in the future I will deny any clearance that does not say "YOU ARE CLEARED INTO CLASS BRAVO" Just a little heads up... No harm no foul...
  12. Pathfinder is the biggest rip-off insurance in aviation. 1/2 of YOUR policy covers Robinson helicopter liability. HUMMM. Can you say insider. You really get what you pay for. Take a look at http://www.insureaviation.com/index.php I just changed from Pathfinder to insureaviation for an R22 and an R44. I was paying over 30,000 a year for Pathfinder. I am now getting REAL insurance for less than 30,000. Hull coverage for the R44 at $400,000 and R22 @ @200,000. No prorated, recovery time components crap. Just real aviaion insurance.
  13. If you enroll with UVSC you will qualify for the loans needed to complete flight training and get a degree at the same time. Together this makes for a nice resume.
  14. Train at altitude and enjoy the performance when at sea level
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