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Eric Hunt

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  1. Go back a few years here and read the stories of r22Butters. He was a wannabe like you, paid all the money to get the ticket, though he didn't go to instructing. He tried REALLY hard to get work, picked up a few offers but realised he was just being used and spat out. He kept sort-of current by renting privately, but after many years of head-butting, gave it away, doesn't even post here any more. This is a serious leap of faith you are contemplating. Great if you reckon you have plenty to live off, the young kids must be in day-care if your wife is working (hope you factored that in too) and you will sure need to be dedicated to follow this long, twisting, pot-holed and often grass-covered path to a proper job. I was from the military path, and still caught the AIDS bug from all the time spent on the job instead of on the family. On the civil side, you work your guts for the boss, and he still treats you like something he stepped in. There was a post on another forum about a NZ R22 which crashed. It was time-expired, the engine was due an overhaul, the blades were timex, and no wonder it went down. The only good bit was that the owner was flying it at the time, but 5 minutes later he was to have a passenger on board. The margins are so thin in this industry that owners will look to cut costs anywhere. Anywhere.
  2. Works fine for me too, the red highlight to differentiate between editorial and adverts is good.
  3. Not many R22s can make it across the Atlantic. If he wants to visit Snotgobbler, Noo Joisey, then don't rain on his parade.
  4. Most aircraft will have a limit on winds for startup. It is generally best to start with the wind fairly close to the nose - and turbines don't like it up the backside either. In the rotor head are devices to protect the mast from inadvertent strikes from the bottom part of the hub. On the B206 you have the spring-loaded flap restraints, but once the blades are turning, the weights pull the stops out of play. If a sudden gust comes along, the blade will respond by flapping up as it comes into the wind, and the out-of-wind blade will flap down. Without the stops in place, the whole hub can bump the mast on the downside, causing damage. Hueys, on start-up, would usually have the crewman holding the blade as the engine winds up, then letting the engine pull it out of his hand to accelerate faster than if it was loose. Doesn't actually stop the problem, but reduces it. When shut down, the teetering blades are tied down at the back with the droop stops, underneath the hub, in contact with the mast, and secured. Stops the wind bouncing it around and causing damage. static stop.tiff flap restraint.tiff
  5. Shack is probably an unemployed 747 pilot now!
  6. A time-x aircraft, particularly an R22, is not in a safe condition.
  7. Down wash Procedure?? Get hose, wet aircraft, use soapy water, wash down. Simples. As far as a procedure to minimise downwash on approach or departure- it depends on your weight, how much clear area there is before and after your termination point, are there light fixed wing on the ground in the vicinity that you could tip over? Ten points and a Hershey bar if you can do it without anybody seeing. A slow approach with high power will give the most downwash.
  8. Why not gurgle it up? 4 blades, fully articulated, copes with pretty much anything, low g, high g, high tea, I have flown it in 76-kt headwinds and it behaved itself perfectly, though the groundspeed was a bit slow, only 64kt. Approved for SPIFR with dual digital everything, 4-axis autopilot that will capture an ILS, fly you down the slope, decelerate to 70kt and level off at 50' agl waiting for you to take over and land it.
  9. Six years ago, a helicopter flying school was operating from the local airport 8nm from here, and the choppers had to transit the controlled airspace to get to the training areas to the north, 15nm away. They transit at 1500' usually, sometimes on an IFR departure at 3300', sometimes directly over the suburbs (as the departure dictates) or mostly around the majority of houses, but sometimes ATC sent them over the houses. But the NIMBYs decided that the noise was too much. They bleated and moaned to the council and to the local airport management and eventually the local council politicians, wanting to be seen to be doing something, changed the rules at the airport, and the school pretty much got shut down. 6 years later, along comes the Bushfire Season From Hell. The suburbs under the flight paths are burning. What is the only thing to save them? Helicopter water bombers. And save them, they did. Fires in their backyards, the bombers are overhead at 100' dousing the flames. And not just little choppers, they varied from the AS350 spotters, to B427 with a bucket, B205, B214, B214ST, Dauphin, BK117, and the occasional Boeing 737 Serious Water Bomber. And not one complaint. In fact, it was a spectator sport, down at the golf course, hundreds watching and filming the choppers snorkelling the water from the course dams, kids loving it, noise, spray, the lot. Stands were set up to feed the ground firies mopping up, people brought along food and drinks, and they even wrote letters to the local paper to say how good the whole fire group worked. But I wonder how long the halo effect will last, and the NIMBYs start up again, forgetting that helicopters saved their suburb. And hundreds of other locations around our parched, burning country. Fires still burning, which started in September! So, Jennie, bleat if you want to, but someday you might be glad that a helipad is so close to your house. They are not like trailbikes, which tear up the ground and leave damage behind. It's only noise, and noise disappears at the speed of sound.
  10. Different country and different times, I know, but in the 90s I was sometimes asked to fly a JetRanger to a house, right on Sydney Harbour and surrounded by multi-squillion dollar properties. His landing area was a tiny pier, on which he had a dolly on rails which then took the chopper into the hangar under his house. It was tight, and when I brought a LongRanger there, it barely fitted onto it, the rotor clearance was minimal. The neighbours never said a thing. But the pad was on a "grandfather clause", and when he sold the chopper, the permit to use the pad was revoked. Since then, though, the anti-helicopter brigade (one particular political party) has killed any chance of helicopters landing anywhere other than the airports.
  11. The nicer parts of it were turning the sim training trip into a 4-week holiday, stops in LA, West Palm for the sim, Atlanta, Washington, London, Sussex, Wales, Berlin, Hamburg, Bonn and Singapore. The sim training was totally worthwhile, all the stuff you can't do in the real thing, ditch in the Hudson etc. Repeat every 2 years, but vary the stops to visit places unseen. And pick a different airline each time to compare the business service. Qantas was the best, British Airways the worst, others had their good bits.
  12. Oh jeez, Helonorth, do you have to disagree with everything I post? Jealousy? Fact: I flew business class to West Palm every 2 years to do sim training, and it was cheaper to buy a round-the-world ticket than across-and-back. So sit back and enjoy the ride. Singapore sling in the hand before pushback. Fact: Yes I DID get a tip of US $1000 bucks for carrying around a bunch of irish horse lovers. Get over it.
  13. Getting paid to fly business class round the world to do sim training.
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