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Eric Hunt

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Eric Hunt last won the day on February 6 2019

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Getting paid to fly business class round the world to do sim training.
  4. Geez, Butters, were you flying over Baghdad or something? Plenty of tracer coming up but they were rotten shots, nothing hit you.
  5. Butters, you ain't been de-feated coz you still got 2 feat to walk out of any boss's office, if he wants to treat you like that. I have only just found this thread, and it makes very interesting reading. I have read your posts on other threads, and you seemed to be a fat teenage kid who had the dream of being a pilot, but just stuck with being an occasional hirer for a gallop around the traps at night. Now I see a different person. I like that person.
  6. M - A - R - G - I - N Of power. Excess power. So you know before you try it.
  7. Butters, it shows me what a sad position you and your friends must be in, if you haven't the slightest grasp of basic aerodynamics and performance.
  8. You still can't get over that $1,000 tip, can you?
  9. Hmmm... pull out the dipstick, wipe it, then put it back in to measure.
  10. Helonorth, have you ever said anything on these forums that wasn't a denial or criticism of what somebody else said? Lighten up, Francis.
  11. You are flying at 55kt because that is the spot on the power available line/power required curve chart that gives the greatest distance between the 2 lines, i.e. the biggest margin. You note how much power you use at the landing height, and consult your performance chart (remember that as you go higher, the power available line comes down, and the power required curve goes up) and if you have 5" margin, go for it. Student trying to come to a zero airspeed hover as suggested above might inadvertently end up going backwards, and it can all turn to scary worms.
  12. Secondary effects of controls? But give us some more info, what aircraft, what "feedback" effects, etc.
  13. When I learned (in the military in a Huey) every auto was a touchdown, and it only reverted to a power recovery if it was obviously not going to work. Yes, there were a few training accidents along the way, but The Powers That Were insisted on touchdowns. Now that all the singles are gone, so is the requirement. This continued into my next career with police work in a B206, where the aviation administration granted us the right to fly below safety height at night, as long as we practiced NIGHT TOUCHDOWNS TO AN UNLIT PAD. Yeah. So, we did it. Got away with it for many years, but eventually the Phickle Phinger of Phate pointed at us, we had a heavy landing and cut off the tail boom. They went to power recoveries after that, which actually satisfies about 98% of the training values in an auto. In a real auto, the best you can do is fly the machine such that you are over an apparently suitable area at the right height and speed and rotor rpm to enable a flare and touchdown. But what is underneath you most likely isn't level, or clear, or smooth, or free of logs or boulders or hazards you didn't see from 500' when you picked that spot. It is just luck, what happens after the flare. The bird might be trouble-free, or it might roll off down a hill. Practicing touchdowns on a level, hard surface of an airfield shows you what might be possible, but is in no way representative of what you will get in the bad old outside world. Yes, it gives you confidence, but is it false confidence?
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