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  1. Oh, and thanks for all the responses. I was more concerned with what the company has to provide in terms of a physical place to rest, such as a bedroom or if they can just hand you a chair and tell you to stand-by in it for 14 hours in a room with a tv.
  2. I guess it would depend on who's paying for it also. If you have a "customer" paying for the return flight, even if you don't have a patient, wouldn't it still be Part 135?
  3. Does anybody know if 135.271 applies to EMS helicopters not based directly at a hospital? For example, based at an actual airport. More specifically, part (f) that applies to "An adequate place of rest must be provided at, or in close proximity to, the hospital at which the HEMES assignment is being performed." Does the company have to provide rest areas if you are at a hanger at an airport? What constitutes an "adequate place to rest"? (Chairs? Beds?) Any input would be great. Thanks
  4. I personally have become a better and more smooth pilot by doing some of my training in an R22. I think that if you can learn to fly that thing at near max gross, you pick up better feel and finess in anything you fly. I was lucky enough to get a job flying a big ship while having relatively low time (all piston), and the captains that I have flown with have commented me on my smoothness in the aircraft. So there is a benefit to the small training ships in that respect. I have personnally witnessed that, with the entry level jobs that are out there (GOM in particular), the interviewer is more interested in how you fly and your personality, not what you've flown. In my interview, they didn't even look at my logbook to see what I've flown.
  5. Wanted to just thank everybody for the many and quick responces I received. Last year I claimed my travel mileage and perdiem difference so I think I'll just keep doing that. I've already signed the form to get out of paying LA taxes and since FL doesn't have state income tax, I'm flying high (no pun intended). Now just going to cross my fingers so I don't get audited. Thanks again and any other thoughts would be great.
  6. It's tax time again so I'm looking for opinions/facts on a couple of tax related items pertaining to GOM pilots. 1) Because I live in Florida and work in Louisiana, what are the tax policies as far as exemptions for travel to and from work? Can I claim airline travel costs and driving mileage on my taxes. I don't work at my companies main base/headquarters so am i technically able to do this? I am not working at my, what the IRS calls, tax home (main base), so would I get compensated for the mileage for the difference between my main base and where I'm stationed? 2) Per diem- If I get a per diem that is less than what the DOT rate is ($52), can i claim the difference? For example, if i am paid $10 a day per diem for 100 days, can i claim $42 for 100 days on my taxes? That's all I can think of for now. If anybody has any good advice, tips, or websites for helicopter pilots filing taxes, please let me know.
  7. That video was great. I want one. If it's cheap enough, I hope we can kiss the widowmaker...'cough'...R22 goodbye. I think I saw it do a vertical dive at one point in the video. Very cool. The rotor head looks very stable and rigid. And the sound from the tail...gotta love that. Just like a Dauphin (sp).
  8. Hey Fling, I totally agree with you but I'm looking at the Precision Airmotive Ops and Service manual for the RSA-5 FI. According to it... "As a rule of thumb, the engine consumes six pounds of air per brake horsepower regardless of altitude. A volumetric air flow metering unit will enrich approx. 1.7 to 2.3 percent for every on thousand feet in altitude. This enrichment variation depends on the specific altitude. Variations ar greater at higher altitudes." "The direct reason for enrichment is the change in air density. If altitude or temp. is increased it will require a greater air volume to flow the same weight of air into the engine. This will increase the air metering forces and in turn increases the fuel metering forces resulting in a richer fuel/air mixture as altitude increases." The RSA-5A"B"I has an automatic mixture control but the RSA-5A"D"I (which is what's on the CBi) doesn't. Here's some more from the "Manual Leaning" section of the service manual... "The setting incorporated in the injector satisfies the engine requirements for sea level operations. As air density decreases (altitude) the throttle is opened to maintain the same power. Opening the throttle causes a higher air metering force which, in turn, results in a greater fuel flow. The manual mixture control may then be moved towards the cut-off position to reduce fuel flow to the desired value." To me, that sounds like it doesn't lean the mixture automatically. Let me know your thoughts.
  9. Anybody know the reasons for the 300CBi POH saying you can't lean the fuel injected 300CBi? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  10. Another helicopter goes down in Salt Lake City. Luckily no one was hurt. Heli crash news story Check out those blades!!!
  11. But if you listen closely flingwing206, you'll notice that that's the R22 with the turbine kit installation. ::nyah::
  12. I have an idea for a new topic. It would be great (especially for new students) to have a forum discussing equipment. Things like headsets, kneeboards, GPS, etc. -What works, ease of use (one handed), strengths and weaknesses. It's so hard to find good reviews and opinions on helicopter equipment anywhere. Just a suggestion.
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