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  1. Gallets are great helmets. I have had one for several years now and have only had one problem: the buckle on the strap broke. I swapped the ends and ordered a new one for a spare. My only regret is not ordering a hard visor cover when I bought it. I have the CEP's installed and love it when I get the chance to use them. Spend a few dollars extra, and contact Tiger Performance and have custom fit earmolds made. They can also get you an adapter so that you can use the CEP's with your IPOD, or similar device. (This is nice when you have several acres to mow.) It has been very comfortable even in some terrible Texas summers. When it gets really cold, it is a bit difficult to put on, but otherwise it has been worth every dime spent on it.
  2. Seems like I remember seeing a video of a guy in California doing that. He might tell you that thats a bad idea.
  3. Butters, keep flying, and always, always try to keep learning. As your skill level increases so will your ability to 'modify' an approach to suit the needs of your flight. As a low time pilot, an approach like you described, 60@60 50@50, etc., would have made me very nervous, and looked like hell. Now that I have a few more hours, I could, and have flown that approach because it was what I need to do in my situation. Study your books, understand how and why things like SWP happen, and then train with your CFI to recognize the onset, and how to recover. Again, as your experience skill level increases, you will be more comfortable with different approaches and all of the variables that come with each one.
  4. 2 cans of black eyed peas (I prefer Trappeys w/ jalapenoes) 1 can of Rotel, 1 package of sausage. (Owens w/ special seasoning) Mix it all together (after frying sausage of course) and enjoy. This will make enough to have leftovers. Its quick, simple, and fills the tummy. Add a spoonfull of butter, cornbread if available. Yum yum ! ! ! This can be cut in half too. My wife and I do this with one can of peas, and it gives us both one bowl for dinner.
  5. Although, now that I think about it . . . .
  6. Hell no. My wife would probably take one look and you and wonder "What the hell was I thinking?"
  7. Beckwith, I will be in Wolfe Creek in January. 17-23. Let me know if you can get down there.
  8. I'm not trying to hijack a thread here, but this raises a few good questions. Is the pre - post flight briefing de-briefing a legitimate part of a lesson? Why should an instructor not get paid for his time? (Assuming the time charged for is legitimate.) I do not get paid for anytime not directly associated with instruction, so why should I be expected to instruct for free? I personally feel like it is legitimate to discuss what is expected of each lesson before the flight, and then discuss the results afterwards. I don’t charge more than .2 or .3 for each, and there have been numerous times that we have sat and talked for over an hour. Now, back on topic. I have been to schools at both ends of the spectrum here. Schools that were so disorganized and treated students like dirt (cash cows), and schools that seemed well organized, respectful, and made for a comfortable atmosphere that was conducive to learning. The irony is that schools that are TERRIBLE often outlast the ones that are great. John
  9. Very good questions. Be carefull when customers ask you to do something questionable. RUN when an operator asks. It really doesnt matter where this happened. The fact is that unneccesary stresses cause failures like this to happen. We have proof that it happens. And we have the ability to prevent them from happening.
  10. Epic is at Meacham. I flew with Summit for an add on years ago, and then knocked out my CFI at Epic almost two years ago. Nice facilities, aircraft, and people.
  11. Justin, try these two links for getting fitted plugs on your CEP's. I have never delt with them, but when I spoke to the folks from Tiger at the Houston Expo, they said they could mould them and take care of custom projects like that. But, I have heard of people having trouble dealing with them. The PlugUp company I talked to at a motorcycle show a year or so ago, and they said they could do it. Looking at their website, I would say that they could definatly do what ever you need that involves cramming something in your ears. I have just dropped the ball on getting my CEP's sent in to be molded. Also, if I understand them correctly, CEP sells a converter cable of sorts that allows you to use you CEP's with your IPOD, or similar Mp3 player. That would be nice when mowing, or for other applications! (I have a big yard to mow.) http://plugup.com/cart/ http://www.tigerperformance.com/index.asp
  12. Be nice Adam32. I fly a Brantly several times a week, and really enjoy it.
  13. I think on most King radios that you can program in at least 10 "STBY" frequencies. I have all of my locals programed in, but have to access them from the radio (King KY 97A), only because my cyclic only has one button/switch.
  14. sj7162, this is just below the belt, in my opinion. I have flown with Dale, and would do so again in a heartbeat.
  15. As with any small helicopter, you will get to a point where you become power limited. With that being said, I left the other day, with myself (215) and another (253), with 15 gallons and 25lbs in the baggage compartment. CG was a bit forward, but not too excessive. We left the hanger, taxied to the taxiway, where we did a final check, and by the time we crossed the active we were climbing out at a respectable roc. We easily cleared the row of trees across from the runway with 70 feet or better. The B2b does have a set of cooling fans that draw air through the oil cooler and fom the engine compartment. They are belt driven off of the transmission. Is it EXTREMELY underpowered? I dont think so. But, when I load up with fuel, and two fat guys, I can't do confined area work. Lack of tail rotor authority? So far, I can't say that I think it is lacking. I do have a good bit of left pedal in when hovering. At least more so that the 300C I fly. But, I have not had a bad problem, even considering the winds we have had lately. Of course, I also don't make a habit trying to hold it 90* to winds that are 15G21. So, is the B2b the perfect helicopter. No. It has its issues just like any other helicopter. I have been flying this one for some time now, and enjoy it more and more with each flight. I like that fact that it has a baggage compartment. Its great to be able to put a few things into it and still take off on a x-country. CG is nice too. It remains relatively unaffected by fuel burn, because the tanks are under the seat, and are somewhat 'bowl' shaped. Sorry for the rant. Thanks for listening, John
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