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ED NOTE: This forum has been pretty dead lately. So I thought I'd post something that's been on my mind for a while. It's only 1,700 words, so don't get your short-attention-span panties in a wad be

Sour cherries*

Good stuff. Night autos on NVG's in the big Bell's were an eye opener! If you took your eyes off your intended spot, even for an instant, it was gone, and so were your chances of making it with an

And the hits just keep on comin'!

 

Man, oh man, I don't want to start nit-picking all of the YouTube videos posted by you-know-who... But I've got to comment on one more - the one where this pilot gets to go up in a UH-1B/C.

 

First off - okay, you're a helicopter pilot and you've found someone who'll take you up in their Huey. Great! I'd jump on that opportunity like Hurricane Dorian jumped on the Bahamas - I'd be all over it. Probably with the same death toll.

 

And in fact, coincidentally this year I did get the opportunity to fly our UH-1B. Yeah, we have one. It needed to be repositioned from one parking spot to another (could not move it by ground), and so the boss generously invited me to come along and (ahem) take the long way around from Spot 1 to Spot 5. In other words, "Come and get some stick-time in the Huey." Which, for as long as we've had it, I've never flown it. There were always PLENTY of other pilots who'd never flown one and desperately wanted the chance. I was always happy to let others have the experience. (I've flown a Huey before. Meh- it flies like a big Bell 47.) Anyway...on this particular day, it was only the boss and me around. So let's go, man!

 

Okay pilots, what's the *first* thing we do whenever we get in a helicopter WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO FLY IT OR NOT. Right, we adjust the pedals. (And the seat, if it's adjustable.) It's kind of automatic, right? We just do it. And we do it ESPECIALLY if there's the slightest, tiniest, most microscopic chance that we might get some stick-time in the thing, amirite?

 

But not (INSERT PILOT'S NAME HERE). Oh nooooooo. Not him/her. They get all the way through the start and the run-up, and just before they're about to lift off, (this pilot) figures out that he/she can't reach the pedals (or, as it turned out, the cyclic). So now there's a big rush to adjust the controls, and he/she never gets it quite right...because they're up at 6600 rpm (or whatever) and the tiny dog is jumping around the cockpit causing a commotion, and they're burning jet fuel like an F-18 at full afterburner.

 

Oh. My. God. I mean, really?

 

Needless to say, the flight did not go well. You can't really get a feel for an aircraft if you can't comfortably reach all of the controls. One thing we discover from the video is that the UH-1B does not like to fly fast. He/she pushed it up to 90 knots, and the PIC advised to back it off to 70. I had to laugh at that point, because I did the exact same thing on my ride in our B-model. They'll do it, but they're just not happy going fast.

 

I really have to stop watching YouTube videos. Especially his/hers. I've run out of chill pills and my doctor won't write me a refill in the scrip.

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Well...I know I sound like a broken record, but...had they used a checklist!...which they didn't...there probably would've been some discussion about the temperature limits. Those T-53s start pretty cool though. The temperature doesn't spike for the moon on light-off like some 206's do. And I guess the PIC didn't think it was necessary to complicate things any more than necessary in his mansplaination.

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Your grasp of irony is as solid as Alanis Morissette's.

Somebody who is proud of being unnecessarily nasty and cruel to other folks complaining about somebody treating them the same way certainly meets the definition of irony. I should have laid it out for you from the start and not assumed competence.

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Somebody who is proud of being unnecessarily nasty and cruel to other folks complaining about somebody treating them the same way certainly meets the definition of irony. I should have laid it out for you from the start and not assumed competence.

 

Unnecessarily nasty? Ahhhhh, no, sweetie.

 

Harsh? Yes.

 

Public figures...those who nobly "put themselves out there" in YouTube videos or whatever...should be held to a higher standard. If they don't want to be judged and critiqued, then they should keep their private lives private. But if you're going to put up a YT video of you flying a helicopter, then you better expect some comments from other people who also fly helicopters. Like me. Oh, and not all of those comments will be positive and affirming. Some of them might include stuff that you don't want to hear. Tough sh*t. That's life.

 

Now, AkAr. I don't know who you are. I don't even care. I do know that you identify in your profile as a male, but let's be honest - you're a woman, right? I mean, come on. Stop with the subterfuge. I was kind of poking fun at you in the beginning, referring to you in the female form. But that was just a joke. Lately, I'm more and more convinced that you're a chick. Your gossamer-like, translucent snowflake skin is so easily pierced that, as Jackie Gleason/Sheriff Buford T. Justice would say, there's no way...NO WAY you could be a male in this industry. Harriet S. Tubman (or maybe it was Harriet S. Truman, I get them confused all the time) used to say, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!" I would say the same to you AkAr, but instead I must sadly advise you to stay *in* the kitchen and out of the cockpit. I hope you're a good cook. Because you're much too sensitive and fragile to be in aviation. Aviation demands the strength of a caveman and the stubborn, dogged determination of a dinosaur (remember that last episode of ABC's "Dinosaurs?").

 

Now, let's get back on-topic - namely, the subject of this thread. I don't go after her personally. I may have implied...once...maybe twice that her airmanship stinks, which it inarguably does, but other than that I leave the personal stuff out. I may not like her, "Queen of Wenatchee" attitude, and I certainly don't like her avowed atheism, but that's as far as it goes. And I'm entitled to feel that way. I'm as entitled as a millennial recent college graduate who thinks he should start as CEO of a company. I didn't like that nitwit socialist, Marxist, atheist Christopher Hitchens (or who's that other idiot?...Richard Dawkins) either, but so what? They probably wouldn't like me. Well, Hitchens is dead, so he does all of his disliking and FB unfriending now from hell. Dawkins, who is nearly 80 will no doubt be joining him down there shortly. (Say hi to Satan for me, guys!)

 

In my writing, which is often about serious stuff...I use irony,, and I use humor ("jokes" which not everybody gets), and a lot of times I write with my tongue firmly stuck in my cheek. Or somewhere. (I also use far too many sentence fragments, ellipses, commas, and comments separated between dashes which should really be parenthetical, like this one.)

 

For those who do not wish to be offended, I have one simple piece of advice: Do not click on any post by this guy called "Nearly Retired." There! Your life will be so much better now :)

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Very good, Helonorth! Since you're playing amateur psychologist, now go look up "passive-aggressive behaviour."

 

And thank you, my penmanship is quite good! See, I grew up in a time when we were taught cursive writing in school - and those Catholic nuns made sure we did it correctly!

 

Chewberta, I appreciate the comment about my writing...but...aging? That's kind of a low blow. (Sigh) But maybe you're right. In a couple of days I shall turn 64. 64!! I remember when The Beatles released "When I'm 64," and I thought to myself, "Man, I'll nevvvver get that old!" And now I am. I'll tell ya, it went by in the blink of an eye.

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You know there was a time when I thought of posting a video on YouTube of one of my night rides up to the city, partly because I thought it'd be interesting to watch,...but mostly just to brag about something I got to do that most do not,...yeah old butters can be a dick sometimes :-)

 

Then I saw this, and just had to ask why? Why is this something you wish to post?

 

 

Yeah, its "her".

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Heres a different perspective.....

While the video is boring and useless to most of us here, it has over 3.4 thousand views in 2 days. The comments are pretty darn positive as well, which seems rare on YT, and are plenty are from non-Aviation types. So maybe, just maybe, shes bringing more people into aviation. Thats positive, right? Clearly other people are enjoying her videos.

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Heres a different perspective.....

While the video is boring and useless to most of us here, it has over 3.4 thousand views in 2 days. The comments are pretty darn positive as well, which seems rare on YT, and are plenty are from non-Aviation types. So maybe, just maybe, shes bringing more people into aviation. Thats positive, right? Clearly other people are enjoying her videos.

 

Tbarrier, I absolutely agree! Which is why I don't say the same things in the Comments section of her videos that I write in this forum. For non-aviators, her videos are probably pretty fascinating and informative. I don't deny that. Educating people on helicopters and what they can do is a good thing! Let's not forget that.

 

However... We are really not her target audience. (In fact, she probably wishes that actual helicopter pilots would not watch.) Because *WE*...we pilots can pick apart the content and point out where she goes wrong and make fun of all her little transgressions. But the fact is, she's enthusiastic about flying and wants to share it with the public. For that, I give her a lot of credit. I've never suggested that she should stop making videos.

 

But like I said, here, we're pilots. We look at her videos with a more critical eye. We can talk about things in an objective, more clinical way.

 

Among the many advantages of the internet, one of the real downsides is the way it fosters, promotes and encourages negativism. Maybe it's just that we've become an angry, negative, quick-to-judge society in the past few decades and the way we act on the internet is the result. It gives us an avenue for our outrage! Whatever the cause, people see things on the internet and they immediately only see the negatives. It's like we're spring-loaded to find fault and criticize. You see it everywhere, especially on Facebook, but oh, and on the "bad" JH forum as well! No matter what someone writes, another person will immediately jump on, attack and insult the OP. They must think they're being funny or smart or insightful or superior or something. Mostly, they just come off as an ass - someone you hope to never meet in real life.

 

Is that what we're doing here - just being negative and critical for the sake of being negative and critical? I don't want to think so. Because in spite of my general dislike for she-who-must-not-be-named, I think the issues I originally brought up are genuinely valid and important. Your mileage, as they say, may vary.

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Penmanship does not mean what you think it means.

Calligraphy is obviously the best attribute of penmanship, by extending the concept penmanship is also used to evocate the crafty use of a writing instrument to draft a worthy piece of literature. Now, we might not be in award winning territory (who am I to judge) but his writing is pleasurable reading - regardless if you agree with him or not.

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A little OT on my part. The internet has given us a voice we didnt have before the advent of this God blessed mean. What we choose to do with it is free will. Back in the days an individual with something stupid to say had the audience limited by the reach of his voice, typically the audience of the few like minded individuals at the pub. Nowadays the insensitive, cruel, often pointless and certainly useless comments have a worldwide audience. Might the reason for such a southbound trend be the anonymity and unaccountability of everyones remarks? Who would dare say half, actually a quarter of what some have replied to others in this very thread? Im 6.5 weigh well over 270 lbs sport a beard to my chest and are a walking canvas of ink (Im very kind hearted, courteous and well mannered by the way).

This only to serve to point out that you MIGHT, not saying you will but you MIGHT, choose you words more carefully in my presence in replying to me. Since machism rules and since you pound on the keys in the privacy of your homes or offices hidden from retaliation; the answer if you might better choose your words or not is too easy to guess. But deep in your heart you know that you wouldnt reply to me with the same tone or wording. The reason being that you MIGHT be held accountable for your words, and if you were to choose the same tone and words you would have an immediate and tangible reaction.

That is one reason for the negativity and the low blows behind a screen.

 

Face to face wording is chosen far more wisely than keyboard prose.

 

Apologies for the OT which might not be that much off after all.

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Calligraphy is obviously the best attribute of penmanship,

 

Calligraphy is not an "attribute" of penmanship and penmanship is not a "concept". Attribute also does not mean what you think it means. But congratulations on liking your own post.

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A little OT on my part. The internet has given us a voice we didnt have before the advent of this God blessed mean. What we choose to do with it is free will. Back in the days an individual with something stupid to say had the audience limited by the reach of his voice, typically the audience of the few like minded individuals at the pub. Nowadays the insensitive, cruel, often pointless and certainly useless comments have a worldwide audience. Might the reason for such a southbound trend be the anonymity and unaccountability of everyones remarks? Who would dare say half, actually a quarter of what some have replied to others in this very thread? Im 6.5 weigh well over 270 lbs sport a beard to my chest and are a walking canvas of ink (Im very kind hearted, courteous and well mannered by the way).

This only to serve to point out that you MIGHT, not saying you will but you MIGHT, choose you words more carefully in my presence in replying to me. Since machism rules and since you pound on the keys in the privacy of your homes or offices hidden from retaliation; the answer if you might better choose your words or not is too easy to guess. But deep in your heart you know that you wouldnt reply to me with the same tone or wording. The reason being that you MIGHT be held accountable for your words, and if you were to choose the same tone and words you would have an immediate and tangible reaction.

That is one reason for the negativity and the low blows behind a screen.

 

Face to face wording is chosen far more wisely than keyboard prose.

 

Apologies for the OT which might not be that much off after all.

 

This word salad of inanity gave me a headache. At least the drunken, misogynistic and envious babbler, nr, can put a sentence together. :)

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Helinorth, you perfectly fit the description of the individual I sketched.

 

I apologize for not mastering your language like NR does.

 

Im a linguistic bastard as i have no mother tongue born from parents that spoke two different languages raised in a third country...and English was not one of them.

 

At least I try to put forth my idea, all you did was look at the finger pointing at the moon.

 

Çà suffit

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