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Can any one reccommend an outfit to get some long line training, preferably within the pacific northwest. I'm hoping to keep costs down by using a piston machine and want to do this in the next few weeks.

 

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Eric

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Thanks to all who came up with leads. I found an outfit based in Snohomish with a really top notch instructor Jason Moorhead who is a CP with lots of operational experience. If anyone is interested I will let you know how it goes, I'm flying on Wed.

 

Thanks all,

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I have zero long line, but I know a 1500 hour CFI who just started his training. Lets just say it aint easy, so dont feel bad if it takes a bit to get used to.

 

Goldy

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Wow, did 2.6 hours of training with the 50 ft line today. It's pretty intense, very focused just like learning to hover all over again. It calls for steady hands. It was very humbling, but Jason is a great instructor and it went as well as I could have expected. Looking forward to the 100 ft line next time. Warm clothing, gloves, helmet made it bearable in the near freezing temps leaning out the machine. What an experience! Can't wait for the next lesson.

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I recently did some VR training in Van Nuys. Knowledgeable instructor. However, I did it in a machine I was not familiar with so it was a little harder than it had to be for me. It is harder than it looks, but I feel it can make you a better helicopter pilot. I would suggest you do it in a machine you are comfortable with. It will make it a better learning experience for you.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Did the second session today of 2.3 hours at Snohomish and graduated to the 100 foot line. It was rainy and windy so very real life conditions. I found the longer line is steadier, but it's harder to see how far off the ground the load is. What an amazing experience when it starts to come together. Tons of focus and concentration but very satisfying to get comfortable flying while leaning out and building a sight picture. Jason is an excellent instructor.

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