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  1. Come on down, we'll hit the darkside for a couple "Tigers" (beers that is )
  2. EXACTLY! I was merely venting my frustration at how these types of threads turn into exactly that rather than being informative as perhaps the original author of the thread intended!
  3. Ya, hilarious. As my fingers hover above the keyboard ready to cite all the grief I suffered by engineers who left wrenches and rags behind... oh... I know...how about the one where my wrench was a raging alcoholic whose crappy work caused me TWICE (I forgave him once) to make an emergency landing. So why doesn't somebody start a thread where we can add all our fond memories of silly things our engineers have done. Then we can all have one big laugh.
  4. Jimmy, The entire helicopter community in Canada was shocked at the loss of life your country suffered in those fires. Please understand that would never be taken lightly. In Canada the industry is suffering and quite honestly needs a good fire seasons revenue to bring many from the brink of financial collapse and save many jobs. I don't believe there is a helicopter pilot in Canada that would not have been willing to go and help your country with those fires. Unfortunately, politics and financial considerations always seem to intervene. Yes, they want it to burn but NEVER at the cost of even one life! SK
  5. Why only stupid things pilots do? Are you going leave engineers out of this party?
  6. I asked a flight instructor friend and it was explained very basically like this: Vortex Ring is an aerodynamic state of the ship descending in its own rotor downwash... Settling with power was explained like this: You have a wheelbarrow with 150lbs of cement and you are at the top of a hill. If you walk down slowly you can control the speed and stop when you need to. If you come down too fast it will take alot more of your strength to stop and if you run out of strength.....you ain't stoppin'
  7. Breaking News4:15pm UK, Wednesday April 01, 2009 Eight people have been killed and another eight are missing after a helicopter ditched in the sea off the north east Scottish coast, Sky sources say. Helicopter came down off Scottish coast The Bond Super Puma aircraft, with 14 passengers and two crew, was returning from an oil platform, just before 2pm, when it went down 35 miles from Aberdeenshire. Eight bodies have been found and the search continues for eight other people, sources say. The incident comes about six weeks after another Bond Super Puma with 18 people on board ditched in the North Sea. Aberdeen Coastguard was co-ordinating the latest search and rescue operation, which included two RAF helicopters and a Nimrod marine patrol aircraft. Helicopter operator Bond confirmed one of its helicopters was involved in today's crash. BP said the aircraft was operating on behalf of the oil giant and it was returning to shore from the Miller oil field. The Coastguard has confirmed the helicopter was a Super Puma AS 33L Mk II which was an earlier model of the one which ditched on February 18. A Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) spokesman said: "A supply vessel called Normand Aurora, which was quite close by, has put their fast response boat into the water and is looking for survivors." An MCA statement said: "Aberdeen Coastguard have begun broadcasting a mayday signal into the area. "RNLI lifeboats from Peterhead and Fraserburgh are heading for the scene now." In the previous incident, the aircraft had gone down as it approached a production platform owned by BP. Everyone survived the accident. An interim report into the February incident from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the helicopter had run into a bank of fog as it prepared to land. It added the commander, Michael Tweedie, had been unable to identify the helideck of the BP platform.
  8. Not to make light, but I am glad I am not the only one with a tail rotor sitting in the corner of one of the rooms in my house. God bless the families and friends of those that were lost. Peace.
  9. Then you will get a job flying a clapped out 206A out of northern BC at gross weight and you will wonder to yourself: "that's weird, the 300 performed way better than this....and HEY, why am I losing rotor rpm?????"
  10. Nothing wrong with flying with other instructors as long as they are high time and highly experienced instructors. Check ALL the schools out and go for experienced instructors. To be honest, you come out of flight school with 100 hours same as everyone else. No company gives a sh#t if it was in a Bell 47, R22 or 300....... it just doesn't matter. I trained on a Bell 47, guess how many hours I have in a Bell 47? About 100 hours....and around 10,000 hours on everything else! Get my point? But if you are trained by high time guys, chances are they have passed along good habits and you will get more than what is written in the Flight Training Syllabus. In other words, they will teach you about having the right attitude as well. Do your homework! Good luck!
  11. Can't say but if you are holding CHL stock you may want to PM him...
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