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  1. Lol. It was upstairs on a window ledge in the old stores room.
  2. I’d love to know your training and employment history. I suspect it doesn’t go very far back. I’ve done My share of logging support and coastal flying. Not gonna throw stones at that particular pilot. Like everyone on here I don’t know the particular circumstances he was faced with that day. Can’t say I haven’t been there myself. Not to mention what the camera shows and what the pilot is seeing can be two different things. Been around long enough to know there will always be the hero’s flying below half mile and companies that condone it and customers that demand it. It’ll work until
  3. Not sure, but I suspect it may have something to do with the swing hook. I'd have to look at the supplement for the sling hook to see if the restriction applies across the board.
  4. Hmmm...that must have been back in the Geddes Contracting days or Frontier. Nice to hear a story about dear old Dad.
  5. BM Think everyone that knew him misses Holt. Things got a lot less interesting round Lillooet way with his passing. He taught me a lot. We never met, but know my dad knew you well.
  6. Going way back.....But I seem to remember something about hydrogen embritlement of the swashplate uniball. Ring any bells?
  7. I'm with you on that. I was speaking more of the Bells. 500 and the Astar where the release is on the collective no troubles.
  8. Quick note on pulling the belly hook breaker. I used to do it. Ran into a situation where I would have kicked the line and load if I was able. When things go sideways the LAST thing you are going to do is take your hand off the collective to pull the emergency release. Was able to ride it out and salvage the situation, but I never ever again disarmed the belly hook. That being said, to each his own.
  9. It's a stump puller. A fargo tank's a must. It does NOT take hours to get the exhaust off. Parts availability is the same as the 500 with the exception of a few items ie. T/R driveshaft. Same blades as the 500N I believe. Engine's a straight C30. Access to the front of the engine is a bear. Worse than the 500. You can change the tach generators if you have nimble fingers. All in all a great machine. Helilog56 a good guy to ask about it. Think he was pulling 1500lbs at +30, high density altitude. Had it stripped right out mind you.. Like any machine it has it's applications and does very
  10. Hmmm....Helilog56. You reveal yourself. I wondered what bacame of you. I remember you doing that job in the sierra mandres, among others. Sure do miss working on that 530FF.
  11. Manned up in Rocky Mountain House for a couple days now as well
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