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  1. Thanks Ho-Pig! I'm glad you said what you did. Painting everyone with the same broad brush is not helpful, and really says more about the poster than those he might wish to slag. Nobody is perfect, on either side of the street. Keep the Nr up!
  2. That is excellent advice; however, it is clearly not understood by the Halifax Chronicle Herald and its cub reporter and "military expert" Chris Lambie. :down: Witness this journalistic drool. Simply Shameful! Either Chris Lambie misquoted, or Mr Jago has extremely poor judgement. . . Either case exposes the worst in irrisponsible journalistic hype-making. Sombody needs a taste of the lash! :angry:
  3. The bags won't keep it afloat anyway. The MGB by itself weighs more than an overloaded B-206! They are just supposed to help keep things clean-side up. Given that the machine struck the water, dug in the blades and immediatley rolled, the bags are - - moot.
  4. Not having been in the machine at the time of the dunk; it is not surprising that the floats were not deployed. Electrically actuated by a button on the centre radio console that is hard enough to find when not submerged in the dark. I doubt anybody even thought about it. See Item 12 below. It would have to be: 1. Located 2. Armed 3. Actuated 4.. . . . I'm running out of air!!!!!!
  5. An approach to a DDH / FFH goes sort of like this. Aircraft is maneouvered to a postion on the windward side of the flight deck about even with the landing spot. Gear is UP at this point 'cause if you lose a stove, you are going into the drink at about the speed the ship is doing as you are essentially flying form with it. Engine failure at NIGHT below SSES does not have a flyaway escape. It will simply be: level the wings flare slightly and cushion the landing. There simply is NO HORIZON to fly away on; doing it IMC will not work on the Sea Bus. Having wheels down in that case is not good. When cleared to land by the LSO (SIGNAL CHARLIE) you drop the gear. Once you have two green you slide latertally over the flight deck to complete the landing of your choice (freedeck, hauldown, portable bell-mouth, etc). Why? Doing it this way limits the time you have to spend with no viable landing surface (water beside the ship, or the flight deck). Losing a stove halfway in between is the nightmare scenario! The one where you try to hit the moving deck going sideways (rollover) or try to move away from the BO-AT and get caught in the nets or roll over the side clawing your way down the hull into the oggy. Both are 'bad news'. The movement to the right or left to get over the deck is done 'smartly' and is more agressive than you might think. Suffice to say that the arrival in the ocean was a big surprise to all on board. The last SK to ditch at night with no warning had a 75% fatality rate. Underwater eascape training is worth every penny!
  6. Here is picture. Note MRB coiled around swashplate. http://www.airforce.forces.ca/news/2006/02/grfx/IMG_0079.jpg
  7. Ahh Water Ops...! Some beasties are made for it and others aren't! In the Sea Machine, it is easier than landing on 'earth' or the floatie thing (ship) the Navy rides in.
  8. GLOBEANDMAIL.COM Ottawa seeks bids on military aircraft By DANIEL LEBLANC Saturday, October 8, 2005 Posted at 1:09 PM EDT OTTAWA -- The federal government has shot down a military proposal to buy $6-billion worth of planes and helicopters without seeking competitive bids. Critics said the process they adopted instead will have the same result. General Rick Hillier, Canada's Chief of Defence Staff, and Ward Elcock, the deputy minister of defence, had recommended the government forgo the competitive process to buy Chinook helicopters and Hercules planes for the Canadian Forces. But Prime Minister Paul Martin and Defence Minister Bill Graham decided this week to invite all manufacturers to respond to letters of interest and state whether they could meet the requirements of the Canadian Forces. A defence official said the government still wants to act rapidly, but will ensure that all manufacturers have the opportunity to participate in the process. "We are going to go fast. That's the direction from the minister and the Prime Minister," the official said. "You have to at least allow the companies to demonstrate whether or not they can meet the requirements. And from my perspective, that's competition." Industry sources said the requirements will likely be so specific that only the makers of the Chinook and the Hercules aircraft will be able to comply, and that the government is simply delaying the inevitable. A Defence official did not dispute that. "What there needs to be is to be a fair, open and transparent process rather than a directed contract. In that sense, it is significantly different, even though you may get the same result," the official said. The government is trying to accelerate the purchase of major military equipment following the drawn-out attempt to replace the military's dilapidated, 40-year-old fleet of Sea King helicopters. The Canadian Forces want to purchase new transport planes to replace their aging fleet of Hercules and new search-and-rescue planes. In addition, the military has decided to buy medium- and heavy-lift helicopters to transport soldiers in places such as Afghanistan. The new equipment is expected to cost $12-billion over 20 years, half for purchasing the aircraft and half for servicing them. The money was allocated in the last federal budget. The purchase has been the subject of intense lobbying inside and outside government. Sources said the government was more concerned about moving quickly on the contracts than making sure various regions of the country benefited from them. In addition, the government has decided to seek bids to obtain guaranteed access in times of need to giant cargo planes used to deploy Canadian troops around the world. The government wants to sign a retainer with the winning company to lease instead of buy the transport aircraft.
  9. IMHO limitations are there to ensure the aircraft will be able to survive subsequent flights in a safe and expeditious manner. :up: The only time it is acceptable to exceed the limitations is when it has become obvious that if the limitations are not exceeded, no subsequent flight on this aircraft is likely. :shock: “If ya catch my drift . . . . “ “Aluminium never forgets”
  10. Does anybody have experience with the CARSON improved blades for the S-61 series? If so, please elaborate a bit. What do you think? How do they perform? What perforance advantage do you see? Thanks - Keep the Nr up!
  11. Oh . . . you mean like most civilian jobs.
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