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    8) I have to admit though that the position of the EOS switch is a little weird. Don't like that thing at all. Is there one in the Soloy Conversion?




    I'm guessing you're referring to the EOS test switch. From what I remember, yes, the Soloy conversion does have one if you get the 700 series engine (aka gold package?).

    If I remember correctly it was a safety covered toggle switch mounted right where the panel and centre consol meet, so right near your left knee.


    What don't you like about it? Where was it mounted for yours?

  2. You guys must have forgot that when you have a young blond girl beside you in the cockpit it removes all flight performance limitations in the Flight Manual :o as well, any questionable airmanship becomes acceptable. :lol:


    Now THAT'S funny! :lol:


    pilot5: Are you only comparing operating costs or are you also factoring in how much the helicopter can lift? Just curious because it seems like you changed your tune to the L4 when you were originally asking about the 407 and B2.

  3. ... But seriously, if the blades can support the weight of the heli plus g loading in a turn, how much would be a danger to the blades/machine?


    Don't forget that in flight there's centrifugal force acting upon the blades so they're more resistant to 'folding up'.

    At rest, well, you know, it's a little different.


    Might it be a bad thing to completely clear one blade then the other? If it was me I'd clear them a little bit each at a time starting at the tips... maybe I'm just too careful. And I'm glad I've got hangars to use.

  4. Quoting FREDDIE "Heard one the other day don't know if it is true but do not use a tiger torch to de-ice blades they don' fly to well after."



    hey freddie , the tiger torch story is true around 1998 arial recon R44. I helped change the blades



    Heard a similar story but it was a guy flying a 206 for a company with a less than favourable paint scheme/colour.


    Also, I agree with other posts. Dress like you might be out there for a while. If passengers want to take their coats off and get 'comfy' then they've got the wrong idea. Let em know. Politely.

    And even if you're not a smoker, keep a lighter in your pocket (one closest to you body heat), it's way more handy than you might think.

  5. I'm not sure about leasing but E&B helicopters has an ad in Vertical that includes the words "Approved Robinson Dealer" "New and used sales" so you might to get in contact with them.


    www.ebhelicopters.com or fax:250-287-4352 or info@ebhelicopters.com


    Almost forgot to mention that they're in Campbell River so your ferry flight won't be as long as from Robinson themselves or National in Ontario

  6. Hey folks,

    So I'm in the process of researching flight schools with the eventual goal of earning a CPL here in BC (hopefully on the Island). I've read most of the threads on the site and am stoked on the amount of tips and suggestions.


    I'm all jacked up on the industry, the people, the opportunities and what I'd like to find out is how did yall know you were right for flying/it was right for you? Is it a process that slowly becomes apparent over time? Is it love at first sight? Was there one incident that guaranteed it? Combination of all the above? Are there any attirbutes that you feel a prospective pilot should have? I'm pretty sure everyone's experiences will be different and very individual but I'm hoping to uncover some common themes...


    WOAH :shock: That's a lot of questions, I think you scared a few people away from responding. Not to worry though since enthusiam is a good thing. Resesarch is good as well. Take your time picking what's right for you.

    Is it right for you? Try out an intro flight and see how it feels. Don't spend too much money though... and keep your receipt.

    Love at first sight? For some, yes, some, no. Some were kind of born into this industry (mom dad aunt uncle used to fly and lil' Jimmy got to come along every once in a while) and others got hooked and it became an addiction (careful, it seriously can become exactly that... and it's about the most expensive addiction out there)

    For me it was a few incidents that guaranteed it.

    Attributes a prospective pilot should have? Maturity. A general (at least) knowledge of how things work. The ability to listen and, above all else, a good ATTITUDE (you will hear this a lot), those are a few that stand out in my mind.


    All that being said; I did notice two words that stood out in your original post:

    Stoked and Jacked

    which leads me to believe that (and do not be offended) you may be a little younger... or you're just from the island. There's nothing really wrong with being young in the industry BUT if you decide that this is for you - and if you take out a loan... well then there may be a possibility that your first job might be with a company that will work you on the ground to make sure 'a young guy' (if that's your case) will be responsible and mature enough to fly and that will make paying off that loan (if that will be your case) very difficult.

    SO, all THAT being said. IF that sounds like that fits your situation then perhaps saving as much money over the next year or two or three will be a benefit in two ways... actually three, you can also use that time to get a head start on learning all that stuff you'll learn in flight school. Take some of load off.


    Now I don't have a lot of experience in the industry but I thought I'd offer my $0.02

    There's others that could offer more or even correct me on a few things...


    Hope this helps,



    Oh, and all you guys/girls from the island... please don't be offended, I was kind of joking. Kind of :rolleyes:

  7. This topic came up in discussion with a few friends recently. Someone suggested "Bring a box or two or 26er bottles and sell them for at least double the original price.... on the day that you leave"

    Might be bad advice though... I don't know. I'm still figuring out some of my own morals.

  8. Good reading people (especially over a morning coffee)


    Thanks for sharing, everybody, including sh*tshow. Good stories.


    and, I hate to be 'that guy' but a hanger is something you put clothes on and a hangar is something you put aircraft in. Sorry, my mother is a teacher, I can't help it.


    Adios, I have to be at work.


  9. There was a difference in the sheet metal thickness. I've read that you could measure it with a micrometer somewhere hear the pedals or chin bubble.

    If an owl shows up around here he could provide the measurements to distinguish the two apart...

    but Elvis or some Habs fan might provide a link to the thread where that was previously shared. They know how to search this site well. Me, not so much.


    Love them Huey's (204/205 and 212 to us civilians though of course)


  10. ...Should a driver snag a DG on a VFR machine is the civil sector it's no big deal. In the mil, the driver would end up grounding the ma chine until this was fixed.


    I've been reading and everyting has been duly noted. Unfortunately I can not comment or offer an informed opinion yet (I am not a pilot yet but I want to be a safe pilot) and I am very curious. What is a DG?

    Thanks for you help.




  11. pilot probably felt pretty silly once they were all out and swimming around an upside-down Astar.


    I should have looked at the picture a little more carefully. Jet Ranger, clearly. I'll go sit in the corner for a while. Who's got one of those pointy hats for me?

  12. Perhaps the pilot doesn't usually fly a helicopter with pop out floats and forgot about them with the onset of the engine difficulties.... pilot probably felt pretty silly once they were all out and swimming around an upside-down Astar.


    Question though: You can see those bags on the skid from the pilots seat, right?

    I guess if you're starting to get really worried (I'm being careful not to use the word panic) I think ones field of vision would narrow quite some....

    but then again these are all "PERHAPS" statements. I wasn't there.

  13. Regarding the question/answer between Lunchbox and Blackmac:


    I see Lunchbox asking the question "Which agendas regarding engineers does the association plan to advance?"


    and I read the answer from Blackmac as saying in a way (and this is MY interpretation of it): We would like people to sign up, get involved and let the association know what your concerns and agendas are and we'll go from there.


    That's the way I interpreted the answer.... how far off am I?


    and for the record, I'm neutral on this subject... just trying to sift through the issues and discussions and feel things out.




  14. What if the fasteners for the door posts were covered with something that required a special tool to remove the cover?

    The special tool would most likely not be available on the side of a hill in a logging (or whatever) operation and therefore removing the door post with the blades turning would probably never happen.

    I guess this would force the patient to be loaded in sideways across the seat as someone previously mentioned, but hey, they're in and headed for better medical atention than would be available on the side of a hill, right?


    Now this is just an idea. I don't know the particulars of a 206 and these door posts but it's a possibilty, right? Someone can fill me in if this is completely impossible....


    just trying to help out and provide an idea....


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