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  1. I'm wondering if anyone has first hand experience with the Bose A20 mod into a Gallet 250 helmet such as this one: http://store.tigerperformance.com/bose-msa-gallet-lh250-flight-helmet-dual-visors.aspx Last year I switched from a SPH-5 to a new Gallet 250 and find it to be rather loud despite my best efforts to adjust the foam pads behind the ear cups. It's to the point that I wear ear plugs while flying. I've heard that the previously available ANR kits for helmet (based on David Clarks I believe) didn't work too well. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
  2. I used at 16.75"x16.75" 2" low profile quadro (4 balanced cell) ROHO in the AStar (high energy seats) along with a Obus Form (medium) office style backrest from Shopper Drugmart. Works WONDERS!!! Also good for long haul overseas flights. Sitting in the machine 6-8 hours a day requires good support. This is something manufacturers seem to ignore when building 2-15 million dollar machines. Right now I'm on sim for the AW139 and the terrible seat is very distracting. I bought my low profile Quadro Select cushion on ebay for ~225 USD O.
  3. I have a 696 that I used this past summer in the Yukon. Currently use it flying internationally as well and really like it. The ability to load custom maps (or waypoints) easily on a SD card along with the faster drawing, larger screen, etc.. make it worth while. One thing to note, the power cable is different between the 1/2/3/496 series and the 696 and again different for the 796. I made a female cigarette lighter adapter out of the auxilliary power port, then took the stock 12-28V charger from Garmin and it worked like a charm. I was actually about to sell mine to my current employer, but would consider a private sale for less than the 1800 with all the ram mounts and other bits. I won't have occasion to use my personal 696 for the next 12-18 months. O.
  4. Hi Whitestone, The steps you outline for making this work for you stress me out just having to read them I strongly suggest you spend 45 to 90 bucks on Mapwel http://www.mapwel.net/manual/0575export.htm It will do all the above for you, including uploading to your GPS in MANY fewer steps. It is about the easiest and cheapest of the tools to do what you are looking for. I do using free tools, but the steps required are more elaborate than what you described above. Let me know how it works out for you. O.
  5. I've been doing this kind of experimenting for the past couple of years. For a small investment in $ I'd suggest a program MapWell: http://www.mapwel.net/ On the free side of things, check out MapEdit++ combined with another free/open source tool called cGPSMapper. I use these two primarily, but I am also writing some of my own code to get the datapoints I want into the required format for these tools (.MP - called reverse Polish Notation). http://gmeaddons.sourceforge.net/ http://cgpsmapper.com/ Also look into OziExplorer and some of the more expensive GIS programs out there. Post back here or send me a PM if you have further questions.
  6. Have you flown a light/medium helicopter equipped with a Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) system under VFR? If so, I would like to hear about your experiences. I am a pilot (rotary/fixed) and am also conducting a study towards a MSc. in Human Factors and System Safety. At several conferences I have had the opportunity to speak with operators, manufacturers, HFDM vendors and data analysts. However, the voices of everyday pilots have been largely absent from the discussions of integrating this technology. For this reason I am very interested to speak with VFR pilots who are flying with HFDM on board. My goal is to explore the following question: "What are pilots’ lived experiences with HFDM systems, while flying non-routine flights in light to medium helicopters operating under VFR?" I am looking to talk with 5-8 pilots (~30 minutes each) either in person, by telephone or Skype. All interviewees will remain anonymous; names of pilots/employers/vendors will be kept confidential. Please send me a personal message or email at [email protected] Owen
  7. I've been reading this thread with some interest, good topic. I tried flying in my sorel's and could feel the pedals worth a ****. I just got home from a tour in Norman Wells, NWT and used a combination of foot wear, an insulated approach/hiking shoe with a good pear of wicking merino wool socks while inside the machine, and a pair of un-insulated Neo overboots on top while outside. I kept my sorel's in the back just in case. It worked real well for me, down to about -35 and flying 5-6 hours a day. At night I was sure to place the approach boots on the radiator though. Insulated model http://www.overshoe.com/recreational/produ...etail.php?s=N5P I used the un-insulated model below since I didn't find a store in time before I left with the insulated one. But I swear by these things now, and will go out and buy the insulated one this week. LeBaron's in Ottawa sells them. Uninsulated model: (available at MEC) http://www.overshoe.com/recreational/produ...etail.php?s=ANN Even with the overshoes on, placing your feet in the cowling cutouts of the AStar deck wasn't too hard, and the overall grip is fantastic. I did one flight with them on and the pedals still felt almost normal. Did you find a place to buy the bunny boots?
  8. Crazy in the both the good and bad sense I suppose. I do admire his ability to build it up, test fly it, crash it, and rebuild it and have the guts to fly again! I suppose I was meaning 'crazy' more to suggest that it was unbelievable both what he had accomplished and what he was doing and the environment in which he was flying it. Good on him! Just hope nobody gets hurt. Wish I had the skills to design and build one.
  9. More fuel for this fire! Equally Crazy??? Chinese homebuilt helicopter in flight
  10. Hi helimechanic, I stumbled across this today, it is basically a robotic prosthetic designed by the people who made the Segway transporter. Watch the video, it is really amazing! http://spectrum.ieee.org/video?id=221 Owen
  11. I was in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland on the 17th to 19th on my way up to work a seized wing job in Assiat and talked to one of the mechanics traveling with this team. This must have been before the ice-cap crash incident though as the rest of his crews seemed fairly relaxed, and were eager to get going the next morning, but they were talking at length about the weather conditions they had just come through. Nice guys, I wish I had had the time to walk over and look at their machines and take a picture or two to share. Super nice terrain up there though, albeit rather rugged. Did anyone seem them at Oshkosh?
  12. Well done Matt. I've really enjoyed reading your postings!!! I've been completing my own training, and we started and successfully completed within a few days of each other, so I've often been able to relate to where you were at. I hope you have a great summer! and get to do some flying! Owen
  13. Sorry, my intention wasn't to sound presumptuous or cocky, I fully expect to be putting my time in somewhere doing everything but flying as I learn more about the various aspects of this business and give the employer a chance to learn to trust me too. Owen
  14. Hi, I am currently enrolled at Canadore. I have had 5 years in the fixed wing world up to a commercial, multi-ifr, instructor leve and the dream/plan was always to come and fly on the rotary side. I visited 4-5 schools since 2002 and was prepared to go to BC Helicopters out west when I heard about Canadore - they do so little advertising it's easy to miss, what is arguably the best program in the country. They take twice the time as other schools, but give you much much more than a license, I feel that by the end of this course I will be trained to an operational level, meaning at most I might need a PPC ride before an employer will/could hire me. This is a MAJOR leg up when it comes to beating all the other 100 hour wonder pilots to find that first job. We just completed the Bell 206 Airframe and Allison Engine 250-C20 series courses that the maintenance engineers normally do for their type ratings (minus the hands on). These courses have taught us more than I ever thought I would/could know about the 206, with our instructors being a retired pilot/engineer (air-frame), and the CEO of Essential Turbines which is an overhaul shop in Montreal. Being able to talk the same language as the folks maintaining your ships can only be a good thing in my books. The first aid, dangerous goods, chainsaw operator and winter survival classes are a big bonus too. The college component requires you to do an english course and personal finance course but these are aimed at those just out of highschool who have had no post-secondary education. I was able to be exempted from these with little effort. The Canadore program is partnered with Gateway Helicopters who do the vast majority of the training. It feels like they are training us up to the standard and readiness level of a line pilot so that come the end of the program they could pick any student and get them flying for Gateway that summer with little additional training or extra non-flying training needed. The mix of 50/50 Bh206 and Schweizer 300 time seems good so far, and I was very happy to solo in the Jet Ranger and be logging turbine PIC time The ground school component goes way beyond what I have seen in any of my fixed wing training, and even though I have been instructing seized wing for 2 years, I am still managing to learn new things. I was worried I would be bored to tears in some of the classroom material, but except for the first week or so this hasn't been the case at all. Lavern and Andy effectively run the day to day operations of the school, and I have really enjoyed flying and learning from both of them. They push you hard, but in the end, it's for your own good. Elaine can answer any of your administrative/registration/general type questions. I strongly recommend coming up for a tour to see what it is all about at some point. The helmet and Nomex flight suits are a nice touch too. Things you will use as you start your career. One word of caution, when you solo.. watch out for your classmates as they will be keen to get you very wet and cold. Ok, I'm off to bed - I've got a solo flight first thing tomorrow morning. Hope I answered your questions, please post back or pm me and let me know what you think. http://gatewayhelicopters.com/flighttraining.asp Owen
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