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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 e
  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.
  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 flyin
  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. Insulat
  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
  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 a
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