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  1. I have had a Gallet for over 10 years now and since day 1, I have found it to be really noisy.  I remember the first time I flew with it, I couldn't believe how much noise was getting in my ears.  I tried switching with the regular David Clark headset dangling on the co-jo side and thought wow, this is better.   Anyhow, I ended up buying molded plugs from customs protectear and it was all good from there.  Dont get me wrong, I still like the helmet, the comfort, the visors, and the fact that it is not heavy and very compact to sling in the astar.  Fact is, I had not heard anybody complain about the fact the Gallet does not offer much passive noise reduction before.  Of course I have the whole shebang, hush kit, nasa foam liner, etc.  I am now considering buying an EVO helmet.  Anyone has had experience with both the Gallet and EVO in that perspective?  Thank you.

  2. Thanks a lot for the answers. It does sounds like grounding/ shielding issues. I will fire an email to Latitude and see. It is not an antenna proximity problem since it is also affecting a handheld even at 2mtrs from the machine.


    This AM I had a little Motorolla hanheld radio, I put it on the "pedestal" close to the com box and it went tschhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh non stop. It would do that if held close to the pedestal or dash. When the skytrack ckt breaker was pulled, the problem went away.


    Superwrench, you are saying that putting shields on the PWR cables helped the problem?? So its the actual power cables the problem? I guess they create electromagnetic interference that creates all kind of radio issues....


    Thanks a lot for the help so far. If I find a solution I'll post it.



  3. Oh yeah, also have the AME check that the antenna coax cables aren't tied to each other. Create a separation on them. In the tailboom, I tend to run them on the opposite sides of the boom.



    Indeed, they are all tie wrapped together....... Thanks for the info, we will investigate further.

  4. Hi,


    I have been getting the same over and over problem on ASTARS and would really like to fix it once and for all. This has happened lots, through the years on different machines(only Astars) from different companies .


    When keying the FM radio(TFM550) from the pilot cyclic, the VHF radio squelch from either COM 1 or COM2 seems to activate which creates a really annoying noise in the pax headset. The same thing is true when the front PAX activates the PTT switch on the dash, the noise is heard in the pilots headset.


    So when flying fires, the firefighter sitting in the front PAX seats keeps talking to its crew on the ground while I keep hearing the noise in the headset which prevents me from hearing properly any coms from COM 1 or 2 (bird dog and/or other machines).....I do hear the coms but the noise is so strong that I loose much of what is being said.


    So I tried to change headsets, helmet, etc.......no luck.


    I tried shutting off the FM toggle switch on the combox(NAT AMS42) but the noise comes through anyways(more than likely from the COM1 and 2).


    I tried shutting off the VHF on COM 1 and then on COM2 but same thing happens.....I am clueless....


    I remember having asked an engineer at a company I worked for a long time ago and he never found the problem.


    I had not flown fires for years so this problem didnt bug me that much....but now I find it a real pain in the butt..


    Any help would be really appreciated.





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  5. Hi!


    I was recently made aware that a pilot flying an Astar B2/D2 for the same company, had an overspeed on final approach which ended up in a flame out... and autorotation.


    I heard of at least one similar occurance...


    When I tested the overspeed limiter on the machine I flew a few months ago, following the procedure, the engine flamed out instead of just spinning down to prevent overspeeding.


    My understanding of this system is that when an overspeed is detected, a signal is sent to decrease the amount of fuel sent to the engine to prevent such an overspeed......but no flame out should occur....


    I ask myself if it would be safer to fly with the overspeed limiter breaker pulled out....


    I would appreciate feedback on this, whether anybody has heard anything about flame out caused by this system.



  6. Just go to the Bell Helicopter website; if you're a Bell customer (this also means pilot) you can subscribe for free.


    A lot better than any second hand outdated garbage you'll get elsewhere on the net.





    I just spent some time trying to verify that and didnt find where to subscribe.....


    Where do you go exactly, post the link please.....I'm too dumb to find it by myself it seems...



  7. Thanks for the info!


    The course was booked with survival system.


    Now since we are at it...


    Anyone knows anything about immersion suits for pilots???


    I have to do a 10-15 days contract flying over the ocean on the coast of Cape Breton and Newfoundland in march. It involves substantial amount of flying.


    I am provided an 'orange' onepiece mustang suit, but I find it a bit....inadequate....


    I have been told professional immersion suits for pilots are a real pain in the butt to wear cuz they get real hot and cumbersome....


    Any suggestions???



  8. Ok thank you all for the great info!


    I ended up buying a Gallet helmet from Merit apparel for 1900$ Can with the whole thing, hush kit, Zeta liner etc...


    Now to anyone who owns such a helmet I have a question:


    How do the ear cushions behave in less than 5 Celcius temperature??????????


    The reason for asking: I have been flying with the helmet for the last 5 days (just received it) and the last two days have been a bit colder like 5 Celsius yesterday and -4 today. The ear cushions were so freaking hard it is not even funny, I couldnt even fit the helmet on my head......Take note that I never left the helmet in the machine overnight, it was coming from a heated room and within 5 minutes they became rock hard.......a close to 2G's helmet.............man!!! Enough to piss off any man!!!!


    Anyways, have anyone had this problem!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!

  9. Alright thanx a lot for all the answer.


    And man, auto Relight, you have to get laid, you cant go around like that pulling the smart *** ####......


    I asked the question because I wanted to know what people who know better think about it....


    Do yourself a favor and dont loose your time writing stuff like that.


    You know I once had a friend who was really ugly and he still managed to get a piece once in a while and it made him feel a whooooooooooooooole lot better!!!!

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