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  1. i see the benefits of attacking a fire when its in its decay stage, cooling at night and slowing in its progression, compared to the heat of the day where it aggressively expands and grows and you watch from staging as there is no amount of water available to keep those BTU's under control.


    but i also see the higher risk.

    Approached properly with the right plan, I think Talon is leading the way on this, it will be a good thing even if it is only one tool in the tool chest to be used against a fire. taking a manageable risk and using it to your advantage is something people in aviation do every day with innovation.

    if we took the omg thats dangerous line of thinking on everything, we may as well just park all our helicopters and walk away.

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  2. the only way to end problem pilot behavior is big fines and heavy enforcement.

    right now it seems they are handing out bigger fines to little johnny and his birthday gift drone, then they are giving to pilots for flying over people. I'm sure you drop more on lunch with the boys, then you would get fined for something like this.

    what happened when you got "caught" in PRNP last time?

    im not a Karen, nor am I a snowflake, but i personally think the skirt thing is a bigger dick move than flying over some Truedope surfers.


    let us know what happens.

  3. im trying to wrap my head around what they are saying...

    semi autonomous mode ? pilot punched in manual commands? the helicopter software did not recognize the pilot's instructions and chose to ignore them ?

    what kind of AFCS design is this? or better yet, what kind of double speak are they trying to sell us?


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  4.  "the aircraft did not respond as the crew would have anticipated"


    is this information recovered from the voice and data recorders?

    if it is, they should be clear on that.

    if it's an assumption, then they shouldn't be publishing that, because its not fact. but it follows the typical form of information release, misleading and redirecting.

  5. 7 hours ago, Crusty said:


    Without a doubt, probably the most inane armchair quarterbacking I've had the misfortune to read in regards to any military aviation accident in the absence of: CVR data, FDR data, witness statements or preliminary flight safety investigation results.

    It was always my perception that aviation professionals, civilian and military, assigned human error as the sole cause factor only when all of the facts failed to support any other conclusion. 

    you're not obligated to share my thoughts at all, and if you wish to call it arm-chairing, go right ahead. I call it speculation, and I welcome all ideas, thoughts and opinions.

    life is about that mysterious crystal ball, everyone wants answers immediately, yet the bureaucracy drags it on much longer than it needs to be.

    my comment is more about the lack of transparency from day 1 that makes things seems like their is an obvious cause, and the powers to be are stalling and deflecting. I really doubt the TSB is investigating this one, and that likely means we wont get a detailed investigation report, just redacted fluff the military puts out after the Minister of said military edits out the things that make them look bad.

    you're free to disagree. I'm no less professional than you.


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  6. i remember the airshow circuit 


    the 412 Pilots would be pumped up by the announcer....Captain Bob is Piloting with 20 years service and a whopping 1500hrs total time which probably included their air cadet flight time.

    same with the F18 drivers....many many years in service and low hours compared to what we are used to in the commercial end.

    they really made it sound like they had this impressive resume.


    I've been following articles on this story, and because they seem to not be very transparent about the whole story, it makes me wonder if the request was made to buzz the tower, and it all went awry.

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