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  1. Wow, Thanks for all the good information. One final Question, Any ideas on operating cost in US$, CAD$?? Conklin & de Decker has the BA at $640 US per hour similar to a L3, Does that sound about right (know the fuel costs are highly variable at the moment)? Any info on this front would be great Thanks Mixmaster
  2. Skullcap, Thanks He is set on something with more space, not interested in more people carrying ability (but we will see how that goes!). Glad to hear that if the charts say it can it should do it. Thanks for the info Mixmaster
  3. Ray, thanks for that info, I will have him look for BA's with that mod done. WTF, have you flown BA's? Just wondered if that is from personal observation, not trying to knock you just have been told different stories thus far. Its good to hear that the charts are accurate though, but with an older machine I am sure they wont perform the same as a new aircraft. Look forward to any more information you all may have Thanks Mixmaster
  4. I'm looking for some information on the summer time high altitude performance of BA Astars (if there is any high alt performance). I have a customer who uses a 500D in central Utah and down in Texas. He has a Ranch in central Utah at about 8100 feet and a hunting lodge (or camp I think) at about 10,200 feet. He takes the 500 up there in the summer (30 C at 8000 and 18-20C at 10,000) with 2 pax and about 200lbs of fuel. He lands in open fields in both places. He fly's there for about six weeks in the summer, then goes back in the fall for hunting when the temps match the snow outsi
  5. Wow a great thread so far, but I was thinking about something I said earlier on, and it raised another set of questions. It was about this time of year being great for meeting people as fire ships passed through to get to their various contracts. My question is this, on cross country trips (well away from your normal operating area) when does wind and turbulence shut you down. I guess this is also in part to me hearing that Robinson will not let a low time pilot ferry new helicopters from Torrance (think that is a D.A. issue not wind and turbulence). I am thinking more of mountain
  6. Black Mike Yes I agree, I have found that most of my learning about aviation has been to find some "Grumpy Old Fart", say hello and shut up and listen! I am quite young in the business, but the accumulated experience from more experienced pilots is vital to newer people. Some times the "Young'ns" just don't know how to listen. I don't always have the opportunity to get out and meet different pilots, so the beginning of fire season is great with ships and pilots going every which way! Also forums like this allow me to get mix "fix" of stories, information and news Any way the Grump
  7. Skystar, I agree that a good mountain course is the best option. Unfortunately I am in the US and and I have never heard of anyone who teaches this kind of information down here. I have met some who have attended courses in Canada, which by all accounts are excellent, but quite expensive. I currently am well away from true mountains and that is unlikely to change soon and funds do not permit attending a Mountain course in Canada. Oh Well! I would say from just talking to pilots in the US that there is much confusion about the whole mountain operation business and how mountain winds wo
  8. Black. Mike. Thanks for your reply, it answers some questions. I guess by the number of views (500+) in a day and a half this is a subject that quite a few people are interested in. Anyone else care to share any information or experiences. Thanks Mixmaster
  9. Hi to all. Been floating around here for a couple of years and not really posted that much, but I do find this forum to be a great resource. I am from down south and really the the mountains around here are more hills (less that 3000 ft) but i have been following a couple of the threads (the heli logging one, also watching on TV and the heli skiing one). Anyway a quick question for the more experienced among us. At what point does wind go from being helpful to dangerous to deadly in the high mountains (think above tree line, heli skiing, Canadian Rockies, Colorado Rockies, Sierras, Utah
  10. Hi guys, flying south of the border and by bud is in a 206L4. He is easily over 6'6" and knees and head are hitting everything!! He wants to take out the Bell steel frame seat and just put a foam sheet on the seat pan. I have said I dont think thats a great idea as you would bend the seat pan. Any ideas from anyone about this??? any help I could get to the tall guy would be great. Thanks in advance for all the replys. Mixmaster
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