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  1. usually a sign that the internal battery is past its life expectancy.. when that battery loses all its charge the GPS loses its last known position and has to do a complete scan of the skies to try to locate itself
  2. Very Clear and well defined.. lets see if we can initiate another 70 pages of conversation around this....lol
  3. I will just throw this out there for everyone to Digest..While I agree that there are some instances where the pilot sits at the controls of an aircraft for longer periods than they are actually in the air. this is not the norm, and I would think that if you were to average the amount of time a pilot spends behind the controls but not in the air you would find that it is below 10%.. I could be wrong, but from my time in industry this is what I see.. So I will ask all those that believe that "flight time" should go in your personal logbook this question...... Would you want someone who just received their licence, to fly your aircraft only to realize that they were trained by a poor organization. Who to inflate profit kept the students on the ground running for excessive periods allowing the student to build "flight time" towards their licence, so by the time they had their 100 hrs they actually only had 70-80 hrs in air???????? I know there are some that will use the arguement that there is no extra profit to be made if TC forces companies to use Flight time in the tech records of the aircraft.. But that will never happen.. It is not the rule for fixed wing or wheel equiped helicopters, and therefore will never stand up to be a stand alone rule for skid equipped ships.......
  4. From the wrench side of things both aircraft are not bad, coming off of 206's they are both excellent. I like the a-star for accessability, and the fact that you need minnimal tools to perform standard servicing and inspections, where as the 407 still requires more tools and more expensive ones at that to keep it in the air, however the big advantage the 407 has is the books, because no matter how easy the helicopter is to work on if it takes you 5 times as long to find and interpret the procedures in the manuals you end up saving no time whatsoever. and yes you have to take the splines apart every hundred hours, but you can do that on a 4 foot step ladder by yourself, the astar req's the blade pins to come out every hundred hours, witch you definitly can't do on a four foot ladder , and you definitly can't do it by yourself. I personally don't find a big difference in the total amount of man-hours it takes to keep either machine in the air. so really it all comes down to which a/c comes home with more snags, and I find that is usually the a-star, but they are usually not difficult ones just more of them,and though the 350 usually has more electrical trouble the entire electrical system is easy to get at, and easy to troubleshoot. I think I prefer the 407 in the field and the 350 for major work in the hangar. just my 2 cents.
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