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Heliian last won the day on December 1 2019

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  1. Unless you're wearing a nomex suit and underclothes, it doesn't matter. Only a one piece with proper layering will offer full protection.
  2. The first rule about nvg club, is that you don't talk about nvg club. Doing so is in contravention of the regulations.
  3. There's the problem, those cheap products are hurting us. High concentrations of glyphosate or any other pest/herb/fungicide is bad for you. You'll most likely be poisoned by the fuel though, that's one thing that's a constant.
  4. Well, if you worked a full year it'd be almost 100 grand. All the places I worked had extra allowances for more remote or expensive locales, the per diem was a base amount.
  5. As the article states, they are dropping the rappel program, using other methods of detection to reduce staffing and cutting 1 of 8 air tankers. Hardly the end of the world. They did mention a 750 million dollar contingency for emergencies on top of their 113 million budget that I would assume pays your bills in case of another big one. Worse case, the feds can bail them out 😉
  6. We checked one after an over speed, was 1% high, saved a massive amount of trouble.
  7. It's an aerodynamic process. We don't control the winds, it only takes a small puff to go from maximum efficiency to none. As we know from basic theory, the most lift will be created right before the stall.
  8. Ya, that's not the drones we're talking about here and nor are they commercially viable. Hop aboard this contraption: https://www.scmp.com/video/technology/3024769/reporter-rides-chinas-ehang-flying-taxi-square
  9. No, it's the "drones" that need to catch up to the regs. Sure, you can strap yourself to all types of flying contraptions and zoom around. Doesn't mean that it's commercially viable or economical or safe. The regs have been put in place over the decades after someone else paid the price. Having a ballistic parachute is a good start, but someone still needs to make the decisions.
  10. Not much of a pilot if he thought he could hide from a surveillance aircraft. I'd love to see the video.
  11. I'm going to say that the system will have to be drained and filled and inspected for carbon in the strut/scavenge and filter. I would call a turbine shop to find out more though.
  12. I liken it to pilot/ gas plant operators. Doing 2 jobs but paid for one. Do 1 job at a time, be a pilot in the summer and an engineer in the winter or whatever. You are 100% correct about pilots wanting to jump on the first stick they can get. You need good maintenance staff that are focused on the job, not some part timer.
  13. Even massive corporations with seemingly endless budgets can't get an oversized quadcopter to fly safely or reliably without billions in development. How is every joe tech guru going to? Try to make something that can be certified too, not just these pipe dreams and investment scams.
  14. We used 4d or 8d truck batteries. They have a higher amphr rating and can handle multiple crankings. The bigger, the better but you want to keep it portable.
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