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    He can and has, watched it from the left seat with my own two eyes!! He don't do that funny grip on the cyclic when he's in the 407 :P


    I had to do it again last week ........ it's very confusing to have to hold the cyclic normally!


    I love my job and I love my pay ...... don't even give a rats a$$ as to what anyone else gets paid. I don't even care what I get paid ....... it's just waaaaay too much fun working for someone who appreciates you.

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  2. The real problem is there is no shortage of guys willing to work for crap wages and bad rotations. You can go contract all you want in this market you will be the last one hired and first one let go. The ball is in the operators court and will be for a very long time.


    **** .... my paycheck and shift schedule must have been all lies ...... let me check the bank balance again.


    ..... says the contractor.

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    Correct. Thats the reason straight from Bell. Has nothing to do with autorotation.


    Funny ... the Bell test pilot told me they had no problems with climbs at over 2000 fpm. Probably just the old liability issue with a fancy explanation to baffle everone.


    I don't recall any problem with cyclic location at climbs of 6,000 fpm (might have been higher .... the VSI only went to 6 and it was pegged) but maybe I was doing it wrong.

  4. Hello All, Just wanted to say that all response's sound good. As Helilog said, my experience on Crane, That was not an issue, maybe on the back burner yes. But my experience on 214B, one year during yearly recurrunt training, we played with maxium rate of climbs, up a slope simulating a heli-logging turn. power was rolled off, yes there was a big decay, but I learned was that was key was , turning left was your friend. we actually spent about 45 mins playing with this.


    Yep ..... if you just pushed the stick forward ..... you would have lots of rotor decay. But if you are logging and going up the side of a mountain who would do that anyways?


    Chop the throttle and turn left ... keep the disc loaded and not only do you keep your rpm but you gain another 300 feet or so and by the time you get turned 180 degrees then you are nicely established in an autorotation and pointed towards the center of the valley. You actually pull back on the stick a bit to make the turn so the disc is always loaded.


    It would probably work the same turning right but if you are in the left seat .... that is the natural way to turn.

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  5. I would love to see how well that drone would do in the mountains dealing with shifting winds and turbulence. Add a raging fire with thermals on some steep slopes and I think the operator may be in over his/her head......


    I wonder if it has a recognition system so it won't drop on ground crew .....


    Probably hire highschool kids to run them ..... pay them with pop and chips and gum.



    I "fondly" remember the good ol' days days when pilots didn't find their destination due to difficulty navigating due to low altitude flying in poor weather or running short of fuel, yeah, the good old days...



    I don't get it ...... back in the day before GPS ....... we actually never had any difficulty navigating. We just followed the map to our destination. Bad weather meant you just worked a little harder ....


    Running short of fuel ...... that definitely had nothing to do with not having GPS .....

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