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  1. Lots of people are making calls today and not much action in the shop.
  2. Accidental discharge on a US Airways flight. http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/...discharged.html
  3. I don't understand how asking a question implies that I'd be dangerous gun owner. I'm just trying to build an auxiliary skill set that would make me a better candidate than the next low time pilot.
  4. I didn't catch the show, but the way Discovery's web site is selling it... "Airborne Extreme" As a veteran of the skies since the Vietnam War, the Bell 206 Helicopter has come burn the image of just what a helicopter can do into the minds of the masses. Tough, dependable and sleek - the Bell 206 is the leader in the civilian market as the most popular turbine commercial helicopter ever - however Peter Anderson and his crew will be put to the test, as Richard Airlie and his green Eurocopter are on the move to steal the hot seat in the race for commercial success. Backed by air bust techn
  5. This might seem a little off-topic as far as helicopter operations go, but I was wondering if knowledge of firearms is practical for a bush pilot? Simply for self defense against wildlife of course. I've worked a bit in the bush (Northern Ontario and James Bay, Quebec) and rarely saw any fauna; a few moose on logging roads, a wolf or two and black bears which ran off pretty quickly. The noise of a helicopter seems to frighten everything away, except for flies :angry: But what if you're shut down for a long period of time? Just wondering if it's a valuable skill.
  6. Since we've drifted a bit I thought I could post this picture. Bell's plant in Fort Worth, Texas. I've counted about forty (40) ships in each row. Our boss gave us this a year ago...I think we were complaining about lack of space in our workplace :-)
  7. Hi helimechanic, Sorry for the long delay, I had a busy work week! I was thinking about a hydraulic off situation and figured that little u-joint wasn't going to handle the stress. I took inspiration from that motorcycle grip and here's what I came up with. The finger in green is the ball lock attached to your cuff (brown). It's now in-line with your forearm which aught to reduce the shear loads. The light blue pipe represents a short cable as would be used in a bicycle hand brake system. The cable would pull up the locking pin (not shown) inside the finger to release the
  8. Chopperman, I worked as loadmaster for a company last summer that got a new 206L4 and was operating it in Northern Quebec. They're still being sold, but most are going south of the border. As for the 407, there are talks of a 407B. Most of what I've heard concerns updated avionics: getting rid of the LCD dials and putting in a PFD screen.
  9. There will be new models based on the 429 airframe. Lighter (single engine) and heavier versions. Also heard rumours of a new medium to possibly replace the 205/210/212/412 airframe. Don't think we'll see any more two bladed models comming from Bell.
  10. Twistedspar, you've got a great point there. I hadn't though of what would happen in the worse of all cases, which naturally is the one that should be considered first! That motorcylce grip looks pretty promising helimechanic.
  11. Hey helimechanic, Yeah, reorient the mount, the receptacle and the universal joint in a manner that will be most comfortable for you. The dimensions and angles I used were pretty much just for ease of drawing and proportions sake. I'm stoked you like the idea! I was thinking of a few improvements last night: On my key chain I have a quick disconnect which is actuated by depressing a piston which releases the tension on a ball-lock mechanism. The balls lock in a shallow channel in the receptacle. It's very simple and allows for limitless rotation around the longitudinal axis. It
  12. Wicked challenge helimechanic, here's what I came up with. Please note that this is a paper napkin scetch...I just ran out of napkins and had to use a CATIA workstation :-) The first picture should give you an overall view of the adaptor. The pink pipe represents the cyclic just below the grip. The yellow gold ring could be hinged to allow swapping from one ship to another or it could be simply two cresents and screwed together. The brown cup represents the cuff for your arm. The green stem would be connected to the cuff via a universal joint (blue). The green
  13. I've ferried 206s, a 407, a 430 and a 412. The most fun was certainly the 407 while tree-top flying to Kingston! But I'll be in a 205 next week...I'm guessing I'll have a new favorite.
  14. There's talk at Mirabel about a 407B. Composite tail and possibly new avionics. I haven't heard of a new powerplant being mentioned.
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