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dammyneckhurts

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  1. A Union would put me on a level playing field as every other pilot out there. I did'nt want that when I started out as a 100 hr wonder and I certainly don't want it now. I remember when I was in flight school, it was apparent that most of the other students were not the type that were ever going to get a job as a pilot. At the same time I had a buddy that was just starting out as a fixed wing pilot. He got into Air Canada which was unionized and it was really aparent how much easier it was for me to progress in the helicopter world. I dont get beaten down... I get work when I want it
  2. Get the Roho 4 inch for left seat as it gives you more thickness to run at half pressure so it can tilt left when you are in the bubble.... If you only ever fly from right seat a 2 inch would probably work fine.
  3. HV ... What's your email addy? Tried sending you a PM but your inbox is full.
  4. So how would a Union work in reality on a day to day basis? Let’s say that you work for a company and they need a medium pilot for drills and or skiing. You have been working there for 1 year but there were no medium seats available so you have been flying the company Astars instead....you have medium drill/ski experience with a previous employer. There is another pilot that works for the same company; he has a medium endorsement but minimal longline experience and he is not very good at it. Catch is he has been working for the company for 1 week longer than you. Who would be the r
  5. That was just another day at the office.....actually that was a good day at the office! Bluebird up top, easy landings all day...can see the ground and the runway easily through the 75' layer of fog on the way in , drop down in a creek where fog is less and you have more lateral reference with the side slopes....####...thats almost a perfect day! If you think that was bad dont ever try heli skiing unless you have boots on and are sittting in the back....
  6. Here is a question: You DI your Astar in the morning, everything looks good....go for a 1.5 hour flight and when you land you notice that there is no oil in the Hydraulic tank sight glass. You look around the machine and there is no sign of a leak anywhere, machine is clean, no hydraulic oil mess anywhere. How is it possible that the tank had oil in the morning, but now it looks really really low?
  7. "3. You have been flying your 206 for about 25 minutes when you realize you haven't switched on your generator. What would you do?" Turn off stuff that has a big electrical draw (landing light, transponder etc,) reduce power to 70% N1 and turn on the generator.
  8. I am not that heavy and occasionally it gives me grief....nothing that a few drill bits in the nose wont fix. A 205 about 10 years ago and more recently a 212 were kinda tail heavy.....didnt much like hitting the front stop as the hook is dropping below tree tops.
  9. Disclaimer: I am not a flight instructor, so I don’t really know squat about teaching flying ....but had over a decade teaching other stuff prior to flying, many of those years were teaching teachers how to teach. (Pedagogy) I think Rob makes some good points. People learn in different ways and the instructor needs to be able to figure out how the student learns best. -Some people are visual learners. -Some learn best by listening. -Some learn best by simply doing. If an instructor can tune into how the student learns, the delivery of information can be tailored to
  10. AR.....which are you asking about settling or VR, and if settling....which definition? "The oh chit I dont have enough power to prevent this thing from mushing into the gound on short final" version....or the " how come the instant I raise the collecting my butt gets light in the seat" version.... :
  11. As I spend all my time in a bell medium and havent flown much of anything else in the last 10 years the 2 button release is best for me. It reduces the chance of accidently punching it off, and once your used to the system it's second nature to hit both at once when you want to release the belly. For new guys to the company there is a danger as they are not used to pushing two at once, and it takes a few weeks to make it second nature. I could say what happens if an emergency happens in the first 2 weeks but come on....many of us spend all our time fully loaded in a hover with the l
  12. About 6 years ago I had such a failure in a 205, was in level cruise about 1000' agl with only 4 pax and all of a sudden the engine out starts blarin and flashin but it was very apparent that the engine was still running just fine. I say this because everything under my butt felt perfectly normal. Collective stayed up and I looked for a decent place to land and landed as soon as was comfortably possible so I could investigate things. In contrast to this another time when I did have an actual engine failure of sorts, (was a fuel control partial decel issue just after takeoff fully loaded
  13. For the last 10 years pretty much all my time is spent looking down a line, yes I do worry a bit about a stove quitting just as the drill is about to clear the trees on some steep mountain side but it's not something I dwell on. It also obvious to me that if I do this long enough the odds of something nasty happening go up quite a bit. Working for a reputable company that has good equipment and good engineers reduces my concern. While on the job my focus is all work, check and recheck, stay focused, if you have a few things stacked against you recognize this and make a go or no go decisio
  14. Here is another adaptation for a prosthetic.....a guy on a motorcycle. http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=fPfTtP66nO4&...feature=related
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