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  1. I'm down here in the states and the way it works is that if you are logging XC time for a cert or rating then it is defined as landing at a point greater than 25 NM from the departure. However, they also have a general definition of XC which is basically just leaving where you look off and using some sort of navigation method ending up somewhere else. I have heard of people using this to their advantage when trying to beef up their logbooks, or in some cases when trying for their ATP. Once all their licenses and ratings have been achieved then they log any flight that's not in the pattern as X
  2. Our company uses SPOT Tracker, not SPOT Connect, so I can't relate to the specific product but I will say that the devices we use are very handy. We are a flight training school so there is no greater relief than being able to log on and view the route of my student's aircraft! In addition there are features which allow for emergency assistance to be deployed or even send a pre-determined text message to individuals at the organization. The biggest downside is that they require lithium batteries which can be expensive depending on how much you use the device (which for us is roughly 8 hrs a da
  3. I am located in Arizona and it works well. The last reply does sum up the unit fairly well. I won't deny that it isn't as great as some of the integrated units in aircraft these days but if you are looking to improve safety with an economical solution, then it works fine.
  4. I am currently working for a training school operating R22/R44's and we have recently started using SkyRadar loaded on iPads. This app provides a very cheap and efficient ADSB function while conducting IFR training. So far this tool has been extremely valuable and I suggest it to anyone who is looking for an affordable ADSB unit. Not only does it provide ADSB, but it also has current weather, terrain, airport information, as well as IFR approaches. If you are interested there is a free 30 day trial that allows you to try the program. Good luck!!
  5. If you have attended the Robinson Safety Course you may have heard Frank, or any of the other instructors, express their opinions on the matter. Ultimately, what it boils down to is that SFAR 73 was initially designed to incorporate the R22 because of the hazards that were associated with the aircraft; and lets face it, the problems typically included under trained pilots, and with the addition of the governor, low RRPM issues significantly decreased. This being said, when the R44 was introduced the FAA decided that it should automatically be placed under SFAR 73. Obviously RHI didn't agree. H
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