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  1. No, 6ft, this support is a chunk of S.S. sheet metal bent and fit to hold the entire weight of the starter and can be slid fore and aft keeping the Starter more-or-less in place above the T/R DS. It makes it easier to lube splines, doesn't allow contact with the tunnel, and keeps it lines up at the correct height to slide back in place. if you are changing a starter, it helps a bit, but not as much.. It all depends on how finely tunes your design is. I'm on Mk. 3 now. Always tweaking it bit here and there. I'll take a picture or two and up-load on here for a general look at it. I got th
  2. I didn't see the TV show....so for all concerned, bear with me. An EC-120 is a stop-gap between the 206 and a R-44. That is in it's current form. A budget helicopter with very modern potential. Give it a year or two, the EC-120 may grow into its own technology. I'll accept the opinion of those that support this new machine as a work in progress. As we have seen over the years, the Jetbox has grown into its place. But in all honesty, no matter how poor the A-model 206 was, it was light-years ahead of anything close in it's day. Yes, it was under-powered with a C-18..... but THEN!
  3. Somebody deliberately dropped a perfectly good 205? WTF? Drop a 212, drop a tired old 206....but a 205? Are they crazy?
  4. To clarify, You are correct, the total airframe time is not zeroed-out. I meant to say all the rotating and time-lifed parts are zero-time. sorry for the confusion. Only a manufacturer can re-zero an airframe, such as Bell did with the 210
  5. Elvis, I have done the inspection both on and off the machine to double-check if it works accurately, if anything, it will show as a no-go chain when it might be 'technically' serviceable. I built into it some margin. It works as advertised. Wether it is bell-approved? Good question. Good point. I might call P.S.E and get some expert advice. It can't hurt. Might cover my ***. Thanks, Elvis.
  6. Yup, the 212 S from Eagle is a sweet ship. All the good of a 212 (11,200lb gross) without the hassle of two engines, the T53-17, new panel, and all zero-timed components, yes, ZERO-TIMED. Its basically a brand new helicopter. But like the 210, very expensive. The fit and finish of the machine I worked on was near-perfect. It also had a ton of Dart up-grades such as the door roller kits, fuel manifold drain kit, glass windshields, steps, ect. The wiring was all new, the instruments new, and the nicest part for an engineer was the transmission pylon was converted from a 212 to a 2
  7. Too friggin' funny! Seriously tho.... a trick I learned from a buddy (dave) is one of my fav things to take in the bush-box is a couple of bread or cake pans from momma's kitchen.... they hold small parts, catch the fluids dripping from open lines or filter housings, can be used on the bench or engine decks for washing parts ect. They cost little, weigh almost nothing, and can be used in many of ways. Also, any form or home-made or 'customized' tool often becomes a guy's fav tool....sometimes because he made it himself, or because it is the only tool that can do the job ( R.R
  8. I 'heard' from a certain pilot that flies out of Lac LaBiche, that while sitting on the ground waiting for a oil-patch crew to return to the machine, he felt the whole machine SHUDDER. He was curious so got out and had a look. right under the T/R was the end of a Moose's nose...and of course a lot of blood....heading far away from the machine I can't confirm this....but he said it happened
  9. Good point, AS350. If fixing helicopter was easy....even pilots could do it..... lol....just kidding. But seriously. If you want to work on helicopters, NLC or Canadore are the only places to consider going to school. Every other school is just not helo-centric enough. The BCIT grads of late, that I've had to train were like people off the street. They had zero clue about helicopters. They may have been full of positive attitude and drive, but learned-skills?,,,,NOPE. Similarly if I was a float-plane operator looking for an apprentice, NLC wins again. Now if I was a very l
  10. I seen a 'well known' alberta 204 operator use a 1-ton dually and a 20 ft flat deck trailer to move the 204 around plenty of times. just regular ops for them. I even towed it around myself a time or two.
  11. The simple solution is to become an engineer.. You will be hired right out of college, usually at the company of YOUR chosing....spend summers outdoors, winters indoors....and after a seemingly short apprenticeship, make more money than most pilots....You'll be around helicopters 24/7, even get to fly them.....So tell me again why you want to be a pilot and starve for 2-6 yrs? Makes no sense to me. But hey?....your choice......
  12. The University of Dallas, I believe has a website dedicated to all Air America aircraft. On that site, you can trace, from new, the entire history of the 12 'civillian' 204B's that bell sold to them. As Cap Stated, some are flying around in Canada. I was working on 1 of them this summer. But As was also stated by Cap, the 12 204's were indeed 204B's and not Military UH-1's. Theur service history while in S.E. Aisa include detailed repair-depot overhaul and crash damage. By readinbg between the lines a bit, it wasn't hard to determine that a "hard landing" was in fact 'shot down' The s
  13. The reason you can't find any info is because the 210 was a total failure for Bell. Who would spend 3 million for a basic re-build of your own Helicopter? Bell dropped the ball big-time on this one. If they dropped the price about 2 million, they might have gotten some orders....but they quietly dropped the whole program because they had no customers. Eagle's 212S is the best game in town. The 210 was a zero-timed 205 airframe built up from your own machine to a 205B configuration. Bell built 3-5 205B's and stopped production....the 210 was, for all intents and purposes, a re-hash of the
  14. My worst job was definitely a 205 seismic job near Grand Prairie. The 'famous' alberta gumbo, continuous rain, daily lightning storms that had trucks in the parking lot 200 feet away getting their tires blown off.....with the machines parked right next to the sewage lagoon....Ahh yes.....Camp Cholera.....I was never so glad to leave ANYPLACE as much as Red Rock Camp! Best gig was fires in Ontario in '06...the party never seemed to end....even after a 9-week tour! By late September, fires burning by the hundred, it was cold enough at night to borrow a warm coat from the Forrestry officer
  15. Gooooood on ya, Val! Where were apprentices like you when I needed them? You've truly earned your AME lic. I hope you continue to enjoy the experience and lessons learned for the rest of your career. Hope you enjoy/ enjoyed the Yukon while you were here cheers
  16. EWWWWWWW! 500's! What a nighmare to work on.... Off-set, tell charlie to give his head a shake. You need one too. Cheers
  17. I concur.... Best **** idea in greasing history. I was chidded by my crew-mates when they first saw me using it, but one by one, they all asked to borrow it. I would recommend getting an extra battery and I'm working on a shoulder-sling because the **** thing is a but heavy. But it sure makes short work of M/R grip lubrication. It works well on scissor-hub and swashplate too. For the rest of the grease fittings, the regular greaseguns are more than adequate. My only complaint was it is sometimes tricky to prime when you change tubes, but with a bit of practice, it usually goes witho
  18. Ya got me there, SW....lol. I don't know where it is, but it WAS in my book-box as part of the A/C documents....just not at the company you is working for. Anyway...it looked, by the style of printing and layout, to be a Lycoming document. A/C flight manual SHOULD have the right proceedure, as it is affected by the installation as well as the engine performance. Ummm, just a thought...you could call 'somebody you know' at Bell.....*wink*..... BTW....sitting at home, watching paint dry....but might just have to get a head start on the Grizz before ya get back.......but hey, I m
  19. could also be in a manual supliment or even the flight manual....I've seen it. all measurements are done in cruise flight... and it is as Jim says, a power assurance test. hope that helps SW
  20. Mr 'G' seems to have things, as they are, well in hand.....he's a good guy, knows what he is doing. Good Luck , Mr G Cheers
  21. Tsk, Tsk, Tsk....... Of course there is a power-check......where ya been, Buddy? It's easy as pie. Done in cruise flight, normal ops.....so easy even a pilot can do it by himself. ask your DOM, or look in the engine manual, closely....the info is there. I even heard rumour there is a ground-based, 'partial-power' power check....not sure about that tho....just heard rumour. Hey, superwrench......hope you have a great summer......just called your place.....but your roomie said you were of chasing girls in Dawson or something like that......Hope you can get back to the 'ci
  22. There is a strong bond between a pilot and his or her helicopter.Nothing wrong with a good pat on the boom or a kiss on the nose every day. I always thought you were a little bit Gay, Mthopper.....lol Just kidding! how was spring training? you still 'making soup'? hope to see you out on a fire somewhere this summer......i'll be wearing Red and White cheers buddy!
  23. Hey VIH guys out there...... Was driving through Ft Nelly yesterday.....and yes the place still sucks.......but aside from that, i saw a "Dominion Helicopters" sign on the hangar at the north end of town on the highway. Is this a new name since they were bought out?.......or is this a new company moved into that hangar? Wasn't sure what was going on....any ideas? Thanks
  24. On the subject of colleges: I'll explain it this way.....if I got 2 resume's on the same day, one from a BCIT grad and one from a NLC grad,....the BCIT resume is the first thing on my desk that goes in the trash can. Quote from recent BCIT grad/appentice I worked with a month ago: " Of course I don't know anything about helicopters....they didn't let us touch them in school" ......so that's the scoop wannabe students interested in helicopters. As for Aluminum turnbarrel clamps?...WTF? no surprise actually....second-rate clamps from a second-rate college...at least as far as helico
  25. Couldn't agree more!......
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