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I didn't think much about it at the time, until another pilot looked at the specs and photos and said he's not going to fly it..

 

I said why and he said it's too f...... old

 

Wouldn't it be nice to only fly "new"?

 

Unfortunately, if you hold out for that, your career will be pretty short....

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Wouldn't it be nice to only fly "new"?

 

Unfortunately, if you hold out for that, your career will be pretty short....

 

So I guess the other pilot will never fly a 204, 205 or most of the 212's because they don't meet his age requirements.

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You have to remember that many of the new guys being checked out on the mediums are younger than the a/c itself. Speaking of MQN. we had it in Norman Wells and Inuvik in the early 70s, flown by guys like Jimmy D, when he wasn't dreaming about his cement sailboats.

The first 212 course I attended was 1970 for Bow Helicopters for their first 212. BHF. The guys I was on course with were Jake the Snake, Jack L. and Russ S.

 

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The nice things about the mature helicopters is there is no life time on the airframe, in reality, they are almost completely rebuildable from the data plate up. It's just a question of economics.

All other parts can be rebuilt/oh'd or replaced.

Bell PSE will continue to support the aircraft for the foreseeable future as long as there are still operating machines in the field.

Maybe your pilot is counting age as a measure of cabability and servicability. Perhaps if you advise him that there are far more engineers and pilots with in-depth knowledge about Bell mediums than any other helicopter in that category then he won't have such a low opinion of older helicopters.

 

GW

 

Re Bow, wasn't Al & Elmer E the cement sailboat guys?

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