sirlandsalot Posted September 2, 2012 Report Share Posted September 2, 2012 Here I am doing my annual tour in the north, and I am playing with a 70' longline. The same length that I came across last summer on drills, 70 feet. Up until then, I had never used less than a 100'. I prefer 130' to 150', and have used up to 230' for hundreds of hours. We all know tree height and terrain is a consideration, but all that aside, here in the north, a 70 is fine. What I don't understand is why use a line that is so short? I see only negative reasons to use this length: 1. The down wash is terrible for whoever/whatever is below, (sh*t blow'in everywhere). 2. the site picture is so zoomed in that you can not see as much of the area around the site (astar window) 3. the hook hangs very far back in the window, and on windy days may not even be visible. (hurts my **** neck) 4. when doing real precision work, the helicopter has to be right on the mark because the drillers can not hand push a load much at all due to the lack of deflection in a short line. When the line is longer, it is easy to man-handle the load a few inches into place. when the driller pushes..it goes, thus giving the drillers the feel of a light load. What are you other's using out there? I use this 70 because it is what we have and the guy before used it. I like to be able to fly any line any time so I discipline myself to use it, but I have decided I don't like this length. It's too short. Just wondering your thoughts..is it just me? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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