Harmonic_Vibe Posted November 16, 2005 Report Share Posted November 16, 2005 I have a question that's been bothering me for a while. The tail of an Astar dips down pretty low to the ground if you flare (particularly downwind) on short final. I try to make constant attitude approaches with the skids landing flat at the landing area. A few times during my career I have screwed up and felt the stinger touch the ground. It's fairly easy to do and I try to be very careful. A few years ago a couple of heli-ski pilots were telling me how many times they stuck their tails in the snow while skiing. One guy even said to me "ski a whole season and I bet you'll do it a hundred times". Just a little while ago a fellow was telling me that on almost every landing he makes during ski season he sees the evidence that someone stuck their tail in the snow there recently. Sometimes it's just the stinger mark, but sometimes there's a squiggly track in the snow beside the straight track the stinger makes. Is it possible to heli-ski without sticking your tail in the snow? One guy told me that he knew he'd screwed up every time it happened to him, but I think that some people think this is normal... and I have never skied, so haven't been presented with the opportunity to decide for myself... but I know that I don't want to ski if it means I have to stick my tail in the snow frequently... Anyway, I'm not trying to stir anything up... I think that safety always has to come first and this seems like a pretty big deal to me. HV Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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