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w00t, I can post here!

 

Mountain View (formerly Bighorn) Helicopters with Richard Alzetta.

 

Intense, fun, incredible. I was sort of 'spoiled' in the sense that I had Richard and an R22 all to myself - a fluke of class size and scheduling. Intense in the sense that Richard wouldn't tolerate any sloppy flying; once I ha demonstrated that I was capable of a task, there was ZERO tolerance if I didn't do it as good or better the next time around. I'm pretty hard on myself as it is, but this brought it to a new level. Now if I'm flying not so hot, it's Richard's voice I hear in my head instead of my own (especially if I'm out of trim ;) ).

 

"Baseball bat!" :lol:

 

Great fun, too. All the folks there genuinely love what they do, and there are a lot of giggles both in and out of the helicopter.

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w00t, I can post here!

 

Mountain View (formerly Bighorn) Helicopters with Richard Alzetta.

 

Intense, fun, incredible. I was sort of 'spoiled' in the sense that I had Richard and an R22 all to myself - a fluke of class size and scheduling. Intense in the sense that Richard wouldn't tolerate any sloppy flying; once I ha demonstrated that I was capable of a task, there was ZERO tolerance if I didn't do it as good or better the next time around. I'm pretty hard on myself as it is, but this brought it to a new level. Now if I'm flying not so hot, it's Richard's voice I hear in my head instead of my own (especially if I'm out of trim ;) ).

 

"Baseball bat!" :lol:

 

Great fun, too. All the folks there genuinely love what they do, and there are a lot of giggles both in and out of the helicopter.

 

Hey Daz! I must say,I had the chance to read a couple of you're posts, wow! I think that you deserve some credit on here for being the first to pass the commercial way before anyone else, great job, encore! Thats right he was in my class everybody! I am pretty scared of finishing the class, Heck I am scared to **** now! It's the uncertainty and the reality that is setting in. This is where you show everyone what you are made of, separate the strong from the weak, sink or swim and only time will tell. Only a few of us will get the jobs the ones who don't give up, and I would put my money down to say that you would be one of those few. One of the comforts is that I am not alone and there are other new pilots trying to find a job that I can relate to and are trying to do the same thing, I am glad you were in my class, I am glad you are posting on here and I hope you continue.

 

Cheers!

 

Karen=)

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Karen y'old bat! :D

 

I hear it's summer over on your side of the rocks. I'm back ski patrolling here. Big temp inversion; -15 at the base of the ski hill but up to +8 at the summit - I think I got a bit sunburnt today.

 

Hey, it's easy to be the first one done my training when I had C-FARB ("Loose Lois") and Richard all to myself - those four-hour days add up pretty quick!

 

I've only been away from school for a week or two, but already I really miss flying - and that's the reason I won't give up in the job hunt. This stuff's just way too much fun! I'm sure the same goes for you and everyone else in the class.

 

I miss the people too - say hi to all and give Brent a slap just for kicks (or Doug, whomever's within reach at the time)... just kidding, guys :P:lol: :punk:

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I trained at BC Helicopters a few years ago with Mark O'brien, awesome school, awesome instructor and I loved the schweizer 300cbi

 

 

I'm in BC and have been looking at some of the different schools including BC Helicopters. I like the fact that they train with new helicopters which according to what I've read are the safest training helicopters built. But isn't it true that they are too easy to learn on, or at least that is what I've heard. Any info I can get would be helpful to making my decision.

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I'm in BC and have been looking at some of the different schools including BC Helicopters. I like the fact that they train with new helicopters which according to what I've read are the safest training helicopters built. But isn't it true that they are too easy to learn on, or at least that is what I've heard. Any info I can get would be helpful to making my decision.

 

True.

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I trained at Niagara Helicopters 1978. Harold Bielefield, Bob Tremble, Doug Lowe and Bruce Laurin all spent some time giving me the tools I would need to have a great career. They haven't run a flight school in quite some years but I bet there is still lots of pilots out there that went through their doors.

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But isn't it true that they are too easy to learn on, or at least that is what I've heard.

 

Nope, there are NO helicopters that are easy to learn on. Period.

 

Which one should you chose?

 

R22, good, but wobbly

R44 better but more expensive, fast, more advanced, many systems (might be good/might be bad)

Schweizer 300 CB lacks power, slow

S300C got power, cost more/lacks range with single tanks, slow

Bell 47 GOOOD, but slow, and only a handful left

 

Whichever school you chose, I am sure they will do the utmost to get you licensed and out the door, and then YOU will have to carry on learning, both theorethical stuff, and practical stuff.

 

Cheers

W.

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