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Kick The Tires And Light The Fires!


Cole
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Well the last few days have been a mix of longlining, confined areas, emergencies, mountain flying, hydro pads, forestry pads and the list goes on.

 

I have autos in the jetranger down to a science now and have no problem with stuck pedals. On the approach for the hangar a few flights ago in the jetranger Wendell simulated an hydrualics failure, I got it down to the deck without to much of a hastle, although its not as easy as it looks haha.

 

I have longlining down to a science, I may not be a 30,000 hour logging pilot but I can get the empty hook within about 3-4 feet with the 300 on a 150' line. I would really like to get to the point where the load master can grab the hook without moving a step but I think that might be a bit of a stretch only having a few hours left with the longline.

 

So this morning after rolling out the helicopter I found my first snag. The stinger had a very loose feel to it so I grounded the machine until I could consult the higher power who then removed the stinger to inspect and found that it had a major crack in it. Needless to say the helicopter is grounded until the replacement gets to Creston.

 

With that in mind and knowing it will be a few days befor the new stinger arrives I drove back home to penticton to take care of some things as well as make some coin to pay for a few things like insurance and gas haha.

 

Cheers.

Cole

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"Flying is a calculated risk, when you do the calculations, you minimize the risk"

-Cole's Fixedwing groundschool instructor.

 

On a side note I dropped by Eclipse Helicopters here in penticton today and caught a glimpse of FPMW's new paint job, very sharp and clean looking!

 

As it stands I'll be hitting the job market in less then three weeks! I can't wait! I think ive lined up a borrowed vehicle to do it in as sleeping in My 88' Ford Escort would prove a bit of a challenge.

 

I think the first road trip may be fairly short as I'm running really low in the funds department haha. I'm planning a much larger scale road trip if the latter is to no avail, hope for the best plan for the worst sort of situation.

 

Back to studying for the flight test.

Cheers.

Cole

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While I'm at it.

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(Abouve) Mountain flying last week in the 206

(Below) Can I land there?...

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(Abouve) No problem!

(Below) Hydro pad, 5000 feet. A load of fun!

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More to come!

Cole

 

 

i'm curious. the moisture on the windshield from the last shot....is it frozen?

 

also, same shot, it appears the photo was taken on short final to the pad from the pilot side. I'm guessing WM was flying from the other side while you took the pic?

 

again...just curious........

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That bit about the coffe making was priceless... but sooo true.

 

I remember day1 of heli training. We were shown the helicopter, given our books and then told the rules. Things like what constituted a beer-able offense, where the wash bucket was, where the oil and fuel was... and how to make to coffee. First one in the door in the morning had one job, and one job only. Clean the pot and the bean grinder, and get a strong pot going. If it was weak and had to be dumped, someone was about to get in ####.

 

After that you move up to Engineer-Grade coffee. Once you can make a pot to please both, life gets easier.

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412D, If im thinking of the same flight the OAT was about 3*C in visible moisture, therefor the anti-ice was engaged. I dont believe the moisture was frozen as you can see the pattern the water makes while moving through translation on the window.

 

You are correct in assuming WM was at the controls as well. I managed to snap off a picture on short final.

 

I do, however, from time to time, wear a Helmet cam while flying solo so some stuff coming up soon here will be stills taken from it.

 

In the past few days here Ive been on the phone and sending emails to various companies regarding possible employment and recieved a better response then I thought I would get from them. I was expecting to face a lot more blunt, "No we will not hire an 18 year old because (insert reason here)", and "No we aren't hiring this year" but ended up with a lot more "Why dont you send your resume and let us know befor you stop by" (I'm hoping this isnt followed by 'so we can make sure were not here' haha)

 

In all I'm looking forward to putting alot of faces to names on my road trip in a few weeks here. With any luck I wont need a second road trip.

 

Cheers.

Cole

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