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Old 20th Mar 2017, 07:41   #4061 (permalink)
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 08:15   #4062 (permalink)
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WoaH....Helipad, almost in the River

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Old 21st Mar 2017, 09:23   #4063 (permalink)
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 12:06   #4064 (permalink)
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 20:35   #4065 (permalink)
 
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WoW Factor!

Dear Vertical Freedom,

You definitely put the WOW in your pilotage and photographic skills! I garnered four hours of PIC time in an Evergreen Bell 206 Long Ranger way back in 1978. (I had accumulated 760 hours in Cessna 152's, 172's, 185's, and 320's at the time.) I could hover, barely...

One Sunday my friend/instructor called to see if I would like to bring my then-wife, son, and friend along for a sight seeing pleasure flight in the chopper. We spent nearly an hour doing maneuvers and low-level, high-speed runs over marshland and ocean. We requested and were granted landing permission at KSSI (St. Simons Island) when we were three minutes out at 3,000' MSL. My so-called friend came on the intercom and said "Watch this!" I recall, in slow motion, his reaching out from the right seat to cycle the emergency fuel cut-off switch. The annunciator panel went from green to orange to red. We were going to auto-rotate and were too low to get a relight/restart. I turned around and told my wife, son, and friend (who was busy shooting 3 frames/second with his Nikon) to Brace-Brace-Brace.

We flared 50' too soon and went down on the beach. Airspeed was indicated at 60 kts. and the VSI was pegged full down. Our skids dug into the sand, we tipped forward, and the main rotors made a clean decapitation of the boom. My wife grabbed our 8-year-old son and exited beneath the still-rotating main, which fluffed her hair. Had she been an inch taller - curtains! I fumbled frantically and finally released my five-point harness and exited stage left.

We walked about a quarter mile up the beach on Sea Island and encountered four gentlemen who were leaning out of a porch on the third floor of a condominium. They yelled "Hey! Did you see that helicopter go down? It was smoking and going too fast!" I responded "Yeah! We were in it!" "Do you want a drink?", they asked. Moments later, four gentlemen from Atlanta hugged us and motioned to a table upon which were half-gallons of every alcoholic beverage known to modern man. I grabbed a bottle and glugged. Our "pilot", replete in the knowledge that the FAA would be around soon, did not partake. My wife, who worked for the Sea Island Company, commandeered one of their limousines and took our son home. Our friend still has photos of the entire episode.

All by way of saying Thank You for bringing the joy of High Flight back to me. I have been afraid all these years and now am not. I owe a debt of gratitude to he who understands the serenity of a clear blue mountain lake, a kind and beautiful Bride, and the miracle of Himalayan Mountain Highs.

John Denver, whose Dad flew B-58's, would be proud...

(And jealous!)

Best and Highest Regards,

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Old 22nd Mar 2017, 00:12   #4066 (permalink)
 
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post #4062 is more of a "phak-ing" H than a "phak-ding" H... just saying!!!! keep up the great pics, brother!!!
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Old 22nd Mar 2017, 02:15   #4067 (permalink)
 
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Yikes, don't flame out on approach to that one!
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Old 22nd Mar 2017, 09:08   #4068 (permalink)
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G'day Cavuman1..........crikey Mate what a horrific unnecessary experience all thanks to the stupidity of a passenger I'd have beaten the living daylights out of the idiot had it been done to me Glad to hear all is OK & you've got your flying Wings back, would love to see those clix
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Hey twinstar_ca......Your not wrong there
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Hoy krypton_john........heck NO, there's a spaghetti factory of low level & high wires up & downstream around that H, so a tricky steep approach
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Old 22nd Mar 2017, 11:07   #4069 (permalink)
 
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Gentlemen/girls....
I know from a secret source, that our dear friend VT, takes these amazing shots witta 'simple i-phone'........No advanced equipment. That just makes these shots more impressive. And trust me, the modest guy is just as nice and beautiful person in real life, as his pictures are.
Keep'm coming, Capt. Steven!
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Old 22nd Mar 2017, 11:22   #4070 (permalink)
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Ow dear Brother Fritz............You've let my secret out I give up, it's true; I use an iPhone for all these clix but they are not so simple Ow shucks....
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Old 22nd Mar 2017, 11:25   #4071 (permalink)
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Well weathered station
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Old 23rd Mar 2017, 08:12   #4072 (permalink)
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Yikes.....that's High

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Old 23rd Mar 2017, 12:10   #4073 (permalink)
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Aaaaargh to be sure, to be sure................

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Old 23rd Mar 2017, 12:12   #4074 (permalink)
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Old 23rd Mar 2017, 15:03   #4075 (permalink)
 
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To be sure it must have been cold in that picture
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Put bridles on better heads
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Which one is the "start" button?
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To be sure it must have been cold in that picture
I was thinking the same thing....

797 degC only giving you 49% Tq is hard to get my head around.
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Old 24th Mar 2017, 06:41   #4079 (permalink)
 
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I was thinking the same thing....

797 degC only giving you 49% Tq is hard to get my head around.
Did you sleep in ground school?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-altitude_cooking

At that altitude you have much less pressure....
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Old 24th Mar 2017, 07:46   #4080 (permalink)
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Hey Hughes500.......wasn't actually, she was just very, very happy to see me
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G'day Reefdog.................Aaaaargh but there were other nice assets
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Hello Zombywoof...................as requested, kindly please find bellow
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Hi gulliBell.................a whole lot less at FL270 damn serious on a landing at that wee height
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Hoy Flying Bull..........I sure must've been snoring then too, cause I can't remember any of that stuff
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