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Old 5th Sep 2012, 23:37
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Great "Chinese" Pilot Mort Meng Passes On

Mort Meng (it is Dutch but we always called him "Chinese") has passed on today. He was one of the OH-58D introduction into service pilots, a solid production test pilot, Bell demo pilot, and by any standards the best stick I have ever seen.


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Old 6th Sep 2012, 06:52
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How did I live all this time without having seen the Deadly Encounter flying scenes! Just absolutely amazing! The drain gully flying is good and the loop around the bridge isn't bad either - I know that in theory you can loop anything, but that doesn't mean you really can.

Thanks for posting! For sure a strong candidate for the best helicopter flying ever.
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Old 17th May 2016, 13:00
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I've seen 3 in 20 odd years. One was a backhoe operator, he could hover in his first Hr,and was smooth as Ive seen, another was from Quebec Canada, and had 3 fingers on his right hand I think.. and the third was an instructor at the 408 air reserves in Edmonton Canada who flies an air ambulance now.. he was super smooth as well.. only remember his name as Tom..
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Old 17th May 2016, 16:42
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Certainly not me! I was just very lucky!
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Old 17th May 2016, 20:09
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Deadly Encounter
Perhaps some of the most iconic helicopters ever Lama, Gazelle, 500, Jetbanger
Not sure the " loop" round the bridge is a loop looks more like a torque turn !
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Old 17th May 2016, 20:41
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I learned a great lesson on this topic a couple of decades back (actually 3.5 decades!).

I'd just left the SAR job and all the publicity that goes with that. For some years I would occasionally meet younger pilots who would say "Of course I know you by reputation" and I would nod gratefully and sagely.

Many years later the same thing happened again. I replied "Hang on a minute, you can barely have been wearing diapers at the time I was doing all that stuff"

"That's true" the young aviator responded "but I've just qualified as a QHI in the RN"
I must have looked suitably blank, so he continued "... and you're used as an example on that course"
"I'm used as an example of what?" I hesitantly enquired.
"You're used as an example of why instructors should persevere with idiots because they might turn out to be adequate in the end"

(And, just for the record ... David Voy and Uncle Dennis - For simultaneously being consummate gentlemen and consummate aviators)
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Old 17th May 2016, 23:07
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The best pilots will never be mentioned on here. They simply do their job to the best of their ability day after day conscious of the fact that they will always be remembered by the last job they ever did.
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Old 19th May 2016, 18:16
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Whisper mode...
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Old 19th May 2016, 19:20
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The Bishop.
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Old 19th May 2016, 21:29
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It's gotta be either Crab or AnFI.
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Old 19th May 2016, 23:52
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Depends who you speak to. Most people who know Crab tell me that he tells them he is the best. I don't know anyone who knows AnFI.
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Old 20th May 2016, 11:44
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The best ? The one who makes the correct decisions at the correct time even if that means unhappy punters when sitting in a field !
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Old 20th May 2016, 13:57
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I've known lots of helicopter pilots, quite a few of them made it obvious they thought they were better than everyone else.

Many of those are dead.
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Old 23rd May 2016, 00:08
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I knew a pilot who said:

"I am the SECOND best pilot in the world. There is possibly somebody out there who is better, but I haven't met him yet."
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Old 24th May 2016, 20:55
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Me....... Every time I land the aircraft safely ......
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Old 26th May 2016, 15:14
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According to the C.V.s I get every week, every newly qualified CPL with 200 hours!

I still reckon the late Jake Jackson was one of the best, Dave Humble was an astonishing trainer and Uncle Dennis showed things I didn't know a helicopter could do!

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