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Tom Cruise flying the AS350

Old 29th Jul 2018, 01:08
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The guy has good hands and feet for sure, very smooth.
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Old 29th Jul 2018, 08:47
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Seems the real deal.....a good team player
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Old 29th Jul 2018, 09:54
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It was all looking great and professional except for the silly Hollywood lights in his skydive helmet...
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Old 29th Jul 2018, 12:16
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Old 29th Jul 2018, 14:22
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Originally Posted by Stab Bar View Post
I can just imagine the cliffs looming up and the good old 'servo transparency' rearing its ugly head just as you were trying to pull out.
With dual hydraulics, one gets a 'limit' caution panel light before the servo transparency. I don't know what happens after that?
Never had a servo transparency issue with dual hydraulics. Singles? Oh yes! and it can be very inconvenient.
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Old 29th Jul 2018, 18:20
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It's amazing. How many flight hours would he have?
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Old 30th Jul 2018, 00:42
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He has been flying for quite a while, he owns a P-51 Mustang too. I gave him a helicopter lesson back in 2003, he already had a good feel for flying.
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Old 30th Jul 2018, 01:57
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I really enjoyed that video and outtakes. Despite what people think he is certainly one talented person. Half his luck!.
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Old 30th Jul 2018, 15:48
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Tom took James Corden skydiving last week.

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Old 31st Jul 2018, 01:42
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Originally Posted by Watson1963 View Post
Helo stuff starts at about 6min. No narration, just lots of clips.

Found myself watching the rest, including great parachute drops from a C-17.

A very clean 350 with beefy camera mounts!

Very proud of our team at Meeker-Airfilm for making all the mounts you see used on the rotary wing assets. lots and lots of design and machining went into this project!
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Old 5th Aug 2018, 00:53
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Have to say - nothing against this guy at all, so no grudge to bear but the film in general was quite implausible from the start and simply got worse.
The helo shots went from ridiculous to appalling.
Nothing looked right, these so called spirals did not come across as anything spectacular and portions of the action like trying to ram hiis helo into the other or surviving the horrendous mid air were absolutely pathetic.
overall it didn't show him at his best and certainky didnt do anything to attribute to his training as a helo pilot.
He flies the damn thing with wvery caption lit up and with the entire gearbox and engine aflame and still flies as if it was business as usual.
an insult to the industry and i couldn't get out of there fast enough.
Sheer junk overall. Don't waste your money - go see The Equaliser2 instead!

In la la land where they issue FAA CPL,s... does one have to sit all the exams we need to sit in easa land?
If so - does one honestly believe that TC sat all those exams AND passed them first time....with his filming schedule?
Give me a break. Something doesn't add up.
Did he really fly 200hrs and all those exams just to fart around in a helo on sunny days???
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Old 5th Aug 2018, 02:42
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Only two written exams and two checkrides between hour #1 and CPL in the US.
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Old 5th Aug 2018, 02:55
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Can't say it's THE Tom Cruise, but searching on his name in the FAA database brings up all the right answers. It looks like he was already a commercial fixed wing pilot, so he would only have had to do the private and commercial helicopter checkrides with the minimum amount of rotary wing flight hours. With his money and dedication he could have banged that out in a month or two.
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Old 7th Aug 2018, 09:08
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My understanding is that there were two overspeed incidents, neither of which occurred during filming. The most serious, at 465rpm resulted in replacement of the starflex and the sleeves. The other required only an inspection. AFAIK no other dynamics were replaced.
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Old 10th Aug 2018, 11:50
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Haven't seen the movie but saw some previews and the line that caught my attention was when the token bimbo says to Mr Cruise "You can fly a helicopter?". No buxom wench asks me "You can act?" then wants to bonk my brains out because she has a few minutes spare in her agenda.
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Old 10th Aug 2018, 12:35
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Movie is boring..
Flying stunts are ok, but bit unrealistic.
CGI rules nowadays....
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Old 10th Aug 2018, 13:22
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With regard to his exams etc he does indeed hold an FAA CPL. It was completed in the U.K. at a facility that only has approval for EASA PPL at Denham though. Not sure whether the FAA allows just anyone to teach the course or whether you have to have specific approvals etc. Maybe said PPL RTF does meet the requirements. Or whether the specific instructor should be teaching CPL courses anyhow... but he passed the test required so best of luck to him. Letís ask AnFI and see what he knows....
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