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Old 4th Aug 2018, 16:47
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Sounds like a very good job....cross tubes are cheap....the engine was not your doing....and no medical bills.

I suppose a dry cleaning bill for your seat cushion perhaps.
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Old 4th Aug 2018, 17:08
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No cleaning bill but the very afraid passenger in the front seat was a bit of a distraction! The only injury was a bloody nose when he accidentally grabbed the collective in his thrashing around. There was a guy in a 500 about 1/4 mile behind me who saw the event and landed just in front of me as the rotors were slowing down ( I kept the pax in the aircraft until they stopped ) His comment on the radio : "WOW was that ever neat!" He told me later that he was very impressed with the explosion of the engine. LOL
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Old 4th Aug 2018, 20:39
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At approximately 1306nst/0721utc
Shouldn't the minutes be the same, or were you in some weird time zone?
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Old 4th Aug 2018, 22:17
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Had 3 real autos #1 tail rotor and gearbox departed,,auto`d onto a pimple and burst a mainwheel on a treestump;
#2 week later,engine rundown on way to a Carrier,just made it to a beach at min.rrpm.
#3,about 13 months later,engine surged by new co-pilot(later to be a Gp Capt. Station commander) mishandling on approach to a hilltop LZ at about 30 kts..
No personnel injured,all a/c returned to service after repair.
Pictures are on p15/#294 of``Views from the cockpit`..not the videos thread....
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Old 5th Aug 2018, 13:41
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Not much of an event compared to the above but;

As a stude on the Bell47 we were practicing AOLs with the aiming point being a metre square concrete slab set in the grass which we were expected to place between the toes of the skids when the cab stopped.
Shortly after the auto was entered and throttle retarded the stick stiffened right up and I called "hydraulic failure". The beefer knew what had happened and just said, "slab between the skids, please". Never having done an eol with no hydraulics made this an interesting few moments and the silence after stopping (straddling the slab), plus the woosh - woosh and whine from the gearbox told the story - and why after the 3Gb1 the hydraulic pump was moved from the engine to the gearbox!
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Old 5th Aug 2018, 14:17
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ALL EOL's prior to the 3B2 were with HYD OFF. Why kid yourself?
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Old 6th Aug 2018, 12:39
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Thanks, everyone that's posted. Very interesting and useful to read.
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Old 8th Aug 2019, 15:25
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RotorWay 162F. Godawful bang and a smack into the bulkhead behind me. I put her into autorotation and picked out a spot to land. On the way down I noticed that the engine, while very low, wasn't quite dead. I was able to roll up enough to resume flight and headed for the barn when the student said, "hey - do you smell fire?"

Down goes the collective again and we're back into autorotation, only this time I curve the path so I can look behind to see if there's any smoke. There isn't and I start smelling what my student did - fried drive belt. Oh, good. We're not actually on fire in a fiberglass helicopter. I nursed the power back on and got us home, terminating in a 6" IGE hover taxi to the hangar.
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