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Old 11th Dec 2019, 22:13
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What chance I got?

Ok I have question I’m a professional pilot for 27 years with a mere 5500 hours mostly instruction when am I going to die in a helicopter...... lots have bite the dust who were considerably more experienced than me !




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Old 11th Dec 2019, 22:56
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Meh- could be tomorrow. Heck, could be today! What, you want to live forever? Then choose another profession. Dying in a helicopter is something that we who do it for a living simply don't think about...because if you do think about it too much, you'd have to quit. At least, I would. It would drive me crazy. No, I prefer to concentrate on staying alive in a helicopter. That's a much more positive thing to focus on, I believe. And you know, a lot of it is simply out of our control.

If you've been doing this for as long as you say, you've undoubtedly had some very close calls. We all have. And we all go through periods of depression and (ahem) introspection, especially when we see a guy with so much more experience than us having a fatal. Sometimes it hits us pretty hard. And we get to wondering, "When is it going to be my turn?" But again, you have to shrug those feelings off and continue to punch the button. It'll happen...or not...whenever. And if it does? I'm cool with that. I knew the risks when I signed up.

You did too.
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Old 11th Dec 2019, 23:09
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Don’t get too stressed about it, whatever we do in life comes to an end.

”We are here for a short time, make sure you have a good time”

Enjoy and stay safe.
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Old 12th Dec 2019, 00:27
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Cut out the booze and that should add a few years to your life expectancy.
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Old 12th Dec 2019, 01:58
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Originally Posted by cyclic flare View Post
Ok I have question I’m a professional pilot for 27 years with a mere 5500 hours mostly instruction when am I going to die in a helicopter...... lots have bite the dust who were considerably more experienced than me !



Get one of those magic 8-balls and ask it before every flight, "Is this the one that gets me?"
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Old 12th Dec 2019, 04:53
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Dying of old age, dementia, cancer....or just a sudden onset of severe gravity.....in the end we all are leaving here.

I am like a lot of folks....dying doesn't scare me a bit.....I just don't want to be there when it happens.
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Old 12th Dec 2019, 07:45
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Well I have twice the hours and do I think about it, yes, but big deal, we all die sometime, just think of all the good times. Be fatalistic, if your time is up your time is up, dont worry about it. Wont stop me flying a longline in the mountains in a single engine, lots think I am mad but more likely to be killed on my mountain bike !
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Old 12th Dec 2019, 07:58
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When I die, I want to go peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like his passengers ;-)
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Old 12th Dec 2019, 08:09
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The majority are dying in their beds, so what now?

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Old 12th Dec 2019, 12:45
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Beware the golden b.b......
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Old 12th Dec 2019, 13:45
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There are helicopters around, which were build before I was born....

And in most cases - its the pilot who screws up - so just don´t push yourself to far, NO ist always a possible answer.
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Old 12th Dec 2019, 13:59
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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”


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Old 12th Dec 2019, 14:53
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Too right
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Old 12th Dec 2019, 20:50
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Originally Posted by Hughes500 View Post
helimutt

Too right
Unless you are doing fair rides, or flying in a Robinson, apparently.

To paraphrase Orwell, some risks are more "equal" than others.
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Old 13th Dec 2019, 00:39
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Originally Posted by aa777888 View Post
Unless you are doing fair rides, or flying in a Robinson, apparently.

To paraphrase Orwell, some risks are more "equal" than others.
No one mentioned a Robinson or fairground ride, you had your say in the thread relevant to that, why drag it into a totally unrelated topic?
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Old 13th Dec 2019, 08:27
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Old 13th Dec 2019, 11:51
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Originally Posted by nomorehelosforme View Post


No one mentioned a Robinson or fairground ride, you had your say in the thread relevant to that, why drag it into a totally unrelated topic?
This thread is a discussion of risk. This was merely pointing out that not all risks are appreciated in the same way in a manner familiar to many PPRuNe members. This seemed like a reasonably relevant contribution. You are welcome to disagree.
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Old 13th Dec 2019, 16:28
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Don't worry, it's not so easy to kill yourself with a helicopter.
I managed 46 years and about 23k hours with only one crash and a few near misses and now the bloody cancer got me.
I really would have prefered to died in a nice crash, but that's life. You unfortunately can't chose.
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 16:22
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You can increase your chances of survival by only flying when your happy with the flight conditions, irrespective of how urgent the mission is and who’s life your trying to save. Simple as.
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 17:54
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You're looking at it the wrong way round - a statistician would calculate the chance you WON'T have a crash and reverse it from there - which looks a lot better
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