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Forum: Rotorheads
3rd Jun 2013, 12:35
Replies: 35
Views: 8,145
Posted By 61 Lafite

Maybe I'm missing something, but did he also...

Maybe I'm missing something, but did he also over-speed the rotors?

Presumably he pulled in more power after the lift and didn't see (or hear) the RPM rise, but the clutch should have prevented...
16th Jan 2013, 08:04
Replies: 601
Views: 233,949
Posted By 61 Lafite

I'm just down the river in Greenwich, have been...

I'm just down the river in Greenwich, have been looking out of the window since before 8am. From my position 15 floors up (150ft?) Viz is and has been well below one mile, and the tops of 4 building...
16th Jan 2013, 07:36
Replies: 601
Views: 233,949
Posted By 61 Lafite

Sky News reporting one person on board, A109.

Sky News reporting one person on board, A109.
Forum: Rotorheads
16th Oct 2012, 18:40
Replies: 17
Views: 2,643
Posted By 61 Lafite

Perhaps we're just a Collective of Helicopter...

Perhaps we're just a Collective of Helicopter Pilots?

Lafite
Forum: Rotorheads
23rd Jul 2012, 10:09
Replies: 33
Views: 14,102
Posted By 61 Lafite

Amazing crash-worthiness demonstrated by the...

Amazing crash-worthiness demonstrated by the EC145. No fire and everyone alive.

I only fly Robinsons, and I'm a big fan of them, but I would find it hard to believe a Robinson R44 or R66 would...
Forum: Rotorheads
22nd Jun 2012, 10:35
Replies: 6
Views: 1,409
Posted By 61 Lafite

The only ear-ache I used to get was from my ex,...

The only ear-ache I used to get was from my ex, when it came to the bills!

Lafite
Forum: Rotorheads
7th Mar 2012, 12:17
Replies: 8
Views: 2,730
Posted By 61 Lafite

Yup, I think so. The pilot should have considered...

Yup, I think so. The pilot should have considered that it 'might' be there, and flown, briefed or acted accordingly. It's a harsh way to look at it, but the only pre-strike approach that will prevent...
Forum: Rotorheads
22nd Feb 2012, 11:25
Replies: 31
Views: 3,443
Posted By 61 Lafite

I had a moving map gps freeze the screen on me a...

I had a moving map gps freeze the screen on me a few miles before a turn to avoid controlled airspace. Fortunately, I had a second GPS on board, and glancing at it realised I was a lot closer than I...
Forum: Rotorheads
12th Jan 2012, 12:37
Replies: 39
Views: 14,962
Posted By 61 Lafite

I like to see a decent drop on the engine vs....

I like to see a decent drop on the engine vs. rotor rpm, 15-20%, but a hot machine will often take quite a forceful drop of engine revs to achieve it, which is of itself not always good for the...
Forum: Rotorheads
10th Jan 2012, 12:12
Replies: 33
Views: 9,155
Posted By 61 Lafite

Whoever recently bought it had a short tenure -...

Whoever recently bought it had a short tenure - ownership changed on 15th November 2011!

Lafite
Forum: Rotorheads
9th Jan 2012, 13:00
Replies: 76
Views: 26,065
Posted By 61 Lafite

My condolences to the pilot. I went to the...

My condolences to the pilot.

I went to the safety course last year - good luck and it's well worth it.

*If* the investigation rules out mechanical failure or maintenance issues, and *if* it is...
Forum: Rotorheads
29th Nov 2011, 16:53
Replies: 1,500
Views: 448,419
Posted By 61 Lafite

I'm curious as to whether it's permitted to fit...

I'm curious as to whether it's permitted to fit one relacement blade if the pair hasn't been through a factory match process.

Robinson does go to a lot of trouble to match the blades up in the...
Forum: Rotorheads
24th Jun 2011, 17:05
Replies: 42
Views: 12,429
Posted By 61 Lafite

As an ex-owner twice over, I don't know how many...

As an ex-owner twice over, I don't know how many private owners go through the same experience:

Before purchase:

1) I'm just going to do this, I can afford it, if it gets expensive I might...
Forum: Rotorheads
21st Jun 2011, 11:46
Replies: 34
Views: 13,918
Posted By 61 Lafite

Well... no, as a matter of fact. It's exactly the...

Well... no, as a matter of fact. It's exactly the same situation as Robinson. If you're in warranty, you're in luck. If you're out of warranty, then (unless there has been a big publicity splash...
Forum: Rotorheads
21st Jun 2011, 07:52
Replies: 369
Views: 83,078
Posted By 61 Lafite

Well... presuming you took off into wind, a 180...

Well... presuming you took off into wind, a 180 has you turning back downwind and executing a nice downwind auto in about 10 seconds after the power was lost.

The awesome abilities of most...
Forum: Rotorheads
10th May 2011, 16:14
Replies: 15
Views: 3,650
Posted By 61 Lafite

I used Golden Gate Helicopters in October last...

I used Golden Gate Helicopters in October last year.

They had an R44 Clipper II, all pretty reasonable, and a professionally run organisation, did a long sightseeing trip all round the bay,...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd May 2011, 01:05
Replies: 8
Views: 2,232
Posted By 61 Lafite

Gordy Sometimes the best bits of advice are...

Gordy

Sometimes the best bits of advice are the simplest to remember. Thank you for that.

In the Robinson safety course, they point out that far more people are killed by wires than by engine...
Forum: Rotorheads
20th Apr 2011, 08:00
Replies: 87
Views: 13,692
Posted By 61 Lafite

Landing at Sharrow Bay hotel in the lake district...

Landing at Sharrow Bay hotel in the lake district after a short trip from London, looking across Windermere, a nice chap there with a Range Rover to take me to the front door and thinking "this is...
Forum: Rotorheads
20th Apr 2011, 07:46
Replies: 27
Views: 6,203
Posted By 61 Lafite

If you approach and pass it 500m out at 50kt, you...

If you approach and pass it 500m out at 50kt, you have around 40 seconds before the hover at the ground. That's loads of time to have flown around it 40 seconds out and re-established the approach,...
Forum: Rotorheads
19th Apr 2011, 11:30
Replies: 20
Views: 13,188
Posted By 61 Lafite

It just doesn't work that way in practice. ...

It just doesn't work that way in practice.

The day-to-day costs of an R22/R44 are pretty minimal: 50/100/annual checks plus some extra checks here and there around 500 hours/1000 etc

On most...
Forum: Rotorheads
11th Apr 2011, 11:45
Replies: 501
Views: 138,272
Posted By 61 Lafite

Depending on your need for a more challenging...

Depending on your need for a more challenging site, Lunch at the Aviator at Sywell would take about 30 mins.

Lafite
14th Feb 2011, 07:42
Replies: 24
Views: 2,438
Posted By 61 Lafite

Have a look at the HP Photosmart Premium. Can be...

Have a look at the HP Photosmart Premium. Can be picked up for as little as 120 now.

I got one at xmas, very nice, includes wireless/ethernet/USB, duplex, fax, colour, scan etc

Lafite
10th Feb 2011, 11:47
Replies: 1,094
Views: 146,701
Posted By 61 Lafite

You really couldn't make it up. In full knowledge...

You really couldn't make it up. In full knowledge that the strike action must be over different reasons, Len and BASSA sign off this statement in an advert.

I would be the first to confess that I...
6th Feb 2011, 09:11
Replies: 29
Views: 1,890
Posted By 61 Lafite

Whatever you buy, I'd make sure you look at the...

Whatever you buy, I'd make sure you look at the warranties and insurance.

I've been using laptops as my main machine for over 15 years, both my own and in corporate environments. At home Mrs...
Forum: Rotorheads
3rd Feb 2011, 17:00
Replies: 46
Views: 16,163
Posted By 61 Lafite

Lets hope they don't downgrade it to try and...

Lets hope they don't downgrade it to try and become an R66 competitor... :)
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