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Forum: Rotorheads
18th Feb 2020, 09:15
Replies: 756
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Posted By rogercopy

Van Nuys was 1100 ft overcast AGL (per ATC). VNY...

Van Nuys was 1100 ft overcast AGL (per ATC). VNY elevation is 800 ft. So that means ceiling was 1900 ft MSL at VNY. The highest elevation on Hwy 101 between VNY and Camarillo is about 1150 ft MSL...
Forum: Rotorheads
10th Feb 2020, 09:56
Replies: 756
Views: 788,476
Posted By rogercopy

There's no evidence that there was a passenger in...

There's no evidence that there was a passenger in a pilot seat. The helicopter's passenger compartment was able to carry 8 passengers (two benches that could fit 4 each). So most likely, all 8...
Forum: Rotorheads
7th Feb 2020, 23:26
Replies: 756
Views: 788,476
Posted By rogercopy

The NTSB caption is correct. Figure 3 is not from...

The NTSB caption is correct. Figure 3 is not from Google Earth. It shows the wreckage and people standing around it.



The NTSB Investigative Update said (page 3): "One piece of 2-inch diameter...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Feb 2020, 14:51
Replies: 756
Views: 788,476
Posted By rogercopy

Remember to correct the altitude. ADS-B is...

Remember to correct the altitude. ADS-B is Pressure Altitude. Otherwise, your KML will look like the helicopter was only skimming over Hwy 101 as low as under 100 ft at some places, which is...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Feb 2020, 08:15
Replies: 756
Views: 788,476
Posted By rogercopy

If you're saying 2000 is much greater than 1300,...

If you're saying 2000 is much greater than 1300, it's not that straightforward.

FR/ADS-B altitude is Pressure Altitude (29.92 inHg). Need to add about 220 ft to correct for local pressure (VNY...
Forum: Rotorheads
31st Jan 2020, 22:21
Replies: 756
Views: 788,476
Posted By rogercopy

Yes. And also, there were articles that...

Yes. And also, there were articles that interviewed several pilots at various helicopter charters in LA. They said none of the charters in the area are certified for IFR, because they don't need it....
Forum: Rotorheads
31st Jan 2020, 19:00
Replies: 756
Views: 788,476
Posted By rogercopy

Yeah, that was very inappropriate for Homendy to...

Yeah, that was very inappropriate for Homendy to use this incident to blast the FAA for not requiring TAWS. Especially because that implies that CFIT was a cause.

Now, Homendy also called out FAA...
Forum: Rotorheads
31st Jan 2020, 18:02
Replies: 756
Views: 788,476
Posted By rogercopy

NYT article quoted witnesses near crash scene...

NYT article quoted witnesses near crash scene saying clouds were 300 ft above ground.

"The clouds sat about 300 feet off the ground, witnesses near the crash scene said."...
Forum: Rotorheads
29th Jan 2020, 11:26
Replies: 756
Views: 788,476
Posted By rogercopy

Doubtful in this case. The data most likely...

Doubtful in this case. The data most likely eliminates CFIT, and most likely leads to spatial disorientation and loss of control due to fog.
Forum: Rotorheads
29th Jan 2020, 11:22
Replies: 756
Views: 788,476
Posted By rogercopy

NTSB briefing Tue Jan 28 said it was Part 135...

NTSB briefing Tue Jan 28 said it was Part 135 charter.
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