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Forum: Rotorheads
25th Jun 2020, 19:59
Replies: 8
Views: 2,002
Posted By gator2

This one is in my neck of the woods. Instructor...

This one is in my neck of the woods. Instructor in start up flight school had very limited time in 280 and student was previously washed out of established flight school. No surprise to anyone...
Forum: Rotorheads
11th Jun 2020, 16:39
Replies: 20
Views: 3,179
Posted By gator2

aa: if you really want to awaken your OCD, think...

aa: if you really want to awaken your OCD, think about the loads on the tail rotor gearbox when you rotate the tail rotor in the "right" direction. They are actually opposite the normal.
Forum: Rotorheads
11th Jun 2020, 16:35
Replies: 116
Views: 18,852
Posted By gator2

Evil twin: Good point. Put those on the rich...

Evil twin: Good point. Put those on the rich guy checklist. "if I pressure you to fly when it is not safe in your judgement as my pilot will you tell me no?" "If I show up late will you refuse to...
Forum: Rotorheads
10th Jun 2020, 20:19
Replies: 116
Views: 18,852
Posted By gator2

I've been thinking there should be a rich guy...

I've been thinking there should be a rich guy pilot qualification checklist: Is this machine IFR certified? Are you Mr. Pilot IFR rated? How much IFR time have you flown in an actual cloud? When...
Forum: Rotorheads
16th Mar 2020, 16:01
Replies: 50
Views: 6,836
Posted By gator2

When I was 8 I took my moms blender apart and...

When I was 8 I took my moms blender apart and tried to make a heli. Ended in tears. Stan Hiller took over our company, and I read his book about helis, and saw the "flying platform". He told me...
Forum: Rotorheads
7th Jan 2020, 20:31
Replies: 54
Views: 9,279
Posted By gator2

aa: yes, that is a well trained response. I was...

aa: yes, that is a well trained response. I was asleep on a commercial turboprop and awoke to the engine note changing on approach. Jerked awake and tried to pull the carb heat knob my fogged brain...
Forum: Rotorheads
29th Aug 2019, 22:17
Replies: 4
Views: 1,967
Posted By gator2

Cash flow analysis indicated keeping the wife was...

Cash flow analysis indicated keeping the wife was the correct choice. It was a quad copter, 4 big chainsaws were enough to pull me up the hill. A $20 model heli gyro on each axis, and some rather...
Forum: Rotorheads
29th Aug 2019, 15:05
Replies: 4
Views: 1,967
Posted By gator2

I built one of these in 1996, with chainsaw...

I built one of these in 1996, with chainsaw engines running wide open and opposing flaps beneath each motor to kill lift and provide yaw control. Kind of like a opposing thrust reverser on a fixed...
Forum: Rotorheads
15th Mar 2019, 17:30
Replies: 113
Views: 40,876
Posted By gator2

TN8, I think I am pretty close to your...

TN8, I think I am pretty close to your prototypical private flyer. I learned to fly 7 yrs ago in a 22, switched to a 44 10 hrs before I got PPL. I've got 300 hrs now. I fly my family, I fly my...
Forum: Rotorheads
12th Mar 2019, 15:12
Replies: 113
Views: 40,876
Posted By gator2

Just wondering if there is any regression data...

Just wondering if there is any regression data relating hrs-required-to-PPL and propensity to crash. I've heard a number of stories about dead fixed wing guys that go something like: "He took twice...
Forum: Rotorheads
20th Aug 2018, 15:24
Replies: 32
Views: 5,810
Posted By gator2

The only amazing thing you can do with a...

The only amazing thing you can do with a helicopter at a wedding is crash it.
Forum: Rotorheads
21st Jun 2018, 21:31
Replies: 35
Views: 4,608
Posted By gator2

I have struggled to discover what is the enabler...

I have struggled to discover what is the enabler of this concept, and why it is suddenly valid.

The only thing I can come up with is that electric motor power of multiple fixed pitch rotors has...
Forum: Rotorheads
9th Mar 2018, 14:38
Replies: 152
Views: 32,339
Posted By gator2

For the life of me, I can't understand how this...

For the life of me, I can't understand how this could happen. It says "DANGER" right there on the tarmac. In two places!
Forum: Rotorheads
6th Feb 2018, 14:59
Replies: 5,651
Views: 3,244,978
Posted By gator2

VF, while bowing to your extremely superior...

VF, while bowing to your extremely superior airmanship, I have found that if you land a little sooner, the passengers tend to enjoy a higher degree of bladder comfort
Forum: Rotorheads
30th Jan 2018, 14:36
Replies: 1
Views: 2,057
Posted By gator2

deer netting crash in WA state

One dead two injured, local news released wrong casualty name, and wrong heli company name. Pomeroy WA is in the boonies on the Snake river brakes. If the news is to be believed, net gunning out of...
Forum: Rotorheads
13th Dec 2017, 21:34
Replies: 40
Views: 8,996
Posted By gator2

And during my days at a previous company, (before...

And during my days at a previous company, (before I flew anything) I made a bunch of the switches and sensors that are under the hood. While we charged aerospace prices, the only difference between...
Forum: Rotorheads
13th Dec 2017, 21:30
Replies: 40
Views: 8,996
Posted By gator2

I own up. It's the other guys flying the thing I...

I own up. It's the other guys flying the thing I worry about, but can't do anything about, so I try not to think about.
Forum: Rotorheads
13th Dec 2017, 15:15
Replies: 40
Views: 8,996
Posted By gator2

Well, you know Crab, that's the scary part. ...

Well, you know Crab, that's the scary part.


"......aircraft checked thoroughly."


In the examples you chose, say a control horn has started a microscopic crack due to overstress in the Vne...
Forum: Rotorheads
12th Dec 2017, 15:36
Replies: 40
Views: 8,996
Posted By gator2

Well, there you go, gulliBell. Now, if for some...

Well, there you go, gulliBell. Now, if for some reason you need to exceed Vne in a R44, you'll know its possible. Something might break before its supposed to after you do it, but if you need to do...
Forum: Rotorheads
28th Nov 2017, 00:15
Replies: 147
Views: 18,899
Posted By gator2

I must be too simple minded. If you are...

I must be too simple minded.


If you are going down, and you don't want to, and all you need is more HP (that you don't unfortunately have) then it is SWP.


If you are going down, and you...
Forum: Rotorheads
20th Nov 2017, 16:49
Replies: 40
Views: 8,996
Posted By gator2

Well, boys, I had a chance to talk to the tech...

Well, boys, I had a chance to talk to the tech guys at Robinson. Its the engine, not the MRG.


Proof: The gearbox in the Raven II is exactly the same as in the Raven I.


And that is why I...
Forum: Rotorheads
17th Nov 2017, 22:46
Replies: 40
Views: 8,996
Posted By gator2

ooookkkkk. These 6 replies mimic the debate...

ooookkkkk. These 6 replies mimic the debate between my flight examiner and me. He has heard it is due to MRG temp rise due to inadequate lubrication, therefore if you are in a hurry you can fly...
Forum: Rotorheads
17th Nov 2017, 19:56
Replies: 40
Views: 8,996
Posted By gator2

5 minute power limits R44

got into a bit of a debate during my BA flight review: On the R44, is the limiting factor for 5 minute max power the gearbox power handling capacity, or engine longevity?
Forum: Rotorheads
3rd Nov 2017, 23:52
Replies: 23
Views: 6,880
Posted By gator2

Negative pitch would work to regain rotor speed...

Negative pitch would work to regain rotor speed in case of a botched autorotation. The problem is what to do if somebody selects negative pitch while under power.


Easy you say? put a lock out...
Forum: Rotorheads
9th Oct 2017, 20:14
Replies: 69
Views: 18,856
Posted By gator2

Cran: yep. I was in the snake river canyon with...

Cran: yep. I was in the snake river canyon with a guy who did it three times trying to take pictures. After the second time, I decided if he did it again I'd give him a ride. He didn't do it the...
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