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Forum: Rotorheads
14th Jul 2019, 17:03
Replies: 363
Views: 248,901
Posted By Photonic

It might have been a stressful situation with...

It might have been a stressful situation with lots of shouting, but I believe one of the earlier reports mentioned that everyone was in their seats and strapped in, when the bodies were recovered. It...
Forum: Rotorheads
13th Jul 2019, 00:24
Replies: 363
Views: 248,901
Posted By Photonic

I'm not a pilot, but I've hired helicopter pilots...

I'm not a pilot, but I've hired helicopter pilots for photo shoots and I know that area, and similar places in South Florida and the Caribbean. It may not be that hard to explain the 500 foot...
17th Jun 2019, 05:17
Replies: 23
Views: 5,500
Posted By Photonic

It wasn't painted in JFK's party colors. That...

It wasn't painted in JFK's party colors. That tradition of red for Republicans and blue for Democrats is more recent, started somewhere after the late 70's or early 80's after color TV came in, and...
6th Jun 2019, 04:55
Replies: 25
Views: 19,458
Posted By Photonic

That may be the reason for no P-38 style tail...

That may be the reason for no P-38 style tail boom. The plan might have been to insure initial rocket ignition (or very close to it) before making the drop. Like the way the X-15 was deployed back in...
6th Jun 2019, 04:35
Replies: 51
Views: 22,852
Posted By Photonic

Most passengers in a wide body don't have a...

Most passengers in a wide body don't have a window view anyway. In the modern era of seat-back video displays, it might be enough to have a seat back display where every passenger could pan around...
22nd Apr 2019, 20:53
Replies: 93
Views: 35,393
Posted By Photonic

Looking at the computer rendering of the Eviation...

Looking at the computer rendering of the Eviation above, the thing that strikes me is that it looks exceptionally lightweight, judging by the doors and stairs, and the landing gear. I know composites...
15th Mar 2019, 18:11
Replies: 5,129
Views: 10,187,704
Posted By Photonic

And it's not just satisfying the regulators....

And it's not just satisfying the regulators. Another "partner" in the decision to get the planes back in the air is the flying public at large, who were scrambling to avoid booking flights on the Max...
14th Mar 2019, 21:51
Replies: 5,129
Views: 10,187,704
Posted By Photonic

I don't have that info, but as a general comment...

I don't have that info, but as a general comment on sensor reliability, up-thread somewhere there is a post by a NG pilot mentioning that a bird strike took out an AoA vane on one of his recent...
13th Mar 2019, 02:07
Replies: 44
Views: 28,894
Posted By Photonic

One of the things that has kept these old Dak's...

One of the things that has kept these old Dak's flying in remote areas of South America, is that they can easily land and take off on very rough dirt airstrips. It's like the largest "bush plane" out...
12th Mar 2019, 19:39
Replies: 921
Views: 2,116,980
Posted By Photonic

Final descending approach to an airport at the...

Final descending approach to an airport at the end of a flight, is an odd time to choose suicide. Either pilot incapacitation or some loss of control upset in turbulence seems far more likely to me.
10th Mar 2019, 19:58
Replies: 5,129
Views: 10,187,704
Posted By Photonic

A CEO standing outside the roped-off area at a...

A CEO standing outside the roped-off area at a press conference is how that's normally done, as a sign of company commitment. A CEO standing in the middle of the wreckage and handling crash parts, is...
Forum: Rotorheads
16th Jan 2019, 20:41
Replies: 32
Views: 6,813
Posted By Photonic

Where else would you put it, where it wouldn't be...

Where else would you put it, where it wouldn't be snagged by the main or tail rotors? It does depend on the mast and rotor head surviving, but complete departure is fairly rare. This is designed for...
Forum: Rotorheads
13th Jan 2019, 01:52
Replies: 32
Views: 6,813
Posted By Photonic

Imagine the sequence with that field where it set...

Imagine the sequence with that field where it set down, with some high-tension power lines in the background. At least with an auto, you have a little control over where you're going to set down....
Forum: Rotorheads
11th Jan 2019, 00:51
Replies: 24
Views: 2,905
Posted By Photonic

Right, I don't think autorotation in the...

Right, I don't think autorotation in the conventional helicopter sense is in the design. The idea is 100% computer control that will sense if the engine dies and immediately shift to stored battery...
Forum: Rotorheads
10th Jan 2019, 05:15
Replies: 78
Views: 14,552
Posted By Photonic

I keep thinking about the granite boulder or rock...

I keep thinking about the granite boulder or rock face that might be just a few inches below the snow layer. On the other hand, without more context, it could be that this pilot knows the area very...
Forum: Rotorheads
9th Jan 2019, 21:48
Replies: 24
Views: 2,905
Posted By Photonic

[/left] A helicopter is too loud and obnoxious...

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A helicopter is too loud and obnoxious to fit the "air taxi" theme these companies are trying to sell. They think it's a brand new market, but they're going to run into the same noise...
Forum: Rotorheads
8th Jan 2019, 14:56
Replies: 24
Views: 2,905
Posted By Photonic

Yeah, no way. See those nice, very expensive...

Yeah, no way. See those nice, very expensive waterfront homes in the image? You think the local town council will allow something with rotors loud enough to lift 5 pax and baggage on that route?
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Forum: Rotorheads
4th Jan 2019, 23:37
Replies: 20
Views: 4,396
Posted By Photonic

Not a clean auto either, although given the...

Not a clean auto either, although given the obstructions it looks like they were lucky all the occupants survived without a scratch. Not so lucky for the pedestrian that was killed.
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4th Jan 2019, 23:32
Replies: 42
Views: 17,990
Posted By Photonic

C'mon, the USN was flying fighters with folding...

C'mon, the USN was flying fighters with folding wings off carriers in WW2. I think they've probably worked out the kinks by now! :)
26th Dec 2018, 19:02
Replies: 1,178
Views: 686,091
Posted By Photonic

One of the many odd things about this event is...

One of the many odd things about this event is that I don't recall anyone mentioning noise from the drone. An airport is a very noisy place air-side, but it might have been relatively quiet during...
31st Oct 2018, 00:24
Replies: 21
Views: 4,659
Posted By Photonic

No, according to the link below (mentioned up in...

No, according to the link below (mentioned up in the Rotorheads forum here), it's "a tail rotor that could articulate 90 degrees in order to provide forward thrust during level flight." So you'd get...
10th Oct 2018, 19:37
Replies: 21
Views: 7,217
Posted By Photonic

Regarding private use of firearms to down drones...

Regarding private use of firearms to down drones over private property, it's not always as simple as defending your vertical airspace. In a crowded suburban environment, unless you're shooting...
Forum: Rotorheads
22nd Aug 2018, 05:48
Replies: 39
Views: 5,036
Posted By Photonic

It takes a special kind of clue-lessness to...

It takes a special kind of clue-lessness to recognize a tongue-in-cheek comment too.

Even if we take that idea seriously, any government agency operating under this regime would have their own...
Forum: Rotorheads
21st Aug 2018, 18:22
Replies: 39
Views: 5,036
Posted By Photonic

Maybe these things need an "Abort" red button on...

Maybe these things need an "Abort" red button on the controller that does this. A quick drop to 20 feet.

Better yet, make that Abort function mandatory by law for all drones, built into the...
14th Aug 2018, 19:00
Replies: 198
Views: 107,985
Posted By Photonic

It's been VERY dry here in the Puget Sound area,...

It's been VERY dry here in the Puget Sound area, until we had rain on Saturday (post episode). It wouldn't take much to start a fire in that area with whatever fuel remained, or even just hot engine...
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