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Forum: Rotorheads
19th Jun 2019, 06:03
Replies: 1,480
Views: 1,534,246
Posted By rotorfossil

The difference between the R22 and the Cabris’yaw...

The difference between the R22 and the Cabris’yaw control on the approach to the hover is simply the greater need for anticipation of the large and under some circumstances more sudden pedal movement...
2nd Jun 2019, 06:16
Replies: 28
Views: 9,653
Posted By rotorfossil

John was a fellow instructor on Vampires at...

John was a fellow instructor on Vampires at Oakington in early ‘60’s. A very fine instructor and a good friend. He also played a mean game of “arrers”.
9th Apr 2019, 06:26
Replies: 13
Views: 2,604
Posted By rotorfossil

I think the big issue will be the Napier Sabre...

I think the big issue will be the Napier Sabre engine. The Sea Fury’s Centaurus is difficult enough, but the complex Sabre is something else but good luck to them.
Forum: Rotorheads
18th Mar 2019, 07:14
Replies: 113
Views: 38,246
Posted By rotorfossil

Many years ago I attended one of the early safety...

Many years ago I attended one of the early safety courses. It was apparent that that Frank was between a rock and a hard place. Before the R22, helicopters were too expensive for the average private...
Forum: Rotorheads
16th Mar 2019, 07:36
Replies: 113
Views: 38,246
Posted By rotorfossil

We acquired R22ís for a commercial school back...

We acquired R22ís for a commercial school back when there was no prohibition on demonstration of the low Gí roll of phenomenon. It was apparent that you had to push over for a significant time before...
21st Jan 2019, 06:12
Replies: 9
Views: 2,031
Posted By rotorfossil

Whirlwinds had a Leonides Major. Sycamores had...

Whirlwinds had a Leonides Major. Sycamores had the Leonides.
Forum: Rotorheads
21st Jan 2019, 06:08
Replies: 12
Views: 2,454
Posted By rotorfossil

Must be a Leonids Major if it is from a Whirlwind.

Must be a Leonids Major if it is from a Whirlwind.
19th Jan 2019, 07:30
Replies: 15
Views: 2,588
Posted By rotorfossil

I used to fly 486 when it was privately owned. At...

I used to fly 486 when it was privately owned. At one display we were scheduled to drop two skydivers. It turned out that the HCC12’s were the only Whirlwinds that didn’t have the general clearance...
10th Jan 2019, 06:51
Replies: 201
Views: 35,888
Posted By rotorfossil

First solo on T21 at Lasham. Flew T31 later...

First solo on T21 at Lasham. Flew T31 later Swinderby (East Midlands G C). Preferred the T21 as more time in the air.
8th Jan 2019, 05:36
Replies: 5
Views: 1,359
Posted By rotorfossil

He sent me off in the Olympia at Lasham in...

He sent me off in the Olympia at Lasham in ‘57.Happy times. We met again on the display pilots committee. Very quiet chap, but a fascinating guy if you could get him to talk about his experiences...
Forum: Rotorheads
10th Dec 2018, 06:27
Replies: 35
Views: 8,716
Posted By rotorfossil

Depressingly, over the years I found that there...

Depressingly, over the years I found that there were lies,damned lies and weight and balance sheets. In the process of working from the as weighed figure to the notional basic weight, and then the...
12th Nov 2018, 13:08
Replies: 7
Views: 1,731
Posted By rotorfossil

I flew Xj 723 at HQ. 228 Sqn, 2 sorties when I...

I flew Xj 723 at HQ. 228 Sqn, 2 sorties when I joined the Squadron. Later in the period 6th June ‘64 - 26th July ‘64, C flight 228 Sqn Leuchars. Then 5th September - 29th October ‘64 C flt. Leuchars...
20th Jun 2018, 05:21
Replies: 49
Views: 6,864
Posted By rotorfossil

I remember my annual instructors week at the CFS...

I remember my annual instructors week at the CFS Hunter flight at Kemble. Hunter 4’s, no tanks and a serious need to get back on the ground after 45 minutes medium level fun.
Forum: Rotorheads
14th Jun 2018, 05:26
Replies: 24
Views: 4,382
Posted By rotorfossil

I think they came from the German Navy stores. At...

I think they came from the German Navy stores. At the end of its service in the RAF, I seem to remember that the problem was that they were running out of tail rotor blades.
Forum: Rotorheads
6th Jun 2018, 06:49
Replies: 24
Views: 4,382
Posted By rotorfossil

They weren’t great. Ground angle markedly...

They weren’t great. Ground angle markedly different to hover attitude, so large cyclic movement as nosewheel lifted off.. Manual controls with heavy trim springs operated by two trim wheels like a...
27th May 2018, 05:40
Replies: 24
Views: 3,302
Posted By rotorfossil

Turbomeca engines in Gazelles and Lamas are...

Turbomeca engines in Gazelles and Lamas are pretty elderly turboshaft technology also Rolls Royce (originally Blackburn) engines in Scouts/Wasps still flying.
Forum: Rotorheads
25th May 2018, 05:08
Replies: 380
Views: 77,178
Posted By rotorfossil

Heli Henri .Deliberately didn't mention Enstrom...

Heli Henri .Deliberately didn't mention Enstrom as haven’t had recent experience. Years ago we evaluated it but didn’t want the engineering problems associated with turbocharging for traning...
Forum: Rotorheads
23rd May 2018, 07:01
Replies: 380
Views: 77,178
Posted By rotorfossil

I haven’t met an ideal training helicopter and...

I haven’t met an ideal training helicopter and I’ve flown most oft them. The 300 is the only one designed as a trainer, but is now too slow and the pitch attitude changes with speed are untypical....
14th Feb 2018, 07:19
Replies: 92
Views: 55,271
Posted By rotorfossil

Because of possible confusion between erect and...

Because of possible confusion between erect and inverted spinning, all aerobatic aircraft should have a turn and slip NOT a turn coordinator. Roll in the same direction as turn needle - erect spin,...
4th Feb 2018, 06:53
Replies: 29
Views: 3,399
Posted By rotorfossil

Feature tracking works OK when there is good...

Feature tracking works OK when there is good visibility. It falls down when the vis is poor or it’s raining etc, not uncommon in the UK. Unfortunately it can become a habit because nav is rarely...
28th Jan 2018, 06:45
Replies: 46
Views: 24,122
Posted By rotorfossil

Doing Aeros in a Vampire T 11 over a quiet bit of...

Doing Aeros in a Vampire T 11 over a quiet bit of Norfolk ( I thought ) with my student. As we came over the top of a loop, looked forward to see the Lightning’s of the Firebirds ( the RAF aerobatic...
27th Jan 2018, 07:18
Replies: 92
Views: 55,271
Posted By rotorfossil

Robrob. Unfortunately Iíve thrown away my old...

Robrob. Unfortunately Iíve thrown away my old T67A POH copy but I donít remember it mentioned anything other than the standard full opposite rudder/move stick forward technique. Because of the long...
26th Jan 2018, 07:14
Replies: 92
Views: 55,271
Posted By rotorfossil

I flew a T67A. A different aircraft in many ways...

I flew a T67A. A different aircraft in many ways to the T67M’s but the same horizontal/vertical tail configuration and additional rear CofG traps for the unwary. It seemed to me that if the aircraft...
Forum: Rotorheads
26th Jan 2018, 06:20
Replies: 16
Views: 3,251
Posted By rotorfossil

It was my experience that manifold gauges are not...

It was my experience that manifold gauges are not the most accurate instruments having observed differences of up to 1” MAP in static readings between individual aircraft in the fleet. This partially...
8th Dec 2017, 06:05
Replies: 5
Views: 1,827
Posted By rotorfossil

You need to get the ground speed to zero and...

You need to get the ground speed to zero and avoid hitting the tail.
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