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12th Sep 2010, 05:24
Replies: 568
Views: 277,094
Posted By Rigid Rotor

Bl**dy Alarming!!

:sad: If even half the posts regarding the flying environment in AI Express had some element of truth in them, it all adds up to some extremely alarming stuff!! I do hope the CoI recommends...
9th Sep 2010, 14:26
Replies: 568
Views: 277,094
Posted By Rigid Rotor

@ Mountain Bear - I agree with you on that one -...

@ Mountain Bear - I agree with you on that one - what we are getting are 'leaks', calibrated, deliberate or otherwise. From what I can gather – that as of now it appears to point to an HE landing...
9th Sep 2010, 04:19
Replies: 568
Views: 277,094
Posted By Rigid Rotor

The Deccan Herald report says that the crew...

The Deccan Herald report says that the crew attempted a 'go-around' with only 800 feet of runway remaining.
9th Sep 2010, 04:16
Replies: 568
Views: 277,094
Posted By Rigid Rotor

@ aditya104 Aditya104, your remark's totally...

@ aditya104 Aditya104, your remark's totally uncalled for. I served under the Air Marshal long enough to know that he is a sharp and meticulous professional. He has this sixth-sense sort of...
9th Sep 2010, 03:46
Replies: 568
Views: 277,094
Posted By Rigid Rotor

More info from the CoI

Check out this article in today's Deccan Herald --Pilot was asleep before crash: Black box data (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/95131/pilot-asleep-crash-black-box.html)
Forum: Jet Blast
23rd Jun 2010, 13:36
Replies: 32,733
Views: 1,213,106
Posted By Rigid Rotor

Then there was this priest named Bings...

Then there was this priest named Bings...
Forum: Rotorheads
28th May 2010, 14:49
Replies: 7
Views: 1,228
Posted By Rigid Rotor

Check out my reply in the Flight Test section -...

Check out my reply in the Flight Test section - reproduced here for convenience--

You mentioned metal fatigue - was that the findings or just an informed guess?

If the metal analysis report...
Forum: Rotorheads
25th May 2010, 15:33
Replies: 925
Views: 272,640
Posted By Rigid Rotor

Re- controlling the prop torque- - The closest...

Re- controlling the prop torque-
- The closest example we have for inference is perhaps the AH-56 Cheyenne – I understand it did pretty well and had achieved a dash speed of around 210 Kts during...
Forum: Rotorheads
24th May 2010, 17:21
Replies: 925
Views: 272,640
Posted By Rigid Rotor

Could you elaborate on #2 & #3?:confused:

Could you elaborate on #2 & #3?:confused:
24th May 2010, 17:03
Replies: 568
Views: 277,094
Posted By Rigid Rotor

ManaAdaSystem – you are quite right about some...

ManaAdaSystem – you are quite right about some terrible controlling by Indian civil ATC controllers – I remember a recent air-test in a helicopter at a small civil airfield – we were climbing to FL...
Forum: Rotorheads
24th May 2010, 15:42
Replies: 925
Views: 272,640
Posted By Rigid Rotor

you're right on that one CEFOSKEY - I wonder...

you're right on that one CEFOSKEY - I wonder whether the Osprey or any other tilt rotor with all that additional complexity and possible failure modes will ever reach the serviceability & reliability...
24th May 2010, 13:44
Replies: 3
Views: 3,169
Posted By Rigid Rotor

You mentioned metal fatigue - was that the...

You mentioned metal fatigue - was that the findings or just an informed guess?

If the metal analysis report indicates a fatigue fracture, its then certain that the cross-tube had weakened due to...
Forum: Rotorheads
24th May 2010, 12:04
Replies: 925
Views: 272,640
Posted By Rigid Rotor

@CEFOSKY-That would be assuming 100%...

@CEFOSKY-That would be assuming 100% serviceability for conventional helicopters, which definitely is not the case!
-typical serviceability would be in the region of 75-80%.
24th May 2010, 08:16
Replies: 5
Views: 2,925
Posted By Rigid Rotor

@Jetsreams – “Because the next time a shady...

@Jetsreams – “Because the next time a shady foreign pilot from strange country with a dubious qualification or medical history crashes a plane in India, you and I could actually be on it.” – you seem...
24th May 2010, 06:27
Replies: 568
Views: 277,094
Posted By Rigid Rotor

A Chopper Driver's Perspective---

Just a few points from an ex-military Chopper Driver from the Land of Heat and Dust-
- Even if the procedure for Mangalore is an arc-DME approach, with a possibility of starting high, (if) the...
Forum: Rotorheads
3rd Mar 2010, 13:39
Replies: 925
Views: 272,640
Posted By Rigid Rotor

What are the vibration levels?

What are the vibration levels on the X2? With all that hinge-offset, how have they managed it? I remember the early flights on a prototype hinge-less rotor with 14% offset (without vibration dampers...
Forum: Jet Blast
1st Jul 2009, 13:42
Replies: 493
Views: 71,092
Posted By Rigid Rotor

Chances of FDR recovery appears bleak

30 days are now over - the battery that powers the 'pinger' in the FDR must be running low. Chances of recovering it from now on appear pretty bleak!
Forum: Tech Log
12th Jun 2009, 01:48
Replies: 4,594
Views: 2,850,763
Posted By Rigid Rotor

Here's an excerpt from an article in CNN on-line...

Here's an excerpt from an article in CNN on-line by Kieran Daly:

"An iced-up Pitot tube deprives the pilots and the aircraft's automatic systems of airspeed information, making the aircraft much...
28th Mar 2009, 13:24
Replies: 117
Views: 63,766
Posted By Rigid Rotor

@Sternone - its been almost two years on ! Made...

@Sternone - its been almost two years on ! Made up your mind yet? And which watch did you finally choose?:p
Replies: 109
Views: 20,158
Posted By Rigid Rotor

How true! I have this now rather battered Citizen...

How true! I have this now rather battered Citizen Promaster Wingman VI - a good and rugged aviators' watch with analogue and digital displays. Also has a fairly accurate E2B 'whizz-wheel' - the...
Forum: Rotorheads
13th Mar 2009, 13:31
Replies: 925
Views: 272,640
Posted By Rigid Rotor

Any reason why the ducted pusher-prop variant...

Any reason why the ducted pusher-prop variant XH-59B (which was a natural follow-up to the 59A) was abandoned ?:confused:
We have lost about 35 years as a result of that decision !

- And now we...
Forum: Jet Blast
13th Mar 2009, 13:10
Replies: 135
Views: 6,265
Posted By Rigid Rotor

@ Ace - I agree, there's no way the Apollo...

@ Ace - I agree, there's no way the Apollo missions could have been faked - some of the reasons I believe are:-

- The scale of the project was very, very vast- there were far too many agencies...
Forum: Jet Blast
11th Mar 2009, 03:08
Replies: 135
Views: 6,265
Posted By Rigid Rotor

How about the 300 + kgs of moon rocks ? And...

How about the 300 + kgs of moon rocks ?
And NASA saying that it would be impossible to keep such a BIG secret for so long.:=

But then we also had that cryptic speech by Neil Armstrong in 1994 -...
Forum: Rotorheads
8th Mar 2009, 13:11
Replies: 925
Views: 272,640
Posted By Rigid Rotor

Thumbs up @The Sultan (post 333) - what sort of flapping...

@The Sultan (post 333) - what sort of flapping hinge equivalent offset are we looking at ? Would it be in the region of about 50% of rotor radius given the fact that the designers appear to be...
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