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Any chopper pilots here?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by falcon123, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. falcon123

    falcon123 NES Member

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    My kids got me lessons for my 60th birthday. Was always on my bucket list. Took the first lesson up at Lawrence Airport in N. Andover. Looking forward to more this year.
     
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  2. Jason Flare

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    Did you sell your screen name to someone older?

    I thought you were under 40.
     
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  3. falcon123

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    No. I turned 60 in March.
     
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    I'm afraid of heights and I figured a chopper can fly slow and low. Don't like the idea of crashing into the ground at 600 mph. First lesson we flew at 1000' in an R22 trainer. I asked for an fully armed Apache but they didn't have one.
     
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    only one i knew died in a crash several years ago...no, really.
     
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  7. appraiser

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    when I started flying I asked my CFI about rotor time, he said it was brutally expensive to train, rent, and keep current.

    I can fly 4 hours in fixed wing for the cost of an hour in a R-22,

    If you want to try planes, go over to Eagle East at KLWM, ask for Tim Campbell.
     
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    My Nephew went through the Warrant Officer program to fly helicopters .... he told us on his first flight the instructor reached over and killed the throttle and said to him .... "Ok, now land" ....
     
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  9. PaulR

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    Damn, Hecklerkoch beat me to the punch.
     
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    FYI KLWM is Lawrence municipal airport in North Andover, I assume your not a pilot

    So please don't crash somewhere where we need to find you, I'm part of the Civil Air Patrol there, will be running ES class tonight, maybe I'll teach, how to secure crash site :)
     
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  11. appraiser

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    I have not had my coffee yet, cut me some slack

    I'll make sure my EPIRB is up to date and charged
     
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  12. Spanz

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    just strap one on your back, and you will be good to go!
     
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  13. Greg

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    If I was a chopper pilot I wouldnt be around here. I would be flying my chopper around picking up chicks,going to parties and smoking weed and listening to old school punk rock.
     
  14. LuvDog

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    I took a few lessons at the Marlborough airport before they closed. I’ve thought about getting my license. But North Andover / Lawrence is too far for me to get to regularly.
     
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    For me it was $300 an hour because of my height/ weight. For a total of about 20k by the time it’s over. Maintaining the hours afterward is also expensive unless you get s job which pays you and gives you the hours.

    Dave
     
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    Great fun, but very expensive. I have about 10 hours in as a student pilot, but there's no point in getting a license as I won't be able to afford to fly.

    When I grow up I want to be a helicopter.
     
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    Out them!

    Bang ol' lady, keys on roof, upper decker.
     
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    My grandson (right with his trainer) was commissioned in Army Aviation and graduated helicopter flight school at Ft. Rucker AL. last year then to Ft Hood TX and is now flying Blackhawks in Kuwait. He loves it! image.jpeg

    I'm not a helo pilot and haven't been in a chopper since 1978 in South Korea doing airmobile ops with artillery. We flew in Chinooks and UH-1 Hueys. The fumes from the Chinooks were horrible when behind them on the ground.
     
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    You wont be flying at 600 mph on a Sesna. But I get what you are saying.
     
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    On the 16 yard line, shootin' for the Lewis!

    Dude.... hitting terra firma from ANY altitude is gonna suck.

    Good landing: you an walk away from it
    Great landing: you can re-use the aircraft.
     
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    Since i fly RC large choppers, i will not fly in real ones, since i know how they really are. They are always looking for a place to crash.
     
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    I am pretty sure john f kennedy jr hit 600 mph in a piper....on his last flight to Marthas Vineyard

    :(
     
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    600 feet high maybe, but not mph.
     
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    Inverted dive in a slick twin engined plane, i bet he could!

    Probably mach 0.6 or so
     
  26. Knuckle Dragger

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    I had one helicopter lesson. Polish built Mi-2 and an instructor that didn't speak English. All hand signals and tapping on the airspeed indicator.
    Also was a passenger in a crashed Astar. That was fun too.
     
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    My wife and I got into taking a boat trip and a helicopter trip every time we went on vacation. My first flight scared me like nothing before. It was about 10 minutes into the flight when I realized that I was leaning into the turns just like on my motorcycle. It has been fun ever since.

    One trip, I forget if it was over the "Grand Canyon" in Hawaii or over a glacier in Alaska, we took a leisurely tour of the sites and scenery. When it was time to head back it was like a slalom race down the ski slopes. Fast banking like crazy - it was GREAT!

    I thought about taking flying lessons but it hasn't happened. Yet.
     
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    That's funny 'cause a fixed wing is a lot safer than a rotating wing imho. Slow and low is the most dangerous flying there is, specially in a choppah.
     

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