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Old 04-23-2016, 11:43 AM   #81
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I love to fly...but I just don't trust any airplane that has wings that go round & round (Sorry Flyboy)

I'll take a little Pitts S1A any day!

you know though you can auto-rotate a whirly and bring it down in less space than a plane...

auto-rotation is scary but interesting to be a part of.. (instructor I was with auto-rotated the chopped to demonstrate... though we disnt land that way.. he just wanted me to see how it acted)...

granted I only had a few lessons and never finished.. but i felt a heck of a lot safer in a whirly than I did the first time I hopped in the seat uneducated..

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Old 04-23-2016, 03:15 PM   #82
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After that I spent 18 yrs as a commercial pipefitter/welder, plumber, sheetmetal HVAC mechanic for a 43 year old company that closed the doors at Christmas 15 so now I am doing commercial fire sprinkler piping which is all good and fine. I lost a few dollars an hour but I ain't in charge of 40+ men 11-13 jobs anymore so I am enjoying my freedom (piece of mind over money) but I did lose access to a full sheetmetal fab shop and a full weld shop but hey that just means I have to be more creative and dumpster dive the jobsites more often.
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I worked at Sears for 20 years in the stock room, then ran a lawn service for a few years where I did all the equipment repairs. Around then we bought a fixer-upper house with the intention to flip it and, since I'm good with tools (and cheap) I learned plumbing, electrical, drywall, masonry, etc. That led to a job at a home for abused kids where I learned the commercial side of building maintenance and also set up and managed their computer network. The interesting part of that job was outsmarting the kids, who, as it happens, didn't have much respect for their cottages. My record was replacing 15 broken windows at 3am one night. I also got into woodworking and built quite a bit of our furniture.

All that led up to a used shuttle bus and a very fun conversion (and we never did flip that house).
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Old 04-23-2016, 06:44 PM   #84
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I worked at Sears for 20 years in the stock room, then ran a lawn service for a few years where I did all the equipment repairs. Around then we bought a fixer-upper house with the intention to flip it and, since I'm good with tools (and cheap) I learned plumbing, electrical, drywall, masonry, etc. That led to a job at a home for abused kids where I learned the commercial side of building maintenance and also set up and managed their computer network. The interesting part of that job was outsmarting the kids, who, as it happens, didn't have much respect for their cottages. My record was replacing 15 broken windows at 3am one night. I also got into woodworking and built quite a bit of our furniture.

All that led up to a used shuttle bus and a very fun conversion (and we never did flip that house).
interesting, just notice what your bus is.. I just rode one of them still in service last night coming back from the airport.. the parking lots down here run a lot of aerotech busses..

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Old 04-25-2016, 02:29 PM   #85
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I've stayed at a Holiday Inn Express, too... (Snicker)
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Old 04-25-2016, 03:48 PM   #86
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sounds pretty exciting to me!! but then I have trouble getting a chopper off the ground... at least it always feel like a tense few seconds until I get it pointed forward and some airspeed... oh then I gotta land.. yeah it gets real exciting .. and im sure the instructor I had when I took a few lessons had more patience than anyone I know as he let me spin around in circles and finally land the thing rather than take over...

fun stuff!!

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Yeah, flying straight and level is always the easiest part. But taking off and landing are the toughest even in a fixed wing. With helicopters hovering takes the longest to learn, approx. 25 hrs. on average before the light bulb finally comes on and you can say to yourself "ok, I got this now". While hovering you are performing 8 different inputs all at the same time with your hands and feet. That takes practice for the brain to comprehend. And the bad thing is you have to know how to hover before taking off and when landing.

Autorotation is the only thing that keeps you alive when the engine quits and is really not that hard as long as you maintain enough forward airspeed to keep the main rotor blades spinning and creating lift.

Tango, no offense taken.....lol. On paper they are not supposed to fly and have the glide ratio of a brick. With metal spinning against metal the maintenance has to be perfect with little room for error. I don't blame you one bit for liking fixed wing aircraft better
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I'm with Tango. The military choppers in my aviation unit felt just like you were riding in the back of a pickup truck.
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Hey Flyboy --- I have enormous respect for chopper pilots. For having both the skills necessary to keep'em in the air...and the brass to get in them to begin with!

I think I just saw too many of them fall down and go boom during that Vietnam thing to ever really trust'em.

And Roger the landings showing what you got. The Navy pilots use to razz the Air Farce boys with...

"Hey...anybody can stick a landing on a runway that's sitting still!"
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I dont know how anyone can land on a bobbing moving runway... esp a chopper...
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What did I do would be more like it. I do still teach at the academy----

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