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Old 01-17-2013, 06:35 PM   #5656
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Overspeed protection sent an eronious signal to the fuel shutoff valve. The A/C only had 1005 HRS and was a 2010 model.
I know generally that's the way that aircrafts are evolving, but I hate having a computer between me and the helicopter controls. I've seen R-K glass cockpits literally melt and malfunction in 45 deg heat, seen computers shutdown engines due to erroneous feedback, seen multi million dollar twins unable to start due to one crappy transistor on a circuit board, etc. Lots to be said about steam gauges, push/pull cables/rods etc... but I am old (fashioned)...
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:52 PM   #5657
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:45 PM   #5658
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Helicopters R Us

Seeing those Cobras brought back an old memory or two. This Cobra, one of "the Rebels" out of Phu Loi, RVN, helped us out of a tight spot:


Here are a few Hueys inserting troopers of the 2nd Bn. of the 28th Infantry Regiment:


Here's a resupply slick bringing a hot lunch to on Christmas Day, 1969:


Here's a Huey pilot you could count on when things got "sporty:"

He's gone, now, but not forgotten by our team.

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Old 01-21-2013, 09:47 PM   #5659
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Powerful photographs. Thanks for sharing



Edit: just read the ride report in your sig line. AWESOME.

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Old 01-25-2013, 02:30 AM   #5660
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:46 PM   #5661
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I heard this while filming in Newfoundland last summer . . . best story in a long time.
My buddy in the LongRanger told me that some local pilot in South America who was crop dusting happened to be talking to a Bell engineer from Texas.
He complained about the location of the ambient temp probe that sticks out above the windscreen a few inches.
The engineer asked him what the problem was . . .

He went on to explain that the wirecutter kit on his machine was working just fine but . . .
" everytime I hit wires it always snaps the temp probe off so maybe BELL could find a better location for it ! "
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:25 PM   #5662
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Kinda whiney though.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:22 PM   #5663
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The engineer asked him what the problem was . . .

He went on to explain that the wirecutter kit on his machine was working just fine but . . .
" everytime I hit wires it always snaps the temp probe off so maybe BELL could find a better location for it ! "
Old pilots and bold pilots..... just sayin'
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:49 AM   #5664
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I love winter ops
You get up close with mother nature



Travel to exotic spots



Dress up your helicopter in nice quilted pajama's



Blow sweet nothings in her ear to wake her from a long winter nap



Give her lots of TLC and encouragement to take on the days challenges



And hope the natural and artificial windchill don't freeze you solid



I don't know what the windchill is with a temp of -35C and the downwash off the main rotor but it is f&%king cold
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:34 AM   #5665
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I love winter ops
You get up close with mother nature



Travel to exotic spots



Dress up your helicopter in nice quilted pajama's



Blow sweet nothings in her ear to wake her from a long winter nap



Give her lots of TLC and encouragement to take on the days challenges



And hope the natural and artificial windchill don't freeze you solid



I don't know what the windchill is with a temp of -35C and the downwash off the main rotor but it is f&%king cold
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:06 PM   #5666
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I know nothing about helicopters and snow...

Can someone please tell me what's going on with the blankets and the hot air hose (I assume that's what it is) thingo... I'm thinking it's to keep things warmer than if they weren't covered and the hot air is to warm 'stuff' up.

But a more technical answer would be better
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:17 PM   #5667
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:58 PM   #5668
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The engine and gearboxes have small electric heater pads attached to them. These are plugged in overnight and the covers help to keep the heat in and the wind and snow out. The heater and hoses blow hot air to help warm things up when it gets really cold. I think it was -35C the morning I took the pictures.

If you have to work on the machine you try and aim the hoses at what you are working on so your hands don't freeze up quite so quick. It sucks when you put a wrench down and pick it up and it freezes to your hands.

Even the synthetic turbine oil gets pretty thick at these temperatures without preheat.

On the plus side no bugs.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:04 PM   #5669
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I don't know what the windchill is with a temp of -35C and the downwash off the main rotor but it is f&%king cold
What model helo is that?

I've been beneath a CH135 during takeoff in Labrador in around -30C...it instantly went to a windchill of about -700C...

Would've been this one or a hangar-mate...

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Old 02-02-2013, 07:46 PM   #5670
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I love winter ops
You get up close with mother nature


Travel to exotic spots


Dress up your helicopter in nice quilted pajama's


Blow sweet nothings in her ear to wake her from a long winter nap


Give her lots of TLC and encouragement to take on the days challenges


And hope the natural and artificial windchill don't freeze you solid


I don't know what the windchill is with a temp of -35C and the downwash off the main rotor but it is f&%king cold

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