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Old 02-02-2010, 07:03 AM   #4051
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I saw that he we from Ontario, but asked about the U.S. because that's where I'm from and don't plan on flying helicopters in Canuckistan anytime soon

The pic just made me think of asking.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:42 AM   #4052
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I saw that he we from Ontario, but asked about the U.S. because that's where I'm from and don't plan on flying helicopters in Canuckistan anytime soon

The pic just made me think of asking.
When I was down in Pennsylvania doing some training with Haverfield, those guys would land the 500 almost anywhere. At the hotel, restaurant, wherever.
I suppose if there is noting that says you can't, then you can.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:11 AM   #4053
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The Mid-Atlantic Helicopter Assoc. Newsletter used to list a new "helo-friendly" restaurant each month - so for the next few days there would be several helos at those sites for lunch.

Permission and Fly Friendly were the basic rules. Skirt checks optional!


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Old 02-02-2010, 11:05 AM   #4054
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Cry Those are some terrific shots accumulated here.....

Just poking around on here and admiring some of the extremely fine photography.

After 10 years and over 7000 hrs of wrenching on S/N 61704 I packed it in last year. Another 4000+ hrs of keeping BO-105CDN's flying was included in there. Prior to that was far too many years on Beavers, Otters, Cessna's and Beeches ..... Beechus? Beechie? Let's just say Beech 18's. All bouncing around on floats from one side of Canada to the other. The best thing about my aviation career was that at the end of it on all my aircraft, landings equaled takeoffs.

I managed to meet the famous Kaumajet during his stint with the evil empire (aka Transport Canada) and he has some photo's of my Big Red Pig on page 155 of this thread.

It was with mixed feelings when I left the industry. Sure, the chief base pilot and the company chief pilot were weasels you couldn't trust as far as you could throw them. The higher ups in the maintenance section weren't any better. But most of the front line people were great to work with and be around. Vardy always came across as a straight and honest guy ...... something that company sorely needed and was welcomed.

I made some terrific friendships at that organization and those are the people I miss. What I realized as I flew out of Prince Rupert to begin training for my new job was that all the knowledge of troubleshooting accumulated over the previous decade was slowly going to fade away....that was a tough one to swallow.

Luckily my new company has quite a selection of stiff and fling wing hardware so I'll be swinging by the hangar to check it out. And there are 3 airports in my new neighborhood flying a mixture of vintage, trainer and high performance metal. I figure it may be time to go back and start working with them again just for the fun of it, like it was back in my younger days.
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:18 PM   #4055
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City restrictions would be a good start. Permission is another. Lastly not breaking any of the CARS (low flight over built up areas)
Keeping the controversy goin...


The small bird. I can't believe I used to wear shorts flying.



I got to take this little birdy for a quick drive one day.. Pretty sweet.
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:12 PM   #4056
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That a 427? Those are as rare as rocking horse shit.

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Keeping the controversy goin...


I got to take this little birdy for a quick drive one day.. Pretty sweet.
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:52 AM   #4057
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I'm on time off right now, but the boys in Terrace are dealing with some strange weather on the job. Funny how skiing will give you good and bad weather at the same time.

Beautiful day.



But how do you get home?

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Old 02-03-2010, 11:09 AM   #4058
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:35 PM   #4059
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I'm on time off right now, but the boys in Terrace are dealing with some strange weather on the job. Funny how skiing will give you good and bad weather at the same time.

Beautiful day.



But how do you get home?

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Old 02-03-2010, 02:47 PM   #4060
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But how do you get home?
Got ILS?

Seriously though.. whadda ya do? Squeak down a hole? Follow a hillside?
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:36 AM   #4061
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That a 427? Those are as rare as rocking horse shit.
Yep. One of very few in Canada. Sexy as frak.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:04 AM   #4062
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Anyone else here headed to Heli-Expo?
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:12 AM   #4063
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But how do you get home?

Can you fly GPS to directly over your home base waypoint of known altitude and obstructions and then make a vertical decent through the cloud layer? Sounds like something a helicopter ought to be able to do, but I dunno.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:57 AM   #4064
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Can you fly GPS to directly over your home base waypoint of known altitude and obstructions and then make a vertical decent through the cloud layer? Sounds like something a helicopter ought to be able to do, but I dunno.
Nah, we have to stay visual at all times. On days like this one you have to find a valley that has a break in it and get under the layer then follow the drainages home. Problem is that with three groups it can take a while and the valley that you used once may not be open the second time.

It's a headache.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:59 AM   #4065
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Yep. One of very few in Canada. Sexy as frak.
Vardy took me out in one of those years ago. Pretty cool bird.
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