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Old 04-13-2013, 08:03 AM   #5836
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:30 AM   #5837
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:52 PM   #5838
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Just been away for the weekend with my bro in his R22. Dawn start Saturday:



Our track takes us over the rugged country of the Urewera National Park, past there we drop into a riverbed for a spot of fishing.



I only get teased by a couple of trout but bro gets a strike pretty quick:



Close to maxing out the lifting capacity of the Robbie



Then we called in at the homestead at our friends station for a cuppa.



It's crazy dry for this time of year. Next we head out the back of the farm to their hunting lodge where some mates are already in residence.



The stags are roaring up a storm even in the middle of the day & the guys already have a couple of deer in hand. The boys head out for an evening fly to chase some deer off the farm. Numbers have been getting to problem levels as feed is tight due to the drought.



Then it was smoked trout & roast lamb for dinner.

Not wanting to have the station's sheep & cattle starve due to deer eating all their tucker the boys selflessly flew off at first light in the morning for another sortie to scare a few off.



They scared a quite a few right into the chiller actually Which was a good thing as my morning hunt involved getting quite close to few deer but none dumb enough to let me shoot them

Then a bit more practice with the sling to recover this stag that Rob apprehended grazing in his crop paddock:



That afternoon we headed back home, a fun & productive weekend.



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Old 04-14-2013, 09:39 PM   #5839
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Just been away for the weekend with my bro in his R22. Dawn start Saturday:



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Old 04-15-2013, 12:50 AM   #5840
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Just been away for the weekend with my bro in his R22.
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Sweet post. You are a braver man than I flying in a R22!
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:57 AM   #5841
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How do you land or take-off a helicopter in absolute and total brownout for a heavy or medium lift category machine?
The Attitude Gyro/RMI, IVSI, and Crew Chief are your friends... wings level, needle straight, 100-200 FPM rate of descent or less.. if you get the "1 foot" call you can start to cushion the imminent landing... that, however, doesn't always happen. A firm but level landing is always much better than a soft roll-over.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:57 AM   #5842
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The Attitude Gyro/RMI, IVSI, and Crew Chief are your friends... wings level, needle straight, 100-200 FPM rate of descent or less.. if you get the "1 foot" call you can start to cushion the imminent landing... that, however, doesn't always happen. A firm but level landing is always much better than a soft roll-over.
Thanks. And the same with powder snow? Land with some forward speed?
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:18 AM   #5843
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Thanks. And the same with powder snow? Land with some forward speed?
While my experience has been limited to brownout situations only.. we are taught it is the same procedures for whiteout... get transitioned to the instrument scan prior to entering ground effect. hence, should you gauges (and crew chiefs) indicate things are going awry prior to touching down you can pull pitch and execute an instrument take off to get away from the deck and try it all over again.

As for keeping some forward airspeed, yes, only enough to help keep the wings level and as the situation/terrain allows.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:16 AM   #5844
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:14 AM   #5845
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Sweet post. You are a braver man than I flying in a R22!
I fly one daily for training, it's a great little bird. Hasn't let me kill myself yet! (But I'm still under 30 hours, so it may still be plotting my demise.)
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:37 PM   #5846
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I soloed for the first time today. What a great time! I somehow managed to, as my instructor said, "keep the spinny side up."
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:00 AM   #5847
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Congrats!

Congradulations!!
Did you notice a change in attitude just before the skids came off the ground?
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:06 AM   #5848
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Congradulations!!
Did you notice a change in attitude just before the skids came off the ground?
You mean the attitude of "if I screw this up, my instructor is covering the controls"?
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:42 AM   #5849
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No, what I'm talking about is the C of G moves with less weight. It can feel like the bird is tipping back slightly, left skid comes up first, then the right.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:19 AM   #5850
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No, what I'm talking about is the C of G moves with less weight. It can feel like the bird is tipping back slightly, left skid comes up first, then the right.
Go get your helmet. I think your sense of humor might still be stuck in it.

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