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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Weirdo, Dec 23, 2004.
Old pilots and bold pilots..... just sayin'
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:huh
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
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
yep, you got it in one
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.
"It's no sweat in the arctic"
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...
And then my eye twitch came back.....Thanks
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.
It's opener there
in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.
And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.
THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
You'll be on y our way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.
You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.
I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
can happen to you.
You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.
You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.
And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
is not easily done.
You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?
And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...
...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.
That's not for you!
Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.
With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don't
Because, sometimes they won't.
I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.
And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.
But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike,
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.
You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!
Heat pads like already mentioned.
The hot air into the turbine is to not only to help warm up the oil, but also to melt any ice inside and blow it out the back. Hard ice can FOD an engine.
Hung starts can happen if it's super cold inside too.
On cold days the heaters are used to warm engines and transmissions before the first start of the day.
The routine goes something like this:
Right after shut down you put the blankets and blade covers on and if installed plug the Tanis heaters in. Tanis heaters are basically heating pads that are glued to the cases of the transmissions and other critical parts. Then you place car heaters under the dash to try to keep the instruments from getting too cold and anywhere else you think you're going to need them.
In the morning you get up (in -40 degree temps) and head out to the machine right away and fire up the diesel heater (thing with the hoses (that's running on jet fuel)) and put the hoses under the covers and let her rip, then go back for breakfast.
When its time to fire up, pull the blankets off and remove the hoses and heaters. Ideally when you put the battery busses on the oil temps should already be in the green.
If you were to try to fire up a cold soaked machine you'd blow out the seals and basically wreck the thing. Especially a Bell medium. They like to be woken up gently.
Thanks Weirdo and all the others for the info
Those photos of Hueys are great. I'm glad to see them still in service. Here's one I took in 1970. The back of the picture had "War Zone D."
Preferably with a bit of spooning and some light pillow talk.
Someone asked and the machine in the snowstorm is a EC130B4
Basically a pimped out A Star.
Yup, same airframe (I think same TCDS too), just different composite shell for a cockpit and stuck a fenestron on the tailboom.
The new T2 versions have FADEC and full glass cockpit options.
Enjoying the winter pics!
Our B4's have a Chelton/Cobham flat panel installation. Being made in Texas they don't like the real cold:huh
There's a built in heater in the screens but it can take up to 20 minutes for the magic to appear without preheat.
The B4 has a dual channel FADEC with self contained electronic backup.
Yeah, I guess it's a little cool up there with that white stuff everywhere.
Maybe it's standard now or something. They made a big deal about last year with the introduction on the T2. I was surprised that they didn't offer it before then, but apparently they did.
After much working with and multiple phone calls, sometimes whit 4 people on a conference call - 3 langauges, I was able to get this delivered today, ready to re-assemble for us!
Its an S76C, we also have C++ and probably / hopefully more this year. We are also looking for drivers too, S76, B212, B412, B206, B407, AS350 (and fixed wing DHC6, ATR42 and B1900) - pm me if you interested
I presume those positions are in AUS?