Helicopters R Us

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Weirdo, Dec 23, 2004.

  1. Vagabond_Explorer

    Vagabond_Explorer Relax_Unwind_Chill

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    What is the interior like? Sometimes I feel like the cheapest Japanese cars have better quality than EC's interior. The AS350 has a plastic roof that caves in when the aircraft is parked outside in 100 deg F heat. The plastic that covers the pillar between the 2 windscreen perspex sags till it hits the instrument panel when exposed to direct sunlight.

    The new energy absorbing seats are more uncomfortable than a wooden bar stool in a cheap hotel in Bangkok. At the hint of the smallest amount of rain, the windscreens or roof perspex or windows or chin bubbles lets water in.

    They are fantastic powerful machines. If only Bell did the maintenance and any Jap car companies did the interior.

    Just some personal experiences on EC's 350's, 120's, 135's, 130's, 355's, 145's, 117's. etc.
  2. EvilGenius

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    I couldn't get close enough to see inside so I couldn't tell ya. Since it's a demo craft I wouldn't be surprised if it was really nice. We do have the capability of putting in really nice seats and interiors, but those are pricey and not much of a concern for most customers I do know what you mean by the regular seats though.

    Dunno what to tell you about the drooping panels. I noticed they're a little thin when I used to prep them for shipping, but some genius though it was a good idea to face our hangar south and during the summer where it routinely hits 100+ for months during that time and I haven't heard of those issues.

    I agree about the maintenance. I love disecting tech pubs that are written in two different countries whose languages I don't speak and have almost totally opposite ideologies about how to setup manuals and what constitutes relevant information. :lol3
  3. GunshipDriver

    GunshipDriver Adventure in Iraq '07!

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    you can take this with a grain of salt.. but reversals at 100' AGL are plenty doable.. but I would reccomend starting with 100-120 KIAS and executing a health pop when trading the airspeed (kinetic engergy) for altitude (potential energy) and then back on the descent when speeding back up. the one caveat I would mention though is being keenly aware of any strange crosswinds or the such which could make for a slightly uncomfortable situation as anytime you are closer to the ground there is that much less room for error.
  4. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    Of course they are doable - and relatively safely - considering you're in the red area for autos most of the time. Hell, the number of them performed in Nam without incident is testament to that.

    As you say, you just have to be really aware of everything.

    jdg
  5. AerialCameras

    AerialCameras Awkward Boner

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  6. fz6kd7

    fz6kd7 Been here awhile

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    Did you do any filming on the vegas strip of this one?

    I seen a red white and blue one and looked like it was being
    Followed by another copter looked like filming etc.. anyway it looked
    Nice
  7. AerialCameras

    AerialCameras Awkward Boner

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    Yep

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  8. fz6kd7

    fz6kd7 Been here awhile

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    I forget what day but i seen it low and south of downtown
    At sunset

    I think you qualify for the cool job award
  9. EvilGenius

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    :clap

    I've done some work for those 130s in the background.
  10. Shadow10

    Shadow10 Been here awhile

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    I'm only slightly insanely jealous of your job and office. Just saying.


    (Any chance of more pics of the bird and the attached picture gathering devices?)
  11. AerialCameras

    AerialCameras Awkward Boner

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    Because embedding from an iPad is not my bailiwick,

    http://youtu.be/HaiNASFPmaA
  12. 42

    42 Bokononist

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    Because I don't know what a bailiwick is.





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  13. UnderNewOwnership

    UnderNewOwnership Thread Slayer

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    Why doesn't the EC175 use a fenestron? I thought that was Eurocopter's 'thing'.
  14. EvilGenius

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    It's more of a French thing.

    That said, my guess would be possibly structural/power limitations with that design? Maybe cost/maintenace reason. We don't use them on our larger aircraft. Not sure why.
  15. ian408

    ian408 Oh? Administrator

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    Today, the City of Santa Cruz said goodbye to two police officers killed while interviewing a suspect. The memorial service was held in San Jose at the HP Pavilion. You can read more here.

    A final part of the service was the missing man formation flown by several different agencies. Here are a couple of shots as they held over the house today.

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    Calstar is one EMS provider.


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    California Highway Patrol
  16. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    Slinging some building materials and equipment off the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier to the Langara light station.

    Bit of a different perspective:


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  17. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    Nice - that is a bit different. Also - loved the first song. Who is that?

    jdg
  18. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    The band is Imagine Dragons :rilla
  19. Daz-o-matic

    Daz-o-matic HOT POOP

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    Cool film, good tunes. Looks like you're slinging a giant bulb of garlic on your first turn.

    Also, nice wheelie skills on the mountain bike! :D



    - Darren
  20. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    Haha, ah yes, my little video library.

    Got to get some skiing in there too.