Helicopters R Us

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

  1. Kaumajet

    Kaumajet H.I.D. Positive

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    I hear ya. I spend some of my early adulthood running heavy equipment. Trying to get a V12 Deutz twin-turbo running at -35 is not small feat. :lol3

    This was our drill camp at Swampy Lake Manitoba in the winter of 88. What a shithole. Minus 30 to minus 40 every day. Some of the drillers didn't wash for two months.

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  2. Loadedagain

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    deutz, eh?.......

    the ship i did my apprenticeship on had deutz power. great big jesus inline eights. 500rpm peak... huge horsepower... like a few thousand. when it got cold in rupert, or where ever we were. they were "special" to start.

    first you had to hand pump oil pressure. that in itself could take hours if it was really cold.

    while that's happening you're pumping up air pressure.

    pop the injector breaking pressure over to "drool" rather than "squirt".

    once you have both air and oil you give the big turbos (24" turbine inlet) a wee shot of ether and yank the starter. ... if she hits on one hole she's probably gonna go.... knock, knock, bang, knock, knock, bang...... and she hammers away for about an hour or two. don't let her get above 100rpm, or the oil pressure is gonna break something.

    use the warm water from that first engine to heat up the oil in the other ones (3 mains, 2 auxilliary, and 2 generators)... and they will start a bit easier.

    if she didn't fire with that first tank of air... it's gonna take a while to get this shit going... took about a day to get things up and running in cold weather. what fun!

    especially fun when you have to warm up engines with propane tiger torches just to take oil from a solid state to a liquid.

    god i miss that shit.
  3. Kaumajet

    Kaumajet H.I.D. Positive

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    :nod One of the best jobs I ever had.
  4. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    My scanner is busted. :cry
  5. Kaumajet

    Kaumajet H.I.D. Positive

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    That blows.

    I don't have a scanner. I was using the one at the office :cry

    You've had the digital for a while - you must have some more stuff to share??
  6. slideways

    slideways permanent ex-pat

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    Makes me appreciate my job that much more.

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  7. Kaumajet

    Kaumajet H.I.D. Positive

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    That's mean :cry

    Name that mountain and win a prize.

    Hints
    - picture taken early summer
    - one of the tallest vertical drops on Earth
    - used in the opening scene of The Spy Who Loved Me, where James Bond skied off the mountain and opened his Union Jack parachute

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  8. Wild Man

    Wild Man Escape Artist

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    Mount Asgard, Baffin Island.

    Would love to see it in person! But I don't have the stones or skills to try and climb it.
  9. Kaumajet

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    Ding ding ding ding.

    It's awesome - one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

    I tried to land on the edge of one of the towers to get a rock sample for a Parks Canada geoplogical survey but couldn't find anywhere that wasn't covered in glacier on the upwind side. That whole east coast of Baffin, especially just north of Broughton Island, is spectacular.

    Must buy scanner.
  10. CroMag

    CroMag Gelande Sauté It

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    Those pics are unbelievable. Jeebus, it makes motorsicklin look boring. Almost. I think I see a new adventure looming...

    Post more pics, please.
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    slideways permanent ex-pat

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  12. Wild Man

    Wild Man Escape Artist

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    I saw the pics in National Geographic a couple years ago when a team of climbers ascended the face. :eek1 Unbelievable scenery.

    It's definitiely on my list of places to see before I die.

    I did get the advantage of flying all over the hawaiian islands for a few years (Na Pali Coast, Waimea Canyon, West Maui mountains, Windward Coast of Moloka'i, Big Island's volcanic areas). Got some cool pics and video (sort of like the helicopter arrival scene near the waterfall in Jurassic Park). Beautiful areas too, and I'll bet a tad warmer!

    Just got to get it on the scanner, or converted to digital format... one of these days.
  13. Photog

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    The shop across town had a 500D; at that point we had a JetRanger 206 (bIII?) after the A-star went down.

    Damn, that 500 was agile.

    One day our pilot spotted the 500 as both shops were chasing the same story. The 500 is off our 11 o'clock and about a mile ahead.

    The 500 scoots off like it was poked with a cattle prod, and our guy drops the nose of the 206...and the chase was on.

    I've never seen so many needles buried in the red.

    Never even came CLOSE to the 500. :cry I don't think it broke a sweat.

    :lol3
  14. Kaumajet

    Kaumajet H.I.D. Positive

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    There still isn't anything as agile as the 500. The 407 comes close, and is faster, but I still think the 500 will outmanoeuver it.
  15. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    Pictures of pictures.

    The 500 was the only machine that was small enough to get between the power lines, tight work. I didn't like it much. Do I look nervous?

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  16. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    I don't care how many times that power line stuff has been explained to me.

    IT ARE INSANE.

    :eek1


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  17. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    Self taught mountain flying course, very expensive.

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    Looking down the longline window of the Astar B2.

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  18. Kaumajet

    Kaumajet H.I.D. Positive

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    Mountain courses are expensive for a reason. They didn't think we needed them in Labrador because we didn't have any mountains :rolleyes

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  19. Loadedagain

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    who? what? when? where? why? :ear
  20. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    Holly shit :eek1

    That's some rough looking terrain. Top elevation of what?, about 6000?