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Old 05-16-2015, 03:18 PM   #161
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A single engine chopper like the one used can't hover at that altitude because if the engine stops, the pilot doesn't have enough speed to do an auto-rotation ( which is the rotor still spinning and preventing the chopper from hitting the ground too hard ).
I asked the pilot of a fire-fighting chopper why there was an "Engine Out" light on the instrument panel. It's because the noise of the rotor turning is louder than the engine. He then explained auto-rotation to me and then demonstrated by turning the engine down to idle, freaking out the junior reporter in the back seat. It's not something you are supposed to do with passengers.
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Loops and rolls.
Just a passenger.
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Old 05-16-2015, 04:24 PM   #163
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Loops and rolls.
Just a passenger.
Gosh .....Wolf never did loops and rolls ....but this was his little J3 ! ( very old slides )
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I actually have a six foot ladder and some low benches in the truck that could pressed into service....
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Old 05-17-2015, 04:08 PM   #166
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A single engine chopper like the one used can't hover at that altitude because if the engine stops, the pilot doesn't have enough speed to do an auto-rotation ( which is the rotor still spinning and preventing the chopper from hitting the ground too hard ).
Even if it is above the danger zone between landing on rotor inertia (very low) and high enough to transition to auto-rotation (the helicopter version of gliding), hovering is still rarely done. It takes more power to hover than to fly forward at constant altitude, and the pilot can't see rearward to watch for collisions. Hovering other than to lower or pick up loads on a winch is mostly for entertainment in TV and movies.

Neighbors of ours have a helicopter which is used for their aerial photography business. They took some photos of a nearby property (contracted by the property owners) and they flew over our house so many times doing this I eventually called them to complain about the noise, even though I like aircraft. They don't hover to take photos, even though they may be above the minimum altitude to transition to autorotation from hover (about 500 feet above ground at our elevation for their Robinson R22).
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Long range weather forecast for Osoyoos

Highs mid twenties, lows touching on single digits. Hardly a rain drop icon on the board. I'll take that.
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:44 PM   #168
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Long range weather forecast for Osoyoos

Highs mid twenties, lows touching on single digits. Hardly a rain drop icon on the board. I'll take that.
Sounds perfect to me too.
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You are going to scare off the Celsius challenged with those numbers.
That's about 78 F as a high and 48 as a low.
Intolerable for shrimp and crab.
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Old 05-21-2015, 11:02 PM   #170
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Long range weather forecast for Osoyoos

... Hardly a rain drop icon on the board.
Heh. I'll fix that. Just watch.
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