Fling Wing

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Jim Hardin
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Fling Wing

Postby Jim Hardin » Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:18 pm

Humor seemed the best place to put this :)

Wife got me a Discovery Flight in a Robinson R44. I have never flown a helicopter although I've stood on the skids a few times...

We both blew the video. I had one on my headset but didn't get it started recording. Wife had a handheld but got out of phase - recording off when you pick it up and recording on when you lay it down. (I have recorded many airshows that way, got quite a collection of feet)

Half hour flight in light drizzle but it was fun! I was actually surprised how easy it was to use the collective for altitude control, did level turns and climbing and descending turns.

Tried hovering but I could barely keep it in the same zip code! Might have to go back and do some more. I can't pass a physical so even a Private Pilot is out to the question. Maybe they'll add Rotorcraft to Sport Pilot :D

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At least I kept the yaw strings on the windshield.

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Re: Fling Wing

Postby ShawnM » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:33 pm

Great pics Jim, I owned an experimental helicopter for a while before I sold it to buy my SportCruiser. Did some training in a R22 and Schweizer 269 and I have flown in a R44 a few times. Helicopters can be a lot of fun and very versatile machines. I do miss it sometimes but I'm much happier with my SportCruiser and its "stuck wing". :mrgreen:

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Re: Fling Wing

Postby bryancobb » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:30 pm

Jim Hardin wrote:... I can't pass a physical so even a Private Pilot is out to the question...


If you held a class III in last 10 that makes you a Basic Med candidate. Congrats on your new experience.

In 1980-86 as an enlisted AMMO troop in the Air Force, I tried to finish college so I could go fly A-10's.

No Joy. My job always wound up in the way requiring me to drop all classes because of a 12 hr/7days a week exercise .

I "SETTLED" and swapped to the Army and went to flying Chinooks. It changed my life. Now I am a helicopter guy to
the core, even though I am realistic enough to realize only rich folks can afford a license.

“If a man is in need of rescue, an airplane can come in and throw flowers on him, and that's just about all. But a direct lift aircraft could come in and save his life.” ~Igor Sikorsky (Per the Sikorsky Archives website.)
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Re: Fling Wing

Postby Wm.Ince » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:51 pm

bryancobb wrote: “If a man is in need of rescue, an airplane can come in and throw flowers on him, and that's just about all. But a direct lift aircraft could come in and save his life.” ~Igor Sikorsky (Per the Sikorsky Archives website.)

“Flying helicopters is kinda’ like masterbating.
It’s fun while you’re doing it . . but you’re ashamed afterwards.” - - Anonymous
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Re: Fling Wing

Postby ShawnM » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:23 pm

Wm.Ince wrote:“Flying helicopters is kinda’ like masterbating.
It’s fun while you’re doing it . . but you’re ashamed afterwards.” - - Anonymous


Now that's funny as hell.........but I'm not ashamed. :mrgreen:


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