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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