In case of crash I stand good chances to end up in kebab form.
Pascal Chretien, Aerospace Engineer
For some reason, the French have always been good at helicopter “firsts.” This new milestone cuts another notch in their aeronautical belt as engineer Pascal Chretien went from drawing board to working prototype on an all-electric helicopter in less than twelve months. Granted, the prototype is little more than a Helicycle, but it hovers and hasn’t disintegrated into a million pieces yet (as tends to be the case with a lot of early helicopter models). Sikorsky is still working on a more traditional model that utilizes the familiar cyclic/collective/pedals combination rather than the weight-shift option Chretien has opted for (as well as one that can lift more than 180lbs one foot off the ground), but it’s interesting to see where this technology goes–especially in this era of skyrocketing fuel/carbon costs and increased noise-abatement requirements.
Read the full story here (via EAA News)
FINALLY!!! Someone came up with a practical mission for the R-22!
Best I can determine, from the limited information, is that either the T-6 didn’t clear his flight path before taking off or the R-22 crossed the departure end despite the radio call. The T-6 may have not even made a call. I’ve had an encounter from a similar situation with a Flightstar that didn’t announce its intentions and took off CBDR into my approach path!
For note, that wasn’t the only encounter that I–or anyone else–had with that particular Flightstar at that particular airport.
A sneak-peek at the experimental X-49 Speedhawk designed by the late Frank Piasecki along with links to other record-pushing helis. No, the V-22 Osprey (read: “Flying Death Trap”) doesn’t count.
Another fun quip heard over 124.55:
TOWER: “‘Copter One-Hotel-Gulf, cleared for the option. Use caution. Traffic is a golf cart chasing a stray dog northbound on runway two. Advise in sight.”
ATARI: “One-Hotel-Gulf has the traffic in sight. No factor.”
This is the, no kidding, actual exchange when I was returning to Eastman today:
TOWER: Cessna Four-Hotel-Gulf, traffic is a helicopter approaching right downwind. Make LEFT close traffic. You are clear for takeoff.
CESSNA: Roger, left close traffic and clear for takeoff. I have the helicopter in sight. Four-Hotel-Gulf.
TOWER: Copter Two-Hotel-Gulf, use caution, you’ve got a bird off your left about 11’o-clock.
ATARI: Roger, tower. I have traffic in sight. ID is a crow at 12’o-clock. I have a shooting solution, permission to engage?
TOWER: Negative, Two-Hotel-Gulf, I think he got the message. Looks like he’s bugging out. Your orders are to return to base. Repeat, DO NOT ENGAGE.
ATARI: Wilco, Tower. Turning right base. Two-Hotel-Gulf.
TOWER: Two-Hotel-Gulf, clear to land
Couldn’t get the override for ground school because I may not have the prerequisite for the class by fall: my instrument rating. It’s stupid.