Tag Archives: helicopter

The Quest for the 300-m.p.h. Helicopter

via Wired

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.

Helicopters Are Different From Planes

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Some of my old instructors and their thoughts watching Jerry Airola deliver a seminar for prospective students.

More Tower Speak

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.”

Tower Speak

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

Flying Tomorrow

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.

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Things Are Looking Up

Just what the doctor ordered, right? Better mindset can fix a lot–as will your financial aid coming through finally.

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First Solo Cross-Country Flight

Well, I did it! I flew 86 nautical miles straight. All by my self.

I flew my first of three solo cross-country flights: Kennesaw to Cedartown to Cartersville to Canton and back to Kennesaw. Nice day, except that it was too damn hazy. Interestingly, though, it happened to be cool enough that I could cruise about 100 kts (very fast in an R-22) thanks to the denser air today.

Night flights coming soon!

Then Stage III Check and Private Practical Exam.

“Helicopter One-Three-Eight-Sierra-Hotel, please state your intentions….”

“I’d like to enter the pattern, sir, to do touch-and-go’s”

“I already gave you clearance to take off from the taxiway, but you said you were unable to comply!”

“Yes, sir. I am a student pilot and our policies and procedures strictly forbid me from taking off or landing on taxiways.”

“Roger, stand by….”

Such was the tone of my second solo flight today. One fun new trick after another thrown at me from the tower boss at McCollum. Apparently, though, I was more composed than the tower during my flight–according to Greg (who was flying patterns behind me) and Marcus (who was monitoring on a hand-held radio).

“Copter Eight-Sierra-Hotel, have you made your crosswind turn yet?”

“Affirmative, tower, I’m–uh–actually on the downwind, following that Cessna like you told me to.”

“Oh, I see you now, just–uh–continue your downwind following that Cessna.”

“Wilco, following the Cessna. Eight-Sierra-Hotel.”

This guy is the Air Traffic Control Tower manager. At least it wasn’t “Darth” in the tower today (he was controlling ground).

“Darth,” however, is a subject for a whole ‘nother set of stories.

FIRST SOLO!!!!!!

0.5 solo hours! w007!

Also, Marcus says I’m the most confident solo student yet (Lonnie and Travis were scared shitless while I was like an old pro) “Why couldn’t you fly like that on your stage check with Cody?” Why indeed. d0ub13 w007!

3 requirements down: FAA Written, Stage 1 Check, First Solo. 7r1p13 w007!

Things of note:
1. Helicopters behave much differently when you solo.
2. There is a reason for the minimum solo pilot weight. You will find this out by looking at my weight and balance for the flight.
3. Bring ankle weights for next flight.

Photos to come.