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Old 16 September 2007, 16:01   #11
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As a commercially rated helicopter pilot there's not a lot to add except that helicopters are generally safe machines, they make the news when they crash because they re helicopters....

The general consensus in the industry from pilots and air traffic controllers who knew him or worked with him was that his 'unique' driving skills were not carried over into his flying - he was a very safe and contiencous pilot.

Been a bad weekend for general aviation with the loss of the Hurricane pilot at the Shoreham airshow too...

RIP one and all...

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Old 16 September 2007, 22:28   #12
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Couldn't agree more.

I get free lesson off a good friend of mine - he has a Hughes/Schweitzer 300 which doesn't look very safe but is actually a joy to fly - it turns out they have one of the best safety records - nice to know.

It also helps that he is an expert at autorotation - because his neighbours have complained about the noise every landing he does is "engine off". If he was ever in an emergency I can't think of anyone I would rather be flying with - he does it every day!!!
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