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Old 05 April 2005, 11:19   #11
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You've been listening to the hardboat brigade too much. Next time you're out in a chop, ram it into reverse, fill your rib up to the gunnels and note how stable it becomes. Then try the same in a hard boat and note how fast it takes you to swim ashore. DM
New technique for a confused sea and confused helm; excellent, will try it out whn I do RYA level 2!!
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. . . not fogetting that the US has just chosen the British EH101 for the Presidential Flight. (Although they had to rename it the US101 so that no-one over there would notice)

Huge range and payload and lots in service for SAR around the world because of that. Perhaps the USCG will be suitably impressed by their colleagues choppers, so to speak?
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. . . not fogetting that the US has just chosen the British EH101 for the Presidential Flight.
I never felt I could truley trust a helicopter, that a pilot made the first ever parachute jump from whilst the helicopter was heading to the ground faster than planned.
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Old 05 April 2005, 15:24   #14
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You've been listening to the hardboat brigade too much. Next time you're out in a chop, ram it into reverse, fill your rib up to the gunnels and note how stable it becomes. Then try the same in a hard boat and note how fast it takes you to swim ashore.

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You don't mind if I try that in YOUR boat do ya? Just don't fancy it in mine..
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I never felt I could truley trust a helicopter, that a pilot made the first ever parachute jump from whilst the helicopter was heading to the ground faster than planned.
Interesting diversion into the world of helicopters. A mate who works in procurement at the MOD told me that the EH101 was originally due to be called something else - I think he said EH01 to coincide with 2001. A politician mispronounced the title as EH101 during a launch presentation & the name stuck.

My dad was an aerobatic pilot with the RAF in his early days & then moved onto being a helicopter instructor in later years. He always tells me that if you are in a situation where you are running out of air (as in heading for the ground!) it's always preferable to be in a helicopter rather than a plane.

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I was never clever enough to fly, but the way he explains it is like this: If you have engine failure in a plane you have glide down to ground level & try to find a field or road large enough to land in.

In the event of engine failure in a helicopter the blades generally still turn. A pilot can use them like a parachute to execute a controlled landing in a confined space. I was lucky enough to get a demostration of this in a Bristows Sioux helicopter at Middle Wallop when I was a kid. The pilot switched off the engine twice during the flight & demonstrated two different types of engine off landing. I'd like to say that it was an enjoyable experience, but I was too busy shi**ing myself to have fun

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It is called autorotation and it is a must during heli training.

My mate who gives me free lessons in his Hughes actually performs EVERY landing like this - the reason being local villagers were complaining about the noise every time he landed on his helipad next to his house.

As he flies like this ALL the time if an emergency did arise who better to get out of it?
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How not to fly a Helicopter...

http://helihobby.com/videos/crash6.wmv

I think he should have done his Level II Powered Helicopter course

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Even better!
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