Why are you flying Helicopters ?

Rotary Wing, Rotor Craft and Helicopter discussions.

Moderator: Moderators

hugo_visser
Tree Tousand
Tree Tousand
Posts: 3460
Joined: Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:16 pm
Location: Petit Airport FARA ( Benoni )
Has liked: 0
Been liked: 6 times

Re: Why are you flying Helicopters ?

Unread post by hugo_visser » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:32 pm

Yes I have been there, with a wind tunnel and 4 nissan 1400 car engines and home made wood propellers to supply the airflow. Also bumped into my show ski friend there Brett Peach who designed a ski board that could disassemble and pack it in your backpack. Very interesting uncle leading the team there.
Hugo.
User avatar
newbie
ATC Delay
Posts: 118
Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:45 am
Location: Port Elizabeth
Has liked: 1 time
Been liked: 2 times

Re: Why are you flying Helicopters ?

Unread post by newbie » Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:38 pm

I have always wanted to fly (growing up in an army bases and seeing/hearing Impala's, Alo's and Puma's most days, it is not hard to believe that a small boy would be "star struck" by these larger than life machines).

So I never got to go to the air-force, but ended up in "chivy street", ending up owning my own business, which then afforded me the opportunity to go for my PPL(A) in 2016. The idea in 2016 was to use my new PPL(A) to fly to all the small little towns to go do business, but I ended up not flying again for a very long time and the flights that I did do was mostly up and down the coast to keep my license current - spelled "VERY BORING".

This year I wanted to "expand" a bit on my flying knowledge and looked into microlights and all sort of others - but I went for an introduction flight with John Huddlestone in the R22 and I was hooked - I should be finishing my PPL(H) during December now and then want to go on to CPL(H) - not for work or career opportunities, but to learn more.

Would like to own a Gazelle in the future, but looking at an R44 to first build up some hours/skills.
In a calm sea every man is a pilot — John Ray, English Proverbs, 1670.
PPL(A) 13/01/2015
PPL(H) 17/12/2018
User avatar
Jack Welles
Too Tousand
Too Tousand
Posts: 2764
Joined: Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:15 pm
Closest Airfield: FACT
Location: Muizenberg
Has liked: 9 times
Been liked: 34 times

Re: Why are you flying Helicopters ?

Unread post by Jack Welles » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:47 am

newbie wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:38 pm
I have always wanted to fly (growing up in an army bases and seeing/hearing Impala's, Alo's and Puma's most days, it is not hard to believe that a small boy would be "star struck" by these larger than life machines).

So I never got to go to the air-force, but ended up in "chivy street", ending up owning my own business, which then afforded me the opportunity to go for my PPL(A) in 2016. The idea in 2016 was to use my new PPL(A) to fly to all the small little towns to go do business, but I ended up not flying again for a very long time and the flights that I did do was mostly up and down the coast to keep my license current - spelled "VERY BORING".

This year I wanted to "expand" a bit on my flying knowledge and looked into microlights and all sort of others - but I went for an introduction flight with John Huddlestone in the R22 and I was hooked - I should be finishing my PPL(H) during December now and then want to go on to CPL(H) - not for work or career opportunities, but to learn more.

Would like to own a Gazelle in the future, but looking at an R44 to first build up some hours/skills.
Good luck with your flying. I flew with John for some ratings when he was starting out (after leaving SAAF) at Grand Central. Pleasant fellow. Helos are addictive \:D/
Jack Welles (thriller_author pen name)
https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Welles/e/B073VJQTTX
Eddie Haynes-Smart
Textbook - "The Lore of Negotiation"
http://www.loreofnegotiation.com
User avatar
Wonko the Sane
Tree Tousand
Tree Tousand
Posts: 3888
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:23 pm
Closest Airfield: Wonderboom
Location: Centurion/Luanda
Has liked: 28 times
Been liked: 4 times

Re: Why are you flying Helicopters ?

Unread post by Wonko the Sane » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:27 am

I think this sums it up for me...
IMG_0335.JPG
W
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
I don't care what you think of me! Unless you think I'm awesome - then you're right, carry on!

My flying is not that bad....I've never left one up there..

Andre Dethioux (temporarily in Angola...)
RPL (MR)
excolonial
1k poster
1k poster
Posts: 1783
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:09 pm
Closest Airfield: komani
Location: East Jalalabad on the Straits.
Has liked: 0
Been liked: 0

Re: Why are you flying Helicopters ?

Unread post by excolonial » Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:02 am

Many and repeated encounters with helicopters throughout my life:

- I watched them fly over with troops dangling their legs out and waving
- Regular public displays of incredible skill by these pilots, the immediate nature of watching them fly as they hover or hover taxi close up
- The sound of a huey beating the air into submission as it roared overhead
- watching alouette gunships work over the distant bush with 20mm from out hostel roof, then having them land on the school field, gloves on visors down after the action.
- going for an intro lesson with the world freestyle champion, and flying under the branches of fir trees in a forest.
- NYC from the air
- Heli skiing in Alberta

The list goes on and on, then you actually try to do it, and man what a shock, it is damned hard to hover the machine, it can and will turn the most mild mannered among us into swearing frustrated wrecks, until it finally clicks.

As for the flying, the levitation followed by transition into forward flight is simply a pleasure.
The older I get, the more I am convinced that "A Confederacy of Dunces" is non fiction.

Return to “Rotor Wing”