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Getting Out With the Helo Still Running
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Would You Get Out of your Helicopter With It Still Running
Absolutely Not
36%
 36%  [ 4 ]
Yes - I have No Problem Doing This
18%
 18%  [ 2 ]
Depends on the Circumstances
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 45%  [ 5 ]
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 8:34 pm    Post subject: Getting Out With the Helo Still Running Reply with quote

There has been a lot of discussion about getting out of a helicopter with it still running.

Would be interesting to see everyones comments on this. And have also added a poll so you can post your vote.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This topic is still running on another forum.

Done it many times, and will continue to do it, depending on the circumstances.

Some of those would be bushfire work (hot refuelling to a minimal fuel carry, to allow a bigger load of water, but refuelling every 45 mins), sling work where a landing to untangle something is needed, powerline work, and some instances on a charter flight.

But! In Oz the conditions include: skids only; a way of securing the controls; staying "in the vicinity of" the machine; having a very good reason to justify it.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Done it many times, and will continue to do it, depending on the circumstances.

Some of those would be bushfire work (hot refuelling to a minimal fuel carry, to allow a bigger load of water, but refuelling every 45 mins), sling work where a landing to untangle something is needed, powerline work, and some instances on a charter flight.


Agree with all that is said here, although, on a charter flight, NEVER with any passengers still on board..

If control locks/friction are used, there is not a problem. Always within reason, IF terrian and conditions are suitable. Not every place you land is a good place for doing it, and wouldn't advise going for lunch while doing it either ..!

(hard to believe anyone would do that, isn't it???) Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny you should mention going for lunch:

On a big bushfire op in 97, there were about a dozen choppers using a gravel runway for a refuel stop, and the bushfire HQ was set up in a caravan nearby. I had shut down and gone for some lunch at the caravan, and saw a B206 idling on the ground.

Came back half an hour later, it is still idling, with the crew sitting under a tree having lunch. They were getting paid by engine time, and picked up another $400 for eating a sandwich!
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