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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:08 pm    Post subject: How long does it take to inflate yer floats? Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:39 pm    Post subject: floats... Reply with quote

Looks like another case of "Don't let your friends play with the controls".

Very costly play time. hahahahaha

Imagine if someone was standing OVER the skids!

They could always flood the hangar and it won't look so bad.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:41 pm    Post subject: Re: floats... Reply with quote

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Imagine if someone was standing OVER the skids!


Hmm, paints a picture of a dude being catapulted right out of the hangar! Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:12 pm    Post subject: R44 Float Inflation Test Reply with quote

The R44 Clipper II (G-RWEW) I'm training on will have just done the same thing!

Its all part of the Annual Inspecton for its CofA renewal - from what I understand the floats have to be test fired and then recharged/re-packed.

I've asked my instructor to film the event as there are several of us trainees that will hopefuly never have to activate them, and besides none of us can afford the several Łk bill to put them back in!

To be honest I'd like the techs to leave them inflated for a while and go see what difference in handling they give etc, given the only time you're likely to need them is when things have err gone a bit screwy...
Surely its the worst possible time to get un-expected handling or dynamic effects to increase the workload.

Hopefully the annual will be completed this week and I'll be able to log some more hrs (In between all the dodgy weather)

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jeff,

I flew a Clipper II with fixed floats for about an hour and to be quite honest I found it handled fine. I believe you lose a few knots (seem to recall a figure of around 10kts?) off the maximum speed but other than that hovering felt completely normal and landing and taking off was fine too.

The hardest part about flying a machine with the floats popped out is getting in and out of the darned helicopter!!! They're kind of big!

I bet the engineers have fun on that part of the annual inspection. Laughing

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