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Vigor
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2004 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forum name: Vigor
Location : Epsom, Surrey
Local airfield: Redhill (EGKR)


Hello everyone,
My name is Paul and I only have 1 hour trial lesson in an R22 from way back in 1992 that was brilliant, but I did not continue due to the cost that I considered too expensive for a hobby. I am a real "petrol head" and have been fascinated by helicopters since I was a little boy. I was lucky to be brought up in Bayswater, just 1/2 a mile away from Ken. Gardens and regularly had the Queens flight Wessex flying very low over our house and I always looked outside to watch it. Now living on Epsom downs I see helicopters every 5 minutes heading for the Banstead heliroute into London through our conservatory roof and I still take time to gaze at every one.

I have a mad mid-life crisis plan to ditch my current job/career working as a Communications Officer on cruise ships and become a commercial helicopter pilot and instructor. So in February 2005 I will start full-time training at Denham (EGLD) for ATPL(H) and FI(H).
I know it will be a long hard expensive slog and I will need all the support and help that I can get. So I am hoping that all you guys & girls out there will share your knowledge and experiences to help us students and newbies to achieve our dream goal!

Finally, my favourite helicopters are the Bell 222 and the AS365 Dauphin. Most probably because I have seen these close up more than anything else when I was living in Bayswater, in the guise of the Daily Express/Virgin air ambulance (G-HEMS) and the Met. Police ASU/India-99 (G-META/B/C) which are unfortunately no longer to be seen over the London sky. The sight and sounds of these aircraft flying low is an experience on it's own and one that has inspired me to take up helicopter flying as a career - I hope I succeed.

To make up for my lack of experience in the full size heli's, I have been flying model helicopters (scale and aerobatic/3D) for 19 years so it's time to move on to the full size. As they say, the difference between men and boys is the price of the toys.... I can't think of anything much more expensive than helicopters.

Wish me luck & I will chat to you all on the forum soon and eventually meet you all at these wonderful events you go to.


Best Regards,
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all!

Another newbie here.

Matt Unger
Age: 34 (till April)


Me and my son in UH-60 Blackhawk at Rotorfest 2002

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I have been in love with helicopters since age 3, when attending one of my dad's Army Reserve drills, and hearing those wonderful UH-1 "Hueys" come thumping in. Since then the beat of helicopter rotors have been forever etched into my soul.

Since then I have been researching everything I can get my hands on regarding helicopters. I began my training in 2002 in Pennsylvania (N99) and in February of this year I moved down here to sunny Ft. Lauderdale. I restarted my training at Heliflight and had to temporarily stop due to funding. I currently have 7.6 hours logged, with 5.4 hours under Part 141. All but 1 hour in Robinson R-22s and that first hour in R-44.

As soon as I can get a career training loan, I'm going to start up again. Glad to have found a website forum devoted especially to helo enthusiasts.

I look forward to getting to know everyone.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Matt to the Worlds most exclusive club Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thomas Coupling wrote:
Welcome Matt to the Worlds most exclusive club Wink


Thank you...

Just hearing the rhythmic beats of helicopter rotors gets my heart racing. Actually flying is one of life's greatest pleasures (and probably the most expensive, hour for hour). The vibration of the piston engine just gets me all tingly. As WG has said, "I could live up there!"

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooo Nooo we don't do piston Very Happy (Anymore that is)

Tick, Tick, Tick Whoooosh can't be beaten (Turbine of course) Wink

(This will start a fight, mark my words!)

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Despite only around 10 hrs of turbine time it wins everytime!

Not only the sound of the start but the smell of the burnt fuel... hmmm

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 8:54 am    Post subject: Turbines Reply with quote

Couldn't agree more! 0 hours turbine time officially (probably 3 ish not in the log book)!

But even then, the tick tick tick whooosh is fabulous!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 7:45 pm    Post subject: Another newbie! Reply with quote

Name: David Slater

Rank: Hughes 500E wannabe

Currently: R44 Student training from Wolverhampton.

Great site guys & gals!

Makes interesting reading - are there many owners on this site as would like to know more about purchasing R44 or 500E.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum David!! Very Happy

Nice to see another new face! Hope you enjoy reading the posts and resources on the site. Happy New Year!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:38 am    Post subject: Re: Another newbie! Reply with quote

ASL wrote:
are there many owners on this site as would like to know more about purchasing R44 or 500E.


What would you like to know?

There are many many pitfalls of course - but R44 -v- 500E - Chalk and Cheese!

Do you have regular "larger" passengers?
Do you have loads of money?

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600 NOTAR better still Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:00 pm    Post subject: Across the Pond Reply with quote

Hey Gang,

I'm located in California, just moved from NYC. Wanted to be a pilot since I was @ 10 years old, but there's always a hang-up. Crying or Very sad
Working on making the leap to flight school, but as my name implies, it might be a while. Until then, just learning/reading all I can and getting to know folks in the heli community!!

CHEERS!
Scott

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Welcome to the forum WhenPigsFly! Very Happy

To upload your avatar, you need to go to the "profile" section of the forum. If you have any trouble PM me and I will upload it for you.

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