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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 10:56 pm    Post subject: Training Machines... Reply with quote

Just curious about which types other student pilots are learning to fly in...

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be interested to hear if any of you guys out there are happy with the helicopter type you're training in, or if you feel the need to convert to another machine to get a better education. Anyone got any ideas?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 11:20 pm    Post subject: R22 - The little power horse!! Reply with quote

Hi there,

Yes, the R22. An excellent machine to learn in.
If you can fly an R22 well then you can fly excellently!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2004 7:33 pm    Post subject: R22s... Reply with quote

Yes, I am very happy learning in an R22. In my opinion it is better to train on a machine which is more challenging. They say if you can fly an R22 you can fly anything! I think it's true - having flown a few other types, I can see the advantages. Besides I like a challenge!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2004 7:39 pm    Post subject: RE : Liking a challenge!!! Reply with quote

I bet that's why you married me then!! Very Happy

I'm not really that much of a challenge though am I??

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2004 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first bird i ever tried hands on , was a.......JET RANGER Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 6:36 am    Post subject: Jetranger Reply with quote

Lucky You!! Smile Smile Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2004 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trained on a 269 with Dennis Kenyon in Shoreham
Now trying to get a conversion finished on to an Enstrom F28F
Just need a few thousand more hours before I can do what he does.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2004 12:36 pm    Post subject: 269 Reply with quote

Welcome Jerry!!

Never flown a 269 before. What's it like?

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Tell me about it! It's going to be long time before I get there - but no worries, we'll get there eventually. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2004 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can only compare a 269 with an Enstrom F28F.
Both Left Seat P1 although i flew a Schweitzer 300CB in the States, Right Seat P1, the difference is quite surprising.
The Enstrom is a Turboed engine, and not as good correlation to that on the 269 and am still struggling with the whole inertia of the bigger aircraft
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2004 6:43 pm    Post subject: 269 Reply with quote

One day I should like to have a go in both of those. I like trying out different types!! Fly mostly R22s at the moment but I have about 3 hours on R44 now, so that'll probably be my first type conversion once I am qualified.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2004 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because I was fortunate enough to be able to learn to fly full-time; I could go anywhere in the country and learn on whichever machine I wanted.

After careful deliberation, I went for the Schweizer since it was primarily designed to be a training helicopter. The R22 wasn't designed for training but personal transport and I had heard (although have not seen reliable statistics for it) that it generally takes longer to learn in an R22 compared with the other SEP helis.

The S300C has a fully articulated rotorhead, is robust, fuel-injected and you can chuck it around the sky. The only disadvantage is that it is SLOW.

I have only flown an R22 once - I'm afraid after the S300, I wasn't that struck with it.

Looking to do a JetRanger conversion in the Spring and want to start my Night Rating.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 12:47 pm    Post subject: Training Machines... Reply with quote

At the moment I can't fly full time, I have too many other commitments, not to mention lack of funds!! But I am getting there slowly. Smile

I have never flown an S300. I would also like to do a JetRanger conversion someday. I have flown about 20 minutes in one, and although the start-up procedure looked mind-blowing, flying it seemed a piece of cake compared to the R22!

I'm sure there's more too it than that though... Confused

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi - I'm learning on a Hughes 300 CBi which i guess is basically a Schweizer 269. I did about 12 hours on an R22 some 10 years ago but it was never too serious and I kept having to buy cars so I could work so the licence got further away. Now though - I've embarked on the pursuit more seriously and began on 4/9/03 - really enjoying it but hate the theory exams.

More later on the comparisons between the R22 and the 300..(from what I remember).

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 6:07 pm    Post subject: Training Reply with quote

Hi Paul,

Nice to hear from you! Where are you training? I am learning at Wellesbourne. Speaking of exams... I have my heli technical in the next couple of days! Arghh!

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