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About ChrisV

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  1. I too am looking to build hours for a possible later life, flying job. And i have found that flying slow is difficult in a J. Because flying faster, seeing more places is way more fun. On a few flights I have pulled back power and comfortably cruised at ~7 GPH.
  2. Welcome aboard. LOVE the paint scheme on that bird.
  3. I recently had a horrible avionics experience. About 5 flights after my annual, my mode C stopped working on my GTX345 that was installed less than a year ago. "Pressure altitude failed" error on the 345. I called the shop that had installed it and they said it was probably the encoder. They had not replaced my encoder when the 345 was installed because the old one worked fine. Quoted me $300 for a new encoder and 3-5 hours labor for a total of $6-800. Because I was on call for work I called a local shop who said about the same thing except they quoted $7-900 and could get me
  4. I always watch and when they try to get the cap back on I stop them and tell them I will do it. Hasn't failed me yet.
  5. They definitely got it off the ground, but you could only tell by the struts flexing later in the video. I was so excited when I saw the title to the video, only to be disappointed after watching it. I have high hopes for the raptor, but doubt it will get over 240kts TAS.
  6. This was a GoPro hero 2 with a ND32 filter. I have tested ND8, 16 and 32 and 32 has looked the best for me. The next time I fly I am going to use the same filter on a better camera.
  7. Still figuring out camera configurations, but here is the first of my 5 videos so far. Let me know what you think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ1E3XPllak
  8. Here is why I disagree with this, and feel free to rip into me if you disagree: by waiting for what actually caused this accident whether it is fuel starvation, medical or a prop falling off, we will only think about that one cause, and one or two solutions. On the other hand, monday morning quarterbacking these accidents, it forces us to think about the different scenarios, however unlikely, that cause various kinds of accidents. I have never considered my prop falling off the airplane on approach before. Probably due to the low likelihood of this ever happening. It is not something
  9. As a licensed (not practicing) Helicopter CFI, I would highly doubt retreating blade stall, settling with power or a nose up attitude caused this. Retreating blade stall - This one is possible if he was at a high airspeed and attempted to duck under one of the lower clouds, but that would be REALLY poor judgement. Not something I would expect of a high time commercial pilot, that close to the ground. Settling with power (ring vortex state) - basically the opposite of retreating blade stall would need to happen. He would have had to get under 30ish (probably lower) knots of forward
  10. All the templates are experimental aircraft, but still a lot of fun to play with. If anyone figures out which template is close to a mooney, let us know.
  11. In my experience, helicopters are poor at flying instruments, mainly because it is a lot harder. Helis are unstable and it doesn't look like this one had any autopilot to help. IMO heli pilots don't train enough because it is so challenging, and expensive. And instructing instrument students is no substitute for flying instruments. Not even close.
  12. Yes. I didn't have any heli actual IMC when I got my heli IR.
  13. Not an answer here, but something I find interesting... the King Airs (A200s) that my company uses were originally approved to 23,000 hours. With additional inspections, Beech cleared them to 30,000. At 30,000 Beech, flat out said NO MORE. They returned stateside with less than 100 hours to spare and the owners said they were going to use them for training right up to 30K hours.
  14. I've not flown a turbine helo, do they have the turbine power lag like turbine planes?
  15. This is the finest C I have seen and I could see paying that much IF the engine was fairly new. It would perfectly fit my mission and my wife's comfort level for many years. Keep in mind that the $125K is an asking price and not necessarily what it will sell for.
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