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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:11 am    Post subject: Call me Captain, please. Reply with quote

Hi,

I would just like to share the wonderful news with you that i've completed my studies, passed all exams, and I now hold a commercial helicopter pilot license. I'm broke but I do feel like I have finally accomplished a feat that has elevated my life and my spirit. Now I'm getting pissed. :D
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations, Captain.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, Captain!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done old chap. Captain chap I mean.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can I go for a ride?

By the way, I hear Saudi ARAMCO is always hiring, and you might get some good experience dodging sandstorms and bullets, too! :lol:
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BoneKracker wrote:
Can I go for a ride?

By the way, I hear Saudi ARAMCO is always hiring, and you might get some good experience dodging sandstorms and bullets, too! :lol:


Sure, next time you're in Australia, let me know, we'll go flying!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Der Kapitän!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roger roger. Congrats.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

petrjanda wrote:
BoneKracker wrote:
Can I go for a ride?

By the way, I hear Saudi ARAMCO is always hiring, and you might get some good experience dodging sandstorms and bullets, too! :lol:


Sure, next time you're in Australia, let me know, we'll go flying!

I'll be in Sydney for a week next month (approx. Dec 9 - 15). What part of Australia are you in?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BoneKracker wrote:
petrjanda wrote:
BoneKracker wrote:
Can I go for a ride?

By the way, I hear Saudi ARAMCO is always hiring, and you might get some good experience dodging sandstorms and bullets, too! :lol:


Sure, next time you're in Australia, let me know, we'll go flying!

I'll be in Sydney for a week next month (approx. Dec 9 - 15). What part of Australia are you in?


Melbourne, come down for a day and I'll take you up 4 a spin. Get another person with you if possible (works out cheaper). The going rate for 1 hour in Robinson 44 (4 seater) is $900, without a pilot. One Melbourne city orbit works out to about 0.6-0.7 of an hour. I can't make any money until i'm employed, so I won't be making anything.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations, captain petrjanda! :D
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations! Awesome achievement. It was a dream I'd had once before realizing it was even possible.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

petrjanda wrote:
BoneKracker wrote:
petrjanda wrote:
BoneKracker wrote:
Can I go for a ride?

By the way, I hear Saudi ARAMCO is always hiring, and you might get some good experience dodging sandstorms and bullets, too! :lol:


Sure, next time you're in Australia, let me know, we'll go flying!

I'll be in Sydney for a week next month (approx. Dec 9 - 15). What part of Australia are you in?


Melbourne, come down for a day and I'll take you up 4 a spin. Get another person with you if possible (works out cheaper). The going rate for 1 hour in Robinson 44 (4 seater) is $900, without a pilot. One Melbourne city orbit works out to about 0.6-0.7 of an hour. I can't make any money until i'm employed, so I won't be making anything.

Aw, dude. I thought we were talking about a free helicopter ride. If I'm going to pay for it, I'll pay somebody who has more than zero hours of commercial experience. I wouldn't want to crash into that spire at the Arts Centre or something. :P
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like I said, that's the price of renting a R44 helicopter without a pilot. Surely you do realize how silly you sound - as if im going to pay for your ride.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flying is cirrus business. Get your head out of the cloud.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

petrjanda wrote:
Like I said, that's the price of renting a R44 helicopter without a pilot. Surely you do realize how silly you sound - as if im going to pay for your ride.
If I had $900 and a trip to Australia, I'd also make it worth your time. Someday I plan to visit, but no idea when that will be.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

petrjanda wrote:
Like I said, that's the price of renting a R44 helicopter without a pilot. Surely you do realize how silly you sound - as if im going to pay for your ride.

What? No Schweizer 300s? :lol:

Yes, I understand. I was just busting your balls, Captain. :P
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What? No Schweizer 300s? :lol:

Yes, I understand. I was just busting your balls, Captain. :P


I've got a 300 endorsement too, just don't like flying it. The 44 has got air conditioning :P
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

petrjanda wrote:
BoneKracker wrote:

What? No Schweizer 300s? :lol:

Yes, I understand. I was just busting your balls, Captain. :P


I've got a 300 endorsement too, just don't like flying it. The 44 has got air conditioning :P

I've heard the 300 is like flying a lawn-mower with wings.

I've never been in a small helicopter. Not that it "counts" from a pilot's perspective, but I've ridden hundreds of hours in a UH-1, dozens in a UH-60, and a handful in a CH-47. Most of it was open-door, tactical military operations. Plenty at night, with the pilots using night vision goggles (which is scary if you know how poorly they can actually see -- you can fly right into a power line and never see it, and it's often impossible to pick out the horizon). The only commercial helicopter flight I can remember was a brief trip in a Bell 400-series.

I envy you. I've always thought flying a helicopter would be buckets of fun (as long as you can rely on your maintenance people). Soon you'll be getting paid to do it. :)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gawd, that's significantly more expensive than it is in the US, which is still too expensive for me. I'll stick to the ones where the wings don't go round & round. My operating cost for my 170B was under $80/hr, including maintenance reserves and the cost of capital. Congrats, captain! :D

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

congratulations. I hope you have a rewarding career.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chopper pilot... that's some kind of euphemism, right?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mcgruff wrote:
Chopper pilot... that's some kind of euphemism, right?

Only if you think cock jockey is a safe bet. :P
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BoneKracker wrote:

I've heard the 300 is like flying a lawn-mower with wings.


The 300 is loud. It's louder than the 44 and some bigger helicopters. Although it doesn't have hydraulic actuated controls, it's quite controllable.

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I envy you. I've always thought flying a helicopter would be buckets of fun (as long as you can rely on your maintenance people). Soon you'll be getting paid to do it. :)


It sure is lots of fun!

The testing officer wanted me to fly briefly at 120KT(cruise speed is at 100KT though), 50 Feet above trees over a contouring terrain. I don't think I ever flew that quick so close to trees. It left me wondering if he wanted me to fly so fast so close to trees so that we get "in and out" of the danger zone as quick as possible or that if we crash for whatever reason, it will be a quick and painless death. Still wondering about that! :lol:
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John R. Graham wrote:
Gawd, that's significantly more expensive than it is in the US, which is still too expensive for me. I'll stick to the ones where the wings don't go round & round. My operating cost for my 170B was under $80/hr, including maintenance reserves and the cost of capital. Congrats, captain! :D

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Thanks, I suppose more moving parts in helicopter means more maintenance, higher cost.
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