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Recent VR Forum Posts
Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Good evening, I have seen how the Bell heliclopters 412, 407 tailbooms are attached to the rear fuselage with 4 bolts penetrating the closing frames via holes. Bolts are aligned with aircraft longitudinal axis. Basically these 4 bolts are taking tension and shear loads. I wonder if those holes are clearance holes (larger diameter than the bolt, or they are close tolerance holes. Normally when we design interfaces of these kind, we try to do clearance holes allowing some play to account for the tolerance variation in position and size. But for an helicopter that is subject to cyclic loading (vibrations) how this joint stay tight avoiding any fretting or risk of loosening. . Thank you

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Hello all, I had been flying this b-212 helis for long. I encountered a peculiar problem that never eseen before. The heli develops a violent and uncontrolled vibration on short finals at ht of 10 ft, when i eased back the cyclic and come up with collective for a moment. The vibration kept on increasing. I had to go round. On the next approach, the same thing happened. However, this time i could land. This heli had an issue of violent on ground vibration and it was corrected by some work on pitch link.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Hello, Apologies for reviving such an old thread but chief Rutledge are you still doing interviews for LOR? thank you

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Also check on Reddit in r/armyaviationapplicant if you haven’t already.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

I'm an Expat Australian planning on returning and converting my FAA heli CFI to a CASA heli instructor rating. I'm looking for a Class One heli instructor who can do the prepatory training and recommendation for a flight test with an examiner.

Friday, May 17, 2024

If you go to 27.1305 it specifically lists the cylinder head temperature in this section (27.1305 power plant instruments)

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

I got 16000 hours. But my opinion it’s the number of landings in that time. Like I said “it’s my opinion”. I did 12 : 37 hours in a single day with 140 landings. Offshore Thank you.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

I was just talking with a friend about NYC as a sort of Mecca back in the 70's, 80's through the 2000's as a place where there were co-pilot positions aplenty. I worked at Island starting in '82 as a copilot on a Twin Star on a contract with Merck Pharmaceuticals with 150 hrs then switched to NY helicopters on the S58ET's flying to the airports, (JFK, LGA, EWR, and 34th St). Pay was $12K/yr and that was up from about $9K for the Vietnam guys a year or so prior. After that, it was on to Omniflight and the PanAm thing with 222's and the Westland 30, Damin Aviation, a smattering of 135 operators, Trump with S61N's, (I didn't fly the Chinooks), A dozen different airframes, sight-seeing, charter, photo work, airlines, (3). It was a time of opportunity and, from what I'm hearing now, unique in that. I'm not even sure there's much sight-seeing left now. If you have any questions, ask away.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

I have 37,500 hours accident free logged in helicopter. I also have additional time in fixed wings.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Hello my name is Ryan Luellen, currently 28 years old active duty navy. I am applying for the high school to flight school program due to my separation date being next month June 4th 2024. My recruiter and the testing center both told me it would be easier to finish my packet as a prior service member rather than jumping through all the hoops while still being in the navy. I’m currently scheduled to take my test next month and I’m looking to start a dialogue to get letter of recommendation. I’m willing to talk to anyone or if anyone is stationed or knows someone at Joint base Lewis McCord I can drive there and meet in person while I still have base access. I’ve been struggling to find someone so anything helps. Thank you in advance