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Subject: Pre flight school prep
 
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michaels214User is Offline
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07/23/2012 5:07 PM  
Hello all!

My name is Mike, I will be attending Mauna Loa Helicopters professional pilot program soon and I was wondering if there are any recommended reading that could be useful to getting some of the basics down.

I understand a book can only take me a fraction of a fraction into the depths of what i have in store for me over the course of the program, but like I said Im looking for something to get me into just some basic knowledge.

I will be devoting all of my time into this program. Im quitting my job and cashing out my roth IRA to live off, plus I have a girlfriend who supports me 110%. I am also fortunate enough to be getting a loan to pay for school - not from a financial institution, but from personal resources.

They train their pilots mostly on Robinson r22's and some time in the 44. I have been doing some research for a bit now, and based off youtube and what not Ive seen some pretty vague intro lessons including startup and takeoff. I want to be able to study some pre flight, startup, and basic controls - as well as some theory behind it all. I want to do this before I start just so I have a slight leg up on the start of the course.

I look forward to talking with you all about it!

Thanks!
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07/23/2012 7:11 PM  
I wouldn't bother with startup proceedures, or using the controls (you don't want to develope any bad habits your instructor will then have to correct)! Learning the pre-flight is rather difficult without actually having the aircraft in front of you!

Try reading the Rotorcraft Flying Handbook, or the Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. They're both free on the FAA website, and they might help you get a head start on some of the concepts?

I'll let someone else beat you up about quitting your job and taking out a loan for this!
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07/23/2012 8:15 PM  
lol yea i know its crazy but I saved money to live off of for the year and the loan is interest free from family.
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07/23/2012 10:13 PM  
I am a perspective Mauna Loa student as well. It looks like you and I might be class mates soon. Unfortunately the GI Bill does not cover the private pilot course so I am doing that part at a smaller school just down the road from their Oahu campus. Their full time instructor is a Mauna Loa grad.

I cannot offer you much as I am in the same boat you are. When I started doing research a few months ago; by chance encounter, I met the owner of Makani Kai Helicopters. He gave me some great advice and the best he gave me was do a couple intro flights before committing. Having flown in 46's, 47's and once in a 53 during my previous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the size of the R22 freaked me out a bit on my first intro. It took most of the flight for me to loosen up my shoulders and grip. Honestly, I didn't get much out of it for that reason. After that flight I had some doubt as to whether or not I could be a pilot.

I did a second one a couple weeks ago and after about 10 minutes or so at the controls, I was able to relax enough to enjoy the flight and actually get a little out of it. We did the straight and level bit out to North Shore, turned and flew down to Waimea Bay and back down to the south practice area. We did more of the flat turns, followed by ascending and descending turns and such. That second intro was the make or break for my decision to change career paths. I am not saying you have to do that but it was good advice that I was given. It might help to answer your current questions and help to ensure you are making a good investment. I also bought the software Mauna Loa has to offer. The Maneuvers guide seems very thorough and has some great cockpit view video and animations. The instructor I was flying with recommends that one in particular to all of his students.

Good luck, Let me know if you need someone to study with. I will be looking for a couple folks for that once RIMPAC ends and I am able to get started.
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07/25/2012 12:41 AM  
Will you be at the Oahu location then? I will be at the one in Kona on the Big Island.
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07/25/2012 12:19 PM  
I will be doing most of it on Oahu. They don't currently have an NVG or Long Line bird here though. I will have to go to which ever campus has them for those 2 ratings.
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