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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Hello everyone! I have been receiving some mix messages across the board and want to know if anyone has visibility or even been granted an age waiver at 39? I have a Letter of Acceptance from a unit, along with the Sr WOs LoR and the LTCs LoR. Thanks,

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The scale only goes to 80 so either the system is wrong or the scale has been changed. You should be able to get the results printout from the test center.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Which is really weird because I thought SIFT scores only went from 20-80. The computer screen showed me an 86 right when I finished the test, and the army liaison at MEPS confirmed this score for me a little later. My recruiter also saw the score was 86 from his side of things. I know I did good on the test, I've been studying for this thing for over 4 months and felt like I nailed most of it (the math section was harder than I thought it would be, and I had to guess on the last 15 hidden figures questions). Has anybody seen something like this happen before? The test proctor didn't have much to say to me other than "congratulations, you passed," and my recruiter has no idea either. I hope I don't have to retake the SIFT but I feel like people would start asking questions if I were to submit a score outside the range of possible scores. Is there anybody I should reach out to about the validity of this score? Thank you guys, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

HEMS remote lz on a remote highway with limited people on scene. Say, in the Blue Ridge or a national forest when an alternate pickup may be too distant. Have a starter failure, battery, whatever- you have just blocked impeded a significant artery. Mountain highway 2-lane scene, landed on a pullover, starter/gen shaft failed and mechanic hours away. Fortunately, there was room for one safe lane with somebody controlling traffic at each end. Or refueling on a one ship pad.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Well done Cowken, resurrecting an 18 year old thread! I might as well respond, since I'm here. There are many cases where I and others have done this and other cases when you would not. Conditions: 1. aircraft on stable ground 2. aircraft at ground idle with controls locked or frictioned down 3. no hazard to people or property Some cases where you might do it: Landing to attach a long line - you're generally out in the bush and it's a very quick operation Landing in a remote or harsh location - Shutting down the engine here you risk not being able to start it again for battery, fuel manifold, ignitor, start circuit issues. In extreme hot or cold, this could cost you your life. (Some old jet rangers have a hole drilled in the solenoid in the battery compartment with a piece of electrical tape over it for just this problem. Someone would hold down the contractor while you nervously started the engine with a weak battery) Remote refueling - doing a job away from base and you get stuck, job also not completed, because the aircraft won't start again. Probably many more similar situations When don't you do it: With any non-participating people around Just for your convenience or being lazy

Saturday, August 6, 2022

HI, I can't help you directly, as it's not a rotor from anything I've personally flown or seen, but some research from the info you provided does not exclude that it's a Gyrodyne blade, possibly from a RON-1 Rotorcycle. The configuration of the main attachment bolts and the 6 bolt plate on the blade grips sure resembles pictures of its rotor. The BUWEPS reference on the dataplate is a Bureau of Navy Weapons inspection, as you probably already knew. That aircraft was demo'd to the Navy and Marine Corp in the 50's and early 60's. You may be able to contact the US Navy Museum in Washington for more info regarding identification or value. They may even want it. The U-shaped pitch horn attached to the grip may have been an attachment used in blade testing

Saturday, August 6, 2022

I bought an older house a couple years ago. In the barn that came with it we found a blade tucked away in the ceiling beams. At one point a year or so ago, I thought I had identified it to be from a Gyrodyne but I cannot find the information any longer. I don't know much about helicopters in general (beyond the basic physics a high school science teacher would know) especially vintage/antique things like this. Any help identifying, explaining, valuing etc would be great! Or even direction towards resources/other groups that could help! I've attached images. But also put the part number I can make out from the informational tag on the below: Part No. V63-315-700-1-31

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

True...maybe if you get some sort of "class action" going with everyone?

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

adam32 ... the "TT Straps" are not exclusive to Enstroms. They are also used on all 206 Bell Helicopters.

Monday, August 1, 2022

This sucks. Eric Wolf at Airwolf wants the old straps back. He tests them and hopes to increase the life span. He sent me a prepaid shipping label for them. My 480B has been down since February for a hot section. They expect parts in December. Just lost 1 year of the 3 years because the ship isn't flying.