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Recent VR Forum Posts
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Iam tasked by my organization, to prepare a proposal for overhaul of 2x MI 171, owned by my organization. i have no prior experience. needs assistance.

Friday, April 12, 2024

What methods are people using , GPU, to start their engines ? I dont see any talk about that here.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Looking for a Bell 47 Heater kit number 47-706-650

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

would anyone be interested in buying R66 footwell mounts that hold your device and keeps the mount off your screen? please see attached image

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

With your flying experience you'll likely do very well in flight school. The hard part will be adopting the Army mentality. You're almost to where you are done paying for ratings. You're almost to a point where you can get yourself a good job. You'll most likely be sitting in whatever seat you want before you'll be even halfway through your Army commitment. It's going to take you at least 2 years to work your way through the Army training pipeline, maybe more depending on how long your packet takes. Then 10 more years to complete your commitment. So from right now you will be at least 12 years down the line before you'll be free again to take your life and career where you want to go. 37 years old. Consider also that signing up for the Army is signing your life away. Full stop. You are committing to sacrifice your life in service to your country. That should scare you a little bit. OK. Shifting gears. A couple weeks from now will be the 15th anniversary of when I left home for the Army. I was 20 years old and had been working on my PPL for a few years, while working the flight line at FBOs. Couldn't afford community college, couldn't afford flying, and wasn't doing well at either. The recession was in full swing. All I wanted to do was fly. WOFT was my answer. I've had a great career so far. I'm now flying airliners, which is where I wanted to be when I started flying almost 20 years ago. I enjoyed the Army, grew so much as a person, was afforded opportunities I didn't have, I made memories, friendships, saw the world, etc. I have a ton of pride in my service. I am a much better pilot because of my experience than I think I would have been without it. There are days I miss the Army. To wrap this up. WOFT is a huge commitment. To be successful you're going to have to embrace it and forget about civilian life for a decade. Like, don't even think about it. The airlines, living at home, whatever. They should not be on your radar at all. You will be an Army Aviator and only an Army Aviator. If you think you can do that and enjoy it, then go for it.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

I'm an old guy, I learned to fly in the Army, 1968. Flew the TH-55, (Hughes 269 I believe). Then Bell 47, called the TH-13 because it had the huey instrument panel, for instrument training. Then the UH-1H and UH-1C in Vietnam, later the OH-58 AND Blackhawk. I've never got accustom to spending a great deal of cash as the Army didn't pay much. So since the basics of helicopters is about the same, I'd start with the R22, maybe not glamorous but half the price to learn to fly, then move up. That's what I'm doing with my grandson who wants to follow his grandpa, high school to Army flight school. Just want to make sure he's ready, my first flight was holding onto that TH-55, WOW, not easy! Love to hear from you young guys learning to fly. Congratulations....go for it.

Friday, April 5, 2024

I'm abit of an anomaly here. I am really wanting to become a mustering pilot. Yes I am currently jumping through the hoops of Casa Medical and nearing the end before they decide if I can have a class 1 approved. I'm 50yrs old. I have an above knee amputation. I still work and walk etc like everyone else but with a slight limp. I have worked on stations in my younger years so I understand outback living and working conditions. How cattle move when mustering on horseback and motorbike. I don't have any connections in the industry as I currently work as a Pathology Collector. Would I get a chance to be offered work out on stations once I got my CPL Helicopter license's and all other requirements or would I be seen as a high risk? I've talked to Casa and they cannot give me any definitive answers. I have spoke to operators and flight schools but I thought i would see what pilots would suggest on here? I appreciate all advice and comments. Thank you

Friday, April 5, 2024

Looks the same as in an S-76, apart from the metal guard over the transmit trigger.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Anyone ever start a tour company from scratch? Whats that process like? Im assuming that without a huge amount of capital youd need to take out a fairly hefty small biz loan, lease the aircraft and go through the process of becoming a part 135 operator, what else am I missing? I live in a fairly scenic area and have been kicking the idea around in my head