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The Classroom / Re: Is it too late to switch rotor wing?
« Last post by spudster on October 12, 2015, 10:56:07 PM »
Thanks for the tip!
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The Classroom / Re: Is it too late to switch rotor wing?
« Last post by G-man on October 11, 2015, 04:21:37 PM »
Go straight to helicopter---you will need the hours anyway.
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The Classroom / Is it too late to switch rotor wing?
« Last post by spudster on September 20, 2015, 08:13:11 PM »
So, I have a little over 9 hours of flight time towards my PPL for fixed wing (almost had a chance to solo, but seasonal work called me away). I'll be returning back to my home in NYC the middle of next month and plan on resuming where I left off.

This season I had many opportunities while working at Mt. Rainier to watch our contracted AS350B do its thing. I also got to see even more helicopter work while cutting contingency line by the Stehekin airstrip (6S9). I think what really flipped the switch in my brain was watching a Skycrane dropping water while standing by on a hillside in Chelan.

I already purchased a groupon for an intro helicopter lesson for when I get back, just so I can see if I will enjoy it. If I happen to love it, would it be best to finish my fixed wing PPL, or switch tracks and go for rotor wing? ::knockedout::
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General Discussion / Re: Life Through Your Camera
« Last post by spudster on September 20, 2015, 06:14:49 PM »
Well, I figured I'd see if I can prod this thread back to life a bit. I am a photographer by hobby and figured I'd share some photos from my adventures!  :D

I'm going to start with some photos from my 2 weeks digging contingency line in Stehekin, then a crazy 30+ hours in Chelan last month.
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Aviation related topics / Re: RIP firefighters
« Last post by Baradium on September 19, 2015, 05:23:45 AM »
The forest service seems to love throwing their weight around.   Like what they did with the air tankers.   The career bureaucrats seem to really enjoy that type of power, especially since they feel nothing can be done about it.   I hope the time is approaching for them to get a reality check.
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The Classroom / Re: The scary part begins.
« Last post by Baradium on September 19, 2015, 03:19:45 AM »
If you're willing to go anywhere, then there plenty of places to go.  I'm not sure about warmth being easy unless you don't mine crazy hot...
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There I was... / Re: POST A PIC OF YOUR RIDE !!
« Last post by Jean Loup on August 29, 2015, 07:49:59 PM »
My favorite ride in FS 2004 "a Century of Flight" ::cowboy:: This is the Tante Ju that flew me from Pamplona to Madrid in January 18 of 1950: my 7th. birthday & 1st. aircraft ride (because I was dying ::banghead:: ). But I survived  ::loony::
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Aviation related topics / Re: RIP firefighters
« Last post by Ragwing on August 25, 2015, 04:04:24 PM »
The U.S. is in the midst of one of its worst fire seasons on record with some 11,600 square miles scorched so far. It's only the sixth-worst going back to 1960

As the state's wildfires burned into the record books Monday exceeding 400 square miles, calls for help were answered from far and near.

Fire managers from New Zealand and Australia arrived to contribute to a ground campaign led by firefighters from across the West and augmented by U.S. soldiers and for the first time, untrained civilian volunteers from the 4,000 volunteers.

Since 1987, active duty military personnel have been mobilized to serve as wildland firefighters a total of 35 times. The last time was in 2006.

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Aviation related topics / RIP firefighters
« Last post by Ragwing on August 20, 2015, 04:27:58 AM »
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TWISP, Wash. -- The Okanogan County Sheriff's Office confirms three firefighters have died and three to four more have suffered injuries as raging wildfires advance on the towns of Twisp and Winthrop in north-central Washington.

A Spokane Fire Department spokesman confirms the firefighters who died were with the U.S. Forest Service.

 
http://www.nwcn.com/story/news/local/wildfires/2015/08/19/okanogan-county-town-evacuated-due-wildfire/31987159/
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