If you are working in aviation anywhere near a ramp or a hangar, chances are you had to deal with rotor or jet wash at one point or another. Working in a hangar for years, I have noticed that helicopter people in general are more aware of the wind they make than the fixed wing guys. I think it’s because we actually see the devastation we can create because it’s all around us rather than just behind us 😉
Where I work, we not only deal with rotor wash, we deal with A LOT of rotor wash. The Chinook makes the most down-wash of any helicopter I have ever flown. If we forget to close the hangar doors back at the home base when a Hook is landing, it gets more than annoying, it gets exciting! I believe if you landed a Chinook where Chuck is landing his Hughes 500, we’d actually push the hangar door in, even if it was closed. I’ve seen it happen before.
Flying this thing we are trying to be as conscientious as we can trying to avoid getting people angry at us. But even when we land far away on the runway and taxi in, we still make a bunch of wash. And then, just getting the fully fueled 40 ton aircraft rolling again requires quite a bit more wind than taxiing in. It’s tough at small airports and the result is often slightly upset aircraft or FBO owners.
Not sure if Julio is mad at Chuck on this one or more at himself for forgetting to close the door. I guess the lesson with this strip should be: If you fly a helicopter and you see the hangar door open, don’t land next to it!