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Old 11-18-2012, 01:12 AM   #21
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The #1 reason to like fixed gear.
#1 reason to like HELICOPTERS that have landing SKIDS!
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:38 AM   #22
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Okay, I'm guessing the tires must be filled with helium.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsIzCqAQOck&feature=related
I watched a pilot do that in Vacaville CA years ago. He was flying an Air Tractor crop duster that was being used as a tow plane for gliders. The wind was blowing straight down the runway with enough speed that he needed no forward motion to speak of in order to maintain flight. It was pretty cool.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:55 AM   #23
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My dads old plane with a good headwind would not quite do that it was a stol 701 with a 100hp

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BAD move stopping the engines.

Commentary was absolutely full of useless BS, you won't "spin" the engines off the mounts.

The insurance company owns the plane, and will rebuild the engines.

I also would suggest he should have had slightly higher angle of attack at the landing. Good job of control on the runway.

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#1 reason to like HELICOPTERS that have landing SKIDS!
What is a helicopter, but thousands of parts in close proximity to each other, creating something so ugly even the earth repels it?

True story, friend of my parents was a helicopter pilot in nam. His wife dragged him kicking and screaming into fixed wing flying. He to this day won't even go near a fling wing. Made a comment that he better be totally unconscious if the hospital sends a helicopter after an accident.
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Fixed wing aircraft use the natural flow of air produced by forward motion over the wing foil in order to produce lift and induce flight much like that of a bird.

Helicopters beat the wind into submission.

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All true, but remember-

A skilled fixed wing pilot can land most light aircraft on a golf course.


A skilled rotary wing pilot can land most helicopters on a tennis court.

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True but how often are tennis courts or golf courses directly under you a skilled sport pilots can glide to a landing spot rotary wing drops.

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True but how often are tennis courts or golf courses directly under you a skilled sport pilots can glide to a landing spot rotary wing drops.
A non-powered landing is called auto-rotating in a helicopter and a skilled pilot can land as light as a feather. I have been in a helicopter for an auto-rotation landing before and it was quite a thrill. If it doesn't work out so well it is a crash.
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Yea we just had a police chopper auto rotate to the ground in a cemetery helo destroyed pilots in the hospital. Any day any time if I had to choose a dead stick landing it would be a airplane every time.

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