I'm okay with the events unfolding currently
You don't have to be disgruntled to go back to fixed wing. Some of us just went "that was cool. Let's try something else now. Oh, also airlines".Haha I was referencing the TAD in the Texan, but I'm sure I probably exaggerated.
And hey now, not every helicopter pilot is a disgruntled fixed-wing-coulda-been! (EDIT: *realizes he's quoting something posted by an HSC guy*)
No doubt. Even thinking back on the T-6B makes me smile. I'd love to fly that thing now that I (think I) know what I'm doing. Maybe it'd be like a Jetsons car instead of a bull this time...You don't have to be disgruntled to go back to fixed wing. Some of us just went "that was cool. Let's try something else now. Oh, also airlines".
It's an option, and the Navy knows it. It's a good 1-for-1 replacement for the 206. The question is whether you want that or whether you want something bigger like the 407 that allows for more advanced capability and fleet-like training.Never going to happen. Makes too much sense.
Currently, neither the 505 or the 407 are IFR certified.Germane to our discussion - nice detailed review of the Bell 505 JetRanger X
Says a lot about the markets Bell is (or isn't) courting with those models. They're positioning the Jet Ranger X to guard against Robinson eating their lunch on the small turbine market after chasing the more lucrative high end.Currently, neither the 505 or the 407 are IFR certified.
I'm not sure. We follow FAA filing rules in Hornet/Rhino land. The community fought for years to get RVSM certification from the FAA. That cert and RNAV both now have to be certified for every new aircraft software (SCS) release. The certification usually happens sometime during OT, but it can come after fleet release, which always goes over well. "Here's some Gucci new software, oh, BTW, you can't file in RVSM airspace yet..."I was genuinely under the impression that DoD can operate any military aircraft it wants to IFR without getting FAA certification - nor is FAA even remotely consulted. The Army operated UH-1's in US national airspace systems for DECADES, dual pilot IFR - so what am I missing?