Hey, a Burgess seaplane! I recognized the picture (and of course, I read the hand written caption).There once, long ago, a time for such a thing.
You laugh, but when all of your F-35 pilots are in POW camps because big navy doesn’t care about CSAR and HSC is busy hauling mail from boat to boat...it will dauntless citizens in their rifle-armed light-sport-aircraft that will be keeping you safe from the foreign hordes.Ha, tough to maintain AOA when your power inputs aren't to stay on-speed but are for just catching up to the boat.
You need to arrange a special AW “ride day” for some of your groups birds! I’d be there.Spent nearly four hours today in 110+ heat with no shade pulling out the ECU from an AH-1S. Fuselage has been stripped. Could hardly lean against it it was so hot. When I got down for a water break or to get guidance, had to gather up all my tools and put them in the shade or they would be too hot to use when I got back. Think I'd prefer racing a hurricane.
Everything operated as Experimental Category? Whats the biggest challenges getting these machines flying as you see it?The UH-1H should be up by September if some outside specialist vendors are on time. The flying Cobra will be down for engine deck delamination for some time. May not get it flying for another year. Big job. OH-6 is a basket case. Will fly in a couple years. Always keeping you guys in mind. Will be cool to have all three in a LZ where I am not the only Navy dude.
We operate in the Experimental Category. We have a waiver to take "donations" for passenger living history flights. Same deal as CAF. The challenge varies depending on the aircraft. Some may be more rough than others. But the common thread is documentation and the FAA. Documents from the Army vary widely depending on where the aircraft came from. And sometimes strings come attached. The Cobra I removed the ECU from yesterday was flying for the Forest Service and had only been sitting outside for a year or so. But USDA made us sign a no flight contract. So we are pulling serviceable parts for our flying Cobra and restoring it in Desert Storm livery for loan to the local CAF museum. If the helo came straight from the government, then it never had an airworthiness certificate. That is a big hurdle. To even attempt it you need full government logs or the cost to validate everything, especially on a helo is too prohibitive, even if it landed without gripes 6 months prior.Everything operated as Experimental Category? Whats the biggest challenges getting these machines flying as you see it?
Is going to an uncontrolled field part of the syllabus? If not, good on ya for giving the stud a good experience.This being the dedicated GA thread, I figured I'd post here. Took a student to KJKA today in a T-45. Tried to get as close to the Dragon splash down TFR as I could hoping to catch a glimpse of something. Every swinging dick that had a Piper, Mooney, or Bonanza had the same idea. Same as every boat owner and every single person on the beach.....it was busy.
It was also a great time flying into an uncontrolled airfield, talking to everyone on UNICOM, and clearing myself to land and taxi. Very challenging flying on a beautiful day on the gulf coast.
Oh, and we didn't see a damn thing.
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