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  1. davidb

    Question about reading glasses and passing the medical

    Drug store reading glasses are good. You are just proving you can see good enough to pass the exam with corrective lenses. The AME cares not what they are nor where you got them. Your medical certificate will state the restriction, “must have corrective lenses for near vision.” You don’t...
  2. davidb

    Static thrust

    Here’s a prop pitch question as it relates to altitude. I have a Rotax 914 (turbo) with a ground adjustable prop. I am happy with the takeoff, climb, and cruise performance with the current pitch setting. However, I recently did some high altitude takeoffs and discovered the engine would...
  3. davidb

    Still breathing!

    Been social distancing in the SeaRey.
  4. davidb

    Still breathing!

    Replaced by the passenger shortage.
  5. davidb

    Still breathing!

    By September we’ll be able to better predict what the passenger airlines’ futures will be. Right now a ten year lull in hiring is a reasonable prediction.
  6. davidb

    Artificial Horzion

    Do they still make turn coordinators?
  7. davidb

    No one can explain WHY planes fly...

    Where do we find air with that much resistance? I’d like to avoid that place.
  8. davidb

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    This. After talking with a few helicopter pilots, I am willing to accept that inadvertent IMC in a helicopter is different and more challenging than in a fixed-wing airplane. The dual rated pilots I’ve talked with all say spatial disorientation/vertigo is a much greater threat in a helicopter...
  9. davidb

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    FWIW, I’m hearing several experienced helicopter pilots saying it is very difficult to transition to instruments when inadvertently entering IMC. There’s plenty of cases of fixed wing pilots succumbed by vertigo and spatial disorientation in similar circumstances. Apparently the control...
  10. davidb

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    It was typed words. Without facial expressions, eye rolls or vocal inflections, we should take the words literally. “I find it hard to believe” can mean just that. It doesn’t mean he is necessarily calling you a liar. Others took that as an opportunity to provide more information to make it...
  11. davidb

    Why so expensive??

    I’m not seeing anyone involved, employed or invested in SeaRey getting rich off the customers. They spend virtually nothing on marketing. If their price is too high it’s probably due to inefficiency rather than greed. I imagine it’s hard to increase efficiency when demand is low. There’s...
  12. davidb

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    Yeah, but that didn’t happen. Perhaps you could explain why you perceived he seemed condescending.
  13. davidb

    GoFly event

    Anyone planning to go to the GoFly event the end of February at Moffett field? https://goflyprize.com/final-fly-off/
  14. davidb

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    I’m hearing the pilot was the Chief Pilot of the company. Certainly he was not some inexperienced kid. However, if the part 135 Operator was only certified for VFR operations, it’s likely this pilot wasn’t proficient or current for IFR even if he had the rating.
  15. davidb

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    His goal was to get someplace specific. We don’t know if any IFR option would achieve that goal. I’m sure the pilot felt some pressure to get it done. Hindsight says poor judgment.
  16. davidb

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    The pilot was an experienced instructor and highly regarded. We should not write this one off as pilot error. An operation like this should require two pilots. One pilot should focus on trying to progress visually. A second pilot should be on instruments and ready to perform an IFR escape.
  17. davidb

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    Part (b) Class G Airspace, Paragraph (1) Helicopter. A helicopter may be operated clear of clouds if operated at a speed that allows the pilot adequate opportunity to see any air traffic or obstruction in time to avoid a collision. The high speed and high rate of descent (if accurate) indicates...
  18. davidb

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    Right, and helicopters aren’t restricted to one mile visibility while on a special VFR clearance.
  19. davidb

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    This. I know nothing of helicopters but I just chatted with a guy who is a highly experienced helicopter pilot and is quite familiar with the area and the type of operation they were performing. Apparently special VFR is extra special for helicopters. His take is they were attempting to...
  20. davidb

    S-LSA downsides

    No doubt but this aircraft is also available as a kit. If one wants to simply remove and replace a strut, the part and procedure already exists.
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