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Posted: 6/7/2002 8:59:43 AM EDT
With my post yesterday of AT coming up, I thought back to AT 2 years ago and remembered that we made a video that year. I did put a short clip of it up on the web at [url]www.milpubs.com/ghostriders.mpg[/url]

Works best if you let it download all the way before you play it. Imagine all this, and getting paid to do it!  [;)]

Aviator  [img]www.milpubs.com/aviator.gif[/img]
Link Posted: 6/7/2002 9:13:18 AM EDT
Cool video! [8D]

As a fixed-wing pilot, I've always wondered how the Army trains chopper pilots.

Do they just start you off with dual time in something like a Huey, or are there "trainer" choppers like the Cessna 150s of the fixed-wing world?
Link Posted: 6/7/2002 9:44:25 AM EDT
Used to be, they started with ground school, then on to TH-55's, then to Hueys, and then a transition to whatever aircraft they were assigned to fly. Now, they are starting them in OH-58s I belive.

Here is a good link with pics of 55s and a description of a solo. [url]http://www.redtoyz.com/th-55.htm[/url]

Aviator  [img]www.milpubs.com/aviator.gif[/img]
Link Posted: 6/7/2002 9:47:24 AM EDT
Thanks for the link Aviator, interesting stuff!
Link Posted: 6/7/2002 9:56:01 AM EDT
Somebody told me that, while in training, chopper pilots had to wear propellor beanies.  Is this true? [:D]
Link Posted: 6/7/2002 9:56:59 AM EDT
It's all about you isn't it.
Link Posted: 6/7/2002 9:58:06 AM EDT
It's all about you isn't it.
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who pulled your string?  [;)]

Aviator  [img]www.milpubs.com/aviator.gif[/img]
Link Posted: 6/7/2002 10:05:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/7/2002 10:08:14 AM EDT
Somebody told me that, while in training, chopper pilots had to wear propellor beanies.  Is this true? [:D]
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That is part of an exercise to develope coordination. The pilot in training is required to run around the training course avioding obstacles while keeping his propellor beanie at the proper pitch. During the exercise trainees must make accurate chopper sounds: "thump-thump-thump-thump....."

If the beanie propellor fails to spin during the exercise, the student fails.
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