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February 09, 2005

Typical Helo FCF Profile...

"FCF" stands for Functional Check Flight...what you do after major maintenance has been done on an airplane--or "airplane," if you're talking about helos. I did it a lot in the Hog and enjoyed it thoroughly (most of the time...when an engine doesn't start up again after an in-flight shutdown, that's sort of irritating but otherwise the sortie is a hoot).

My guess this is a good to-scale representation of the typical UH-1 FCF (or whatever the rotor craniums call an FCF) profile...Saturday AM, after a late Friday PM stint in the, uh, Post WO lounge (read: "bar").

Or not...

Instapilot

Hat tip: Whizbang