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WYSIWYG

Times seventy-two.

Which will give you the number of brand-new *fully*-qualified rotary-wing aviators the Flight Training School produced since January '09. Add twelve more who completed the instrument flight phase, twelve more who received the full block of academic instruction, forty-four "legacy" pilots I taught real-world IMC Survival Skills to, twelve former Mi-8/Mi-17/Mi-24 pilots we transitioned into the Huey II, and one trained-to-US-standards Instructor Pilot, and I call that a pretty decent start at creating a new fling-wing fighting force from scratch.

Ahhh -- ya say ya wanna see some of the results? My friends, you're in luck. For today, and today only* -- and because I like ya, and because John's bandwidth budget ain't nearly blown through the blogwall (yet) -- Denizennes and Denizens, Visitors and Lurkers, please allow me to present to ya just a small portion of the tactical exercise we put the kay-dets through as a requirement for final graduation.

I give you -- the Canyon Run!





The starched-wing drivers among you may now commence to either blubber inconsolably or mumble incoherently that that wasn't real flying because nobody went chumming for birds.

In the immortal (immoral?) words of DocLady Sly -- *snnnnnnnnnnnnicker*.

*unless you happen to drop in any time after today, of course...

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Why do pilots always use classic rock for their life's background music?  I think "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" by Flatt & Scruggs would have fit well... :)
 
Because this one was filmed in...






wait for it...






I-rock!
 
"In the immortal (immoral?) words of DocLady Sly..."

Cass calls me a *reprobate*...which makes no sense, 'cause I ain't been to jail in a loooonnnngggg time now.

And wikked kewl vid, Mr. DeBille!  I wanna ride in the whirly bird machine!!
*stomps feet, watches high tops light up, stomps feet again.....*
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Now that's some helo-chopper flyin'!
 
Attila sure can put some kinda envy into a single word, can't he?
 
It's certainly better than Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
 
That looks like fun! There's a little terrain around Al Asad where you can do that, but not quite as spectacular.
 
Ya did good UncaBill!
 
2:13 of almost X-rated fun.
 
Attila sure can put some kinda envy into a single word, can't he?

Well, in deference to Dusty, he *could* have made that run faster.

Just not as deep into the canyon.

Or as close to the walls.

Or as close to the floor.

And watching him attempt a 120-foot OGE hover to peek past the rim of the butte would have provided an amusing several seconds...
 
With the GAU-8, he don't have to get that close to the floor.  That 30mm can reach out and touch from a long way...
 
'Cept the purpose of the exercise is to get from point A to Point D without being acquired visually, accoustically, electronically, or thermally, and have sufficient fuel to perform the mission  when you get there...
 
They pay you to go out and do that stuff?

That's way too much fun to be a job.
 
So was the camera attached to the airframe somehow on the outside?  Way to stable for handheld.
 
Doesn't this mean that your guys will be able to outfly the alien fighters from Independence Day?
 
Yup.

Note that the writers specified we could only engage the aliens with F-18s, so they'd appear more menacing to civilian theatergoers.

Also note that the F-18s were flown by starched-wing drivers...
 
What were you doing?  Texting with your other hand?  Don't think I saw either of you over 90* the whole trip.  Of course these are OH58's  To do this right you gotta do it in an OH6A!!

Ok, now that I have that out of my system, thanks for the vid.  A lot more tree's and a couple of 50 pits, and I'd have felt right at home.
 
And the camera *was* attached to the aircraft -- to the cockpit doorframe, which makes a dandy location for a camera mount when the doors are removed.
 
To do this right you gotta do it in an OH6A!!

Yup. The Loach is the only aircraft I've ever flown that would give you a nose-level 360 at a 90-degree bank and not lose more than a few feet of altitude. Aerodynamically improbable, but it did it.

 
OldLoadr - maybe it is because BillT is AC/DC?  No, it is just beccause Australian rock looks very much like Iraq rock.
 
- maybe it is because BillT is AC/DC?

*saunters off humming "Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)"...

 
- maybe it is because BillT is AC/DC?

*saunters off humming "Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)"...

I think I'll leave that right where I found it...
 
Are you sure it is not the filk -  "Dirty Deeds Done with Sheep"  :-)
 
No, that would be Murray and *his* pals.
 
At this point in my life, I'm more interested in this.:) 
 
Attila,

I think we could combine the two.  I always wanted to fly with a beer in my hand.  In my underwear.  Just to say I did it.
 
Forgive my use of the word awesome......but that's fricking AWESOME.....
Both the video and the 72 deeds.... Training 72 helo pilots.... Not to dirty :)


I did get to ride in a Huey out of Davis-Monthan with the doors off, once we were in the mountains, very seldom saw blue sky out the doors, just rock face. Would love to do that in an A10...

Thanks for posting the video
Jerry
 
 Bill,   “WELL DONE, SIR!” There is a world of difference when flying in one blue birds winter or not it had doors. I remember flying in the old Hueys. You have given your cadets, a place to start learning. Learning is an never-ending process. You can't teach them everything and they will always run things, I shouldn't say things, I mean mental obstacles. Bill, we might joke around here, but this is a virtual world.  As I said before, “WELL DONE, SIR.”  
 
 Welcome home Bill! Be sure to pay a visit to Lex's front porch. It's time you went over a hit him again. I don't know if he's recovered from last year's set to. Been missing you over there.
 
 Yep. What Grumpy said!
 

Oh man... that was SWEET!!!!!!
Love the music selection, too.  All season long, I told Kevin that was the song to keep in mind while crushing his opponent on the football field... and they went on to win the Super Bowl.

Outstanding, Twin!

(did anyone else have visions of Luke Skywalker, going in for the final shot that destroyed the Death Star??  "Use the Force, Luke... Use the Force!")

 
Great vid, Bill! And a fine job of training to boot - well done!

Oh, Sly -- there's a line for those helo rides. Right behind me :-) Been waitin' for a bit now ... heh.
 
@Sue Keating, Sorry about that! It should have read, "Bill, WELL  DONE, SIR!" There is a world of difference when flying in one of those birds, whether or not it had doors. I remember flying in the old Hueys. You have given your cadets, a place to start learning. Learning is a never-ending process. You can't teach them everything and they will run into things, I mean like mental obstacles. Bill, we might joke around here, but this is a virtual world. As I said before, "WELL DONE, SIR."

@Bill, as I watched your video, I was thinking of the concept of of aerial dogfights, flying at a safe altitude, all below sea level. There are places that it can be done.
 
 
Nicely done Bill and nice job on the training.  Now you can tend to the honeydew list :D

Welcome home.
 
Barb,
I can wait.  I had more than my fair share of helichopper rides in my previous life, compliments of the USFS.  I can keep myself *entertained* in the meantime.
*stomps feet, watches high tops light up, takes a drink of beer, stomps feet, watches high tops light up, takes a drink of beer, stomps feet.....*
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Welcome back!  Well done!  That looked like something I could try to do.  Not fly, of course, but ride along.  Impressive set of skillz you taught, Chief.

 
 Hey, Grumpy - s'okay. I can read Typo! But, yep... you said it.
 
@Sly - Sounds good ... Here's another brew to chill with.  Love the shoes :-)
 
 Bill!  Does this mean you're home?
 
Oorah! Get some!  Wheeee! Again!

Congratulations, Bill, you've done far beyond very good! You can't be prouder of them than we are of you.

(One of my great regrets is that ended up with epilepsy instead of a pilot's license.)

 
AWESOME!!!
and what Grumpy said :o)
 
*waving hiya to the kids*

Yeah, I'm back -- and halfway through Volume One of the Honeydew List.

*trudging off with toolbox in right hand and stepladder in left one*
 
To the “Nice Ladies,

There is only one real problem in what I wrote, BillT knows what the word, “SIR” means.

@htom,I have a better understanding of the “epilepsy”, then I would like. You just might want to explore it and what caused it. Whatever you do, take care. Good luck!   
 
AWESOME!!!! (again forgive the often over used word, but in this case it fits)

Welcome home
Jerry
 
Bill,

This ain't nuttin like AP Hill.  There's no trees!!!!!

Glad you guys are reliving your youth again!
 
(Grumpy -- service connected disability, now outgrown. But the FAA rules say no pilot's licence, or did for decades, I haven't looked in the last one.)