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Very true words.  I haven't been stuck, almost did, but decided to do a go around and then aborted the landing and went a little lower.  Would have been a long day waiting for it to cool down so we could get out.  Big%20Smile
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Have you ever flown into Mono Lake, Kalifornia??
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Not that I know of.  The only flying I have done down there is in the Torrance area a little bit, and then from there into LAX low level along the coast.
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Pressure altitude is a killer there.  I once had to circle around the airfield (Cessna 182) for 45 minutes to gain enough altitude to get "out" of the valley.  Fortunately, I had spoken with some of the local military pilots before going there and knew what to expect.  Once when landing there, I hit a downdraft...2000fpm, which bottomed out at about 800ft.  THAT was one of the scariest rides I ever had.
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Pressure altitude is a killer there.  I once had to circle around the airfield (Cessna 182) for 45 minutes to gain enough altitude to get "out" of the valley.  Fortunately, I had spoken with some of the local military pilots before going there and knew what to expect.  Once when landing there, I hit a downdraft...2000fpm, which bottomed out at about 800ft.  THAT was one of the scariest rides I ever had.
 
 
 
Yikes    What was your altitude before you found the bottom? Or do you remember. One or those things "your in it before you know it". Suprising what some pleasure craft can handle sometimes. Glad you had 800 to bring it in.
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I was at about 4000ft AGL when the bottom fell out.  The fact it happened wasn't too scary, had already experienced similar (happens a lot in/around the Sierras) and been briefed on it.  What was scary was after pushing the nose, max throttle, heading for the "edge", seemed like the edge was never going to get there.  800 ft is NOT THAT FAR AGL when you are falling that fast.  Then, of course, you have to pull up.  One mil pilot told me he hit 3 in a row,  in the T-34. 
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I have seen drops of 2000 fpm a few times, but those were on purpose (autorotations).  Does get a little scary when you aren't expecting it and you are only 500 up.  Not much a helicopter can do if it really gets caught in a bad down draft that last for a while.

I am assuming you mean density altitude instead of pressure altitude.  Just a guess.  It would be fun to fly the sierras some time.
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I have a friend that got an early retirement from his job. At the time he was learning to fly helos (he was already a fixed wing flight instructor). He has since started working part time as a helo pilot for his instructor, and he loves it. He's a rating junkie and could fly for UPS but he likes what he's doing and wouldn't change a thing.Loco
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Had to bring this to the top for Ronk!  Big Smile

And because I like showing helicopters!
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Originally posted by helo18 helo18 wrote:

Had to bring this to the top for Ronk!  Big Smile

And because I like showing helicopters!


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Like your new avatar Helo!!!



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Thanks Mike!  One of the more decent pics of me.  I don't do too well in front of cameras!
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Have you ever flown into Mono Lake, Kalifornia??


Cickboxer.....I don't get it why do you always spell Kalifornia with a K?   Loco
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