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Responses on Social Media
The following questions and responses appeared on Rotor & Wing’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rotorandwing.com
If you could have any helicopter in the world, which one would it be and why? Also what would you use it for?
MD500e. I’d use it for trips around the Northeast U.S. Just day trips to skip over traffic. Ok and maybe a few hundred snowboarding trips.
S-76, because it looks awesome and Igor was a genius.
UH-1H Huey, what a wonderful life.
EC135 for taking friends to lunch.
CH-47 for skydiving parties at my house!!
-Christian J. Chandler
Very good question. I think you need to ask yourself first, “What do you want to do with the helicopter?”, then from there figure out which one would work best for you.
It’s gotta be a toss-up between a 500 and a 47... both very fun machines for different reasons... and it would be used for fun!
Bell 230. It’s the helicopter (Bell 222) that made me fall in love with helicopters and aviation in general. I would do aerial tours with it. Gotta make money somehow.
Sikorsky S-76, for my own fun.
Would have a Eurocopter EC135... smaller, fast [with the] tail rotor more safely enclosed... and I’d use it for enjoyment, a faster way to and from work.
Apache. Hunt hogs.
MD500 for zippin around.
What’s the Coolest Place You’ve Ever Flown a Helicopter?
Inside the crater of Mount Saint Helens. It was not erupting at the time. Or it might have been flying over the film set of the helicopter pad and main entrance gate to Jurassic Park on the island of Kauai the day before principle filming began.
Silverstone F1 Grand Prix!
Kauai and The Big Island are always good, but a pinnacle landing and takeoff from Seattle’s Columbia Tower was pretty darn cool.
Pike’s Peak. Landed there at night also.
CokeVille Wyoming at 50 below zero, had to land there to do a fuel touch-and-go, but it was so cold if you spit it froze before it hit the ground. We still do SAR flights there several times a month.
-Patrick Gary Montgomery
Responses to a story about U.S. Army Aviation’s plans to cut AAS and retire the OH-58 fleet:
Waste money to save money! Good decision?
-Stephen Andrew Grover
Wow... cut the salaries of Congress first!!
It seems the Armed Aerial Scout program will now make use of the Apache AH-64E helicopter. However, this doesn’t make sense in a way when one considers the high maintenance and operating costs of this machine. I’m seriously doubting if this is a wise move.