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01-13-2011 08:33 PM  7 years agoPost 1
Dennis (RIP)

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Why Helicopters Don’t Have Ejector Seats

If you ever wondered why helicopters don’t have ejector seats, here is your answer nicely explained in the clip. I will need another video clip to explain me why the pilot survived this incident.

http://hight3ch.com/why-helicopters...-ejector-seats/

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01-13-2011 09:40 PM  7 years agoPost 2
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I was thinking recently about a Balistic Recovery System Parachute on top of the main mast of the heli. Something similar to the one that have the Cirrus Airplane.

If you have seen a Apache heli with a radar dome on top of the main mast......... Maybe they can do something similar to civilian helis and intead of a radar dome the put a dome that contain the BRS Parachute.

What you think guys?

Isaac

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01-13-2011 10:07 PM  7 years agoPost 3
Dennis (RIP)

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A guy just posted on my Facebook page that the Russian attack helicopter KA-50 does have ejectors seats !!

They eject the entire rotor head first.

Then the ejector seat fires.

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01-13-2011 10:29 PM  7 years agoPost 4
jcrack_corn

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cool video....probably lived only because he hit very proximal to the root...the blade isn't moving to fast right there!

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01-14-2011 02:04 AM  7 years agoPost 5
helo_chris

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Doesnt look like it had a lot of head speed either. Bet he has a few cracked ribs though. The KA-50 is cool, it actually uses explosives to separate the blades from the mast before ejecting the pilot seat. There is a computer simulation of it here:

Kamov KA-50 ejection

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

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01-14-2011 02:33 AM  7 years agoPost 6
Gearhead

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""here is your answer nicely explained in the clip""

I guess you could say he was the first fullsize Acrobatic Heli Pilot

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01-15-2011 12:26 AM  7 years agoPost 7
Taipan

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Remeber in 'Goldeneye' James Bond ejected from an Eurocopter Tiger sitting on the ground. The blades ejected first then the whole cockpit shot straight up. Can the Tiger do this for real or was that fake?

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01-15-2011 12:44 AM  7 years agoPost 8
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Taipan Remeber in 'Goldeneye' James Bond ejected from an Eurocopter Tiger sitting on the ground. The blades ejected first then the whole cockpit shot straight up. Can the Tiger do this for real or was that fake?
"From Wikipedia"
For improved pilot survivability the Ka-50 is fitted with a NPP Zvezda K-37-800 ejection seat, which is a rare feature for a helicopter.[10] Before the rocket in the ejection seat deploys, the rotor blades are blown away by explosive charges in the rotor disc and the canopy is similarly jettisoned
Looks like it really can.

I had imagined it like some of the first war planes where they used to shoot their props off firing, until the come up with a timing gear mechanism so they could shoot between the blades as it spun around. How would you like to be ejected like this and depend on the timing being correct? LOL

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01-15-2011 01:21 AM  7 years agoPost 9
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The Kamov has ejection seats but what about the Tiger??

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01-15-2011 01:33 AM  7 years agoPost 10
AirWolfRC

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What about an ejection seat ride at the local amusement park ?

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01-15-2011 02:04 AM  7 years agoPost 11
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I couldnt find any definitive information that the Tiger has ejection, am sure someone here will know.

Interesting bit of trivia speaking of shooting props off, why didnt WWI pilots get parachutes? They were afraid that the pilots would eject as soon as the plane was hit by bullets instead of trying to keep flying or land.

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

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01-15-2011 02:21 AM  7 years agoPost 12
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Damn, my hat off to the WWII pilots!

That ejection seat ride at the amusement park is insane. 6+G upon launch. It feels like you've been punched by the Incredible Hulk.

I hear aircaft ejector seats go well past 10G & you're only allowed say 2 ejections before being grounded due to damage of your spine. Better to have a bad back than be dead!

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01-15-2011 08:57 PM  7 years agoPost 13
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One BIG reason why the military is so strict on anyone showing any signs of scoliosis. The slightest kink in your back during an ejection could result in paralysis... or death. In a high-G ejection, the spine is like a soda can. In perfect form, you can stack all sorts of weight on top of it. But the moment that form is disrupted in the least, structural strength is severely compromised.

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