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11-02-2004 03:31 AM  13 years agoPost 1
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Lexington, Ky

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First:

I have been asked by many people as to if I am planning to buy another full scale helicopter or not, and if I plan to continue flying helicopters. First, after a lot of thinking and weighing out the costs of owning and operating another helicopter I have decided I can rent one "as needed" for a much less cost. I do fully plan to continue flying helicopters, just not owning.

Second:

I am in the process of full filling a life long dream to own a jet. A fellow pilot friend of mine and I will both own a Venom and Vampire jet. The Vampire is a 500 Kt. ship that is capable of 8 G's and 25,000 ft.. We will also be available for air shows and are already booked for 5 shows next year such as the Cleveland Air show. This is very exciting and I am grateful for this opportunity. Here is a link to the type of jet I will be flying: http://www.dehavilland.net/vampire.html

Third:

I love helicopters, jets, ....well all aviation...so I am not picking a favorite. Nor am I saying that owning a helicopter is not worth it, but for the number of hours I fly in rotor wing it is just more efficient for me to lease as opposed to owning.

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11-02-2004 03:40 AM  13 years agoPost 2
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georgetown,ky

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SO WHAT FUEL WILL YOU RUN 15% OR 30% wildcat in that Venom and Vampire jet.lol
just kidding good luck in you venture look forwardto seeing you at a show

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11-02-2004 06:54 AM  13 years agoPost 3
flipped2left

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indianapolis,in.

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hey jerry> what YOU decide to do is first and foremost in any decision and i for one will say go for it! if it's an opportunity for your sake then do it! i was there at the funfly when the heli let go but did not witness it. i also was the one that mistakenly mentioned you were with another fuel supplier, MY bad on that! although best wishes on your decision!! ken

Smile! people will wonder what you're up to!!

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11-02-2004 10:31 AM  13 years agoPost 4
rickc

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Creve Coeur IL. (Peoria Area)

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One that bounces.....

Rick

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11-02-2004 11:48 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Thumper

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Chelsea, London

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Kick the tyres and light the fires

Now, those really are proper toys, delighted to learn that you realised your dream. I'll bet its better than you ever imagined

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11-03-2004 01:13 AM  13 years agoPost 6
Salty

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St. Augustine

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well at least you can eject from one of those just make sure you leave yourself a extra second or two like the last thunderbird pilot did when he smokin holed one in....not like rotary you ride em all the way in, good or bad

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11-03-2004 05:47 AM  13 years agoPost 7
fitenfyr

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Port Orchard, Washington

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Hmmm..
500Kts. sounds about as much fun as hovering to me Jerry.

Either way my vote still is for the 500.

Jason Stiffey
Fly Fast....Live Slow...

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11-04-2004 08:29 PM  13 years agoPost 8
wolfdad

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Southern Maryland

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Jerry,
Dude, the first thing you gotta' do is decide what you are going to do when/if you grow up....c'mon now and get serious about this stuff (not).

wolfdad sends....

"There are those who have...and, those who will" IRCHA #2117, AMA #70068, Turbine Waiver #105

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11-05-2004 03:35 AM  13 years agoPost 9
dibbs

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ohio u.s.a.

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hey jerry, what`s the status on your bd-5 ? how does she handle, any pictures ? dibbs

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11-05-2004 04:01 PM  13 years agoPost 10
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Lexington, Ky

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Don't plan on growing up if I can help it, trying not to think about it at least. The BD-5 got sold as part of:

1) Staying alive.

2) Buying the Bell-47.

The DH-115 Vampire is fast but drinks the fuel.....take-off 10 Gallons/Min. below 10,000 feet.

Climb out at 8/Gallons per minute.

Cruise at 4-8 Gallons/min. at 325 Kts. or full throttle 500 Kts. at 20,000 ft.

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11-05-2004 07:11 PM  13 years agoPost 11
daggit

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Claremont, MN

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MAX SPEED - 455 knots (522 mph)
sweet!

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11-08-2004 05:49 PM  13 years agoPost 12
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Lexington, Ky

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Jet
Hey guys. The wife and I were able to go to a Jet training session on Saturday. I got my first flight in an L-39.......grrrrrrrrrreat. I wanted to do a training run to see if I was completely committed to the DH-115 Vampire. YEP! It was great, axial rolls were fast and very predictable. I should have some photos up soon. We will probably pick her up in 3 weeks after the annual is completed. Talk to ya soon.

Jerry

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