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03-13-2015 12:23 AM  3 years agoPost 21
DVS11

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Gonzolo, congrats on starting to fly full size. Just a point that might help with your check ride. There is no such thing as a pilots license. It is a pilots certicificate. Got zinged on commercial check ride for saying license. Don

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03-13-2015 12:54 AM  3 years agoPost 22
MarkH

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In 30+ years of airline flying and instructing, I've never heard anybody ask or care whether it's a license or certificate. One of the first things a FAA ASI asks for when giving me a line observation ride is for my license and medical.

Sounds like you just had an examiner with a thorn stuck in his rear.

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03-13-2015 02:38 AM  3 years agoPost 23
spy29

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.>> Dont forget to have fun. wait till your first Solo..then dont forget to have fun

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03-13-2015 03:28 AM  3 years agoPost 24
MarkH

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Enough creep.....like spy said, have fun. It was by far the most fun I've had obtaining a rating. I'm jealous of all those who do it for a living.

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03-13-2015 03:58 AM  3 years agoPost 25
jessdigs

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You looked very comfortable flying that. Good job

Hobby: Meet wallet!

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03-27-2015 05:09 AM  3 years agoPost 26
gonzalom

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OK Guys, I did this week my first 2 autos..... and it was a little bit scarry.... I will post the video later... for now a landing here.

Are you Guys ready for HSM 2015!

Best,

Gonzalo

https://vimeo.com/123143837

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05-08-2015 12:18 AM  3 years agoPost 27
jessdigs

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I took my first lesson. I got to take the controls for 38 minutes. It was a little more touchy than I expected.
I have been a heavy equipment operator for 16 years, and it is basically the same thing. It's just Levers and pedals, and react.
The controls are way more sensitive than a backhoe, or excavator. So it took a few minutes to get used to the movements.
I had a ton of fun, and can't wait to go back.

Hobby: Meet wallet!

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05-08-2015 01:17 AM  3 years agoPost 28
gonzalom

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Awesome! I just past my 20th hour on the R22 and having a BLAST! doing precision hovering, quick stops, traffic patterns, maximum performance take off, steep approaches and autos. My favorite are the precision hovering and quick stops so far. My instructor is great and the other day we flew without the doors and landed next to the river bank..... WOW. Lots to study in terms of communications, nav and 1M other things. Hopefully soon the solo time will come..... but I am not in any rush for that. Try to fly at least 2 times a week and some weeks even more.

I am going tomorrow and I can't wait.

Gonzalo

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05-08-2015 01:37 PM  3 years agoPost 29
jessdigs

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What airport are you flying out of? I live in Concord, and flew out of Hayward.

Hobby: Meet wallet!

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05-09-2015 05:10 AM  3 years agoPost 30
gonzalom

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Great day flying today!

Enjoy,

Gonzalo

https://vimeo.com/127323626

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05-09-2015 03:08 PM  3 years agoPost 31
gonzalom

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I fly from Santa Rosa (KSTS)

Gonzalo

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05-10-2015 03:02 PM  3 years agoPost 32
rexxigpilot

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Florida

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Congrats of going full scale Gonzalo. When I first flew a full scale (R44) I noticed the same thing that you did - how sensitive the controls are. Best way I found to fly it was to rest my stick hand on my thigh and just use small wrist motions to control. Another thing that is vastly different from the RC models is the latency between commands and responses. Once I understood how much delay occurred hovering was much easier. Full scale also doesn't need rudder input to make banked turns like RC does.

Just out of curiosity to compare costs, how much do you pay per hour for the R22 rental? Rates in my area are $475/hr plus fuel. The hourly cost can be reduced to $425/hr if you put $100K in a damage account.

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05-10-2015 05:59 PM  3 years agoPost 33
Airman98

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I only pay 225. hr solo or 250 with a instructor at my field in S. Illinois for a R22. And fuel is included in that price.
In order to take passengers up I had to go to the Robinson factory for 3 days and take a safety class in Torrance Ca. This class books up about 6 months in advance so something to look into. The class was a blast and ended with a 1 hr flight with a test pilot. They let you do things you normally would never get to do. I did 3 autos to the ground and I was only at 38 hrs.

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05-10-2015 08:18 PM  3 years agoPost 34
gonzalom

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I pay $320 per hour and that includes fuel and the instructor time.
Without the instructor is $ 255 per hour included fuel.

Gonzalo

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05-11-2015 03:09 AM  3 years agoPost 35
coptercptn

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We were paying 325 w/fuel in Wisconsin...
But that was for a 44

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

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05-11-2015 03:43 PM  3 years agoPost 36
rexxigpilot

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Florida

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Yeah, sure is less expensive to build time with the R22. Unfortunately, the guy who runs the heli school got rid of all the R22s. Only R44s now. The price I gave includes fuel as long as you get it from a local airfield about 15NM away from home airport. There is a $2 surcharge if refueled at TLH Regional.

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05-12-2015 12:28 AM  3 years agoPost 37
torque

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I remember way back when, I was working on my full scale heli ticket. I paid $158 per hour for a bell 47, wet and instructor.

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06-14-2015 05:45 PM  3 years agoPost 38
gonzalom

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OK my friends, took the doors out and tested the new helmet and all I can say AWESOME! LOVE IT!

Enjoy my friends,

Gonzalo

[video]

Watch at YouTube

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06-14-2015 06:19 PM  3 years agoPost 39
Wildbird22

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I like what the instructor told you around 19:23

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06-14-2015 07:32 PM  3 years agoPost 40
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Looking good Gonzalo...

Tim

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