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    #76
    Mark, you rock! And in a nice 500C as well, cool!

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      #77
      Originally posted by Andy View Post
      Mark, you rock! And in a nice 500C as well, cool!

      Lol thanks Andy...

      I decided to take another lesson. I didnt mean to, I was always just gonna take 1 hour with this guy, to see how the feet went.

      But I spent all that time working to learn the 3 controls, and put it together at the end....but now I think I owe it to myself to really fly it.

      So I want to have another hour, with fresh feet, and see what can be done.....but damn its too expensive this.





      BTW...I love this helicopter....its like all the baddies have in films....
      Last edited by MarkB701; 16 Apr 2013, 9:25 PM.

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        #78
        Originally posted by MarkB701 View Post

        Anyway, I am unfortunately hooked.....my intention was to take just that one lesson. But having put an hour of hard work into learning the controls, I feel I owe it to myself to take just one more hour, so I can actually enjoy flying the thing, with fresh feet....

        And I can justify doing almost anything....so....
        That's funny! I have been suffering from that same affliction all of my life! Maybe we should start a support group for "Aviation Justification Syndrome" or something like that.

        I understand what you are saying about your feet. Maybe this is a stupid question but would thinner shoes help? I never liked flying in boots (not that you were) because I lost the feel of the rudder. I always liked thin and flexible shoes for that reason.

        Keep going with the helicopter training! But, don't forget the GoPro so the rest of us can go with you!

        David

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          #79
          Now I'm as shade-tree a heli fan as they come...but would flying a Ecureuil help out with the servo powered tail rotor? Ignoring hourly operational costs of course

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            #80
            Originally posted by STOLhorse View Post
            I understand what you are saying about your feet. Maybe this is a stupid question but would thinner shoes help? I never liked flying in boots (not that you were) because I lost the feel of the rudder. I always liked thin and flexible shoes for that reason.

            David

            For comparison purposes, these are my everyday AFO's for walking, and my nice Keens. Note the angle of the ankle....keeps those toes up.





            ...these are my "flying AFO's". I hacked the back out of them to enable my toes to point better on the pedals. And the running shoes are thinner and give better feel for flying...

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              #81
              Originally posted by STOLhorse View Post
              Keep going with the helicopter training! But, don't forget the GoPro so the rest of us can go with you!

              David

              Ok...so I took that second lesson, and it was honestly just about the best, most satsifying thing I have ever done - both since before and after my SCI.....

              Honestly, the feeling of excitement and achievement, and wonder....I was still flying that helicopter hours later. on my mind....that second hour was well worth taking since it enabled me to reap the rewards from all the hard work of that first hour.

              And I seem to be picking it up faster than the average guy, something I absolutely put down to my recent purchase of both a RC helicopter and the RealFlight 6.5 flight simulator. I have literally spent hours hovering model helicopters both RC and on my computer....and it just translates so directly.

              And the feet were better this time, since he did not work them as hard; I just used them as a normal part of flying, and they were just fine.

              Anyway, I did take my GoPro and I have put it together for anyone who wants to see.....



              And some photos:









              At this point I do not have any plans to continue helicopter lessons, unfortunately...
              As great a guy as Ron is, we were splitting the running costs of his helicopter, and it was still $350ph....so continuing in the Hughes is out of the question.

              There is a Robinson R22 in Atlanta; the total cost of 40 hours with them would be around $12,500 for my license. I am tempted, but that is alot of money....I am not that well off, but I could make other sacrifices....maybe.

              Besides, for the next 5 months I am busy with a research project at Shepherd Center (they are doing the research, I just get free locomat and pool sessions). So, definitely no spare time just yet.....

              But someday....I will try to get my helicopter license....how cool would that be! Until then I will just keep watching my videos and sleeping with my RC helicopter on the pillow next to me (ok, so I dont do that, really).

              You know what? I hate that I have found my life's calling when it is too late at the age of 40 as a paraplegic.........how frustrating.
              Last edited by MarkB701; 23 Apr 2013, 10:28 PM.

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                #82
                Oh, Hell, it's NEVER too late! That is great video, thanks! It looks like you have no trouble at all with your feet from where I'm sitting.

                I have justified many outrageous aviation enterprises (much to the dismay of my wife) but I couldn't figure a way to get into helicopters! I got two flights in a twin star about 20 years ago and I very much wanted to get my license after that but, unless you can buy your own helicopter, it didn't seem to make sense.

                The next best thing is STOL aircraft. I've had a lot of fun in Helios, pilatus porters, cubs, etc. The trouble now is that they are all taildraggers and I'm not sure if or how hand controls will work. Now that I have my license back, I'm starting to fantasize about flying a Helio again!

                Thanks for the ride in the helicopter!

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                  #83
                  Oh yeah, what do you use to edit the video? I need to learn how to edit GoPro video.

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                    #84
                    Originally posted by STOLhorse View Post
                    Oh, Hell, it's NEVER too late! That is great video, thanks! It looks like you have no trouble at all with your feet from where I'm sitting.

                    I have justified many outrageous aviation enterprises (much to the dismay of my wife) but I couldn't figure a way to get into helicopters! I got two flights in a twin star about 20 years ago and I very much wanted to get my license after that but, unless you can buy your own helicopter, it didn't seem to make sense.

                    The next best thing is STOL aircraft. I've had a lot of fun in Helios, pilatus porters, cubs, etc. The trouble now is that they are all taildraggers and I'm not sure if or how hand controls will work. Now that I have my license back, I'm starting to fantasize about flying a Helio again!

                    Thanks for the ride in the helicopter!
                    Glad you liked the video...!!! Ron actually started flying helicopters himself only at age 50, he is 60 now...so you are right, never too late. ...just too late to get paid to do it, and that would have been my dream life

                    I used 2 different softwares. The first video was on Pinnacle and the second on Roxio. They are both ok, but I prefer Roxio, even though Pinnacle is more powerful. Basically, at our level, they are all very capable and you cant go far wrong.

                    I checked out some pics of Helios and other STOL's. I agree, those are pretty damn amazing. I love the ability to land on a dime that they have. And with bog tires the world really opens up. How amazing would it be to go camping up in the wilderness with one....that would be some seriously advanced handicapping.

                    If I ever fly a tail dragger I will not attempt to use my feet; I would have to modify with a hand control. I am still amazed that my feet seem to be good enough for the helicopter, which is lucky, since there are no handcontrols for helicopters (aside from the Helileg device of course.....).

                    Its a shame, but that Warrior is never going to be as fun as either STOL or helicopters......but hey...its not bad either

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