Comment on Helicopters 101: Hover Charts by Maria Langer

Thanks for the kind words. I do try to be informative, at least sometimes.

In general, IGE performance will certainly always be much better than OGE performance. That’s why I usually pay closer attention to the OGE chart when planning a flight in difficult conditions (for example, heavy, hot, and/or high). However I can’t advise you on how you might use IGE hover data to calculate OGE hover data for your helicopter; you’d ideal ask a flight instructor that is familiar along with that particular aircraft.

Good luck!

Comment on Free Bees, Courtesy of Migratory Beekeepers by scottanddarlenejones

Hi there, I read the story in Good life Magazine and was wondering exactly what to do along with some bees that decided to turn one of my bird houses in to a bee house? The little points are covering the outside of the estate as well. I don’t want to see them hurt in any means yet would certainly be nice it they were not where they are. Thanks Darlene

Comment on What It’s Like to Tow a 15,000-lb Fifth Wheel Trailer 1,500 miles by Sam

Excellent blog post! I’m researching fifth wheels now to purchase for a family trip along Route 66 and beyond after that. My husband will certainly he doing all the driving, and I don’t want to make your man crazy or more stressed along with my anxiety, yet the mountains, wet roads, and most especially the Cliffs, are a BIG concern. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

Comment on What It’s Like to Tow a 15,000-lb Fifth Wheel Trailer 1,500 miles by Maria Langer

Glad you enjoyed the post. PLEASE don’t use it to justify your fears, though. That was my initial time driving the rig and I did it all by myself. I went on to take it back and forth between Arizona and Washington State twice a year for the next five years and then between Washington and the Sacramento area for two years. I got the knack of driving it fairly quickly. It actually drives easily, as long as you remember to go wide on turns. It’s parking that’s a bear.

After my divorce, I realized the rig was overkill for one person and a small dog using it just a few months a year. So I downsized way down to a truck camper, which I really do love. All I have actually to worry about now is headspace — it’s about 12 feet tall on my truck — and I can park it just about anywhere.

My recommendation on a fifth wheel? Go small fairly than large. 24 to 30 feet is plenty big enough for a trip. Bigger than that is great for long-term living — which is exactly what I bought my rig for all those years ago.

Good luck. Enjoy your trip. On Route 66 in Arizona, don’t skip a meal at La Posada’s Turquoise Room restaurant in Winslow, Meteor Crater, a tour of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff (on a clear night, if possible), and the burros in Oatman.

Comment on About Helicopter Fuel Consumption by Sean C.

Good points, all. The actual cost of running and maintaining any aircraft is largely a mystery to those outside the business, however the breakdown of the costs associated along with running a helicopter is especially opaque. In particular, the cost of maintenance and overhaul are so far outside most peoples experience that they usually can’t fathom it, there’s no parallel along with owning a car and little in common even if they own an airplane. Of note though, while fuel cost is always just a small fraction of the overall operating cost for helicopters it can still be a fairly large expense when you get into larger helicopter types, especially multi-engine turbines.

When I flew Bell 212’s, they burned right around 100 gallons an hour of jet fuel no matter if you were cruising, hovering, or just running on the ramp. The twin-engine tandem-rotor CH-47 Chinook burns between 350-400 gallons an hour in flight. At one Army base I was stationed at (along with mostly Cobras and Hueys) our refueling rig didn’t supply fuel fast enough to hot-refuel (fill the tanks along with the engines running) a CH-47 in a reasonable amount of time, since their idle burn rate was almost as much as the system could put into the tanks. Of course there’s big, and then there’s REALLY big! The gigantic Mi-26 burns between 800 -1100 gallons an hour in flight, however it’s feeding two 11,000 horsepower turbines. As helicopters go it’s actually rather fuel efficient for the job it can do, however it does a LOT of job so it burns a lot of fuel doing it. Just the APU (auxiliary power unit) they use to start their main engines can burn twice as much fuel per hour as your R-44 does at max power.

And surprisingly, when it comes to worst-case scenarios for maintenance expense, helicopter aren’t the top of the list. Check out the stats on how much it takes to maintain the engine on a top-fuel dragster.

And when it comes to fuel burn rates nothing that flies will ever come close to rockets. Especially the huge F-1 engines that powered the Saturn rockets for the Apollo moon missions

Comment on One-Pan Pork Tenderloin with Tequila by Sean C

I made it at a friends house, back when I first moved to Alaska. They had a cooler of freshly caught silver salmon (coho) and were looking for fresh ideas. As I recall it had a dry rub including white pepper and mustard powder, and called for starting the fillets flesh adverse down in a hot cast-iron skillet. Some of the meat would certainly char and stick to the skillet, which would certainly be deglazed along with a jigger of whiskey. Then you’d add the cream along with some spices I’ve forgotten, and reduce it down to a quite rich and tasty sauce. You’d add back in the fillets, skin down this time around, complete cooking, and top the plated fillets along with the remaining sauce. I’ve tried lots of times to replicate it and never rather gotten it as good as the first time around, still missing something, it’s frustrating .