View Full Version : Oz mustering gyro accident....power lines..
12-12-2005, 06:00 PM
Aussie Paul. :)
12-12-2005, 06:22 PM
so sad father of 2!!!
12-13-2005, 06:05 AM
My prayers be with his family. May God Bless.
12-13-2005, 06:29 AM
So sorry to hear it. Sounds like he was a good man, lived a good life.
12-13-2005, 09:05 AM
Very sorry and sad.
May GOD bless and may his sole rest in peace.(amen)
12-13-2005, 10:25 AM
I've lost more very close friends to power-lines than any other cause. We got to try out the wire cutters on my UH-1 the day after we installed them. That will provide you with an underwear-changing opportunity.
12-13-2005, 05:38 PM
Cobra Will You Explain What The Wire Cutter Is. I Have A Brother In Law That Flew A Crop Duster That Ran Into A Power Line He Did Not See. He Just Said It Felt Like Something Was Bogging Down And Then All The Sudden Full Power Returned.
That Was His Third Close Call And He Decided It Was Time To Quit While He Was Still Ahead.
Finally Convinced Him You Don't See Any Old Crop Dusters.
I Am Sure There Are A Lot Of People Scratching Their Heads About What A Wire Cutter Is, But Just To Bashful To Ask A Question.
12-13-2005, 06:47 PM
Take a look at any modern Army helicopter and most police dpartment helicopters and you will see a serrated spike on top of the cabin and under the chin. They are just what the name says: wire cutters. They can handle most common power lines. They don't do much good on the huge regional transmission lines. We split a four-wire. Two went over the top and the other two went under the chin. They aren't perfect. I've seen wires go over the top cutter and wrap around the mast. That happened to one of my favorite pilots over I-24 just outside Hopkinsville, KY. She was one of the best pilots I ever met or had the pleasure to fly with. Sever weather formed around them and they were obviously trying to get to the highway rest area to park it until the storm blew over. There was a lot hail and freezing rain. The visibility was so poor I doubt they even saw the 250' towers, let alone the wires. They did cut two wires. A thrid wrapped the mast and they looped over it and came down on the right front corner, better know as the Pilot's Seat. This was about 6 months after our incident. Cleaning up that accident was my last official act as a mechanic. The next week I was on my way to ATC school at Ft. Rucker.
As for old Ag pilots, I know a whole bunch of 'em. Several are pushing 30,000 hours. In fact Wayne Handley is probably about the most famous ag pilot, even though he is known for his aerobatics. He is a super nice guy if you ever get the chance to meet him.
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