- May 29, 2004
- Ball Ground, GA
- none currently
- Total Flight Time
- 1300 helicopter
One clue I told him was that when I shut the governor off, it just dies like I shut the MFS off. This is not the way it should be. Doug told me that when the governor shuts off, the rpm's should slowly decrease, not rapidly. He thought my minimum fuel stop was too low. I went out and ground run it and turned on the minimum fuel quite a bit. The governor now when shut off sees a slow rpm decline, instead of a rapid one.
It was hot and humid yesterday, and I was completely full on fuel. I had all kinds of reserve collective, so I did a hover test over some of dads corn that is 5 feet tall. This corn is right next to my heli-lot next to my home. I could definitely feel I was using more collective when I hovered over my lot at 6 feet, then crept over the corn. That corn is a power sucker as it restricts the outflow of my downwash, and reintroduces more of it into the tip vortices, making them larger and at a higher velocity. I love feeling in real world seat of the pants what I read in my armchair book world.
Jerry- my shutdowns sound different now. Before, if I hit just the governor switch, t would just die. Now it spools down very gradually. The turbine just always has run very powerfully and smooth. I believe my two flameouts would have never happened had I known what I know now, but in hindsight, those forced landings were a real rush I will NEVER forget after flying home after each of the two forced landings. It keeps my auto practice exciting. Remember how boring fire drills were in school? We never had a real fire to make us realize how important fire drills are. Stan