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Author: Truth Tellers   Date: 6/11/2019 1:40:06 AM  +2/-7   Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

Jets fly much faster so decisions happen much faster. Little mistakes turn into big mistakes in the snap of a finger in an airplane. If you or your jet makes a navigational mistake, you’ll likely be a county away by the time that you realize it and another county further down the line before you correct it. Landing from a 100-200’ breakout in an airplane is comparable difficulty to a brownout landing; landing from a 100’-200’ breakout in  helicopter is comparatively a piece of cake. Alternates are easier in a jet because your reserve will actually get you out of whatever crappy weather system that is sending you there in the first place. Lack of anti-ice in most helicopters makes it real easy to get backed into a corner while flying winter IMC. Jets don't go down and slow down at the same time, so it takes planning (extra workload) to get from cruise altitude to landing. Jets fly two approaches most every time that they land, the STAR and the IAP. Jets require 3-4 configuration changes to land, helicopters at most require lowering the gear. Before you land a jet you have to compute landing distances and several different approach related speeds; in a helicopter you just land. IMC takeoffs are much easier in a jet because you drive an airplane down the runway during takeoff rather than flying down the runway like a helicopter. An ITO in an airplane you pitch safely away from terra firma whereas in a helicopter you pitch toward terra firma. Because of this, a 1/4SM ITO is easy in a Jet but can be death defying in a helicopter. Many jets don’t like to hold speed on final yet a few extra knots one way or the other can mean a trip to the EMAS or the stall shaker. Best of all though, the wings don’t fall off of jets nearly as often as they do off of helicopters. 

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Helicopter pilots +7/-22 Can't any of you idiots fly instruments? 6/10/2019 8:06:31 PM