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    Watch: What is a Robinson helicopter


    Interesting video for those who want to know more about Robinson rotor head design

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    I spoke to my mate who did 2000 hours in his own R22 II on venison . His comment ...really.
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    The aussies seem to be getting a good run out of theirs on mustering duties and farm hack hopping around the stations, I guess the difference being terrain for one. Talked to a couple of higher time fellas who have done their time in them and had frights, and won't go back. One of them passed the comment that the helos aren't that confidence inspiring when you are travelling quick, probably ties in with a comment I saw that with the helo at high speed and nose way down the rotor assembly is already nearing it's limits.

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    Heard a joke some time ago.........How do you get yourself a Robinson helicopter? Buy 100 acres and wait.......!
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    Heard a snippet on the radio a short while ago, saying that DOC were not happy with the Robinson safety record and were no longer going to use them for any doc work.
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    Thatís been the case for a little while now. Well down here anyway


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    if I remember correctly the r22 was designed to carry a pilot and a passenger to a combined weight of 180kgs and was to be used as a air taxi .I weigh 110kgs so with my gear and rifle I would need a skinny ten year old as the pilot to go anywhere to keep it under maximum weight .at least with my shooting lately I don't need to worry about bringing out any venison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshC View Post
    Thatís been the case for a little while now. Well down here anyway


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    Not just Robinson machines they're not using any piston driven helicopters.

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    Interesting as old man just did a run on pigs and wallabies for DOC, in a Cabri. Does it only apply to work that involves their staff getting in the machine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan_Songhurst View Post
    Interesting as old man just did a run on pigs and wallabies for DOC, in a Cabri. Does it only apply to work that involves their staff getting in the machine?
    May be by district.
    No piston helicopters used for Doc on the coast. I only got told last week by a fella that is always flying Doc around.
    @gimp might be a better source of info.

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    I don't know of any rule barring piston choppers in general for DOC, just Robinsons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan_Songhurst View Post
    Interesting as old man just did a run on pigs and wallabies for DOC, in a Cabri. Does it only apply to work that involves their staff getting in the machine?

    As understand it is a national policy (though I hadn't heard about the exclusion of all piston engine machines until now), but it applies to DoC staff only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxx View Post
    As understand it is a national policy (though I hadn't heard about the exclusion of all piston engine machines until now), but it applies to DoC staff only.
    So they don't give a shit about contractors then
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    It also applies to volunteers, there was a fuss recently about some permolat volunteers not being allowed to use a R44 for some voluntary hut restoration work. If a contractor is considered a separate PCBU under the new act they may be able to use whatever helicopter they like? Not my area

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    I took the fella at his word. He is a well known pilot here on the coast.
    I did question him when he said piston helicopters as I also understood it was just Robinsons.
    I could have misunderstood but apart from Robinson it only excludes the Huges 269 and Cabri as far as NZ goes.
    Don't know of any other piston machine certified for ATO's

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