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User currently offlineWardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

Me and my friend (B737-112) decided to go on a helicopter flight from KVNY (Van Nuys) to KBUR (Burbank) to Van Nuys. It sounds odd but it was well worth the trip and the money. This type of chopper was called the Engstrom F28. My departure started out by departing in a south to southwesterly to avoid an incoming arrival to 16R/L and we made a right turn heading Eastbound torwards KBUR Airport. Our indicated airspeed settled to about 115 mph (100 knots) and the groundspeed on the colored GPS was pecked at 82 knots. Maximum altitude we got up to was 600 feet (AGL). Once we got to KBUR Airport area we flew well North of runway 15 and I saw about 3 jet departures. There was quite a lot of air traffic around the valley which is very common in that area. On the way back to KVNY we flew above the 134/101 freeway then over the Disney and Warner Studios westbound back to KVNY. When we got to the airport at KVNY our altitude was still around 400 feet (AGL) above runways 16L/R. The landing was very smooth. The entire flight duration lasted approx. 20-30min.

The weather was quite fair for flying, maybe a little smog but it was not too bad. It was a little windy up at that altitude because of the oncoming marine layer that we mostly have in the Los Angeles area. We flew over were I live and saw a great view of my High School were I use to attend. The pilot who was named Yo Yo. Yes, Yo Yo. Strange name but he was a great pilot. He has a military aviation backround and use to fly choppers in the Italian Army. My friend did the same flight but different route which was mostly the from the Encino area to Burbank area. He even saw the most exotic and beautiful homes of famous people. Once we landed at KVNY a little nauseous feeling hit me all of a sudden. But it was well worth it. Looking forward to do it again!


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User currently offlineB737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 886 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

That was a fun little flight. BTW, this is one of the first helicopter trip reports I've ever seen. I definetly understand the nauseous feeling, that 1977 Enstrom did a lot of "fishtailing" and various other tight turns for us to observe familiar sights.

It was a change for me because my last three flights on helicopters have been on a 1946 built (updated) Bell 47 with no doors so this thing was quiet (with doors) and an overpowered rocket compared to the M*A*S*H style I'm used to.

User currently offlineWardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1047 times:

This was probably the longest helicopter flights I did. But my next goal is to fly on a MD520N Notar. But those choppers are quite rare. The most interesting part was the colored GPS display he had on board.

B737-112,

On the Comm panel, are those frequencies like 119.00 118.70 123.02 are actually already programmed in? Because I've noticed that when he kept on turning the knob those frequencies were already popping up as he turned it.


User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1041 times:

Ah, my old proving grounds. Lord knows I did enough IFR flights from VNY to BUR to practice shooting the ILS8 into BUR -- since there's basically no cruise time, it's an efficient use of training time.

Steve


User currently offlineB737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 886 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1031 times:

That's what he was doing during warm-up. All the freqs were set at that point and you could then switch to a different active freq by hitting a button (like almost all aircraft).

Sllevin, what did you fly on the VNY to BUR flights?

User currently offlineWardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1026 times:

B737-112,

I was confused a bit because I thought all of the West End part of runways 16L/R were on 119.300. He was on 119.00 is that just for the helicopters or both. B737-112, when you were up did he ever switch to 123.02? Part of my focus was on the communications. I even ask him if I could talk to Burbank Tower and he ask me if I knew somebody there but it was to risky so I just decided not to.


User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 997 times:

Wardialer,

IIRC (it's been a few years now) 119.00 should be the helo ops at VNY; 119.30 is primary tower (and during slow times controls both left and right runways; depends on the controllers).

123.02 wouldn't be used, really, between VNY and BUR, since you'd be in controlled airspace really the entire time. We used 123.02 once you went through the Cahuenga Pass into Hollywood and downtown, where it was uncontrolled but very busy airspace.

When I was getting my IFR rating I flew a Twin Comanche, but I've done the VNY-BUR hop in a variety of different light aircraft including a Cessna 421.

Steve


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