Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Not Before Time

Has somebody spoken out about the lethal disaster that is the Robinson helicopter.

Adolf has noticed for some years a disproportionate number of these machines involved in fatalities but not until today did he know the actual numbers. This machine is a greater danger to civil aviation than a few jibbering muslims.

A widow wants pilots to stay away from a helicopter involved in 30 crashes in six years in which nine people have died, including a double fatality this month.
You need to know what they look like pre-crash, so as to avoid ever boarding. The giveaway is the tall spiky rotor support.

The fools at The Herald would save many more lives by calling for the immediate and permanent grounding of the whole Robinson fleet than they will buggering around with booze laws.


Anonymous said...

the crash rate if the robinson is a reflection of their number in service. They are the cheapest choppers, and so there are more of them in the air. Perhpas a deeper risk profile such as the numebr of fatalities per average flying hour is more accurate.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Anon, I suspect you'll find the crash rate is in fact high, due largely to people overloading what is essentially a motobike with a rotor.

I can assure you I will never board one.

Hamish Collins said...

Not that I am an expert in aviation, but I understand a chief concern of the Robinson R22 is that they are commonplace, and that people, particularly rural services chopper users, skimp on the costs of servicing by using non-Robinson parts and stretching out the service intervals.

The R22 is, in itself, a fine aircraft. What you can't account for is that people are cheap and nasty in their approach to the maintenance and usage of the R22.

You don't get this as much with Bells or Eurocopters, because the people who can afford those choppers can afford the best service and proper servicing.

Another difference is that because it is beginner users who use the R22 (due to price), you get more crashes. Experienced chopper pilots tend to be in more pricy, more capable choppers.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I agree Hamish.

The machine is just made for trouble, with the trouble being caused in the first instance by the owners rather than the machine itself. However the machine is the precurser for the trouble.

Paul said...

It works like this:

1) By application and industry, men get rich, but not that rich.

2) These men want spend some of their riches and live large, by doing what rich men do.

3) What rich men do is have expensive toys, which are fun to use and status-enhancing. These toys include yachts and helicopters.

4) So these rich but not that rich men by the cheapest helicopter they can find - the R22 - and learn how to fly it.

5) Unfortunately, helicopters are quite difficult to fly: it is all about torque.

6) So some of these men have unfortunate experiences with their toys.

On the bright side, all this keeps capital moving through the economy

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Very droll Paul but unfortunately for the theory, the young feller who went down in Southland was an extremely experienced pilot with many hours on a number of models, so I understand.

We'll have to wait upon the investigators to find out what was what.

Paul said...

If the pilot but the aircraft into an "uncorrected low-g situation," then we can hardly blame the aircraft.

kevin said...

I had heard that under moderate load, the tail rotor can be induced to hit the main blades... apparently the tail flexes easily. Not easy to recover from. Robby? Not for me either.