But I also want to vary my time into the 300 and others if the chance arises.
Heck, I'd go up to Vero Beach in a heartbeat if Nick could arrainge a Commanche ride :) :) :)Hughes TH-55, 269 (Schwietzer 300), Class 65-10, US Army Have flown and instructed in most all Army stuff thru 1969; Bell47, Hiller UH-12, Hueys, Sikorsky's, etc After 1969, full time airline pilot, part time continued to fly/instruct most all small civilian stuff Bottom line.. It has the economy of operation for the school, and it has flying characteristics most conducive to student transition to all larger machines. I think I have read every word Lu has posted on this and all other forums for the past year. Had no intention of being a helicopter pilot anyway; went for a trial lesson because it was free, and got instantly hooked. I do know that compared to fixed wing flying it's great, and also compared to most other things I've done. If anyone would like to help me remedy that (help = ), I'll happily do some research for you.
I'm not knocking the R22 its a great aircraft to fly fantastic tr authourity and positively sporty in comparison but better to fly it after you've got around 50 hrs helicopter time under your belt.
As for cost the 300 CB is competitive with the R22,(at least it was when I was teaching/training)as it doesn't have the 2000hr overhaul cost. The key is probably getting time on the a/c you are likely to fly commercially - in NZ maybe more likely to be 300.
I was told (and 1 agree)that transition to the 206 was easier if you were used to the R22 and as that was where I was heading, it made sense. I once asked this pro with WAY more hours than me what he thought of the T bar after his first robbie flight.