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  Headsets and helmets!?
Posted by: Casey - 07-24-2018, 07:53 PM - Forum: Instruments - Replies (10)

Hello everyone! So I was wondering if we could have a little discussion about headsets and helmets. 

So I'm currently taking my dual training in an Enstrom F28C, and while my instructor told me I was welcome to continue using the horrible school use headsets, he said I would have a much better experience if I purchased myself a good set of David Clark headsets. However when he tried to show me online the set that he recommends, it turns out David Clark no longer offers them anymore. Instead they sell their ultra ONE-XH megasets at $895. Which I would have no problem investing in if I could continue to use them when I transition to my Mosquito, but I want to wear a helmet with my Mosi so I'm not sure if the David Clark headsets would be the right choice for me. 

So my question is could you guys recommend a system that would fit all of my needs? In the Enstrom I need a two plug GA plug which I'm sure I can buy an adapter for whatever I need. 

If i have to I'll just buy the David Clark headset and just hang on to them in case I ever want to go buy some hours in the Enstrom later on down the road if I feel I need some more help or something... But it sure would be good to have a helmet or headset that I could use in both aircraft haha

Anyone got any advice for the poor noobie here haha  Tongue

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  Funeral Arrangements
Posted by: marcher07 - 07-19-2018, 03:11 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (4)


John Walter Uptigrove

April 19, 1964 – Mahabaleshwar, India - July 15, 2018 – High River, Alberta

John beloved husband of Tracy Uptigrove of Rockyview, AB, passed away on July 15, 2018 at the age of 54 years.

John was born in Mahabaleshwar, India in 1964. He was the second son to missionary parents Ormond & Freda, and brother to Jim. The family returned to Canada in 1976. John grew up in Three Hills, Alberta and graduated from Prairie High School. He obtained a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Calgary in 1987. John’s career started with Nova, stationed in Fairview, Alberta where he met his future wife, Tracy. They were married in 1992 and had two beautiful children, Brandon and Meghanne. John pursued his passion for helicopters by establishing his business, Innovator Technologies, designing and manufacturing ultralight helicopters. He was constantly part of new and upcoming innovative programs to launch technology to the furthest. He was active in his church at First Alliance, serving people in need as part of the tool team ministry. He enjoyed water sports and tennis, as well as watching his daughter play sports like ringette and ultimate, and he loved to engage in a heated video game battle with his son, as long as he won (but he frequently lost).
John had a very large laugh that was contagious. His children were the light of his life and will miss his bad jokes and warm hugs. His wife will miss the life they built together. He will be greatly missed by many.
John is survived by his wife Tracy and his two wonderful children, Brandon and Meghanne and his mother Freda. He is also survived by his brother Jim and wife Michele, and nieces Elise and Hannah, as well as numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and their families. He was predeceased by his father Dr. Ormond Uptigrove.
Memorial Service will be held at First Alliance Church – Harvest Room (12345 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Atrium. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Compassion Canada, https://www.compassion.ca/make-a-donation/ or Tool Team at FAC in memory of John.
In living memory of John Uptigrove, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E.. Telephone: 403-203-0525.
Offer Condolence for the family of UPTIGROVE, John Walter

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  John Uptigrove
Posted by: FlyGuy - 07-16-2018, 04:58 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (19)


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  How Did You Afford Yours?
Posted by: tedirelan - 07-15-2018, 04:53 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (10)

How did you do it? Sure, the Mosquito is only a ~$40,000helicopter, but how? I mean, what job do you have to have or how much did you ha e to put down with what credit score range? Seriously, I'm looking for hard numbers here. Please. I want one of these so bad, I'll do what it takes to get one. I just need to know what it takes. Thank you!

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  How do y'all fuel your Skeeters?
Posted by: Casey - 07-13-2018, 02:28 PM - Forum: Fuel and Engine - Replies (11)

So now that I've moved from the "if I'm going to get a Mosquito" to "when am I going to get a Mosquito", my thoughts have moved to auxiliary equipment that will improve my life as a Mosquito owner which brings me to the question of: what do y'all use to fuel up your Mosqutos?

Jerry cans? 
Fixed fuel tank?

With an auxiliary tank, 20gals is a tall order for just my standard 5gal gas cans I use for lawn equipment, I was thinking like a little ~60gal-ish fuel tank with wheels and a trailer hitch I could tow down to wherever I'm going to end up purchasing my fuel supply. Of course I'm admittedly ignorant of any DOT regulations regarding such an act, but luckily living where I do I can claim agriculture status which typically gives us a little lee-way where regulations are concerned.

Anyways, how do y'all handle this?

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Photo Newb owner of XET N315FC
Posted by: rotorlyfe - 07-10-2018, 08:50 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (17)

Hi everyone! Just brought home my XET N315FC (soon to be N717N) from Brownwood, TX to my ranch in Abilene, TX.

First aircraft I've purchased, and so far very happy with it. Only problem is I don't weigh a whole lot, so CG feels a bit aft. Working on fixing that.

About me:
Line pilot for a big air ambulance company flying Bell 206L4 LongRangers around TX and OK

Former US Navy SH-60B/MH-60S rescue and  NASA/JPL project pilot
Navy Reserve Lieutenant Commander doing stuff in Asia

Happy to make new friends, share stories, and basically have a great time as a helicopter owner. Big Grin


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Posted by: Timberwolf - 07-07-2018, 08:34 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (5)

The aviation gods seem to smiling down on me and it appears I'll be making oshkosh for the last weekend. Will mosquito helicopter have a booth setup there? For any other guys that will be around I'd love to meet up and look at your helo or just chat about the mosquito build and flying qualities. I should be there the 27-29


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  Personal height limits
Posted by: elnmarie39 - 07-07-2018, 04:25 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (5)

My boyfriend is 6' 1" and we are wondering if he will fit comfortably in the XE Misquito helicopter with a helmet?
Thank you.

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  Used Mosquito Air Wanted
Posted by: Tim Scott - 07-04-2018, 06:49 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

I would like to buy a used mosquito air (preferably factory made and not previously crashed).  I'm not sure how this blogging works, but that's as simply as I can put it.  I'm in Kentucky, so something on this side of the country would be easier to reach.

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  New Potential Mosquito Owner
Posted by: Timberwolf - 06-27-2018, 12:36 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (11)

Hey everyone, thought I'd introduce myself as I try to gather more information to make a decision on possible Mosquito ownership. I'm an Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineer and A&P living the FL panhandle. I've had a few airplanes and currently own a RV-6 and Murphy Rebel bush plane. I have no helo experience, yet, but that will soon be changing. My job takes me out of country for half of the year, so some of the longer build times don't really appeal to me on helo's of the same class. I've been watching the mosquito and have seen the price steadily increase from when they were newly on the market to where we are today and in to August 1 with the next price hike. Though price isn't everything, it is a big consideration as I will have to sell or trade my Rebel for a helo. My primary pick right now is the XE285, though I wouldn't rule out the XET if I were to find someone willing to trade for the Rebel. With EFI on the 285 and the reserve power, I don't necc need the turbine whine and fuel burn associated. Plus, the added cost of acquiring it initially and picking up any parts required in the future. For anyone flying the XE285 I would love to hear any reviews you have one way or the other with the engine and EFI. I've searched but can't find much in the way of MX or what is required every XX hours for preventative mx. I wish the POH was published online as I feel this could help alleviate some of my questions and concerns. I've had 2 engine outs flying behind a cayuna 430 in a CGS hawk, but believe EFI to be a game changer in the 2 stroke arena. Thus, my renewed confidence in these engines.

I'm out of country now, but will be flying over to visit the Trenton factory as soon as I return home next month. I've really enjoyed owning my planes, but for now the RV is able to do 95% of my flying requirements. I'd rather move the plane on to someone else who will fly it and enjoy it as much as I have. Anyways, just wanted to say hey and hopeful that I'm soon a mosquito owner myself contributing to the discussions.


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