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 Post subject: Re: Flying the R44 Raven II
PostPosted: 09 May 2021, 18:40 
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Widgeon, Citation, R44, A109? Proof that I’m doing it all wrong and you’re doing it right. Hats off to you my friend.

All kidding aside, does the increased size / downwash of the 109 make it tougher to sneak into the friends backyard type spots than the R44? Or is that why you’re keeping both?

Safe travels, in all your wonderful machines.

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 Post subject: Re: Flying the R44 Raven II
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Widgeon, Citation, R44, A109? Proof that I’m doing it all wrong and you’re doing it right. Hats off to you my friend.

All kidding aside, does the increased size / downwash of the 109 make it tougher to sneak into the friends backyard type spots than the R44? Or is that why you’re keeping both?

Safe travels, in all your wonderful machines.

Ken


I'm keeping the R44 because it's just a blast to fly, it's very inexpensive to own and it's a no worries machine to use for short trips/cycles. The 44 is a great daily flyer; I've been using it like a car and am building a hangar at my house that will only fit a 2 bladed rotor system. I also have a gut feeling in the back of my head that the 109 might be outrageously expensive to operate! Hopefully I'm wrong on that! :D A 109 can't be any more work to own than a G44 Widgeon though. I am going to limit my water flying to missions that require a water airplane; I really enjoyed restoring it but it's not a toy and requires a lot of my time to keep going. If the R44 is a 50 hours of flying to 1 hour of work aircraft, a 77 year old seaplane is a 1 hour of flying to 1 hour of work airplane.


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 Post subject: Re: Flying the R44 Raven II
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I use my 44 like a car and have been for years. Have a good friend with a 109 and for me the problem is that it’s a tank. No sneaking into restaurants, little spots. The thing throws some serious dust. At this point in my flying I can land in a backyard and hardly blow anything but not that helicopter. BUT for comfort and traveling the 109 is a great helicopter. Bit things do break on them the Robinsons not so much. At least from what I have seen.

Good luck to you Michael, you have brought Citation ownership to the masses! And good to you for doing that!

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 Post subject: Re: Flying the R44 Raven II
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I use my 44 like a car and have been for years. Have a good friend with a 109 and for me the problem is that it’s a tank. No sneaking into restaurants, little spots. The thing throws some serious dust. At this point in my flying I can land in a backyard and hardly blow anything but not that helicopter. BUT for comfort and traveling the 109 is a great helicopter. Bit things do break on them the Robinsons not so much. At least from what I have seen.

Good luck to you Michael, you have brought Citation ownership to the masses! And good to you for doing that!


Visited a friend last weekend, no one notices. This is an R44 blade leading edge. Very well made.


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