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#3565562 - 09/12/12 06:13 PM Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt
Hawkeye708 Offline
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Registered: 06/14/12
Posts: 19
Anyone know where I could find a cheap helicopter hog hunt near San Antonio or castroville , Texas

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#3565709 - 09/12/12 07:00 PM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: Hawkeye708]
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Registered: 07/30/11
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Loc: GREAT STATE OF TEXAS
Good luck,,,I dont think cheap and helicopters go together ! Pricey !

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#3565712 - 09/12/12 07:01 PM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: Hawkeye708]
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Good luck on your quest. Cheap and helicopter don't generally go hand-in-hand, but I'd love to be able to afford a heli-hunt some day. The last I heard, the going rate was around $600/hr.
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#3566471 - 09/12/12 10:21 PM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: toolman]
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Cheap helicopter hunt = high potential for expensive crash and hospital.

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#3566523 - 09/12/12 10:33 PM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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Let me know if you find a CHEAP and REPUTABLE hunt.
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#3566754 - 09/13/12 05:43 AM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: target1911]
predator-solutions Offline
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Registered: 08/11/12
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Call that Russian helicopter company wecrashalot. I bet they would rent you on snd give you a instruction manual how to fly it. Do it yourselfers dream

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#3566787 - 09/13/12 06:19 AM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: predator-solutions]
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Depends on the type of helicopter you want to hunt with. Schwiezer makes a small helicopter called the 300 cbi, they are commonly used for flight instruction. You could rent for one about $200 to $300 per hour then hire a pilot for $50 to $100 per hour. They are rated to fly without doors and that could be the cheapest possible way to do it. Cheap doesnt mean your going to have a higher chance to crash, if your hire a pilot that means he/she has a commercial pilots license and the FAA makes sure those people know what they are doing. Doing something cool from a helicopter like hunting is a change of pace from how pilots normally fly, and they would most likely jump on the oppourtunity and doing pretty cheap.

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#3566832 - 09/13/12 06:55 AM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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Loc: Southlake, TX, Jacksboro TX
Originally Posted By: Double Naught Spy
Cheap helicopter hunt = high potential for expensive crash and hospital.


If you're lucky...most that crash at that speed and altitude end up as crispy critters. There is no training that trains a pilot to handle engine failures at 50 to 100'. That is what is referred to as the "dead man" zone. Cheap means less than acceptable maintenance standards and an inexperienced pilot....recipe for disaster.
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#3566901 - 09/13/12 07:28 AM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: billybob]
DuckedBlind Offline
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Cheap means less than acceptable maintenance standards and an inexperienced pilot....recipe for disaster.


Inexperienced pilot yes probably, but less than acceptable maintenance practices? Any aircraft used for hire is subject to 100 hour inspections as well as annuals, acceptable maintenenace practices are standardized by the FAA. No matter how cheap you rent an aircraft for its going to as safe as an expensive one.

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#3566913 - 09/13/12 07:33 AM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: DuckedBlind]
RogueSamurai Offline
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Registered: 06/01/06
Posts: 331
Loc: Central TX.
You'll probably just have to save up and wait until you can afford it.

As I understand it there are only 2 kinds of chopper pilots in the world. Those that flew in Vietnam, and everyone else.
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#3566924 - 09/13/12 07:38 AM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: DuckedBlind]
Hawkeye708 Offline
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Registered: 06/14/12
Posts: 19
Well what I ment by cheap was cheap for what the usual price cause I found one for 500/ hr but I'd pay another 350 for an aviation safety course

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#3566928 - 09/13/12 07:39 AM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: Hawkeye708]
Hawkeye708 Offline
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Registered: 06/14/12
Posts: 19
To be a gunner

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#3566968 - 09/13/12 07:53 AM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: DuckedBlind]
billybob Offline
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Registered: 02/28/10
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Loc: Southlake, TX, Jacksboro TX
Originally Posted By: hunter_josh
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Cheap means less than acceptable maintenance standards and an inexperienced pilot....recipe for disaster.


Inexperienced pilot yes probably, but less than acceptable maintenance practices? Any aircraft used for hire is subject to 100 hour inspections as well as annuals, acceptable maintenenace practices are standardized by the FAA. No matter how cheap you rent an aircraft for its going to as safe as an expensive one.


The FAA has standards on maintenance....but you're assuming that everyone adheres to those standards. Even large air carriers are fined frequently for not adhering to them. So a owner of a "cheap" flying service will more than likely not keep maintenance at an acceptable level. As far as pilots go....the person who takes you up to 100' then hovers you around to take shots is a lunatic with less than 200hrs and will probably not live past 20. You won't find an experienced pilot doing that...they are trained to pass through that altitude very quickly with some airspeed.
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#3566981 - 09/13/12 07:59 AM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: Hawkeye708]
billybob Offline
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Loc: Southlake, TX, Jacksboro TX
Originally Posted By: Hawkeye708
To be a gunner


join the army....they'll give you training for free partyon555
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#3567054 - 09/13/12 08:24 AM Re: Looking for cheap Helicopter hog hunt [Re: billybob]
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Originally Posted By: billybob
Originally Posted By: hunter_josh
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Cheap means less than acceptable maintenance standards and an inexperienced pilot....recipe for disaster.


Inexperienced pilot yes probably, but less than acceptable maintenance practices? Any aircraft used for hire is subject to 100 hour inspections as well as annuals, acceptable maintenenace practices are standardized by the FAA. No matter how cheap you rent an aircraft for its going to as safe as an expensive one.


The FAA has standards on maintenance....but you're assuming that everyone adheres to those standards. Even large air carriers are fined frequently for not adhering to them. So a owner of a "cheap" flying service will more than likely not keep maintenance at an acceptable level. As far as pilots go....the person who takes you up to 100' then hovers you around to take shots is a lunatic with less than 200hrs and will probably not live past 20. You won't find an experienced pilot doing that...they are trained to pass through that altitude very quickly with some airspeed.


Ill give you the pilot stuff but i wouldnt assume a GA guy is going to be more likely to have bad maintenance practices than airlines or any one else. As long as ive worked in the industry ive been able to see both sides of the fence and im not saying either one is going to have better maintenance practices than the other. Although i will say i feel far safer on joe smoes airplane than on any airline.

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