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Helo lunch with Maja

Building hours presents lots of opportunities for fun flights. I picked Maja up from the our house and flew to Lancaster for lunch. The R-44 is so much better in cross country than the R-22. Scratch that. The R-44 is better than the R-22 in almost every way. When I first started flying the 44 I preferred the more nimble 22 because it was what I was used to. The hydraulic controls, and the pendular action of the long main rotor mast made hovering a bit different and I felt awkward. As I’ve now gotten quite a few hours in the 44, I absolutely love it. You can take 4 people. It can carry actual fuel. It is far more comfortable to fly in cross country flight. The R-22 can be exhausting. Its faster. And the ample power makes getting in and out of confined areas more feasible. There are definitely confined landings that I can do in the 44 that I would not attempt in the 22.

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Lancaster is a great airport. Friendly and considerate controllers combined with good facilities and a great restaurant. Hard to beat for that $100 burger.

Its winter, so our fields look brown and barren, but landing back at our house we overflew our three horses who ran a little bit – all in all they were not freaked out.

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Dad and Uncle Joe

My Dad and had been talking about doing a flight in the R-44 for a little bit, and finally an opportunity with great weather showed up. Even better, my Uncle Joe was able to join us for his first helicopter flight.

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Solo over York County

I flew all over the place solo today. It was an absolutely smacking day to be flying. Perfect visibility. Clean air. I flew north out of Frederick and basically flew over multiple friends and points of interest

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This is Swan Lake Farm from above. My wife rides her horse here occasionally, and we are friendly with the owner and a number of other riders here. Its no small place!

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I continued north flying roads I know well from growing up. I flew from Littlestown PA to Hanover and north up route 194. I flew over our old farm in Wellsville, PA. A lot of work has been done to this property since my mother and I were there in middle school. Two ponds have been added, a large addition to the bank barn, and general renovation. The place looks good.

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Next up I did some low passes over our friends Nikki and Isaac’s farm outside of East Berlin, PA.

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On my way back down south I flew over Hanover, PA. Hanover is where I went to high school (South Western). I went to 5 different school districts growing up, and I think 6 different farms, but I’ve always claimed Hanover as my home town.

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Speaking of South Western – here is my high school from the air. South Western is a very good school district.

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My buddy Chad’s mother lives in this development.

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Hey its my place again. (Red house, red barn / garage)

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