reply to post by rhynouk
Fair enough, everyone is entitled to their opnion =)
Just something to consider: would you believe I hovered a Blackhawk helicopter with zero experience, on the very first try? FYI, helicopters are
geometrically more complex to fly than fixed wing - which I do have experience in. BTW, at the time I got my chance, I had all of 20 hours or so in
Cessnas. 20 hours is significantly less than the guys at the controls on 9-11.
Of course you wouldn't but here is the thing: it's absolutely true. I know you don't know me, or anything about my background so all I can do is
tell you my integrity is intact and what I expressed to you is exactly what happened.
Now, flying a Blackhawk, unrated, while in the military (or out) is a definite career ender for all involved. How it happened, how I was in that
position, etc is something I would be glad to share VIA U2U.
One of my buddies is still flying active duty and I wont share anything that could still jeopardize his career.
Believe me or not, it's your choice but, it is absolutely the truth. So, from my own personal experience in an aircraft that truly is difficult to
fly (compared to fixed wing, IMO) I see it as entirely possible.
A few qualifiers: hovering a Blackhawk is not
like flying say, a Huey. Hueys are all stick and rudder (and a lot of vibration). I know that
from personal experience too. Your choice to believe me or not. There is no way in heck I could hover a Huey with no experience, none. How was I able
to hover a Blackhawk? Technology, specifically the mixer on the hydraulic deck. I wont bore you with details but, the mixer essentially takes many
inputs (manual in a Huey - meaning the pilot) from various sources and literally "mixes" them together. Bottom line: it does a lot automatically for
the pilot. You don't even have to dial in counter-torque when you pull in power.......the mixer does it for you.
Okay, enough of that...here's my point: modern, fixed wing commercial airliners are no different. If your intention is point the aircraft in a
certain direction and run it into something, without any concern for the structural integrity of the airframe, the safety of those on board, FAA
rules, retaining your pilots rating/certification, other aircraft, etc........then yep, I think it's totally possible.
If you look at the various computer simulations based on the flight data recorders these guys weren't using a gentle touch - nor did it matter. They
weren't concerned with safety, fuel burn rate, regulations or anything else.
[edit on 15-1-2008 by SlightlyAbovePar]