High altitude flights...

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What's the highest density altitude you've flown at?

3000'
5
50%
4000'
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5000'
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20%
6000'
1
10%
7000'
2
20%
8000'
0
No votes
9000'
0
No votes
10,000'
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 10

High altitude flights...

Postby RDRickster » Mon Oct 27, 2003 4:39 pm

I was wondering what's the highest density altitude Brantly drivers have flown. Unless I'm mistaken, I believe that the first female helicopter pilot to fly over the Alps did it in a Brantly. If you've flown in mountains with your Brantly, please share your experiences!
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Postby Ron Spiker » Mon Oct 27, 2003 9:06 pm

I'm sure others have flown higher in their Brantly's, but this summer I went to 6,400' MSL. Using 45º F, 30" pressure and about 70% humidity, that put me right under 7000'. That's the highest I've been in a helicopter. At ~ 5,200' AGL, it feels like you're WAY up there.

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Postby jwgood » Sun Nov 02, 2003 12:42 pm

Just to explore the envelope, I took a B2B to 12,200 feet indicated before she stopped climbing. Understand that this was a ship with less than 100 hours total time and it was during the winter months. If I remember correctly manifold pressure was down to 15-16 inches at the full throttle stop. Also, took off in a B2B at 112' F with a DA of 4,600 feet. Two 200lb POB and about 20 gallons in the bag.
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Postby donlew » Sun Nov 02, 2003 6:28 pm

I would also like to know what is the highest density altitude anyone has taken off and landed a B2B?

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Postby Ron Spiker » Tue Feb 10, 2004 12:13 pm

Took it up to just over 7,000' indicated a couple days ago. Still had power left, but was feeling kinda small at about 5,800' AGL. Hopefully I'll get a chance to try it again before summer.

Are there any dangers I may be unaware of, besides just running out of power, by going to these altitudes? I see jwgood's post from November and it looks like there's just no more power to climb, so you come back down. Anything else?
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Density Altitude

Postby donlew » Sun Feb 15, 2004 11:07 am

Took a nice flight Saturday. Flew up to 5,000 ft MSL. Temp was 40 degrees.

Density Alt. was 4,923 ft.

Two of us aboard. About 410 lbs. + 1/2 tank fuel. Was running about 21 lbs. manifold pressure. Ship was still climbing and had plenty of power.

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Postby donlew » Sun Oct 10, 2004 1:52 pm

Was out flying yesterday. Had a nice flight. weather was great about 70 degrees.

Had the ship up to 7000 ft. Still climbing out at 500 fpm.

Great day for flying.

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