Brantly-Hynes Flight School from the 70's

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Brantly-Hynes Flight School from the 70's

Postby seneca2e » Fri May 07, 2010 1:33 pm

I reread some old material I have from the Brantly Hynes days. Their flight school was flying over 500 hours per month at its peak! A one day record was 28 hours! Single machines amassed as much as 12 to 14 hours per day! Now if they held up to that I think it's a pretty good testament to their design and reliability. That's darn impressive any way you spin it!
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Re: Brantly-Hynes Flight School from the 70's

Postby 9121u » Fri May 07, 2010 7:41 pm

That's why they call it the work horse. I own one of the brantlys that Hynes used.and built. any more info on them would be great. so any one of you ever worked there or trained there weight in.and give us some of your experience. thanks tom
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Re: Brantly-Hynes Flight School from the 70's

Postby Mike Victor » Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:44 pm

Memories are sparked by this expressed interest in the factory flight school of the 1970s...

Usually there would be three helicopters at a time used in the training, and when any student wasn't in the air, they were in the ground school room for a non-stop ground school program. Often the machines wouldn't shut down for fueling and the training was non--stop... at all levels. Students came from all over the world, Spain, South Africa, Vietnam, England, Scandinavia, and all over North America... I recall one year the cost for dual at the factory school was $40.00 per hour with a focus on determining which areas of the machine should command focus on improvements.

Mr. Brantly was around in those days, and was available to sit and talk about details at a local restaurant, while he was working on his backhoe project. The real gurus were involved, including Gene Hill, Olvis Jones, Eddie Fry and the historic crew in the machine shop. Mike Hynes was a man of vision. He knew the value of the team who really knew the Brantly.

Ask the real old-timers about the Brantly hovering at Pike's Peak with the turbocharged engine, or the flight test program for the -303's, the stabilizer system featured in Flying magazines for true hands-off cross country flights, and improvements which never completed certification programs.

Harold was around in those days... but not working at the factory... ASK HIM ABOUT ROY ORR?
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Re: Brantly-Hynes Flight School from the 70's

Postby Brad Bowles » Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:43 pm

Mike do you have any photos you can post form those days. Also my B2 was first sold to the Royal Canadian mounty police .I have the flight logs that show every flight it made with them but would like to find some pictures of it our any other B2's they might have had.
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Re: Brantly-Hynes Flight School from the 70's

Postby 9121u » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:40 pm

I was digging out some of my old parts and books just to see what i had came across some old b2b flight manuals one was standard b2b the other was flight manual for flying with floats pretty cool 1963 brantly must be pretty stable in water it said you can land on water up to 20"high waves maximum. it was approved by RAY ORR. that use to work at brantly back in the day .will post more as i read up on this stuff i forgot i had this stuff. thanks tom
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