So many times I’ve thought of how awesome it would be to pack my bike into the cargo hold and go riding in so many different places that are practically out of reach.
Yep…my exact type of dream. Camping gear, fishing gear, the family…and just head out. I’d love to live in Idaho or have a cabin out that way…
Heck! The DH-2 from MILVIZ had that big cargo door a few years ago and you could take a motor bike or…oh wait…you mean a real plane…my bad.
I’d have killed to have that cargo door on our King Airs. We modded our Citations with cargo doors and it was wonderful. Loading a 300 pound, vented patient into the King Air…ugh…just an all hands on deck event.
Our electric lift could cope with 300lbs max. More than that we found their c of g was over the aisle so they pulled the stretchers off their runners. Once fallen into the aisle they were very hard to move. We declined to fly one patient, they had lied about their weight. In the end an Antonov was hired to do the job. Winched onboard supervised by my paramedic. Offloading was done by ambulance service managers. They just pushed and held. Except they couldn’t hold the weight going down the ramp. The patient accelerated and shot across the apron straight towards a line of Super Pumas with their rotors turning. Fortunately it missed.
Me in the Antonov. Best cargo door you can get. And bunks for the crew, a dining table and a galley.
Do you think the pilots knew what were all the gauges for?
Vodka level : LOW
Awesomeness : HIGH
Seems that there was a Jerry Lewis movie where he fell out of and ambulance while he was on a gurney and hilarity ensued. Not quite the same things as heading for rotors without a stuntman though.
Yep. The Disorderly Orderly.
And here is 2700N Laurel Pass Avenue today. Location where Julie jumps off the bus.
me or the Antonov?
Not so much fun when it opened on take off. We used to prep the aircraft at the start of shift and then just go when we got a call. The paramedics had opened the cargo door and did familiarisation with the patient lift with new staff. It was not secured afterwards. At rotation it opened, the inside of the cabin/cockpit went IMC with a shredded cotton wool pad. Very noisy, almost impossible to communicate. My only low level circuit in the B200 flown just above stall speed. We expected the tail to come off or the fuselage to twist as it is structural. The audio tape is interesting. Procedures changed afterwards. No damage.
Wow. Thats a terrifying story. . Silly question but did it open all the way up? Like vertical or just crack a little bit? We’re there any noticeable aerodynamic effects having that stuck out in the wind?
ATC and the paramedic sitting next to the open hole said it went to about 3/4 open then then down to 1/4 and repeated throughout the flight. He didn’t get up to close it*. The aircraft yawed and rolled in synchronisation with the door moving.
You can hear the cockpit tape when we escape from lockdown.
*In the sim we were all shown a report on a pax door opening on a USAF King Air at night, in Germany. The warning caption came on so the Captain went down the back to check. It opened, he left the aircraft. His feet caught in the wire that holds the door in position when it is open, and held him - he was upside down with his head lower than the level of the wheels. Rapidly became unconscious. On landing his head rubbed along the ground and wore through his bone dome. He survived. The co pilot had landed thinking he was dead and had fallen from the aircraft.
As a result we trained the paramedics to follow the seat belt signs if there are no patients on board.
Thats horrendous. Mega scary stuff
What Victor2 “said” !!