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I thought I would let some of you in on something we Army aviators get to do. There is a course called High Altitude Aviation Training or HAATS. This is where you come to learn power management while flying helicopters in the mountains. This series of pictures was taken while my stick buddy was flying at 10,500 feet doing saddle approaches.

 

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Notice all the dead trees, those are beetle kill and is what is causing most of the havoc here in Colorado.

 

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Looking back towards Eagle Colorado

 

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Making the approach

 

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The last few feet

 

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Back around for another try


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Spectacular! :o

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Great Photos! Thanks for the look!

 

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Looks to be a 6?

 

Anyone else have their pics of this stuff, post it, I welcome all.

 

Nope, not a loach. It is a US Army aircraft.

 

Another hint. It's acquisition was a big news topic. (I won't say in what time frame yet.)

 

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Nice pics!

 

Another hint on my aircraft. It's a "non-standard" that caused a big stir in the news last year. The entire DoD owns, or has on order, about 200 of them. Not sure how many the army is carrying on their books. I know at least 20.

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Then that would be the LUH, I didn't think they used steam gauges!

 

 

Nope not the LUH. The instrument panel pictured if from a US Army Mi17v1. The Army is also operating some Mi17v5 owned by the USAF.

 

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Passed over Leadville a few times, never had a reason to stop. :)

 

The test activity at Rucker was flying a Hind back in the late 80s early 90s, I don't remember what ever became of that.

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Beautiful mountain scenery and almost alpine-like meadows. Snow-topped, in mid June? Tell this Brit where that is geographically, please Hawk'!? Thanks.

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Ian,

It's out in Colorado. That was one of the courses I really wanted to take, but never got the opportunity to. Most of my battalion went through there last year though.

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Ian,

It's out in Colorado. That was one of the courses I really wanted to take, but never got the opportunity to. Most of my battalion went through there last year though.

So it's the Rockies?

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Ian, type into google maps, Leadville Colorado and Eagle Colorado and it will show you exactly where. Eagle is the base, Leadville is just a small town with a asphalt strip at 9,900. Camp Hale us just to the north of Leadville and then on further north is Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts. And, yes, it is the Rockie Mountains.


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Stunning scenery!

 

 

 

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

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My CO left us a few months ago for a job in training at HAATS. I hear its some of the best training in the Army.

 

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