Bob purchased his Rotorway Exec 90 as the third owner. This ship had a lot of hours on it and Bob knew that he needed someone who was familiar with this model of helicopter to take a look at it and to teach him to fly it. He hired Orv Neisingh to travel to CA to provide transision flight training. Orv and Bob worked for three days on the mechanical issues of the helicopter and then began Bob's transition training.
The photo above shows that Bob has tipped the ship back onto it's stinger so that the heavy oil in the chain bath main drive will run back to the rear of the chain bath so that the chain can be oiled prior to flight.
The Southern California area is so congested that we had to fly West to the ocean and then fly South along the beaches to do much of the familiarization training that Bob needed. We stayed within autorotation range of beaches, parking lots, freight terminals, and cargo docks just in case we needed to put it down in a hurry.
Orv and Bob were not the only adventurers out that day in Long Beach harbor.
Care to guess what this site is? It is a para-surfer cutting quite a wake under his parachute as it pulls him along the bay and past the kelp beds. The view from the helicopter was spectacular.
As they transited Long Beach harbor there were plenty of emergency landing places. This is the freight terminal of Long Beach as seen from the Rotorway Exec 90.
From Bob's Rotorway Exec. 90 the world famous Queen Mary can be seen in her permanent dock. To the left is the dome that protected the Howard Hughes's Spruce Goose while it was kept at Long Beach. It is truly amazing what one can see and experience from the seats of the little Rotorway Helicopters. They have made the flying dreams of many become a reality. Bob had many of hours in other helicopters but elected to have someone experienced check out his ship and then provide him with transition training in it.