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That great article on Vince LaForet's heli escapades brings back some memories. My pinnacle is 7.500', which was light to moderately terrifying. Several things come into play, it's totally unnatural to be stationary at 7,500' in the air, the sensation of height is indescribable. Even if you are tracking back and forth, 130 knots at those heights gives you the impression that you're not going anywhere very fast. I start to get that in the Cub from about 3,000 on up. We were bucking a 40 knot unfavorable wind so the helicopter kept "settling with power", which to a fixed wing pilot is a take off and departure stall to the left. A bit disconcerting when you're half in/half out looking through a camera. We did four of them and I had had all the fun I could stand. My legs shook for an hour back on the ground. Vince's experience added a few thousand feet, which probably didn't look a lot different, but doing it at night would have a considerable impact on the anxiety factor.
The stuff we do for money and kicks...........!