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Personally, I don't see how it's financially viable in most situations, but I'm guessing it's financially viable in a few situations or when shorthanded. Although horses are expensive to "maintain", almost every ranch already has them. Feed and medical are the two largest expenses, and you're going to be providing that whether or not you are using ...


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Two reasons: It is way faster and allows one person with a relatively cheap-to-run R-22 to do the work of several cowboys. You're paying for the cowboy 24-7 if they are on staff, which is usually the case on a sprawling and remote ranch/station where you have to keep them on full time (and the horse if using them); you're only paying for the machine (...


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If you look at the situation in terms of power, an increase in weight (or any increase in loading) requires more power. As you don't have this power, the helicopter will descend faster, more air will go through the rotor leading to an increase in RPM. Hopefully this increase in RPM will provide enough lift to stabilize the vertical speed. Increasing the ...


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In the Mars Helicopter Technology Demonstrator paper these are refered as "Chinese weights" and the purpose stated is Chinese weights provide a restoring force on the blade moments when under centrifugal loads thereby reducing the torque requirements on the swashplate actuators. Searching for the term leads mostly to RC sites, for example this ...


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