Done that

More than a few of the jobs I have flown with a helicopter I don’t care to do again. I don’t think they make a long line long enough when you have to sling out the contents of port a potties from remote sites. That is all I have to say about that job. Use your imagination to fill in the blanks.
I don’t care to fly out wrecked aircraft from mountainside impact zones even though I have done it about ten times. Probably best not to think about that scene at all and I will NEVER again fly out the wreckage from a friends fatal accident. What was I thinking to accept that mission?
I won’t miss flying boughs. It is fairly hazardous work to fly pine boughs off mountain sides in crappy weather so that they can make wreaths out of the boughs. Wreaths! Now there’s a message. A buddy of mine crashed flying boughs last Fall and he is still alive and flying,but I doubt he will ever fly boughs again. It was not the right job for him.
I doubt I ‘ll ever do cone harvesting again. It is not bad work but there are some things that can go wrong despite your best efforts.
Snow surveys used to be fun, there are a lot of landings made into powder on mountain tops in marginal weather and while there are obvious risks involved, frankly, I just don’t want to be that cold ever again.
I will not fly anymore tour flights again. I like people,but answering the same 20 questions while flying over the same patch of dirt or water could get you to the point where you may stop liking people or even yourself. Nope,definitely not flying tours again.
I will not be flying any agricultural spraying work again. The work is not so bad but my body doesn’t handle the abuses of chemicals like it did when I was in my twenties. I could spray organics I suppose but its all sprayed out of the same mix tank and hoppers that the “hot” chemicals are sprayed from. Don’t believe me? Sorry, but its true. As long as there are no detectable non organic chemicals found on the crop and an “organic pesticide” was used it can be “organically grown.” There are different levels of organically grown criteria but a lot of the so called organically grown crops are most definitely sprayed with “organic pesticides”.
I doubt I will ever fly for a police department again either. Most cops are good people and jobs like rappelling and rescue are rewarding and challenging but orbiting in circles for hours is a challenge of a whole different nature. I feel dizzy just thinking about it. No thanks.
I will not fly offshore to oil rigs again. Its mostly really,really boring, interspersed with the occasional startling event.Its like driving the same road to work everyday and every once in a while something scary happens when you least expect it. Please don’t write me and tell me how wrong I am about the work I have listed. If it works for you,then as the Aussies say,”Good on ya mate!”
EMS, been there and done that as well. Like I once told an EMS pilot recruiter, “you wake me up at 03:00 and you will have to tell me my name. Don’t even think of asking me to fly anything”
ENG, well if you recall my dislike about flying tight orbits,then you know where I stand on ENG.
So, I fly now as firefighting helicopter pilot. It gets really hot and smoky, my eyes water and I get the human version of kennel cough about mid season. Once in a while some other helicopter attempts a mid air crew exchange,but mostly I like what I do.
That is a good thing I guess. I was starting to run of choices.

About Heligypsy

Has it really been forty three years flying helicopters all over the world? I guess its time to share some stories, I hope you enjoy my adventures.
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