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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.

Greece is no vacation

Originally posted on Helicopter Pilot, will travel:
Tampa airport. The white zone, is for happy reunions and brave goodbyes. A last kiss, a look back and then its off to Greece and three weeks of firefighting in the Air Crane.…

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End of a line

Bob died a few days ago. He was an exceptional helicopter pilot. He didn’t die in an accident but I can’t blame anyone for thinking that it might have been a crash after reading he was a helicopter pilot. I … Continue reading

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Greece is no vacation

Tampa airport. The white zone, is for happy reunions and brave goodbyes. A last kiss, a look back and then its off to Greece and three weeks of firefighting in the Air Crane. Airline travel is a grind. This day … Continue reading

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The Next Generation

I was reading a post on Facebook the other day by one of our newer pilots. He was going to celebrate his Mother’s birthday. She was turning 56. What? A few of our other pilots are about the same age … Continue reading

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Quote

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. — Helen Keller.

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Holding the Line Revisited

Recently a friend had asked me if fighting fires with the Helitanker was different from country to country? It is different for the obvious reasons, in the same way that Italy is different from Australia or Greece or Canada. Our … Continue reading

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Firefighting in the city

Athens, Hellas and the wildfire that had travelled cross country for about 15 miles, was now reaching the city. The fire was running through the upscale neighborhood about as fast as a person could run. There were in fact a … Continue reading

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