Author Archives: Heligypsy

About Heligypsy

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

A few problems with the hydraulics

I wrote a blog previously about hydraulic failures. The blog was technical and hypothetical in nature. It can make for dull reading and many helicopter pilots still regard hydraulic failures as a minor problem in some aircraft. Certain helicopters will … Continue reading

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Pretty Good

I was talking with one of our pilots the other day and he was lamenting what he perceived as his eroding flying skills. I thought for a moment before commenting because I considered him to be of one of the … Continue reading

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Say Again ?

I fly mostly in countries other than the U.S.A. English is the international language of aviation and anywhere in the world I fly I am able to communicate in some fashion in English. Being able to communicate in a common … Continue reading

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He could have been….

A Chief Pilot I worked for many years ago had developed an obvious problem with alcohol consumption. In those days the stereo typical bush pilot and helicopter pilot was a hard flying,drinking,living, rugged individual or so the myth was sold.I … Continue reading

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Hydraulic Failures

Flying a helicopter without hydraulic boost can be an event that ranges anywhere from completely normal to life ending. Fact is that some helicopters fly perfectly well without any hydraulic power to assist control inputs and some helicopters can not … Continue reading

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Heli-Tanker

I was talking to a new friend the other day about my job as a firefighting helicopter pilot. He asked me if the Erickson Air Crane that I flew was the largest fire fighting helicopter in the world. It is … Continue reading

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The Rules

Military trained helicopter pilots spend most of their careers flying with another military trained pilot sitting beside them. In the commercial civilian world where two pilots are not required by law, a second pilot is seldom used. Most commercial operators … Continue reading

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From Hot to Cold

Hot air blew on the backs of my legs as I flew my Bell 47 G3B-1 back to the airport that early morning. At 05:30 the hot air seeping into the cabin had been tolerable but now with the morning … Continue reading

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Can Do

One of my first bosses in the helicopter business was a can do kind of guy, but only in the sense that he never turned down a job. That left those of us that worked for him to figure out … Continue reading

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Could be good

When you fly your own family members around you take special care to make sure that they have a positive experience. I don’t really know how many times I have flown my children in a helicopter. My oldest boy Adam, … Continue reading

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