Category Archives: Contract helicopter pilot

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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The Start and Finish

Our S-64 Air Crane had been checked and made ready for the first fire call of the day, if it was ever to come. Time now, to get into the books, flight manuals, study guides, or maybe less demanding pursuits.  … Continue reading

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Following Along

The G.P.S. unit installed in our S-61 helicopter was state of the art. The company had spent a lot of money to make sure that we would always know where we were and for good reason. The mission was in … 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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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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