Category Archives: Contract helicopter pilot

The Shot

I have taken a lot of aerial photographs from helicopters. My photographs, which would number in the thousands, have produced maybe a dozen or so decent photographs. I am not discouraged. I have flown dozens of photographers and cameramen, doing … Continue reading

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Frosty Reception

Most helicopters are not permitted flight into known icing conditions. I have iced up on occasion and in a couple of those instances, I got to find out just how fast a rotor blade can become a very ineffective airfoil … Continue reading

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Surviving Seismic Contracts

He maybe had about 2 more hours and then he would likely start to die. It was 20 minutes past official dark and the next nearest other rescue vehicle was a Honda quad about 6 miles away. We had a … Continue reading

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Juggies

Jugheads are often regarded poorly by the helicopter pilots that work with them on seismic jobs. That is too bad, but I understand how the low opinion can be formed.When somebody does something that threatens to end your life you … Continue reading

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The attack rabbit

I was talking to another company pilot about some ideas our company may have about acquiring some S-61 helicopters.I enjoy flying the S-61 and it would supplement some of the work we do with our S-64’s. The company has operated … Continue reading

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Fun on the Range

Flying secret squirrel operations for the U.S. Navy was seldom boring. Most flights were offshore California on the Pacific Missile Test Range. It was not all over water flying, there were Islands that we flew to as well. San Nicolas … Continue reading

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The good and bad

Memory is like the rest of the brain,a very under developed asset.I believe that everything we have done,know or have seen is filed away in our memory. Retrieving that memory is the trick. Speaking of tricks, is it true that … Continue reading

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Flying Seismic

My teeth were chattering in time to the clacking diesel pickups idling behind us in the Motel parking lot. Thirty of us stood backs to the wind waiting for the morning safety meeting to begin. The wind whipped a combination … Continue reading

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The Burn Over Part II

This had been a stubborn fire.Not much had gone our way and the news from our fire base that we still didn’t have our grocery order hadn’t improved morale.My Helitac crew had been split in two to manage the new … Continue reading

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The Burn Over

Our Helitac crew’s firefighting efforts and my water drops were not going to be enough to get this wildfire under control. No control today and unless we got some help from Mother Nature, not for a few days.There were no … Continue reading

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