Category Archives: Contract helicopter pilot

Answer the radio

“I’ll bet you have had some frightening experiences?” It is a question I often get from people who ask about my helicopter firefighting career. “Not too many really”, I say “and I work hard to keep it that way” A … Continue reading

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Some things you never forget

Why more of us didn’t die in crashes I’ll never know. Some did. I had been looking through my old pilot logbooks. All six of them. Another pilot had asked me online about my experience with helicopters other than the … Continue reading

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And,now,for my next trick

Those of us who choose to write about our flying misadventures run the risk that their audience no matter how few they are, may decide, that you are in fact ,a moron. By way of a very limited defense, I … Continue reading

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Back and Forth

Not always blogs, sometimes stories of past adventures. I write about travel,personal observations that expose my sometimes unusual thinking but mostly helicopter flying stories past and current Continue reading

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How hard could it be?…answered.

Gray, murky, drizzly and just above freezing. April weather in Revelstoke B.C. where the drizzle falls as snow somewhere above us in the higher mountains. This is Heli skiing country where the snow stays till late May. Happy skiers on … Continue reading

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A Helicopter Made Worse

Spring time in Northern Saskatchewan. Unless you are a fly-in-fishing sort of person you most likely know very little about this Canadian Province. It is known as one of the prairie provinces based on the 30% that is actually prairie. … Continue reading

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Landing on boats

I have written previously of some of the stupid student tricks we pulled while self training at Skyrotors, where I some how managed to become a commercial helicopter pilot. Landing on moving trains and transport trucks was pretty dumb, but … Continue reading

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Leonards Chores

We followed the blood spatter trail from the clinic entrance to the dirt road that lead down the main street into town. The doctor and I had made the mistake of leaving our patient on his own for a couple … Continue reading

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What do you do?

Its the first and second question you get asked when people query you on your occupation and you respond , ” I am a helicopter pilot.” The second question goes like this usually. “So what do you do? fly for … Continue reading

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A contract pilots perspective

Some thoughts on flying from the perspective of a contract pilot. Flight safety is a term we banter about in the helicopter industry. There isn’t much that I do that could be considered safe in most of my utility flying … Continue reading

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