Category Archives: Flying Stories

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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We just got hit

A friend asked me recently about bird strikes with helicopters. The recent landing of an Airbus A320 in the Hudson River after a bird strike no doubt prompted his question. When you fly at lower altitudes as most helicopters tend … Continue reading

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Done that

More than a few of the jobs I have flown with a helicopter I don’t care to do again. I don’t think they make a long line long enough when you have to sling out the contents of port a … Continue reading

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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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