Category Archives: Flying Stories

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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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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Helping Out

The helicopter I fly is the best initial attack  firefighting  helicopter in the world. I have flown at least 46 other models of  helicopters and yes, there are several other good helicopters out there but none better. My point is … 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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I really like this city

Melbourne ,Victoria,Australia. I have been here twice this year and didn’t really expect to be here at all.I really feel at home in Melbourne.My very first flying job in Australia was based here at the Essendon Airport and I can … 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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Before the Seismic job begins

Seismic exploration for oil seems as cyclical as helicopter logging or mineral exploration flying using airborne magnetometers.I don’t know why these types of flying have so many, (bad pun), ups and downs. Demand,seems the obvious answer, but its not just … 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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