Category Archives: helicopter firefighting

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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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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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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Too Risky?

I have a high risk occupation. My everyday job consists of flying a 9000 horse power helicopter down flaming hillsides dropping enough water or retardant in one load to injure or kill anyone accidentally struck with that volume of liquid. … 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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