Tag Archives: Contract helicopter pilot

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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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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Situation Normal

Another oh dark thirty wake up, for a first light departure. I could never see the urgency in getting people off a ship that would still be there, at say, 07:30, rather than by the dawns early light at 05:45.The … Continue reading

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Initial Attack

The following is the partial definition of the wildland firefighting term that is the title for this blog and governs a lot of the firefighting I have done in the U.S.A. with helicopters of various types. Initial attack is the … 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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