Tag Archives: Helicopter Pilot

The Rules

Military trained helicopter pilots spend most of their careers flying with another military trained pilot sitting beside them. In the commercial civilian world where two pilots are not required by law, a second pilot is seldom used. Most commercial operators … Continue reading

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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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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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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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