Tag Archives: Helicopter Pilot

The good and bad

Memory is like the rest of the brain,a very under developed asset.I believe that everything we have done,know or have seen is filed away in our memory. Retrieving that memory is the trick. Speaking of tricks, is it true that … Continue reading

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We can do better than this

The likelihood that you will make a poor landing is directly proportional to the number and significance of the people witnessing the event.Helicopters can be landed and should be landed smoothly on the exact spot intended. We have all made … 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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Could you get out after an emergency water landing?

I remember watching the television coverage of the U.S. Air probable emergency ditching in the Hudson River this afternoon . I just recently completed my Helicopter Underwater Egress Training and I got thinking just how bad it would have been … Continue reading

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Flying Seismic

My teeth were chattering in time to the clacking diesel pickups idling behind us in the Motel parking lot. Thirty of us stood backs to the wind waiting for the morning safety meeting to begin. The wind whipped a combination … 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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Answer the radio

“I’ll bet you have had some frightening experiences?” It is a question I often get from people who ask about my helicopter firefighting career. “Not too many really”, I say “and I work hard to keep it that way” A … 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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Out on the Range

You can always tell when the shared bravado has left the confines of your helicopter cabin and everyone including you is now seriously concerned.  Call it, the suddenly sterile cabin. Single pilot VFR helicopter flights in marginal weather are nothing … Continue reading

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