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Only if you are the pilot biggrin.gif

 

 

One piece of advice offered by a friend a few years back: never fly with a helicopter pilot with a nickname like "cheater" or "lucky"...

 

I can't find it now, but a year or two ago a helicopter pilot friend pointed me to an article about the difference between rotary and fixed wing pilots - and one of the key points was that fixed wing pilots gravitate toward craft  that pretty much want to stay in the air while rotary pilots gravitate toward craft that pretty much want to fall out of the sky given a moment's inattention...

 

That said, I think the heli-ski safety thing overall is an interesting question. There are points to be made in both directions. 

 

As for nolo's comment above - if Forbes is not garbage, it generally "hovers" pretty close IMO. Just sayin'...

 

Flew back from Milwaukee and had a great conversation with a heli pilot who used to fly short haul rescues in Grand Teton NP (also fire fighting missions). He used to tell the rescue rangers--the ones who were hanging off the helicopter on a rope, that he would try and drop them in the water from as low as possible if the chopper was going down. Never had to do it I guess.  Lots of other great stories as well. 

 

As far as names--another piece of advice--never buy a house near anything called Dry Creek.

post #32 of 43
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I thought subdivisions were named for whatever major indigenous species they displace -- Turkey Cove (no more turkeys), Antelope Flats (ditto), Elk Ridge (uh-huh), Tranquility Drive (under continuous construction)...

 

Our heli pilot at one of the CMH permits was named Sluggo and he had one rule: do not call the damn thing a "chopper"!  

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A little known fact is that helicopters don't actually fly - they make so much noise and stink that the earth backs away from them in horror.
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I thought subdivisions were named for whatever major indigenous species they displace -- Turkey Cove (no more turkeys), Antelope Flats (ditto), Elk Ridge (uh-huh), Tranquility Drive (under continuous construction)...

 

Definitely true of Elk Grove--a suburb of Sacramento. But Turkey Creek Golf course does have wild turkeys.

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I thought subdivisions were named for whatever major indigenous species they displace -- Turkey Cove (no more turkeys), Antelope Flats (ditto), Elk Ridge (uh-huh), Tranquility Drive (under continuous construction)...

 

Don't want to live in Whiskey Flats then.

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I've only been on four helicopter flights--Grand Canyon, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore--and I'm hooked! I feel safer in a heli than in rush hour traffic.

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I've only been on four helicopter flights--Grand Canyon, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore--and I'm hooked! I feel safer in a heli than in rush hour traffic.

They're a lot of fun...at first. I've been on hundreds and hundreds of flights and I'm pretty sure I don't ever want to get in one again. redface.gif
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I've only been on four helicopter flights--Grand Canyon, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore--and I'm hooked! I feel safer in a heli than in rush hour traffic.

They're a lot of fun...at first. I've been on hundreds and hundreds of flights and I'm pretty sure I don't ever want to get in one again. redface.gif

So which one is more dangerous? The flight up or the run down. I hauled Copter parts for Evergreen. They look kind of rinky-dink close up.

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Our house is in the final approach path that the LifeFiight helicopters take in to Duke Hospital.  Several times a week we hear them passing over knowing someone is having a very bad day/night.  I have a deep seeded fear that one will eventually crash in our yard someday..

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But Turkey Creek Golf course does have wild turkeys.

 
I have played there! Twice! (My brother lives in Auburn.)
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I've only been on four helicopter flights--Grand Canyon, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore--and I'm hooked! I feel safer in a heli than in rush hour traffic.

They're a lot of fun...at first. I've been on hundreds and hundreds of flights and I'm pretty sure I don't ever want to get in one again. redface.gif

So which one is more dangerous? The flight up or the run down.

I've come to think that at least I probably have more control over the risks on the run down.
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I hauled Copter parts for Evergreen. They look kind of rinky-dink close up.

I've flown in Evergreen ships a lot, Bell 205s mostly. Evergreen is generally thought to be a CIA operation. They have a big base in Marana AZ and a lot of weird flights (unmarked 747s and such) go in and out of there, especially at night. Or so I hear. wink.gif
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 Evergreen is generally thought to be a CIA operation. They have a big base in Marana AZ and a lot of weird flights (unmarked 747s and such) go in and out of there, especially at night. Or so I hear. wink.gif

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Snowden was last seen hiding in the trunk driven by these 2 shady characters codenamed "Thelma" and "Louise"

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