Cloud Love (an ongoing addiction)

image

Shot this really quick on a training flight today. The improve surface at the bottom of the frame is 5W1.

Advertisements

I’m registered!

I had a really hard time coming up with a title for this post so I went with the obvious. I’m registered. Took some time this weekend to get onto the Bone Marrow Donor Registry. My heart strings were tugged when our local paper ran a story on the daughter of an Air Force Airman who was desperately in need of a bone marrow match. I’d never really thought about registering before but seeing the smiling 7-year old’s story and picture in the paper sold me.

This is 7-year old London Bowater
This is 7-year old London Bowater

So I went to the fire department and got in line. The article had generated a huge turn out of locals wanting to get on the registry. London Bowater (the 7-year old), I hope you find your match!

As a bonus – I was rewarded with a Spokane Fire Department badge! Woo!

Spokane Fire Department Station where the registry event was being held.
Spokane Fire Department Station where the registry event was being held.
Pretty good turn out too! The volunteer I spoke to said it had been steady all day!
Pretty good turn out too! The volunteer I spoke to said it had been steady all day!
Just call me Deputy...or whatever...
Just call me Deputy…or whatever…

Ferrying Helicopters in the Winter — Not as fun as you might think…

I’m not actually complaining about my job. I love being a helicopter pilot but every now and then you come across some things that make you scratch your head and think to yourself that there is probably a better way to go about things. But what do I know – I’m just a young gun making my start in this industry. I do what I’m told and go where the work is needed.

A one day mission turned into a week long ordeal, and here is the story of THE WALL OF DOOM…or alternatively, Snoqualmie Pass in the Winter Time…which is probably the more appropriate title. Ferrying a helicopter in the winter time, especially when there is a pass involved, becomes a feats of equal expertise in pilot skill, navigation, meteorological interpretations, and common sense.

Just chilling in a field. Nothing to see here.
Just chilling in a field. Nothing to see here.

Continue reading “Ferrying Helicopters in the Winter — Not as fun as you might think…”

Flying from Grant County to Seattle

Wow – so first I need to seriously re-examine my posting schedule for this blog. It’s crazy, I have become swooped up in so much I keep glazing over this and I apologize. Not that there are a TON of you following The Roaming Pilot yet…but all the same.

Anyways, the other day I took a couple helicopters from KMWH (Grant County International Airport) to KBFI (Boeing Field – Seattle) to drop one off for maintenance. The other one was our ride back to Moses Lake. Here are some photos from that trip.

Which in case you were wondering – WAS EPIC. Also cold.

Shot from the cockpit of the Robinson R22 on our way west towards Snoqualmie Pass.
Shot from the cockpit of the Robinson R22 on our way west towards Snoqualmie Pass.

 

More photos after the jump.

Continue reading “Flying from Grant County to Seattle”