Back Roaming Again (sorry about being away)

Wow it has been way too long since I’ve been roaming or since I posted here. I’ll be honest with you, there wasn’t much roaming going on the last few months. My routine was pretty set. I’m currently working full time as a CFII with Inland Helicopters and teaching at a college. So more or less…every day was classroom stuff. We had some really cool flights during that time, but it didn’t make it here. So I’m totally sorry about that!

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HELI-EXPO ROUND-UP, PART 2

The Story Continues. In part 1 of my round-up I talked about how I got to HELI-EXPO and the people that really came through to make it happen for me. I’m going to recap HELI-EXPO here and try and be brief about it but so much amazing stuff happened it may be very hard to keep the post short and sweet.

HAI President Matt Zucaro and I at the welcome reception for HELI-EXPO 2014.
HAI President Matt Zucaro and I at the welcome reception for HELI-EXPO 2014.

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HELI-EXPO Round-Up, Part 1

HELI-EXPO 2014 has come and gone and I’ve promised a post on my time down there for the last week and a half. So here it is. I’m going to start by saying that HELI-EXPO was by far the best experience of my career! I can’t think of a better venue for anyone in our industry to be at every year in a row. And I plan on going back. After putting at a “half joking, half dead serious” status on my facebook account asking if someone wanted to sponsor me for the expo, I not only got in. I got in as an exhibitor with press access.

Want the scoop? Also – want a huge gallery of pictures from HELI-EXPO? Click the link and follow through.

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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.

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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.

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The Power of People

This is a heart wrenching story, and I’m just gonna spoil it for you now and tell you that it DOES have a happy ending.

This last sunday a dear friend of mine, and fellow photographer experienced something I couldn’t begin to imagine. His car was broken into; and in his car was a camera bag with several thousand dollars worth of high end photography equipment.

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First few weeks back; musings of a CFI

Well here we are, about halfway through January. Steadily creeping towards my birthday on the 29th, and steadily ticking off boxes on the calendars we all have lying about the place. My 2014 started off with getting back into the routine at work. For me – work is as a Certified Flight Instructor teaching people how to fly helicopters in Moses Lake, Washington, USA.

I’ve survived the first few weeks back – here’s a look at how it’s gone so far!

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Guest Blogger: Jen’s 10 Goals for 2014

After I posted my 10 goals for 2014 I asked some other people what their goals were. It took them a short while to get back to me (and they all haven’t yet) but to kick off my guest blogger posts I wanted to start with one of their goal sets. 

This comes from Jen, my younger sister, who is also a world traveler. We’ve been to a lot of the same countries and then we each have our own additions to the travel book thingy…oh yeah…passport. She’s not a roaming pilot like I am, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have wander bug like the rest of us. I’m still interested in hearing more peoples big goals this year.  SO SEND THEM TO ME. 

My sister Jen in the Philippines Island Hopping around Samal.
My sister Jen in the Philippines Island Hopping around Samal.

Tomorrow I’ll try and get my regularly scheduled blog post online as well. With AWESOME PICTURES. 

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