The Navy get’s it’s panties in a bunch just because two jumpers land on it’s softball field because of a bad spot. If they can’t handle a couple of guys dressed in neon pink flying a bright red parachute in the middle of the afternoon they might need to review their security procedures.
Wow, was that dumb! The plane was over loaded with four big adults, dirt runway in the mountains, hot mid-day and a high density altitude. Doesn’t get much worse than that. Oh, except that he had the mixture knob all the way in (full rich) a definite no no when operating at high altitude. When the plane lifted off, settled back on the runway then lifted off again that should have been the pilots clue to abort, but no he just had to keep going. Lucky they’re not all dead.
Getting ready for another demonstration jump into a “Tee it up for the Troops” event. I’ve been bringing in the American flag for a number of these golf events this summer because it’s the least I can do to help support our veterans and their families. Seeing the flag brought in under canopy really makes the event special but nothing beats the time that a Bald Eagle flew with me for a few minutes while I towed the flag over the spectators. When I landed everyone was amazed that I was able to train an eagle to fly with me like that. As tempting as it was to take credit for it I admitted to everyone that it was just a coincidence. The veterans thought that made it even more amazing. If you’d like to help support the cause go to teeitupforthetroops.org for more information.
Well, it’s official. the Discovery Channel show in on has been picked up for season two! We start filming in September and are supposed to be done by January. My daughter Claire has been signed on to be my co-pilot on at least one of the trips and maybe more if she does a good job and looks good on camera, as if there’s any doubt. I really can’t wait to do a ferry flight with my daughter. She grew up being bored to death listening to my stories about flying over the ocean and now she’ll have some boring stories of her own. Circle of life and all that. Hopefully my son Connor will be joining me next year.
If helicopters are so safe, how come there are no vintage/classic helicopter fly-ins?
H/T Golf Hotel Wisky