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    Motorcycles , photography, travel.

    Camera operator: 35mm - 16mm - Hi Def

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  1. Yes I see it has now been listed as factual. Tnx. There was no preliminary listed which I was looking for earlier.
  2. Interesting point, that was on Fri Sept 17 at Pikes Peak but there is no record here at NTSB webpage. http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/AccList.asp?month=9&year=2010 I thought they listed every US event on those pages, but not this one......... strange ?
  3. This compilation was posted a long time ago, but the link has since expired. I recently updated it with some better equipment photos. http://tinyurl.com/259x3ly One interesting point they make is the angle of view that a pilot has under normal flying conditions. When concentrating on film work that angle often decreases by 50%. . . " Pilots often become consumed by the work objective when they are conducting aerial work; operating the helicopter can become secondary. As an example, when a pilot is flying in a narrow valley, his or her effective awareness is about 100 degrees on either side of the nose, however, when trying to keep a nose-mounted camera focused on an object in the valley, the pilot’s effective awareness is concentrated about 45 degrees on either side of the nose. " There's a lot of information in these articles. I'm posting it again in case it helps anyone out there who is interested in doing better / more film or video work. ( Aviation background: my logged hrs unfortunately are not on helos. Pilot licence in 1966 on fixed wing single engine and floats, on gliders, and 300+ jumps as a freefall cameraman, have been filming and flying with you all since 1976. ) Thanks guys. Tree
  4. Funny story ..... we had a Chicago motorcyclist stranded in western Nfld at Hawkes Bay recently. Ted Marshall had just ridden the Trans Labrador from Baie Comeau to Nfld and busted his front tube and a finger when his bike lowsided at speed. He posted an SOS for a new tube at 3pm on Sunday on the internet. ( The locals could not find him any new or used between St Anthony and Corner Brook. ) Our solution arrived at 11am Monday morning. . . . . I think he's still in shock. A big thanks to Darren Barrett at Universal in Pasadena for the cavalry charge. " I had a singular experience last 2 weeks. Thanks to Tree/Radar & The Newfoundland Air Force. Yes, there is a Newfoundland Air Force. Due to a catastrophic tube failure at speed on the great northern peninsula, I was hurt and stranded near Hawke's Bay. A biff at 50 mph on the asphalt will do that. The tube was un repairable and there wasn't one available on a Sunday or the next day within 100 miles. Tree saw my SOS on RideTheRock.com and crafted a cool plan. Radar drove to Cornerbrook and got me a 21 incher for my KTM 640's front tire. Handed it to one of his crack pilots at his hangar in Pasadena and had the Jet Ranger detour on its way to Goose Bay to the parking lot across from The Torrent River Inn. Air delivery ! Wouldn't take my money ! I have enjoyed Newfoundland generosity before, but this beats all. As Tree said: "my best breakdowns are always in Newfoundland."
  5. Afghan people run away as an Afghan military helicopter crashes in the Panjshir Valley after a memorial ceremony marking the 4th anniversary of rebel commander Ahmad Shah Masood Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005. Two passengers were injured, but no one was killed, in the helicopter which was carrying military and government officials from the memorial events. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2009/...in-afghanistan/
  6. Some more helo info from Everest: http://www.peakfreaks.com/everestnews2010.htm ( look under May 3rd ) May 3, 2010: EVEREST UP SCALE!... Things are really changing on Everest this year, and that's not just glacier melt ! Yesterday we announced the first day of cell coverage and today Tim tells me there has been too much activity with helicopters flying overhead. As a result a meeting was called today among leaders at the HRA -Everest ER tent to engage in talks about what to do about it. The idea of bringing these helicopters into Nepal for high mountain tours and rescues comes with the potential for accidents. Tim says, " It's not like we have air traffic controllers up here ". Fish Tail Air, a Swiss owned company has brought a second AS 350 B3 to Nepal, a multi-million dollar helicopter. One of them recently performed a long line rescue of a climber at 7000m on Annapurna. In order to afford these high tech machines they need an ongoing revenue stream. As a result, they have positioned themselves at Everest Base Camp this spring looking for climbers with deep pockets who can afford the luxury of a ride out to Kathmandu, check into a 5-Star hotel, oxygenate and fly back up for their summit push. I don't have the price yet but we are looking into it. You can be sure it will be well over the 10k mark. Right now a helicopter lift out of Pheriche for sick climbers and trekkers is 6k one way and about 8k one-way out of EBC. The consequences of this luxury is causing some concern in air safety. Today the leaders talked about building a second landing pad for civilians further back from the glacier keeping the air space clear from the HRA-Everest ER heli-pad location that is prepared each season as the glacier moves. It is closest to the teams and icefall. Right now both helicopters are sharing this space, noisy, dangerous and debris getting tossed around. Don't be surprised if there will be fly in tours offered in the future complete with oxygen bottles for when you arrive, because you will need them!!!... and then what would you do if weather or mechanical issues came into play ? Be prepared to sleep on oxygen all night at a price of $400US per hour plus shipping till things clear- yikes!!!
  7. Annapurna on April 28/10 : http://www.explorersweb.com/everest_k2/news.php?id=19305 Nice to see they now have a B3 on rescue standby between Apr 24 and June 2nd in the Himalayas.
  8. Just saw this: http://tinyurl.com/y93rh9v
  9. We land at the Tims in Salisbury NB . . . they have their own pad out back.
  10. Farewell CAP, I only got to work with you once but it was memorable... hoisting the truck onto a mountain in Cape Breton. Flying to work out of our motel in your 205 was awesome. We are both from Hfx and started flying around the same time and it was very interesting hearing your stories about those days. I found Dave's obituary here: http://www.passagesmb.com/obituary_details.cfm?ObitID=155713
  11. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2009/...pper-crash.html
  12. Did it have a camera under the nose ? If so it might be the TwinStar from Toronto filming ......
  13. http://tinyurl.com/2xavss bids on Ebay are at $50K This one never flew, it was used to raise money . . . . the other 2 prototypes crashed. Max altitude tested was ten feet !
  14. Survival Systems Training 40 Mount Hope Ave Dartmouth, NS , B2Y 4K9 Phone: 902-465-3888 FAX: 902-466-2929 http://www.survivalsystemsgroup.com/ this is their new facility in Conn, that's only 100 miles from you. http://www.survivalsystemsinc.com/
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