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  1. With all due respect to those of you who aren't familiar with the Fraser River, the canyon below, and the amount of air and boat traffic that have been searching for three days, it is highly unlikely at this point that he's sitting somewhere waiting for a pick up. It's very hard when we loose someone in an instance like this, but there's a time to face the reality of the situation. This isn't the dense coastal forest in a remote area, it's a big, fast flowing, and serious river with plenty of access. I've been flying this area for the past number of days looking along with others, and w
  2. Ryan, It matters little how much "punishment" the airframe can take, it is what your head is doing on the inside when that airframe is rolling around after impact. Additionally, what you take as a "tank" is nothing compared to what it would look like after a crash. Aircraft are designed to fly, not crash. Your feelings in that regard are a false sense of security, little else. Not being allowed to wear helmets due to image - particularly after considerable research extolling their virtues - is archaic thinking, and contrary to what we're trying to accomplish here. That being pro
  3. Thanks guys, Flew down to Kanadahar from Kabul today in a flight of three Huey's, nice trip. We arrived on, or 500ft above more accurately, the scene of an I.E.D. attack about 20nm North of Kanadahar Airfield. It was quite a sight, a bridge was taken out and we got there just as the Medivac guys we flew with last week arrived to take out casualties. I took some crappy shots of it, try to get them up. Tomorrow we're heading out into the Helmand valley where 90% of the poppies are grown. The State Dept is going all out for us, and giving me a three ship flight to shoot both tomorro
  4. Hey folks, Won't be long winded here - I certainly could be - I've been riding around Afghanistan for the past couple weeks with the U.S. Army, Air Force, and now the State Dept. Camera in hand of course. I've ridden on, and photographed three of CH-47 airframes we Canucks are taking possession of later in Dec, shot a .30cal machine gun out of one too.... Oh, and a 3000 round/min mini-gun from the Air Force's Pavehawk, under NVG - pretty neat, especially when you hit rocks... Been out and about in Kabul as well, shooting civilian reconstruction work, quite a city, I love it.
  5. Mitch, I think you're fixing for a scrap here mate. I'll bet you EVERYTHING I own that most drill moving guys on here can move a drill faster, safer, and a whole lots more comfortable for the ground crew with a 50ft or 100ft long line... On a short move, I'm generally waiting for my guys on the ground... not the other way around. Just going off of what you are saying, it's clear you don't know how to long line very well, or you'd not even have bothered to type that post.... Belly hooking and mirrors is passe, EVEN in the flat lands, much less here in the hills.
  6. Just relax, take it slow, and it'll go just fine. It's not as hard as many would have you believe, and drillers are not interested in speed, so wiping the parts in at 40kts isn't the goal here. If your crew is standing on the pad with a drill part 20ft final looking bored out of their minds, you're doing just great. Running on the other hand... not so much. I always aim to have the parts slowed up to a walk about 20ft final, and about 10ft high, then just bring it to the guys, they'll put it right where they want it. If you're in the open, or in the mountains, a flatter appr
  7. I'm not so sure this maneuver is all that difficult as pictured, but add in a bunch of guys running around with AK's and RPG's who don't like the cut of your jib, and it gets a bit more demanding.... We all have our areas of expertise.
  8. Bar tab??? That'll only cover your desert bill.....
  9. Most definitely NOT Interactive Safety Products.... Almost embarrassing how they treat customers. I can only hope they get better, as the Alpha is a good product.
  10. I'm extremely sorry to hear this, condolences to everyone involved.
  11. Rather interesting. NCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A helicopter is not necessarily a match for an angry moose. Instead of slowing down after being shot with a tranquilizer dart, a moose charged a hovering helicopter used by a wildlife biologist, damaging the aircraft's tail rotor and forcing it to the ground. Neither the pilot nor the biologist was injured, but the moose was maimed by the spinning rotor and had to be euthanized, wildlife officials said. "It just had to be one of those quirky circumstance. Even dealing with bears and goats and moose and wolves, this is pretty unus
  12. Seems like a pretty uninspired design to me... A bit like Chevy, Ford, and GM. Wonder if they've figured out how to make a door seal that keeps the wx OUT?
  13. As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words...." This is the cook tent, my bed on in the left corner.... Excellent. Oh, the mold falling off the tent walls onto the thawing steaks really helps the flavour...
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