Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Keenwild Helitac 535 on the Powerhouse Fire

(Left to Right)
Diaz, Scotty, El Jefe (Jael), PJ, Little Ryan and Big Ryan

Monday, May 20, 2013

Installing the Simplex Tank for the urban fire environment.

The tank all lined up and cleaned ready to be installed.

Attaching the tank to H-535.

Ryan and Errol making the final electrical connections.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Fire Season 2013, Keenwild Helibase, Idyllwild, Ca, Mt San Juacinto, San Bernadino Forest

Fire 535 Reporting for Service

The view from the helipad

View from the helipad looking towards Hemet

The view from my office

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Skier Falls 1,000 feet down San Joaquin Couloir

Skier Evacuated After Tumbling Down Bear Creek Couloir
by Watch Staff

Apr 10, 2013

TELLURIDE – Roughly 80 minutes after falling approximately 1,000 feet down the San Joaquin Couloir in upper Bear Creek and suffering extensive head injuries on Thursday, April 4, a skier had been successfully rescued and flown via helicopter to Telluride Regional Airport, for transport to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters said dispatch received the first responder’s 911 call at approximately 1:35 p.m., from another skier who found the victim in Upper Bear Creek, after his fall down the couloir. The first responder said the victim had a head injury, and reported other injuries, as well.

Upon dispatch’s receipt of the call, the San Miguel County Search and Rescue team was activated, under the direction of Commander Eric Berg. Members of the Telluride Ski Resort’s Ski Patrol and Telluride Helitrax were notified of the situation, as well.

Although they are not obligated to assist in a Bear Creek Rescue, both Ski Patrol and Helitrax staffers, including pilot PJ Hunt, moved quickly to assist with the rescue.

“Helitrax had some paying customers in the field, and they had to cancel that trip,” Masters said. “They came to the [Telluride] airport, picked up Commander Eric Berg, and brought him into the field. In about 44 minutes after we received the call, we had people with the patient, assessing him.”

Rescuers were able to lower the victim another 200 feet, approximately, to a landing zone, where he was picked up by Helitrax and flown to the Telluride Regional Airport. He was then transported to the Montrose Careflight helicopter and flown to St. Mary’s Hospital, in Grand Junction.
Masters said it took rescuers approximately one hour and 20 minutes to get the victim to the Telluride Regional Airport.

“The rescue went really well,” Masters said. “It was one of the quickest we have ever had. It was unbelievable how well this particular rescue went.”

As proficient as his Search and Rescue team is, Masters said, the rescue would not have transpired so quickly had members of Ski Patrol and Helitrax staff not offered support.

“Getting our team mobilized and to the top and on the scene takes a long time,” Masters said, and “without Helitrax and the Ski Patrol, it can be really difficult.

“Once again, by the grace of God, we haven’t lost another skier.”

At press-time, the victim was recovering from a concussion sustained in the fall.

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Read more: Watch Newspapers - Skier Evacuated After Tumbling Down Bear Creek Couloir 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

2013 Heliskiing in Telluride Colorado - Misc shots.

 Getting fuel from my fueler girl, Laura.

Departing one of the LZs.

 Looking down from my favorite LZ.

I arranged for my buddy Tarek to came down from Washington for some heliskiing, and this is how he repaid me.

Tarek, I think you would have a hard time ever getting a shot of this guy when he's not smilling.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Telluride Heliskiing

A fabulous deep powder snow day in Telluride.

Drew in some serious "Steep and Deep" 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Cave Creek AZ Heli Base

After a week or so in Springerville AZ, we were moved
down to Cave Creek Arizona for the New River and
Black Canyon City fires.

9AT in the parking lot at the Cave Creek Ranger Station.

A couple days later we got to use the real heli-pad.

The Crew-Burban.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Fire Season in the Southwest

Picking up my new ride in Albuquerque.  This is almost as much fun as flying a computer simulator.

First stop, Reserve New Mexico.  This is the time that keeps us very busy and frequently out of contact with the rest of the world during our work day due to the remoteness of where we are. Fortunately we do get to come in to town to get a hotel in the evening. Recently we've been on the WS Fire just southwest of Reserve New Mexico. 

Sometimes if it's slow, we get to sneak off to Carmen's for lunch.

After the WS fire in Reserve, we were called down to the Horse Canyon fire about 30 miles West of Carlsbad New Mexico.   

This is the "White Sands Missle Range".  We got special permission to fly directly over it while en route to Carlsbad.

Cierra checks out the available space in Des's Huey (205A).  Looks like she's thinking, "No more Astar's for me". 

While on the Horse Canyon Fire, I was called to do some crew shuttles and long line work for the National Park Service on the Dog Fire.

I picked the Park Service crew up at Pine Springs Helipad in  Pine Springs Texas, just south of the New Mexico Border.

After the Horse Canyon Fire, it was off to Springerville AZ to help out the crew there with  IA. (Initial Attack).

Stopping at TRC (Truth or Consequences) New Mexico for Jet-A.

9AT parked for fuel at Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Heliski Photos from Valdez

Photo by: Mike Hamilton, Valdez Alaska

Photo by: Mike Hamilton, Valdez Alaska

Photo by: Mike Hamilton, Valdez Alaska

Photo by: Mike Hamilton, Valdez Alaska

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Heliski - Valdez Alaska

Well it's another season of helisking in Valdez Alaska. We've been blessed this season with incredibly great weather so far and lots and lots of fresh snow everywhere.

Monday, March 12, 2012

On The Road Again, so to speak...

Every year I fly from the lower 48 to Alaska and back several times. I never get tired of the trip because of the shear endless beauty.

This year leaving Bellingham WA the weather was quite low. As ATC directed us over Vancouver we couldn't help but wonder what the people below thought of the pair of helicopters skimming across the tops of buildings at almost 200 mph.

The weather didn't improve much through most of Canada. This is in a small channel approaching Prince Rupert Canada, about 45 minutes from the Alaska Border.

Flying along the coast line near Cape Spencer, about mid way between Juneau and Yakutat.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Training in Renton Washington

Last month I spent a week in Renton Washington for 135 training prior to heading up to Valdez Alaska for another season of helisking.

2 Sierra Charlie. One of the 3 helicopters that will be going up to Valdez for the heliski contract this year. We used 2SC to do our 135 training in.

Flying over Century Field in Seattle WA.

Bill Gates (of Microsoft) house with his modest 68 car underground parking garage.

Once the training was complete, I had a week off before picking up the helicopter in Los Angeles and flying up to Valdez.