Gone Fishin’

A lot of cool things have been in the works for some time now, but I’m happy to say that as of right now, as I’m writing this – I’m officially roaming again. I took a job with Tropic Helicopters flying with a tuna boat. I’m sitting in the airport waiting for my first flightContinue reading “Gone Fishin’”

Checking an item off of my bucket list.

I was sent to Murray, Idaho with one of our company R44’s to fly rides for their Molly b’damn Gold Rush days festival. All in it was a really uneventful weekend in a sleepy town nestled in the beautiful North Idaho mountains. The real pleasure of this assignment was the chance to do something thatContinue reading “Checking an item off of my bucket list.”

Captain Mark Penklis, inspired me to fly

I was visiting my parents home in Spokane this weekend and came across an old photo of my sister and I on the flight deck of a Qantas Boeing 747 from way back in the early 90’s. I remember this moment vividly, it was ne of many sign posts throughout my life that led meContinue reading “Captain Mark Penklis, inspired me to fly”

This is the appropriate way to take a girl to the lake

The other weekend I was bringing one of our company R44 helicopters back from a job in North Idaho and had to ferry it all the way back to Moses Lake. It only made sense to call up a friend of mine and ask her out. The date? A helicopter flight across central Washington toContinue reading “This is the appropriate way to take a girl to the lake”

A once-in-a-lifetime flight (Gallery)

There are so many things that I want to do as a helicopter pilot. The list seems to grow every day, with every photo I see, magazine I read, or friend I make in the industry. They all have uniqueness to them, and the dynamic of our industry just grows and abounds in front ofContinue reading “A once-in-a-lifetime flight (Gallery)”

Chasing the Sky – Why I’m a Helicopter Pilot

There isn’t one of us that accidentally became a pilot. It doesn’t work that way. We see our first airplane, or in my case –helicopter, and we are mystified by it. Our eyes are always up in the sky, especially when we hear that familiar hum of rotors over head. This is my story. TheContinue reading “Chasing the Sky – Why I’m a Helicopter Pilot”

Kayaking The Columbia River

One thing about being on a cherry drying contract means that the time I’m actually flying is often broken up by long drawn out periods of nice weather. It’s really backwards – we’re probably the only pilots that are doing rain dances and hoping for the radar to be blotted with moisture cells. On theContinue reading “Kayaking The Columbia River”

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 ourContinue reading “HELI-EXPO Round-Up, Part 1”

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 AirmanContinue reading “I’m registered!”

The Power of People

“Please Accept this gift as a reminder that in our Industry and in this world, there is far more beauty than ugliness. And that sometimes you don’t have to go looking for it… because it will find you.”