There’s no time to waste. As a wind-driven wildfire roosts through the dry, brush-covered San Gabriel Mountains in California’s Angeles National Forest, a Sikorsky S-70A Firehawk dives towards the nearest body of water, like an eagle chasing its prey. It’s one of seven aircraft dispatched to the scene by the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD).
I was flying as copilot for Ian MacPhail in a Bell 412EP over the Arabian Gulf one bright and sunny day at 300 feet en route to an oil rig, when keyed the floor mic button and asked him, “Ian, how would you describe a helicopter pilot’s personality?” …He took a moment to think about it, then looking over at me with a smile said, “Perpetual adolescence.”
Source: Why Become A Helicopter Pilot?
Short answer: helicopter aerodynamics, weather, and available infrastructure.
Saw this guy at Sun N Fun, completely amazing!
CAMARILLO, California — Red Bull aerobatic helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron is flying straight and level 2,000 feet above the citrus groves south of Santa Paula. We’re moving along at 110 knots when Aaron gives the control stick — known as a cyclic in a helicopter — a gentle pull. Suddenly we see nothing but blue…
A Russian company announced its intention to build a next-generation helicopter capable of taking on fighter jets, soaring at up to 370 mph — and remaining invisible thanks to its ability to cloak itself from radar.