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Subject:  Helicopter Pilots working with Katrina
 
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09/05/2005 6:41 PM  
I'm sure all the helicopter pilots working at the Katrina disaster are quite busy right now. If any of you have a break in your heroic adventures, could you tell us what kind of work your doing? Were you hired by the Government or a private Company? As you are doing your job, what are your impressions of what is happening down there with the rescue efforts. What have you seen? In your opinion are there enough helicopters in the air down there doing this vital work? Thanks in advance to any of you who have the time to respond and above all be careful as I'm sure it's pretty dangerous work your doing.
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09/05/2005 7:59 PM  
I was flying there the day after it hit. My company has a contract with the state DOT and we were taking pictures with a GPS connected to the camera. This is all digital and uploaded to a computer that then puts out a map showing where the resources should be placed first. Example 1 : From the ground, a crew can come up to blocked road and they could spend an entire day cleaning debris to clear the road to then find all the houses destroyed on the other side. That time could have been spent just 1/2 mile away where another road was blocked but on the other side of the debris all the houses were usable. Example 2 : With this type of pictures the government can also see where there are people on the roofs that need rescuing and send the help to where it's needed first. That's why the aerial survey is so important. This gives the government to ability to allocate resources to where they can be best used. OK, now I know I'm going over on Wednesday to keep flying but what I understand we'll be doing is taking fuel for the generators at hospitals and rescue centers. As soon as I start over there I'll be posting and keeping everyone informed as what is going on over there. Hopefully we'll have internet access.

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09/05/2005 9:55 PM  
Are you flying and doing the camera work at the same time or is there a technician with you handling the shooting? How do you know where to go to get the shots? Is that determined on the ground before you go up? When your up doing your job, do you take personal pictures for your own use? Anytime you have pictures of those scenes and send them to me, I would be glad to put them up on the web with an address for all to see. If interested, shoot me a PM and we can work it out.
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09/07/2005 10:50 AM  
Does anyone know of any companies that need extra or relief pilots? I really want to go down and help, and short of just going down with the Red Cross, i really want to thelp. Any advice, Carlos?? ProPilot
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09/07/2005 8:49 PM  
Call my boss Roy Henley 1-800-433-5561 and ask him. I think we could use some QUALIFIED relief pilots and he's the company check airman also. We want to work here but would like some kind of 7 on 7 off or at least a few days off after every week here. Today I flew almost 8 hours and if they wanted I would have flown more since they wanted to do another flight. The sun goes down shining in your face around 6pm and with the haze you can't see anything in front of you. There are areas where there are Chinooks, Blackhawks, 206s, 407s, Coast Guard 365s, MD500s, S-58s, I mean everything flying around going everywhere and THERE'S NO RADAR COVERAGE in some areas so the controller tells you to "maintain VFR". Still want to come over ? We need you. To the other pilots who read this, PLEASE, if you're not a QUALIFIED 206L pilot, DON'T CALL HIM, you'll only be wasting his time and yours. Remember that insurance runs this industry and if you're not qualified, the insurance company won't let you fly for us. I've gotten plenty of pictures of Chinooks slinging sand filled sacks to dump on the broken levy and hundreds of houses with the water up to the roofs, just like on CNN. I've also got a couple of Learjets with their wings torn sitting on the grass where the water took them out of the airport (I wonder who decided to leave 2 Learjets there !). Gotta go get my beauty sleep now, tomorrow is another long day here.

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09/07/2005 9:52 PM  
Quote: I've gotten plenty of pictures of Chinooks slinging sand filled sacks to dump on the broken levy and hundreds of houses with the water up to the roofs, just like on CNN. I've also got a couple of Learjets with their wings torn sitting on the grass where the water took them out of the airport (I wonder who decided to leave 2 Learjets there !). Your obviously too busy right now to even think about putting pics up on the net but it will calm down for you after a while. At that time, if you wish, maybe we could get together and I'll put them up. In the meantime, YOU BE SAFE!! Your not going to help anyone if your so tired that your attention is not with you every second out there. Your one of the ones who make this forum great so......talk to you soon in here......
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09/08/2005 3:56 PM  
Hey Y'all, I know its not Helos, but I'll be flying a C-12R (Beech King Air 200) into KMSY (New Orleans Int'l) tomorrow, and then probably several times a day for the next few weeks. Will try to get some pics up here if possible. Hey Carlos, you gonna be around KMSY tomorrow? I should be in sometime around 1345, and will be back out at about 1645. I'll buy you a soda if you happen to be in the area! I'll send you a PM with my cell #. Your boss wouldnt have a need for UH-1, Bell 430 or AStar drivers, would he? Y'all fly safe out there. We're proud of you Rotorheads. You're making us all look good! Many Thanks!
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09/08/2005 7:52 PM  
Gene, I replied your PM and I'll try to make a fuel stop at MSY tomorrow. We only have 206Ls right now so we couldn't use you unless you had that experience, but thanks for offering. Proudfather, as soon as I get a chance I'll somehow figure where to upload them for all to see or if you have a place, let me know and I'll email them to you so you can post them. We are resting but we're flying a lot too. For example, yesterday I flew 8 hours and today I flew 7.8 hours. If it were up to the customers we'd be flying more but thanks to the FAA we can only fly 8 hours a day and then home to do paperwork and rest for 10 hours (yeah right). Today it was a little harder to work because somehow the FAA decided to put out a new TFR where it said anyone could go in but they must stay away from rescuers by 1500' horizontally and must stay below 500'. Is that STUPID or what ?? ALL rescues are below 500' so where are these pilots going to go ? I hope the FAA corrects it today for tomorrow's flying.

Self discipline is when you do something that you know is right even though you don't want to do it. As a professional and safe pilot you have to maintain control over your desires & emotions. Have INTEGRITY and great WORK ETHIC and you'll succeed in life.
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09/08/2005 9:37 PM  
Hey Proudfather and all, After my 6 off, I came on to a hectic flying schedule like Carlos, only ours was all HEMS. My first day was flying from 7am - 7:30pm from MOB to Gulfport, Biloxi, Pass Christian, (basically the whole MS coast line) and transporting patients from the damaged hospitals to recieving facilities back here in MOB. Air Evac had several (4-6) 206's operating here at the same time helping out as well. All crews worked non stop along with many others to help the folks in LA and MS. I had two days off for the EC135 transition and am now flying the EC vs. the BK. The coordination and cooperation was great. Numerous other helo's that slip my mind were and are still flying in and out of MOB. From ENG, railroad repair survey, mapping, FEMA contract, museum artifact rescue... It was and still is an overwhelming demonstration of helo power. Things have slowed down a bit now. We expect more flying to come as people get in and start cleaning up and getting injured. Of course, if we didn't fly anyone for that purpose, it would be fine to us as well! As for the damage, the significance of the damage is what is so impressive. My home was flooded from Hurricane Ivan and P'cola had a fair amount of coast line damaged. The difference with Katrina is that it impacted at least 65 miles of coast line, and impacted it significantly. For the most part, the areas within 1/4 mile of the water were about 80% demolished. Further inland, the total destruction lessened, but the homes probably flooded all the way up to I-10. There are numerous volunteer agencies set up for medical care and last night at 3 in the morning, evidence of power being restored was nice to see. Spirits are fine, the folks are very appreciative, and there is a long road ahead for all these communities that were affected. Fly safe and drop in and say hi if you are in MOB! (We are at the Millionaire FBO) Cheers,javascript:smiler(':P'); Tongue Bob Hardy Life Flight 2 Mobile, AL
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09/08/2005 9:58 PM  
Hey Carlos, I'll keep an eye open for you! I wont hold my breath, but it would be great to meet you face to face if we get the chance (Or anyone else on the forum for that matter). Fly safe, be well, and to all of you guys and gals out there supporting the relief efforts, Thanks for what you're doing. The rest of us are proud of you!
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09/09/2005 10:05 AM  
I'm here stuck in my hotel room waiting for the company to call me out to fly. This morning after the 7:00 am meeting, they decided to go get some more supplies to take to the guys staying at the hospital so I'm here waiting for the call. Meanwhile I read on the other forum that a 206 had gone down in NO. You can watch CNN or the others and fly over the area and you can still try to shield yourself from it all but when a pilot you actually talked to here loses his ship, it really gets to you. Hope you're safe "0CA" from your fellow pilot in "7CA" ! Carlos ps: Gene, I'm pretty sure we'll meet in MSY because with the delay this morning, I'm almost sure I'll end up at Signature for fuel on my way back from the hospital in NO.

Self discipline is when you do something that you know is right even though you don't want to do it. As a professional and safe pilot you have to maintain control over your desires & emotions. Have INTEGRITY and great WORK ETHIC and you'll succeed in life.
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09/09/2005 8:31 PM  
Carlos, Sorry I missed you today! We had to park on the Air Force ramp (West Cargo Ramp), and did not have access to a vehicle to get around to the Helo/FBO ramp. I think I saw you take off tho! Also, I didnt get your message until I got to Atlanta. My cell didnt work very well at MSY. I may be staying down here for another week to do Hurricane Relief flights, will let you know and maybe we can try again. Fly safe my friend.
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09/12/2005 6:55 PM  
I just wanted to repeat what Gene said "Fly safe, be well, and to all of you guys and gals out there supporting the relief efforts, Thanks for what you're doing. The rest of us are proud of you!" I'd like to add that all you pilots out there doing your jobs are setting an unbelievable example for all the new young heli pilots struggling with getting their licenses, instructing to get their hours and just starting in the industry, doing the tours, flying in the GOM and inspections. I'm sure that they are all watching you closely on TV and on these great forums, learning all they can from your experiances. A lot of you are coming in to this forum and telling us what your doing day by day. I'm not a pilot but I love hearing the details of what you do out there. As you know, I sign on in here as Proud Father. Right now I'm just PROUD of each of you. You deserve all the praise people give you. Remember to get the proper amount of rest because we all want to continue hearing about your adventures in the future.
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09/13/2005 6:35 PM  
Well, finally a day off ! Yesterday we didn't fly due to the President's TFR but I still went out to the airport and helped the mechanic do some maintenance on the helo. Today we went into the 7:00 am meeting and I was told to wait for a call to go fly but never got the call so today I didn't do anything waiting for the call but didn't fly either. Another day at the airport. Wednesday and Thursday are going to be another story because I'll be flying all day. The real news is that the water is coming down so helicopters aren't going to be so important once people can get around in trucks. Sorry I missed you Gene, it'll be another day. At least you were able to park where the real pilots park, AIR FORCE parking (just kidding, I know you're ARMY).

Self discipline is when you do something that you know is right even though you don't want to do it. As a professional and safe pilot you have to maintain control over your desires & emotions. Have INTEGRITY and great WORK ETHIC and you'll succeed in life.
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