Blogging from A to Z: H is for...Helicopters
|Dinosaur juice zones between Scotland (bottom left) and Norway|
But, how to get those dudes to the rigs to operate the drills?
Since science wasn't smart enough to bio-engineer giant flying transport creatures, it fell upon the helicopter companies.
My dad worked for almost twenty years for British Airways Helicopters (later bought by British International Helicopters and then CHC Helicopters) and it was thanks to him I got to fly a Sikorsky S61N.
|An actual British Airways Helicopters S61|
This was no home computer simulator, this was one of those fancy state-of-the-art boxes on pistons, that give you a realistic-feeling ride while never actually leaving the ground.
|Like this, only a helicopter version...|
The second time I tried to fly a helicopter it was like we were being flown around by a drunken octopus with vertigo. It was bad. Not only did I almost hit the ground at terminal velocity, but I'm pretty sure I nearly knocked part of an oil rig into the sea. My co-pilot took over and watching him handle the controls was amazing. He made it look easy as he wheeled around, touched down on an oil rig and then flew back. Easy.
Flying a (simulated) helicopter was great fun, but I definitely think it should be left to the professionals. I did get a certificate though. So, there's that.
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