The friend I had flying with me and my
21-year old son both tried to climb this tree without success. An old
bushy (as we call them here, or someone who has spent time in the timber
industry) climbed that tree for $x.00 and that heli was stuck fast - it
had the tailfin over one branch and another had gone through the
windscreen of the canopy and it hung upside down all night. He used his
tree spikes and harness to get up to it and lowered it down!
There was a bit more to the guy that climbed that tree. He
chain-smoked and was over 60 and he brought a mate and his wife. The
good wife was to take the pictures of his first recovery of a helicopter
up a tree. Just to give you some idea of how old the wife and camera
were, this camera only took black and white photos - TRUE! When the guy
was climbing the tree, he was about two-thirds the way up when he calls
down, "Can someone find my cigarette - I dropped it". Below,
the tinder-dry grass is about 2 feet high and could catch fire very
easily, but I could not find the fag and there was at least no fire.
by the way I have learnt to do those backward inverted circuits just
fine since. My goal is to become totally conversant with inverted flight
and so far it is progressing well with inverted nose-in hover to all
sorts of circuits inverted.
- they used to call me Hendo, now it's 'tree man'.
|Thanks for that
Hendo - a great story and congratulations on your flying
progress. I'm afraid I'm still struggling with nose-in
hovering - I wish I had someone to help me!