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PostWed Jan 09, 2019 11:19 am 
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Helicopter pilot just about sticks the chopper's nose in the snow slope during rescue of an injured skier in the French Alps

https://www.cnn.com/videos/travel/2019/01/09/french-alps-helicopter-rescue-ns-roth-orig.cnn
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PostWed Jan 09, 2019 1:54 pm 
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That's nuts.
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PostWed Jan 09, 2019 4:19 pm 
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Ya, that might be taking bravery to a level beyond reason and crossing over to stupidity.  Especially since it looks like they winched him out eventually, thus the landing was not even necessary?
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PostThu Jan 10, 2019 6:41 am 
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A better quality video shows them not using the winch.  So ya... thats legit.  Crazy.
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PostThu Jan 10, 2019 11:45 am 
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I think the rescue of the German PCT hiker "City Girl" by Snohomish County Sheriff helicopter was equally as heroic. If memory serves the Snohomish pilot offloaded his co pilot who built a little log ramp for one skid to level the LZ for the pilot. This in a one shot do or die situation with low fuel state and incoming weather .

Helicopter pilots rock!
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PostThu Jan 10, 2019 2:13 pm 
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schifferj wrote:
Helicopter pilots rock!

INDEED!!!!! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostSun Jan 13, 2019 5:15 pm 
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https://unofficialnetworks.com/2019/01/11/meet-the-badass-french-pilot-that-went-viral-for-mountain-rescue/

Pilot provides rationale in this new BBC vid - weather, cloud closing in rapidly.

This vid seems to offer new camera angles
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PostMon Jan 14, 2019 5:22 pm 
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This story reminded me of the time many years ago that I met mountain rescue pilot Jim Davies at a dinner party in Banff.  Jim's skill with a helicopter was legendary, and instrumental in getting heli-skiing started in Canada, with Hans Gmoser.  I recall Jim saying that he was one of the few from his pilot class who was still alive.  A synopsis of his flying career is here:  Highline Magazine 

Also mentioned here, beginning on pg 92:
Guardians of the Peaks: Mountain Rescue in the Canadian Rockies

There's also an interview of Jim in the Whyte Foundation's Fireside Chat series.  Unfortunately it's not a great interview, but if you can stick with it, there are a few good stories in there.

An interesting detail from the early days of heli-rescue in Banff: due to the type of helicopter they had available,  the rescuer and injured party couldn't be winched into the helo: the rescuer had to be flown to the site in a sling, dangling from the chopper, and then once the injured person was secured, they both had to be flown to safety the same way.  Yipes!   eek.gif

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PostSun Jan 20, 2019 1:08 am 
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For more rescue helicopter footage, check out the series The Horn!

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PostWed Jan 23, 2019 12:17 am 
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Thanks for the link. I binge-watched season one while down with some bug over the weekend.  Air Zermatt certainly has its act together, in every respect.  up.gif

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