posted on Feb, 18 2017 @ 08:29 AM
I built a canopy tour some years back and we used a helicopter to drop in the cables.. 1/2" a couple over a thousand feet.. the pilot would steady his
machine over the tree 1000' up and move in a gentle back and forth motion and swing the bottom of the cable into the tree for the rigger to grab it by
hand and clip it into the tree.. Then he would drop the other end of the cable to the next guy a thousand feet away without ripping the cable from the
first tree... He did 9 cables that way, then dropped 12 half platforms into the trees using the same method... He did all this before 3:30..it was one
of the most intense workdays I've ever had..
I got to take a flight around the area we were working in with him, outside of Ketchikan Alaska,and I asked him what was the most intense
situation/work he had ever done.. He told me that he had been commissioned to drop mountain goats off in the mountains in New Zealand, over 10,000
feet, as part of a relocation project.. He told me he'd had nightmares of having to release the sheep in order to retain his ability to fly at that
altitude.. He didn't lose any though..
Very interesting guy to meet and pick his brain.. it's a breed in itself, these kinds of pilots.