July 25, 2019

When planning my column, I mostly think of the readers first. After all, these words are useless, if not at least mildly-entertaining for their writer, without someone to read them. Jokes aside, I like to make the content as broad as possible for the layman, but also i...

A good adventure story often involves a chase; a great nail-biting tale is when the hunter becomes the hunted. This is one of those stories, from a first-hand account by pilot Stewie Stewardson.

I recently got a call from my boss, Waal, who asked cryptically, “how many...

March 5, 2019

The helicopter pilot fraternity is a small one, even more so in the Southern tip of Africa. The circle includes weekend flyers and owners, corporate pilots, charter pilots and the colourful game-capture types, and irrespective of what we fly, we all share a common love...

June 21, 2018

My fingers instinctively tightened around the cyclic and collective as I braced myself. I reduced power and held the helicopter firmly in the ‘wings level’ attitude at 65 knots. The weather site Windy.com had been wrong.

I had seen that there would be headwinds for most...

February 27, 2018

John was flying routine game counting transects when he was called to provide aerial support to arrest poachers – and that’s just the start of what turns into an endlessly demanding day.

“Mission control, Hotel Fox Delta (HFD).”

“HFD, go.”

“Please confirm with India Alpha...

November 22, 2017

Mikhael sat up, peeled his damp shirt away from the back of the passenger seat of the helicopter and looked at his watch. He stifled a yawn and picked up Jed’s flight bag, “What’s for lunch today?”

ed chuckled as he glanced at Mikhael, “Help yourself boet. It’s wors fro...

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