We had a helicopter pilot in for a few light bevvies: a charming young German woman. Helicopters are her great interest - she is a chopper techie by trade, - and not all that expensive but they are slow. Helicopters can't carry very much either. Helicopters run out of fuel before they have flown very far. Compared to an airplane you sacrifice a tremendous amount of utility but.... in exchange for the ability to land anywhere and the ability to fly very low and/or slow.
'Choppers' can go where no man or woman has been before !
Helicopters are also fun and challenging. They also often offer a better career path than airplanes; the world is drowning in airplane pilots (well, not quite) but desperately short of helicopter pilots.
Mona Seeburger is meeting that demand.
To be a chopper pilot takes 'application': fine motor coordination skills: a fast brain that can process a huge information and sensory flow; an excellent sense of balance and .... a sensitive bum. The 'feel' of an aircraft strapped to you is mediated through the seat and wearing thin pants and even thinner underpants gives a girl some advantage!
It takes a lot of training, and like most fixed-wing pilots, that training never stops. The earlier you can get much of it in, the better. But to 'go beyond' the usual, you have to go to the back of beyond.
Mona went to Canada to fly with Mischa Gelb who owns BC Helicopters with his wife Amy and his brother Sancho. The flying is just superb. In this video they go through different mountain flying techniques, flying in one of two Cabri G2's, operating between 4000'-6000' in magnificent mountains. Just watch and wonder at the 'workload'.
Mona has quite a few flying hours under her skirts. She has a new YouTube channel with helicopter videos from her trip there in Canada and in Germany and different parts of Europe.
You can, should you wish, see some of the videos she has made and the sights she has seen here....https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK1u...
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Meanwhile here is one to be going on with.
We raised a glass or too of fine foreign bevvy of distinction to Mona and wished her well.
I see a long career ahead.
Perhaps she can take an old Knight up to the mountain tops one day.