Saturday, April 5, 2008
The National Guard copters want to get certified for firefighting. San Diego Fire wants to have a few military copter managers on hand so we can use them in the city. Put those two needs together, and it eats up my weekend.
I headed up to Los Alamitos early morning, and had a briefing with the blackhawk guys. We briefed on the Bambi bucket and headed out to Irvine Lake to practice some drops in the Santa Ana foothills. Man---the blackhawk is big. I have to lean way out my window to direct the bucketwork. The new pilot kept missing to the left so I started steering him in more to the right. That worked well. Only having two radios to talk on makes it easy, versus the six (!) I'm used to.
Cool stuff---flew over Mike F's house in Orange. Flying over our old stomping grounds was cool too; I've flown over San Diego County enough to recognize most of it, so to have that perspective over my old neighborhood was a trip. Also flew over Knott's and Disneyland. We probably flew over RBG's and Shoo's place too but I'm not sure. If you see a big blackhawk with '830' painted in giant lime green numbers Sunday, wave; we're going to ruin another nice day of fishing at Irvine Lake tomorrow.