An Inconvenient Hover

Helo with flotation deployed (


It’s a beautiful March day 300 feet or so above the Gulf of Mexico.  Why does it so often start with “beautiful day”?  The weather is clear, but just a little breezy. 30 knots worth.

Today’s flight is fairly standard. Some light cargo and a few passengers to move.  Just two passengers on board this leg between oil platforms.  The headwind is making the transit to the next platform around 25 minutes instead of a more typical 15, but it’s not a problem. Plenty of fuel reserve and the southerly wind will get our pilot home safe and on time.  Careful, wind is not just about transit time, especially in a helicopter.  

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