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Night Flight

After joining the rig in Gibraltar we sailed down the coast of Morocco past Casablanca and finally finished up just below Agadir, just east of the Canary Islands where the rest of my family were sunning themselves, so close and yet so far.

Once we were close to our final location our helicopter taxi service started again, guys that you had got to know were leaving and new faces appeared on a daily basis and the rig started to get more busy.

These helicopter pilots are good but sometimes they need to brush up on the odd technique, like landing on the deck at night. Lucky for me I was allowed to take my camera out and watch, now i’m not really that much of a helicopter spotter, although I do think they are a great bit of kit and I’m still surprised they can fly, cool to watch but not that cool to fly in.

As always safety comes first and during the six landing and takeoff all helideck crew were in place and at the ready.

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Its a lot closer than it looks, I had to lock my hands around the hand rail and grip my camera while the fire crew pushed me forward to stop me from blowing over with the downdraft.

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10 comments on “Night Flight

  1. right name dropper – just pack it in! Gibraltar Morocco and Casablanca – Play it Again Sam

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  2. Fantastic shots even if you were almost blown off the deck!

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  3. Very cool. Love the second shot.

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  4. Your fascinating pictures are the next best thing to being there (for wimps like me, actually the best thing). I might need to borrow your phrase, “a great bit of kit”!

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  5. that is cool and colorful 🙂

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