The thing I did not expect was the weather at sea level, hence at YVR to be so, well foggy. Fog could screw a weeks flying very very quickly. It can hang around for days and make VFR flying out of YVR impossible. But as luck would have it, the folks at Talon Helicopters had a plan. That plan was to relocate operations away from the fog at the airport. Those operations also included Chopper 9 and with that we began our week of flight ops high in the mountains at our "secret mountain lair". From there we would be able to fly above the fog bank that seemed to plague the Vancouver International Airport and parts of the Frasier River.
A blanket of fog covers all but the tops of the sky scrapers over Vancouver. Off in the distance YVR is completely socked in.Those of you not familiar with the topography of our area, the international airport is located at the mouth of the Frasier river. The fog at this time of the year can just sit around the waters edge or drift inland and shut down the VFR operations in and out of YVR. The fog builds overnight and usually burns off in the afternoon. This week it would burn off in most parts but all local airports had problems. It would affect our competitors ability to fly.
Of course above the fog at our "secret mountain lair" it was beautiful and clear sunshine. Perfect for mountain flying. Our mission with the Survey team would be to follow them up to one of the measuring stations and shoot some material on the ground with them. Then we would get some air to air shots of the team as they went to a second station.
I got the front seat on the return flight as my flight station aboard Chopper 9 in in back. Pilot Brian Douglas at the controls.
There was nothing unusual about this shoot. Pretty routine really. But as all mountain flying, the vistas were breath taking. I never get tired of it.
The week had began with such promise. The weather improved to the extent a decision was made to return to Talon base back a YVR on Tuesday. The weather had suckered us in. By Wednesday, it was back to fog and this time there was no window to allow us to escape back to our "secret mountain lair". Wednesday produced zero flight time. This suddenly had the makings of a crappy week on the flight rotation.
Thursday brought a scene call, but the weather again closed in and scrubbed flight ops for our shows.
Now going into Friday, the flight hour count was barely 5 hours for the week and I was facing another week of the Trial next week. What had I done to the flying gods, to the TV gods to produce so little in flight,,,,,
Friday was better, there were, a story, scene calls and of course the shows. A descent day really and although the week would yeild less than 10 flight hours, it was a respectable total for a week of fog.