#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, December 11th, 2013 00:01
#2 By: Flugfrei_Jones, December 11th, 2013 00:19
#3 By: grimc, December 11th, 2013 00:20
There's video from the pilot's POV too
#4 By: Isabelle Lafreniere, December 11th, 2013 00:29
Was the pilot named Hoban Washburne by any chance?
#5 By: Jan Badenhorst, December 11th, 2013 01:50
I'm a little bit disappointed here. My expectation was to see some deft low flying skills leaving a swath of tree tops in its wake. It is a chopper after all.
#6 By: yadayada, December 11th, 2013 01:52
They waste no time!
Time is money. And, after all, isn't that what Christmas is all about?
#7 By: bolamig, December 11th, 2013 02:05
Something tells me they don't have insurance.
#8 By: Ahmed_Sayid, December 11th, 2013 02:10
I wonder what is the mortality rate in that job...
#9 By: Lynda_Gallagher, December 11th, 2013 02:32
Very efficient...and excellent skills by the helicopter pilot, placing those trees in the truck, just so.
#10 By: t3kna, December 11th, 2013 03:53
Former Combat Pilot Finally Finds Employment Almost Worth Waking Up For
#11 By: Boundegar, December 11th, 2013 04:09
In a helicopter it certainly is.
#12 By: He who must not be named, December 11th, 2013 04:59
Third party, fire and theft, sure. Insurance against pivoting the helicopter into the ground using a long cable attached to a christmas tree and a flatbed truck? Not so much
#13 By: Drew_Gehringer, December 11th, 2013 05:36
It isn't just Portland that likes to do things a little differently...
#14 By: T Shock , December 11th, 2013 05:37
How are the trees being hooked up to the cable? Surely if there was a person down there doing it they would be killed by the swinging hook.
#15 By: millie fink, December 11th, 2013 08:09
Maybe it's not all that big a hook.
#16 By: Rosko , December 11th, 2013 08:27
Oooooo. . . I smell a new video game in the works!
#17 By: stasike, December 11th, 2013 08:30
Look at the video linked in a second post from pilots point of view. You can see that there is somebody on the ground waiting with a loop in a hand and there is a big (and I hope well padded )target at the end of the rope under helicopter.
#18 By: Ben, December 11th, 2013 08:40
From the pilot's POV, it also looks like the cable disengages automatically when the weight comes off the end - that is, there's no-one doing the 'un-hooking' as the trees hit the truck bed. That suggests something a bit cleverer than just a hook-and-loop, and so possibly with some safety built in.
Disengaging automatically also means that if you accidentally bump into something with your tree bundle, they just fall off, which is what you want. Really.
#19 By: Ben, December 11th, 2013 08:42
It wouldn't have to be - any hook that can to lift a bundle of trees safely has got to be at least half a kilo of metal on the end of a steel cable: plenty hefty enough that you don't want to catch it in a squishy bit.
#20 By: Mister44, December 11th, 2013 10:15
10 bucks says former Apache pilot. My firefighter/police friends said the local air ambulance guy was one and he would do insanely precise maneuvers close to the ground.
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