Life of a Helicopter pilot

Introduction

My name is Capt Sanjith Christopher, and I’m a helicopter pilot. I have been flying since the last 4 years. I have accumulated around 2000 hours of helicopter flight time as of now. Though its not much, but its pretty good for a guy who is 26 years old. The machines I have flown are Schweizer 300, Robinson 22, Robinson 44 and Dauphin AS365N. Presently,  I am flying for the Indian Govt and my base of flying changes every month.

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Pilots find it tough maintaining relationships,why??

Introduction

So, why do pilots find it difficult maintaining relationships?. This might seem to you as a very funny topic to you. But I myself is sitting in this huge luxurious hotel room , hundreds of miles away from home and worried about certain issues in my family.

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Which fuel is used in Airplanes and Helicopters?

Introduction

Which kind of fuel do they use in aviation??. Is it the same as used in our regular cars and bikes??. This is one of the frequent questions I keep getting from many relatives and friends. Continue reading Which fuel is used in Airplanes and Helicopters?

Can an Airplane pilot fly a helicopter??

Introduction

So, I’m a helicopter pilot, but I keep getting questions from people asking if I can fly Airplanes as well!!, or my friends flying Airplanes keep getting questions like, how is it to fly a helicopter!!

The simple answer is

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My Instructor called me a flying bomb!!

Its been quite sometime since I wrote now. And the truth is there hasn’t been much to write in my personal life, and what has been happening in my professional life, I cannot write. Continue reading My Instructor called me a flying bomb!!

Making my first friend in the field

Omg words are dancing around as I type, but it’s a great day as well, so I have to write this!!

So it’s been a month now since I have been staying in this new house, and i don’t know how to describe the time I have passed here. The stay has been pleasant but at the same time I do not want to even describe the time at RWA(the flying school). But all this isn’t the highlight for today, I made my first friend in Bangalore!!

So the whole day went on schedule, when I mean on schedule, that’s the only thing I have in my life right now, living life as per the watch, by the minute, by the seconds!! So at exactly 8pm I had dinner and when I was returning back to my room, a shadowy figure emerged out of the dark, he was a guy in his late twenties, not very tall, wheatish and shabbily dressed. He asked every Malayalis favourite question, “Malayali alle??”(your a Malayali right) I answered in surprise, “ya”. Well I was in surprise because I hadn’t spoken to anybody in a few days, all I have been saying is “yes sir”!!

Further he asked, “your a pilot right”, and I proudly said “yes!!” And he told that he’s a trainee engineer with jet airways. He then took my hand to shake hands and said, “my names
Dony” and I told him my name. He said come meet the others, though I wasn’t very keen, I still went with him. He and his friend where staying in a room which was near our mess.

I should say, when I reached the room, it reminded me of the old room I used to stay in, shabby and all in a huge mess. A tall, dark guy wearing specks was sitting on the bed, looking at me in surprise. Dony introduced me to him, and I got to know his name is Alwyn. Would you believe the first question he asked me? It was, “do you drink?”. I was dumbfounded with this question of his, i have never really drank before, I have tasted beer a few times, but never really drank, but at the same time I had to make friends, and also keep up an image!! So I said, “ I have tried beer”, so he took out a bottle of brandy out of his cupboard and said, “now try this, Malayalis only brand, MCB Brandy!!”  I said, “I have never tried this”, to which he replied, “c’mon your a Malayali right, you can’t refuse this”, after some convincing I readily agreed.

Dony came in with 3 glasses , water and some chips in a flash and in no time drinks were served. Tonight I had 3 drinks, and I have puked my guts out after that. Ofcourse I was laughed at, but I knew I was in the group. Well more about alwyn, he is an engineer with jet airways too and he was having a really bad day, because of which we had this drinking fiesta!!

I had to be escorted back to my room, and now as I’m typing all this, words are dancing around, and I have nothing in my stomach to puke out. God, I’m never going to drink again!! Just make me feel alright!! But inspite of all the physical issues, I’m sleeping with content tonight, I’m not alone anymore!!

New room- Pilot stories Enroute

Introduction

It’s been almost two months living in here in all the darkness and all the smoke. And about HAL all I can say is, NO COMMENTS!! So one of my father’s friends was coming over to Bangalore for work. Concerned about my displeasure in the living conditions, my father asked him to come, look over me, move me into a new room. Continue reading New room- Pilot stories Enroute

‘God of flying’-The meeting!!

-Introduction

Highlight of today, I met the man!! I met the “God of flying”. Let me tell you what I did in the last 6 days- NOTHING!! Ofcourse I spent hours staring at the ceiling and having the same cheap meals from the same kerala foodjoint. Continue reading ‘God of flying’-The meeting!!