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~leUn, Progressive, Record, Reporter Regional Continued/News Wednesday, Oct 3, 2001 3B cord, mPL_ the PNF helicopter releases its over the Butterfly Fire. load at a strategic Don Hamilton, helitack superintendent for the Plumas The PNF helicopter works with a pilot who is part of the National Forest, discusses some of the features the contract, and five crew members who work for the for- forest's helicopter has to offer for fire fighting, est, Everything is ready to go when a call comes in. lations, and even gave the craft a new red and white paint job. page 2B to remote areas, duties. at $900 an hour, said air tankers are as much as possible be- they are less expensive, a fine quickly, district's helicopter is the called to respond. PNF's 212 helicopter is contract with a Reno- organization. This is year this particular has been used on forest, and the 10th year COmpany has held the PNF contract calls for helicopter, two pilots, a }1 truck and a mechanic, other requirements, the helicopter operat- season. PNF then supplies the crew of five people. in the tour, Don helitack superin- explained that the Service There's a technique to fly- ing a helicopter that has a load or bucket attached, ex- plained Hamilton. Pilots explain they're "not really flying the helicopter, they're flying the load," he said about learning how to adjust to the sway and weight of what they're carrying. Learning when and where to drop loads of water is an- other factor. Hamilton said one of the best methods is for the pilot to look for a signal mirror on the ground, which ground crews carry. If the area the helicopter is flying into is open, Hamilton said the ground crews can put out brightly colored flags to indicate where they want the next load of water re- leased. Wind conditions can make a difference in how effective the water drop is, Hamilton recently over- added. The m-st drop the pilot . entire helicoptex .m. , k si jgeyJera, L!. the test acing par [s as req re-d ffl lYt btermlne tne adjust- flyii]g regt merits he will need to make for future drops. One advantage of the for- est's helicopter is that it can drop half its load and then re- turn to drop the second half, Hamilton said. Another advantage of using this type of helicopter on the forest is that it is designed to use water sources that aren't very deep. Ten to 18 inches of water is all that is needed to successfully fill up with the snorkel, Hamilton said. The pilot One of this year's pilots as- signed to the 212 is Mike Chase. In his 50s, Chase said about 90 percent of the helicopter pilots he knows were trained in the military and switched to private work when they got out. To be a helicopter pilot and work in fire fighting, the con- tract stipulates that a pilot must have at least 1,500 hours of flying time, among other special qualifications. Chase said most pilots gain a lot of flying time on the job, and many who him have more hours. Jenny Mannle's helmet and gear is ready at a mo- ment's notice. Mannle has spent her career working in fire fighting on the Plumas National Forest, first as a crew member, and now as an assistant to the captain on the hall- tack crew. Hamilton said that it's im- portant to have experienced pilots on the job, because in fighting fires, the helicopter w or.k . "into some of the worst than 113;0d0' cdn/t '* 3tlons you could put it into." I I rise: a great feeling to see pa- on the rise around arid in the corn- American flags fly- ;verywhere, slogans of Bless America" being ayed, and chants of USA" being heard. it's sad that it took sacrifices of so many to this spirit. We veter- know what sacrifice is. freedom we enjoy to- has been preserved the ultimate sacri- of many of our service and women. It's not just wartime that our free- is protected, but during of peace, our service continue to pre- serve our freedom. With so many flags flying throughout our community, I feel I should pass on a few bits of information concern- ing flag etiquette: When displaying the American flag on a wall or other fiat vertical surface, the stars and blue back- ground are to be in the upper left corner. If your flag is not an all- weather one, it should not be displayed during rainy peri- ods. If your flag is displayed at night, it should be illuminat- ed by means of an artificial light. Proper care and disposal of your flag is also very impor- tant: The flag should not touch the ground, and when taken down for storage, it should be properly folded; and If your flag becomes soiled, ANNUITY ALERT... Annuities Are Created principal at Risk? 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If you are not sure rently working on. But many where the nearest one is, or other projects cannot be corn- who to contact, call Thomas pleted or undertaken without Tucker American Legion an increase in membership. Post No. 204 in Susanville at If you are interested in be- 251-8193 for assistance, coming a member of these Being a member of the veterans' organizations, American Legion, the Ameri- please contact the nearest can Legion Auxiliary, the American Legion or VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars, or post for information. the Veterans of Foreign Wars MEDICARE MEDI-CAL PATIENTS Please call now LIFE MEDICAL PHARMACY Provides Diabetic & Breathing Supplies at Little or No Cost. Delivered right to your door. 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