Posted 25 October 2009 - 16:38
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 20:09
And I don't know if this still happens, but they used to throw dynamite out of the helicopter to drive the schools toward the nets. I know a guy who's son was killed doing that......all they found was helicopter parts floating in the water. They can only assume there was a mishandling of the explosives.
Posted 27 October 2009 - 05:09
My aircraft is fitted with a GPS that is linked to the GPS on the ship and plots the ships position, if this were to fail if I can get back within 30Nm then the ship can vector me in using their radar. In addition to this we have dead reckoning and radio direction finding. My fishing master in the helicopter and navigator on the boat are in constant radio contact, we are not sent out to randomly fly around we are sent to check pre existing radar contacts at known locations.
Landing on the boat keeps life interesting and every landing is different, but boat operations can be conducted safely if you set sensible wind and sea state limits. Educating and working with the boat’s crew is very important as the boats speed and direction relative to the wind and swell makes a huge difference to safety during both take off and landing.
I haven’t seen or heard of explosives being used these days we use green die, but I am sure various things were tried in the past.
Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:32
Do tuna boat helicopters just fly around in circles looking for fish ? How does the pilot find his way back to the boat , do you just have to stay in sight of the boat? Is there electronic beacons to guide you back? Isn't landing on the boat going up and down on the swells difficult.
This has varied over the years. In the 70s and 80s it was radio reception and marine transponders 18 -25 miles . The 90s had a Ross marine radio that would send GPS codes from bird to boat.
Most pilots fly out to the side ( beam ) and arc around the bow 25 -30 miles . We used 1200 MHz radios ,2 meter ,6 meter and any odd ham or any taxi radio we could find .
If you can drive a stick shift car or ride a bicycle . You can land on a boat .
Posted 25 September 2010 - 20:03
I'm no tuna pilot, but looked a little bit into it a while ago when I first heard it. I stumbled across this and I think this is a nice documentary about the work of a tuna pilot:
Moggy's Tuna Manual
Very in depth and fun to read
Moggy's Tuna Manual is the most accurate and fully documented information I’ve seen on-line about tuna boat life, as I remember it.
Also, the so-called seal bombs (seal control explosives) were used. They have been known to cause some severe hand injuries. However, I've never heard of any deaths.
They were used during the sets and thrown from the stern of the boat. They were even thrown from the helicopter; however, that was discontinued after a number of accidents and/or near misses.
The demand for helicopters and pilots was dependent on the price of tune per ton. The 70’s – 80”s saw frozen Skipjack around $1600/ton. During the periods 90’s – 2010 the price of frozen Skipjack dropped as low as $500/ton and in 2008 hit a new high of $1950/ton. The current 2010 price is between $900-$1000/ton.
Taking into account inflation the lower prices are even more dramatic.
Skipjack being the basic tuna (so-to-speak) Yellow Fin would price as must as $800/ton higher.
Squid fishermen's seal bombs rattle nighttime scuba divers
Edited by iChris, 07 October 2010 - 00:32.
Posted 30 November 2011 - 02:47
When life's path is steep keep your mind even.
Posted 30 November 2011 - 12:52
The crew flies a pattern set forth by the observer. Some fly aimlessly while others have a plan of some kind.
How does the pilot find his way back to the boat, do you just have to stay in sight of the boat?
Every 10 minutes the boat navigator will tell you the heading and distance to return to the boat. However, if you are a smart pilot, you don’t rely on this and you get real familiar with the aircrafts GPS and learn how to find the boat if needed.
Are there electronic beacons to guide you back?
No. At least not on the boat I worked on.
Isn't landing on the boat going up and down on the swells difficult.
Just like anything else, it takes getting used to. That is, challenging at first resulting in normal reaction after time.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:42
1) we have a new domain name, (in addition to www.tunaboathelicopters.ORG) namely WWW.CHOPPERSTORIES.COM That reflects an increasing effort to produce pro-active safety material that has a broader helicopter appeal, not just tuna boats. (put that domain address in your big ADDRESS BAR, not the search box)
2) We strongly encourage pilots considering a tuna helicopter position, to take the trouble to visit our site. We are not so arrogant as to presume to be suffiently skilled to tell you THE WAY to do things. Rather, we seek to alert you to the many pitfalls, walk you through scenarios, so you can arrive in the Tuna Fields a much wiser novice.
3) We are working on a printed version of Moggy's Tuna Manual. Feel free to input and critique.
4) If you want to contribute an article, talk to me. I'm also on Facebook.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 10:14
Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:19
PS I really hope you are still rockin the Woolly Bugger beard! haha
Posted 28 September 2012 - 19:32
Namaste to you Moggy.
When life's path is steep keep your mind even.
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