Today’s world for an aviation enthusiast is as amazing as ever. With the invention of smartphones and apps, a person can pretty much know details about planes flying overhead. As I lay down to sleep, I can hear the British Airways flight from San Francisco to London Heathrow. I only know that is the flight thanks to apps like FlightAware or FlightRadar24.
The other day as I was sitting on the couch watching TV, I heard a helicopter fly over. This sounded like a BIG helicopter. Looking it up on FlightRadar24, I could see it was a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. That is a rare sight around here. Searching the tail number, I could see it was a privately owned helicopter out of Sandpoint, Idaho. The flight path was all over the local ski resort. It was worth grabbing the camera and heading out to see what was going on.
Just as I arrived, the helicopter flew in with a column from a chairlift hanging underneath it. The local ski resort is moving a chairlift, and this is the easiest way to move things.
Fearing the thump of rotorblades take me back to a time when hearing a helicopter was a relief. Oftentimes, it meant you were no longer alone. The assistance of a helicopter and the eyes in the sky helped bring a mission or search to completion faster.
Flight is amazing, and look at how fast things progressed in less than a century. From the Wright Brothers in the early 1900’s to landing on the moon in the 60’s. People have lived in space for over a year. What will the future of flight hold?