” We add an extra 200 lbs of fuel for the wife and kids”
Excuse me? Let’s rewind a bit.
I photographed Senior Aircrewman, Alan Gallagher, last week. He’s an operational winchman and a winch operator with CHC Search & Rescue. In other words he’s the man who fishes you out of a raging sea or a wind-blown mountainside.
The shoot took place at CHC Search and Rescue HQ, Dublin Airport. CHC operate the largest commercial helicopter company in the world, and have been providing Search and Rescue services on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard since 2001. The images below were taken as part of a bigger photographic project I am working on.
One of their biggest concerns on a sortie is fuel use and calculation. A huge proportion of their time planning a sortie is spent on fuel calculations, trying to consider all the angles such as wind speed and any unexpected situations that may occur, and quite often when they come up with a figure, they add a little bit (generally around 200 lbs)…..“just to make sure you get back to see them again”.
…And you think your job is stressful….?