Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Helicopter-Assisted Christmas Tree Harvest In Oregon

I had no idea.

From the "about" section of the video:

"Christmas Tree harvesting at Noble Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Oregon. Pilot Dan Clark flying a Northwest Helicopters, LLC 206B3 Jetranger November of 2008. 

Oregon is the nation's biggest producer and exporter of Christmas trees, selling about 7.3 million trees a year, more than twice that of No. 2 North Carolina. The holiday trees represent a $101 million industry in Oregon."

As many commenters on Youtube mention, he's probably paid by the quantity of trees he transports and not by the hour.

Also, many mention that it's not as grueling (inertia-wise) as it looks.

Here's another video (probably not of the same pilot, obviously) from a... more sunny day, showing the cockpit view.

Still pretty impressive.

(source and source)

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