This is a routine.... every drenching rain....
I think the helo's are expensive.... don't know how much.... anyway.......... here are some pics..... click on pics to enlarge....
That's just wild! I thought I had seen it all when that guy in Wy. with the big ranch wqas herding cows with a chopper. But drying the cherries......... I just a box of fresh cherries this week, from the PNW, I wonder if they are from your neighbors.....LOL
Best cherries I've had in a few years!
Thanks Dave, that is really great to see.
That rascal is a 1990 Schweizer Model 269C with a Vertically mounted, fuel injected Lycoming Model HIO-360 SER engine.
They are used by the Los Angeles county Sheriff's department and charter firms.
In a pinch it will supposedly seat 3 people, but generally it will carry 1 -2. It cannot carry a lot of weight. Weighs 1100 pounds dry, nand has a Max take off weight of about 2,000 pounds
Initial cost was about $250,000.
Home base is out of Laurel, Montana, East of Bozeman. Since he has a range of about 200 miles, and Laurel is about 650 miles away, he must be on a nice charter for the local farmers. But hey he is getting "seat time".
Now you can wave and strike up a conversation next time he buzzes the cherry orchard.
You would think it would be better in the long run to install orchard fans....lol. Where my folks live (near Medford, OR) is where all the Harry and David Orchards are, they have these big orchard fans they use to blow heat from the smudge pots around. I bet they would work for drying as well - initial cost would be high, but after that they are yours.... no renting a copter.