Flying shotgun on the way home from Hamilton, NZ

I don’t usually get to fly shotgun in the helicopter because of our seating configurations in the helicopter. Usually the crewman, paramedic and I are in the back on the way to the patient. While the cameraman sits upfront. (yes, we have a cameraman on board since our rescue service is the subject of a reality TV show that is filmed & broadcast in NZ) …I wouldn’t say its quite the same as Jersey shore, but an interesting depiction of what we do. And when we transport the patient, both the paramedic and I will remain in the back as well. Obviously focused on the patient, so rarely do we get to enjoy the view.

But once we bring the patient to hospital then sometimes if I’m lucky I can get an upgrade to the front seat with the pilot…free of charge.

Here’s a few pics of our recent flight from Hamilton to Auckland.

Just a few miles from where they filmed Lord of the Rings. This is actually "Middle Earth"!

Just a few miles from where they filmed Lord of the Rings. This is actually “Middle Earth”! If you look closely, you can see two Hobbits having a pint. 

Control panel in a BK117. Very good thing I'm not in charge in flying this thing!

Control panel in a BK117. Very good thing I’m not in charge in flying this thing!

The Auckland coastline

The Auckland coastline

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I was looking down with envy at one of Auckland's golf courses...

I was looking down with envy at one of Auckland’s golf courses…

If you look closely you can see a few guys walking with their golf bags. They just landed in their private chopper at the helipad...my dream would be to fly by helicopter to an amazing golf course. These guys did NOT look angry!

If you look closely you can see a few guys walking with their golf bags. They just landed in their private chopper at the helipad…my dream would be to fly by helicopter to an amazing golf course. These guys did NOT look like they had a tough day at the office!

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