Very cool video filmed by the guys at Jones Air, Australia. Great images showing the dangers but also the thrills of aerial crop dusting. This job requires not only great skill but also a lot of attention, one of the main reasons this profession has such a high number of fatal accidents is the high number of power lines these pilots must avoid while trying to get the best coverage possible, and that is just during the day. Imagine what these guys face during night flying… Enjoy the Air Tractors and their pilots at work in this great aerial crop dusting video.

Aussie crop dusters

Cutting close

Ever wonder how they trim the trees around power lines? My guess is you probably never even thought about it until now… but just in case you want to know… check out this great video. All you need to do some trimming is a skilled pilot, a helicopter and of course the biggest saw you can ever imagine attached to that helicopter. The rest is pure destruction 🙂

Cutting close

Bell 47 in action

This is a great illustration of how a helicopter pilot manages to control his aircraft, in this case one of the most famous helicopter in the world, the Bell 47. Narrated by Martin Sheen, this is part of the great IMAX Straight Up: Helicopters in Action, a must see for all helicopter buffs out there…

Bell 47 in action

Hiller crash

This Hiller helicopter crashed while filming the 1978 film “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!”. The pilot was supposed to enter the frame at the same time the police car was rolling in… but he came a bit fast and had to flare hard thus hitting the ground with the tail rotor. Although the crash was unscripted it was used for the film. The funny thing is the crash used up more of the budget than all other aspects of the film combined.

Hiller crash

Great footage taken at the Helicopter pilot school in France. The video is a bit old and shows training procedures with the Aerospatiale SA 318C Alouette II including takeoffs, landings, and no flare autorotations. The guys flying are military pilots from the french Army.

Helicopter pilot school

Heli pick up

Nothing really special here… just a guy in a helicopter collecting passengers. The special thing about it is the place. Check it out and see the great skill of the helicopter pilot.

Heli pick up

Bernd van Doornick had some 22,000 total flying hours and is credited with more than 5,000 people rescued. September 1, 2007 marked his last flight at an air show, Bernd van Doornick showing the crowd gathered at Bex (Switzerland) what an Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama can do. The Lama holds to this day the absolute altitude record for all types of helicopters since 1972: 12,442 m. Quite an impressive helicopter, and with a skilled man at the controls this helo can do impressive stuff.

SA 315B Lama extreme flying

Heli dive

Great way to depart the drop off point. Nothing like taking your helicopter into a monumental dive over the cliff face. Yeah… a pure adrenalin rush. After watching this video I thought to myself there is nothing I’d like to do more than to switch places with that lucky bastard flying that Ecureuil helicopter.

Heli dive

Mi-2 helicopter crash

The pilot of this Polish built Mil Mi-2 helicopter came in to land with a high rate of descent, stalling the helicopter close to the ground and as a result the helicopter bit the dust. Fortunately nobody was hurt.

Mi-2 helicopter crash

The helicopter in question is an Aerospatiale SA330 Puma. The pilot in question is French and if you have visited this site before, you probably know by now that if the words insane, helicopter, Puma and French are thrown in together it can only mean one thing: somewhere in Chad this French pilot had a very good time while at the same time entertaining the guys on the ground. Lucky guys!!! For the rest of us couch potatoes, well… at least we have one very impressive video with this truly crazy low level pass.

Insane helicopter fly-by