Here’s a handful of nosecam images from our October 2016 helicopter flight from Wenatchee WA to Phoenix AZ. As usual, these photos are not cropped or retouched.
It was a great trip with decent weather once we got out of Central Washington. We’d originally planned a route through California, but high winds along our planned route — including gusty headwinds in excess of 25 knots — prompted us to reroute through Oregon, Idaho, and Utah. Due to the nature of the flight — delivering a helicopter for overhaul — we stayed close to populated areas or at least roads. In several cases on the first day, we flew through an area right after a storm had passed through. We hit some rain, but visibility was never an issue. Weather the second day was even better, especially in southern Utah and Arizona, as you might expect. In all, it was a relatively routine ferry flight.
The nosecam captured over 200 aerial images. These are the ones we think are the best. These photos are available for sale as prints; please contact us for details.
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Flying over I-84 in Oregon.
One of the many wind farms we flew through in Idaho.
A view along the Snake River in Idaho.
Heading southbound in northern Utah.
Heading down from the hills into the Salt Lake Basin.
Heading southbound toward Salt Lake City in the north end of Salt Lake Basin.
Reflections in the Great Salt Lake heading southbound near sunset.
On final approach to Bountiful Skypark near Salt Lake City. (Note the plane landing on the runway.)
A quick flyby of Bryce Canyon in Utah.
On approach to Lake Powell in Southern Utah.
A low-level look at Horseshoe Bend near Lake Powell in Northern Arizona.
A view of the Vermilion Cliffs and Lee’s Ferry in Northern Arizona.
A view down Marble Canyon from high over Lees Ferry in Northern Arizona.
Low-level flight along the Little Colorado River Gorge in northern Arizona.
A view of Sedona just after takeoff from Sedona Airport.
Flying westbound along the red rocks west of Sedona.
Flying eastbound along the foothills of South Mountain in Phoenix.
Here’s a gallery of some photos from our recent Hillsboro, OR to Wenatchee, WA flight. We were bringing the helicopter back from it’s annual inspection. Weather along the way prevented us from flying direct. Instead, we enjoyed great views of the Columbia River Gorge, wild horses on the Yakama Nation land, and a fligt up the Columbia from Mattawa.
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Vista House on the Columbia River.
Columbia River Gorge
Columbia River Downstream from Lyle
Yakima River near Toppenish.
Priest Rapids Dam.
The Gap, on the Columbia River north of Mattawa.
Here’s a gallery of some photos from our recent Wenatchee, WA to Hillsboro, OR flight. We had one passenger take us up on our very special offer. Although the flight started out smokey due to the fires in North Central Washington, things cleared up halfway through the flight, giving us awesome views of the Klickitat River, Columbia River Gorge, and Portland areas.
Here are a few shots from our nosecam:
Leaving Wenatchee in heavy smoke.
Confluence of Klickitat and Columbia Rivers
Hood River, OR
Columbia River Gorge downriver from Hood River.
The Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River
House Barges on the Williamette River, Portland, OR
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The following photos were taken during flights between Wenatchee and Lake Chelan. These are the kinds of views you can expect to see when you join us on one of our wine-tasting trips to Tsillan Cellars in Chelan.
East Wenatchee Bridges
A look up Wenatchee Avenue
Walla Walla Point Park
Rocky Reach Dam
Rocky Reach Dam
Lincoln Rock State Park
Lake Chelan, East End.