In my helicopter flyovers videos of California lots of commenters I’ve had a few near misses with birds. For the first 13 years as a pilot I was lucky to avoid hitting birds but recently my luck ran out. Bird strikes in aircraft can be extremely dangerous. They’re obviously bad for the bird that gets hit but the impact can also incapacitate the pilot and even cause a crash. In this video I show what happened in my bird strike, how I reacted, what I could have done better, and examine the damage.
I also want to acknowledge Marine aviators Capt. Jeffrey Bland and 1st Lt. Thomas Heitmann, who died on Sept. 19th 2011 when their helicopter struck a hawk.
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