Jun 03


Tag: Abu Dhabi DC 2012Kal @ 1:43 pm

The noise in the back of the heli is difficult to describe, there’s the whupwhupwhup of the blades overhead, of course, but also, and most incessantly, a high pitched whine from the motors. Not wearing hearing protection is a dumb idea and will guarantee you land with a headache.

The headsets that are supplied have mics on them to allow you to chat to other passengers, but they’re notoriously unreliable.

Often your headset is just a very expensive pair of earmuffs.

We resort to sign language, pointing and miming, mugging and gesturing.

I’m guilty of forgetting that not everybody will understand British Sign Language; I’m quite pleased to find that my brain automatically switches to BSL when I want to communicate non-verbally, but I’m not able to comprehend that people won’t immediately understand basic vocabulary.

At prayers one night, Ed receives plaudits for filling his stand-by time with CPD for his team, practicing a standing-take-down onto a spinal board.

Not to be out-done, I do the same, teaching my team and several others members of the crew an essential phrase.

6 Responses to “Hook-up”

  1. Cath says:

    HAHAHAHA! That’s the most hilarious thing I have ever seen! The funniest thing you could teach a desert crew, and I bet it came in handy :-D


  2. James says:

    Isn’t that the first lesson when learning any foreign language ?


  3. Win-Stone says:

    At least you had the decency to TELL them what you’d taught them and hadn’t passed it off as something as everyday as “Can I have a pound of onions, please?” ;-/


  4. The Jannie says:

    Working where I do, that will be soooo useful. Practicing now!


  5. Stargazerchris says:

    And for those of us who don’t sign ?????


  6. Piper says:

    Reminds me of the guy who taught me the basics (nurse, hello, good bye, thanks, finger spell your own name) who also thought 2 phrases were essential – b*gger off and bullsh*t!!


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