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Unusual lift for a BK117

Old 10th Oct 2020, 16:16
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Unusual lift for a BK117

Great Slave Helicopters of Yellowknife were tasked with lifting a piano to the 3rd floor of a house, details and video below and attached.

What other strange lifts have members on here had to carry out?


Yellowknife man uses helicopter to move piano to cliff-perched home

Residents of Yellowknife’s 'eraser house' needed a big lift

The family had to hire a helicopter to get their heirloom into the house. (Randall McKenzie/CBC)Yellowknifer Eric McNair-Landry lives in an unusual home.

It was designed by architect Gino Pin and locally, it's known as the "eraser house."

In the 1970s, Pin convinced the city to sell him a lot on a cliff, upon which he built a multi-story house. The steps to the first floor are at a sharp angle and the stairwell has a switchback.
So when McNair-Landry considered the prospect of getting his grandfather's upright piano — a family heirloom — to the third floor, he carefully weighed the options."One would be to lose all my friends trying to get them to take it up the stairwell here," he said.

"A crane wouldn't work, and even with boom extenders, it wouldn't have been possible to lift the piano."The pilot was right on target, landing his cargo metres from the house.

Workers in hard hats guided the helicopter onto a small landing platform — the family's back deck. The piano was packaged up in a wooden crate, which McNair-Landry's friends disassembled before lifting the piano onto the top floor.

Watch the piano get airlifted to the family's cliff-side home in Yellowknife:

Yellowknife man airlifts piano into house

Moving a piano is anything but easy, as Eric McNair-Landry learned. His house's location, perched on Yellowknife rocks, meant he needed to enlist some serious movers to bring his heirloom piano home. McNair-Landry and his family watched from the rocks behind their house as the downwash shook the trees. His young child looked upon the scene in awe.

He says the family is still waiting for the final bill, but the landing went off without a hitch.
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Ahhhh AC what a job I remember that day vaguely....and the echo of the bladeslap among the apartment buildings.
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Old 11th Oct 2020, 08:22
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BK117 lifts? Unusual may be:

An owner of a property in Toorak who had a pool bench made, over a tonne in weight, to be used on rails along either side of the pool. Came the installation and no crane was capable of lifting it in from the street so we took it off the back of a truck the other side of the Yarra River and nipped over to the back yard, fitting the bench nicely into place

Apartments at Falls Creek were due for completion by opening weekend of the ski season, and running late. Between snow showers we lifted in the spa baths to various balconies, no idea how they got on with using them in the winter!

The Heinz factory was decommissioned in Melbourne, and the stainless steel vats were needed to be removed prior to demolition. What better way than with a BK?

A Melbourne fellow whose wife bought some plant pots in Sydney and had them shipped to Melbourne only to find they wouldn't fit into the lift up to their penthouse apartment on St Kilda Road. Easy lift for a JetRanger but they had to be in place for their daughter's 21st next weekend so on the usual premise of being better to seek forgiveness than ask permission we had the truck park in a lane behind the building and netted them up while the truck did a runner.

Many more, but I'll let someone else have a post or three first
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Old 12th Oct 2020, 06:54
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No pic's unfortunately, but my most unusual lift was a stranded Dugong (Sea cow) from a beach onto a trailer.
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Old 12th Oct 2020, 07:05
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Ah the memories! (I'm flying the 206)

You could also have mentioned lifting the top stone for the St Paul's cathedral tower reconstruction in Melbourne CBD.


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Helping Hermann to put the AMP letters on Centrepoint Tower, dodging Olympic figures, using a B212
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Old 12th Oct 2020, 09:35
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Portuguese Air Force lifted a dolphin in 1999. The dolphin, named Asa (Wing) after the rescue operation, got stranded in shallow waters and ended in muddy waters. Lucky someone was passing by and spoted Asa. The rescue operation was succesfull thanks to AS330 Puma.

From a portuguese news channel.


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Old 13th Oct 2020, 05:37
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Originally Posted by Mitch Vernon View Post

Ah the memories! (I'm flying the 206)

You could also have mentioned lifting the top stone for the St Paul's cathedral tower reconstruction in Melbourne CBD.


Indeed, Mitch Vernon was doing the dirty dash in the 206 to lift the plant pots at 07:00 on a Saturday when no-one was around

He also did a splendid job in the BK117 down in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, building a bridge from a Meccano set; but does that count as unusual?

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I saw a program over the weekend about fancy houses built high up on hills. This particular one high up in Arizona used Boeing 747 wings as the roof. They were brought in by Chinook. I'll try and find a snippet.

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