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Rotor In The Green by Ray Dousset
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Rotor In The Green

by Ray Dousset

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A frank & honest story of a helicopter pilot who flew with the Army at various stages of his career and with the National Safety Council of Australia - Victoria (NSCA). From the early days of a passion for aviation through to many years of flying rotary wing missions, Ray clearly lays out the highs & the lows of his career, his personal life and the environments he operated in.

Also covers Ray's ongoing battle with depression & bi-polar disorder that took a pilot's loathing for "flying a desk" to extremes in his case, costing him his career and his marriage. Sadly, too many bureaucracies do not appreciate that many who are most passionate about aviation are least suited to being kept out of the cockpit.

Ray's religious beliefs are side-line items during the book until one of the final chapters where he provides details of how their influences helped him deal with his situation. I found this approach very appealing as it provides a good balance between telling his story and expressing his very strong personal beliefs (an integral part of his later recovery) without distracting those who may not share them from the rest of the book.

It's an interesting read that gives insight into a number of major events within Australia's recent past as well as an inside view during the NSCA's rise & fall. Worth reading for those considering a career in Army Aviation as well as those interested in the motivations & stories of people who fly. ( )
  Falcon124 | Oct 30, 2012 |
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