Honeywell Helo Pilots Share Love of Flying – Part 3

August 15, 2016 | Author: Brad Fessler

Once a helicopter pilot, always a helicopter pilot. As we celebrate World Helicopter Day, five Honeywell Aerospace employees – all current and former helicopter pilots – share a few thoughts on the art and science of flying these unique and versatile aircraft.

Brad Fessler, Call sign: Barrel

Brad FesslerMarine Corps pilot Brad Fessler flew the CH-46 “Phrog” for more than a decade on active duty and in the reserves. He flew a wide range of missions he describes as “beans, bullets and Band-Aids,” including transporting Marines to the front lines in Iraq and flying numerous humanitarian missions in and out of areas affected by natural disasters.

“The humanitarian missions I flew were very special to me,” said Fessler, whose squadron provided relief to Indonesian and Sri Lankan villagers following the devastating 2004 earthquake and tsunami. “Flying food, water and medical supplies into tiny villages in the middle of nowhere was the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. It was really great to see the direct impact that we had on the lives of people who were barely hanging on. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Brad FesslerStill a reservist attached to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego, Fessler transitioned to the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor about four years ago. “I loved the CH-46 because it’s a Vietnam-era helicopter and a lot of fun to fly. It’s also been great to train in the V-22, which is much more advanced and complex.”

At Honeywell Aerospace, he’s a product line manager for radar altimeters and data link technologies. “Honeywell has been very supportive of my reserve commitments, even when I had to take almost five months off to learn to fly the V-22,” he said. “Honeywell has gone above and beyond to support me in meeting both my job and military commitments.”

Did you miss Part 2? Read it here.

Read Honeywell Helo Pilots Share Love of Flying – Part 4

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