Moggy's Tuna Manual

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'Moggy's Tuna manual' is based on five years of experience flying helicopters off fishing boats in mid-ocean. Francis Meyrick describes the risks, the thrills and the beauty of nature, But his main emphasis is on safety: tips, anecdotes and techniques to fly safely and successfully. He dedicates his book "To all my tuna friends and in memory of too many guys who didn't make it home..." More
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About Francis Meyrick

Location:Texas, USA Naturalized US Citizen of Irish extract - Fixed Wing and Helo trucker.Interests: "The Absurdity of Man". I am a proud supporter of Blarney, Nonsense, and Hooey. I enjoy being a chopper jockey, and trying to figure the world, people and belief systems out. I'm just not very good at it, so it keeps me real busy. I scribble, blog, run this website, mess with rental houses, ride motorbikes, and read as much as I can. I went solo 44 years ago, and I like to say I'm gonna get me a real job one day. When I grow up. ("but not just yet, Lord, not just yet") For my aviation scribbles see enjoy! I wish you Peace in your Life. May you always walk with the sun on your face, and a breeze ruffling your hair. And may you cherish a quiet wonder for our awesome Universe. Life isn't always good. But it is always fascinating. Never quit.

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Rocks Rocks-Macqueen reviewed on Jan. 29, 2016

The mastery of words in the book in such a flowing description made me FEEL I was there. For a manual?..the reading went by fast, just like watching a movie. Being a helicopter pilot looking to become an "Anchovy Pilot." It was very informative, really. In a non-bias way and the description of helicopter aerodynamics where true to my experience and account. The cultural aspects and reality of getting along with the crew are certainly the key to success I believe and the book exercises common sense through experience. A good read and a good way to learn through the experience of others!
(reviewed 83 days after purchase)
Biffer reviewed on Dec. 2, 2015

Before reading 'Moggy's Tuna Manual' I had little knowledge of helicopters. They were those whirligig things up there that I admired from a distance for their terrific, big sound implying power. What I brought to this book was an engineering and sailing background, along with a curiosity about how machines work and how humans interact with them.

On getting into it, I soon found that 'Moggy's Tuna manual' is a book for both pilots and the armchair adventurer. We armchair adventurers might want to start with the section on how a helicopter is controlled. Armed with that, and the excellent glossary of technical terms, you are soon flying along with a fair understanding of what it is all about.

By means of real life scenarios and near misses, we get a good idea of the challenges a helicopter pilot faces during ocean tuna fishing. These stories, and their related video links, make the tuna fishing industry very real; the helicopter's role in fishing, weather considerations, pilot errors, language difficulties, the fragility of a single engined aircraft in the marine environment. It is all here.

I'm not a pilot, but I can see how this manual would be very useful for new pilots to learn from and for old hands to refresh with. They might even extend their flying days. The fatality rate in this game is high. The many examples of pilots getting it wrong are used here to great effect to show, for example, how landings and take-offs from a rolling ship can be done more safely. These hazards, and much more, await the unwary. As a sailor, the warnings against relying on GPS as the sole navigational aid are very real to me. Yet, it seems many pilots do just that, rely on the GPS alone. And sadly, they do get into trouble.

I was left wondering about this dangerous job of searching for signs of fish in a vast ocean, the helicopter's primary role here. Pilots can find themselves up to thirty miles from the mother-ship with daylight fading and fuel running low. Is this a foolhardy career choice? Or is it a spirited live-on-the-edge extreme sport, that earns a wage? Whatever the answer, as a safely hard aground armchair pilot, I found it a page turner from beginning to end. I even learned the basics of flying a chopper! Unfortunately, helicopters now also frighten me. I will never again see them as just those whirligig things up there.

I'm inclined to see this tuna hunting game as one of the maddest extreme sports on the planet. There are those who love their extreme sport. Let them at it, I say. But it might be no harm to reduce the risks somewhat by learning from the first hand experiences of this pilot. Moggy comes over as a natural teacher, a coach even, who makes all clear in his own unique and accessible way.
Besides, this a great read, even if you do not like school.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
Marshall reviewed on Nov. 30, 2015

Moggy's Tuna Manual is an amazing read, both a technical guide and an anecdotal reference on the trials and adventures of flying Tuna. If your remotely interested in flying Tuna choppers- or just want to know more about this niche of rotorcraft aviation I highly recommend it. Should you find yourself somehow unexpectedly needing to report to a Tuna helipad in 24 hours this manual may save your life and your finances!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Kyle Leonard reviewed on Nov. 7, 2015

Very good information! I love reading Moggy's stories. I highly recommend his writings. If you're a student pilot, an instructor, or a commercial pilot you will find a story that impacts and reinforces or changes the way you think. Very good insights into our industry!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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