How to test a microphone with a Sikorsky S-58

Desiree Horton Sure Microphone
Desiree is on the right (Duh!)

Desiree Horton is a fire-qualified helicopter pilot who writes the Adventures of Chopper Chick blog. Last year she was one of the contract helicopter pilots who worked on the San Bernardino National Forest in southern California. This year she has a gig flying a Sikorsky S-58 for Midwest Helicopters. The last I heard she was on fire standby with her S-58 in Bakersfield, California, after having flown the beast from Illinois via Boise and Redding.

Earlier this summer in Illinois she flew some equipment to the top of a building for the Shure microphone company. While there, they were asked to perform a test on two of their microphones, dropping them from the helicopter at a height of 200 feet AGL. Here’s the video.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.