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High Wire Helicopter Flyer YouTube

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I hope you enjoy this YouTube of a crew working on high tension power lines near the Petroglyph National Monument in NW Albuquerque.  

This took place near our home so when I saw the action I grabbed the camera  and enjoyed the skill and precision these guys must live by daily.  No mistakes allowed in their line of work.  I bet the pay is phenomenal and the life insurance just as much so.  The guys on the tower didn't slow their pace at all, it was non stop from the time they stepped out off the helicopter and onto those crossbars.  

I quickly decided I will keep my day job as an Albuquerque area REALTOR®.  I like to have some excitement in my life but this would be just a little much.  If you are looking to purchase or sell a home in the Albuquerque or Rio Rancho NM area I promise not to take any unnecessary risk with your real estate transaction.  

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Comment balloon 57 commentsJohn McCormack, CRS • October 24 2014 04:17AM


Good morning John,

It is one sound I still pick up without my hearing aids! The pilot is very good.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 6 years ago

Hi John.  That is so crazy.  They must get huge dollars.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 6 years ago

Yowza!  I've been in a helicopter many times, but never exited one in that fashion.  Kudos to these guys.....not sure I'd want their jobs.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 6 years ago

Yikes... and I thought we had a stressful job! Have a terrific Friday John...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo and Home Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 6 years ago

Good morning John, how exciting and scary to watch them perform. I've seen them on one of my learning channels. It takes a special talent to do what they do, especially the pilot.

Posted by ba`B Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) about 6 years ago

Good morning John,

Wow..these guys have to know what they are doing and be very skilled! One false move and I wouldn't want to think what could happen!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) about 6 years ago

Good morning John. Great video. You couldn't pay me enough for this period.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 6 years ago

Good morning, John.... I guess someone needs to do it.... very risky business....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) about 6 years ago

John- you weren't kidding!  A big wow! I've never been in a helicopter but Larry used to fly F-4's and he'd rather be in that than a helicopter!  Too scary for him! Yes, I like having both feet on the ground

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 6 years ago

John/Debbie, this would be VERY scary as one foul move and that helicopter is toast!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 6 years ago

John, this is very amazing and I am not sure how these guys keep their cool!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Now there's a challenging job!  One wind gust that would shift those helicoptor blades could spell disaster!  I wonder how much those guys make an hour???

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 6 years ago

I also want to mention that I'm impressed by your video, John!  It isn't everyday, you get a video opportunity like that one!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 6 years ago

Wow John and Debbie,  I agree, please keep selling real estate, I would not wnat anything to happen to you two till I meet you!

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) about 6 years ago

Thanks, John, for sharing the video. That is the pilot I want if I fly in a helicopter.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 6 years ago

John, that is too scary for me to think about doing. Even more scary than being a Realtor. These guys have guts and are dedicated to helping the people. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 6 years ago

Good Morning Active Rain,

For an Albuquerque, New Mexico Real Estate Broker, contact John McCormack at (505) 980-4576.

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) about 6 years ago

Hi John, Thanks for taking the time to make this video.  It is not something you see everyday.  Costly work all around.  And not for everyone for sure! Very specialized work!

Makes me think of people building skyscrapers...not for everyone.


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) about 6 years ago

Howdy John-I would love to ride hanging off of a helicopter rail but not to climb onto high tension poles!


Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) about 6 years ago

Woo hoo - cool video and way to seize the moment! I don't think I'll quit my day job, that would require nerves of steel. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 6 years ago

John, I love a rush but, this would be too much. I can only imagine what the pay is...setting myself a reminder to Google it later out of sheer curiosity. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) about 6 years ago

John, talk about living on the edge! Amazing vid.

Posted by Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor (RISMedia) about 6 years ago

Wow that is one scary job.  No room for error that's for sure.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 6 years ago


We are all keeping our day jobs, no doubt about that.  Wishing you and Debbie a great weekend.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 6 years ago

Now that is one job that I would never be able to do, especially with my fear of heights, no way I am getting up there, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) about 6 years ago

I can't imagine having a job like this.  I bet they are happy to have their feet back on the ground when they are finished.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 6 years ago


Excellent video by you by you folks and these workers  have no fear and lots of guts to do what they do! As a side note I had to go to YouTube to play the video as it would not play on just AR? 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) about 6 years ago

John McCormack ~ I'll keep my day job too! I wonder if it is hard to get life insurance, that's an insane job 

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) about 6 years ago

Hi John, I have flown in Helicopters, but I would never try working on those power lines like these guys are doing for a living. Yes, Like you, I would prefer to keep my day job working on the ground in real estate.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, about 6 years ago

That is cool John. A crew did that here just a while cool to watch!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Hi John - Great video! I'll be sticking with my day job too. It's amazing how routine they make that look, when in fact, it's completely scary to even watch.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 6 years ago

John: Watching those guys sure makes me appreciate my day gig! My fear of flying and heights all in one...UGH!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) about 6 years ago


 Now I know another job I cannot do, I am afraid of heights this would not work for me at all! I hope you guys have a great weekend!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert about 6 years ago

That is just crazy, it must pay well though. It is a great jpb for thrill seekers. Have a good night

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) about 6 years ago

You got to be kidding me! This is simply crazy! Who does this? Well I guess they do but I bet they cant get life insurance doing this for a living

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) about 6 years ago

Good evening all....

We're glad you dropped by and checked out our High Wire Helicopter Flyer YouTube.  This was just too cool and exciting not to video and share.  I actually found myself holding my breath while shooting it a couple of times as the winds came up but chopper pilot kept his cool and steady hand. 

If you enjoyed I hope you share this cool YouTube with your family and friends.


Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 6 years ago

I dont know how much he gets paid, but it is not enough for me, I will keep my present job too.


Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) about 6 years ago

 Good morning John. And this is why these guys make the big bucks! I think I will keep my present job as well.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 6 years ago

It's great that you captured these highly specialized electricians and skilled pilot conducting this hazardous  maintenance so we can turn on our lights and use our computers. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Theresa Harden, PB SFR e-Pro Realtor (Hawaii Dream Realty LLC) about 6 years ago

WOW I am with you John, don't want to give up my job for this job. Scary, even though the pilots are skilled.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate about 6 years ago

What I learned

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 6 years ago

John, not a job I could volunteer for or do! Nervous just watching the video! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 6 years ago

Ok. I hereby declare that that is absolutely nuts.  Certifiable.  Count me out.

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 6 years ago

Not going to be my choice of professions ever!! I'd rather be up in a hot air balloon John McCormack 

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) about 6 years ago

I think I would keep my day job as well.  WOW!

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) about 6 years ago

John: Great shot and until you've seen this type of work taking place real time, you can't fathom just how risky it is. These guys are actually making contact with live wires! Amazing! They wear specially-designed metal mesh suits that are grounded with static wires, so the current doesn't affect them.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) about 6 years ago

I would LOVE to do that! 

Oh wait, I thought I was still on the "opposite" post written by Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 6 years ago

Sharon Tara I am cracking up....thank you

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 6 years ago

John, I thought real estate could be stressful, but I think I'll keep my Broker's License.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) about 6 years ago

Just watching that makes my stomach turn.  No way could I ever do that.  


Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 6 years ago

I agree. It's a good decision to keep our day jobs. I get dizzy just looking at the photo of them on the helicopter. 

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge about 6 years ago

Great video! I wonder how they practice for the transition on and off? The first time must be interesting!! Not a job I would want to do.

Posted by Gerard Gilbers, Your Marketing Master (Higher Authority Markeing) about 6 years ago

You always find the best phhotos and videos too, just like you did here!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 6 years ago

Talk about nerves of steel.  A slight breeze could spell complete disaster! Thank you for sharing this death deifying career choice with us....

Posted by Donny Carter, Mountain Maryland Real Estate Expert (Carter & Roque Real Estate) about 6 years ago

QMan~Debb Janes would be "quietly proud"! You did a marvelous job with this video, John. We really got to see the expansiveness and height when you panned over to the fellows on the ground on the rocks and then slowly panned up the height of the pole these fellows were working on. I'm assuming there wasn't a big wind, with how accurate this helicopter pilot had to be in missing the wires. 

Dangerous to say the least!

Thanks to Kathy Streib for including this one!


Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) about 6 years ago

Hello John.  I came by way of Debb and your pumpkin patch video.  Great effect with the video as you moved from what seemed like a live patchwork of framed videos and pics.  No wonder they picked that video up to use.  Fantastic.  Mark

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 about 6 years ago

John and Debbie....I think getting on the roof to shovel snow is scary sometimes, this puts me to shame.   I would have had my heart in my throat the whole time I was filming!

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) almost 6 years ago