The interesting thing about this book is that I knew some of the characters. Having spent 32 years in law enforcement, I could relate to alot of Darryl's commentary. I have been in the pursuits and the foot chases with ASTREA overhead assisting. In one case I was watching a house while units gathered to arrest a murder suspect. ASTREA came overhead. The suspect came out to look at the helicopter. I walked up, unheard, and placed him under arrest. I loved that Darryl shared the good and the bad in his quest to become a fully certified ASTREA pilot. You too will get the feel that you are there in the seat as he learns, chases the bad guys and makes rescues. I highly recommend the book.
I really enjoyed this book by Deputy Kimball. While he is no nobel prize contender, in a way thats a huge part of the appeal here. The author speaks humbly about his interesting experiances in the San Diego Sherrif's dept. Its written basically as many short stories tied togeher. I think prospective helicopter pilots and law enforcement officers will find this an encouraging read considering all the negativity you'll hear now.
I started with a Sheriff's office air support unit last Fall (2011). So much of this book and Daryl's activities just resonated with me. I could see some of his experiences waiting for me, some I already had in the air and on the ground. Great book. Thanks for sharing and no doubt encouraging future air support officers.
Whether an aviation or police buff or both, excellent read! Great book for anyone wanting to be in the police aviator business and wanting to learn about it. I've been a police helicopter pilot and thought the "war stories" wouldn't interest me, but I couldn't put the book down. Highly recommended!! Good job, Darryl Kimball, both in your book and in your job. Thanks for your service!
Excellent! I just perused (for the last hour) chapters of my copy of "Catch the Sky: The Adventures & Misadventures of a Police Helicopter Pilot." The pics alone were great, and the parts I read were enlightening & engaging. I don't want to give away any spoilers; it's an interesting & enjoyable read! ^_^
This Book is a must for anyone interested in or employed in Law Enforcement or Law Enforcement Aviation. An excellent read, full of great stories and information! I couldn't put it down and have recommend it to a number of co-workers and friends.