“We had mountain weather that was extremely changeable and could have prohibited us from intervening within a few minutes. The choice was made by the team to do a support skate so as to be as fast as possible.” -Lieutenant Jean-François Martin

Glad to finally meet the French helicopter pilot that went full viral this week for his precision flying skills after video emerged of him skillfully plucking an injured skier from the Pass of Anterne in the French Alps with his rotors mere inches from the face. Lieutenant Jean-François Martin pulled of the maneuver known as a “skate support” while working for The Gendarme en Montagne (PGHM), a specialized unit of the French police responsible for the mountain rescue. Most excellent piloting Jean-François. Respect.

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