Drying Cherries With a Helicopter

Meet Maria Langer, commercial helicopter pilot, freelance writer, beekeeper, and serious amateur photographer. You might be asking why do you dry cherries with a helicopter? In the last few weeks before harvest, cherries are susceptible to damage when it rains. When the cherries get wet, they absorb water though the skin and they split. They can also get mold or mildew growth. It’s bad; if 50% or more of a grower’s crop is damaged, he won’t pick at all. So growers hire helicopters with pilots to stand by in the area. When it rains, they call pilots like Maria Langer to hover low over the trees. This shakes the branches, thus shaking off most of the water. This job requires excellent pilot’s skills as it’s a dangerous occupation. Video filmed in Washington state.