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Giancarlo Ronchetti | Vals, Switzerland

Preparation is everything for a helicopter pilot. Giancarlo Ronchetti is no different. When he’s up in the air inspecting glaciers through mountain ranges in the Swiss Alps, like the Claridenfirn Glacier, his skill, training, and equipment are what keeps him alive. Giancarlo flies an Airbus Helicopter H130 T2 passed famous peaks like the Tödi, Piz Terri, and Zervreilahorn, to monitor and collect data on glaciers in the area.

"After 15 years of flying planes and 12 years with helicopters, he’s learned what his most important tools are at such great heights — maps and memory."

“It’s really important to have knowledge about all the terrain you’re flying in. The way we fly, cables are really dangerous, so map studies are vital. You need to commit most of it to memory, because flying with your head down, eyes on a screen, it isn’t the best course of action.”

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