Tributes flow for helicopter pilot

Tributes flowed for popular helicopter pilot, David Wood, who tragically lost his life after a fall down a crevasse on the West Ice Shelf in January.

Mr Wood, 62, was a dual Canadian-Australian citizen who was employed by Helicopter Resources and was working with the Australian Antarctic program at Davis station at the time of his death.

Mr Wood is remembered as a skilled pilot and a respected colleague and friend to many in the Australian Antarctic program. He had more than 30 years’ experience, which included battling forest fires in the Yukon, flying technical crews to lighthouses in Western Australia, and working in both the Antarctic and Arctic.

On behalf of the Australian Antarctic Division, Director Dr Nick Gales expresses his sincere condolences to Mr Wood’s family.