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Evening ambient, Crickets, Water
Walking in sand
Helicopter approach, landing, shut down
2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami research discussion
Helicopter start up, shut down
Helicopter start up, take off
Helicopter fly by
Helicopter fly by
Helicopter fly by x2
NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
28 Jan 2005
- Yala National Park, Yala Safari Game Lodge
- 6.358806 81.519542
Decoded MS Stereo to 1:17:06; Spaced Omni Stereo from 1:17:06 to end
Show: Sri Lanka/Tsunami
Engineer: Michael Schweppe
San = Sanjayan Muthulingam
PF = Prithiviraj "Pruthu" Fernando
Ravi = Ravi Corea
Tim = Tim Boucher
EA = Elizabeth Arnold
MS = Michael Schweppe
00:00 MS-OK, this is MS, this is Friday morning it's the 28th its dark its 6:10 getting down, see if I can get some ambi.
00:40 [starts in stereo] ambi-water, crickets
1:23 fx-moving mic
1:33 MS-alright, lets try this again
1:35 ambi-crickets, water
1:55 fx-metal clanking
2:07 fx-water splashing
2:43 fx-people talking, moving mic
3:15 man- morning
3:27 MS-[cough, spit]
3:41 man-there's hardly anybody over there
3:43 ambi-truck idling
3:54 MS-OK, this is going to the lodge
5:22 fx-truck slows
5:48 ambi-truck idle [new sound]
5:54 man-speaks in foreign language
5:58 men-speak in foreign language
6:15 man-speaks foreign language
6:30 ambi-truck starts again
6:46 ambi--men speak foreign language under truck noise
7:57 ambi-birds and truck noise
8:54 fx-moving in truck
9:16 men-speaking foreign language
9:34 men-speaking foreign language
9:46 ambi-truck, men speaking foreign language 14:08
14:09 fx-truck door slams
14:10 ambi-truck idle, men speaking foreign language
14:40 ambi-truck idle, movement (unloading?)
15:12 ambi-idle, unloading
15:37 fx-horn 3x
15:41 man-speaks in foreign language
15:42 EA-I don't know
15:46 EA-where you gonna pull.. Where ever he goes, lets do it cause I don't, we don't have any loading up or loading down
15:52 MS-I, I understand
15:55 ambi-truck idle, pulling away
16:15 EA [unintelligible]
16:17 ambi-truck idle
16:41 fx-truck turned off, cuts out
16:47 man-speaks foreign language
16:49 fx-door slams
17:06 fx-things drop onto ground
17:20 ambi-people walking, bird calls
17:48 people-bg talking, food being served? Slamming
18:11EA-OK, its fine, I'll see what I can get
18:12 MS-That worked
18:18 MS-See it goes, it goes, this is the vehicle [unintelligible] and I'll record you doing it, OK?
18:37 man-[calls in the background, phone ringing]
18:40 ambi-footsteps, bg talking
19:11 MS-OK, we're at the helipad, its MS, I'm walking in the sand as you can hear
19:22 ambi-footsteps in sand, birds
19:42 fx-car passes
20:13 MS-OK, here is um some ambi from helipad location, levels cranked
20:26 ambi-wind, vehicles passing
20:36 fx-mics move
20:57 ambi-wind, birds
22:20 MS-Alright, lets see if we cant find something qu.. that's not quite this windy
22:24 ambi-wind, footsteps
22:52 MS - conversation
23:00 ambi-wind, birds
23:25 MS-still windy
23:31 EA and people-bg conversation
23:50 ambi-footsteps through brush
24:07 ambi-bg conversation
24:11MS-We're in MS a little bit, helicopter ambi , the helicopter arrives
24:19 ambi-wind, birds
24:31 ambi-bg conversation, wind, birds
25:20 MS-Take 4 or whatever the heck it is, I'm trying to get ambi for this place
25:24 ambi-birds, wind
26:06 fx-man speaks foreign language
26:10 ambi-birds, wind
27:55 fx-bg talking
28:00 ambi-birds, wind
28:37 fx-car passes
28:40 ambi-birds, wind
29:47 MS_- OK, the ocean is behind me know, just going to get anything here
29:58 ambi- ocean, wind,
30:07 ambi-birds, wind
30:51 man in radio-ah, the helicopter that's just coming round uh
31:11 ambi-wind, people talking faintly
31:48 ambi-helicopter approaches, drones faintly at first, wind
32:03 ambi-helicopter, start to hear rotors
33:06 ambi-helicopter starts to get fainter
33:20 ambi-helicopter gets louder
34:00 ambi-helicopter quite loud
34:33 ambi-helicopter quieter
34:50 ambi-helicopter idles
36:45 ambi-helicopter begins to turn off (??)
37:21 fx- horn
37:50 ambi-helicopter silence, bg birds
38:50 ambi-people talking very faint, wind, birds
39:49 man-how are you? Yes, pretty well
39:55ambi-people talking faintly, wind
40:12 man-what do you want me to do?
40:21 EA-Ravi, Ravi, Ravi,
40:22 man-what is it?
40:23 EA-- Who do you think you are? Donald Trump?
40:28 man-yeah, Donald trump, that's what you are
40:32 EA-we need a helicopter, OK, I get you the helicopter
40:37 MS-Hi Ravi, how are ya?
40:40 EA-ahh, we have none, but you need to look in¿ now.
40:44 man-in some sense claustrophobic.
40:50 MS-yeah I can peek in
40:51 EA - uh, the door
40:54 MS-hi question.
40:55 man-Just let me finish this and then we can talk, briefly
40:57 MS-yes, certainly
40:58 fx-loud noise
41:01 man-now this is your computer. Now where is the gentleman? He should know his baggage is gone. IS this, is this three things? Yes, OK
41:10 fx-moving things
41:19 man-now this is what I want to know first what is the purpose, so how much flying time is required and how much fuel should I take. That's what my requirement is. Otherwise it'll take time because I have to tell the gentleman
41:35 MS-- yeah
41:35 SAN (?)-- So we'll have that discussion in there.
41:37 MS-- OK
41:42 man-how many pas- people are going wi
41:44 man- four
41:46 man-what all equipment are you going to carry
41:49 man-if full, you will have equipment equaling to the passenger's weight more
41:54 EA-I am one of the 4. This is my equipment. The other 3 are not here.
42:00 man-[laughing] That's OK, but the equipment, I was talking about the weight of the equipment
42:02 EA-and Ravi
42:04 man-That's what I've got to calculate about the fuel and other things
42:05 EA-I know, I know
42:08 MS-Little recording equipment, a GPS,
42:11 man (RAVI?)-Small, small units. Not more than 2 pounds
42:15 MS-Well, a little more than that
42:16 man-what she's carrying?
42:17 EA-well, I'm a hundred and twenty pounds plus 15 more, call me a hundred and thirty five.
42:27 MS-Yeah, they're all pretty small, they're all substandard units
42:35 man-so they brought the stuff from villa villa I guess
42:40 MS-Its so funny. For years I calculated exactly per person
42:47 EA-and now its
42:48 MS-I don't know , no its not, [hard to make out talk about weight and planes]
42:58 EA-It looks like there's only 2 headsets
43:03 MS-There's three back there, and plug ins
43:05 EA-There are? There's plug ins?
43:07 SAN?-We were just going to have a briefing with the pilot, do you want to set up till then?
43:12 EA-We'd rather be here. Figuring this out.
43:15 MS-I need to ask him, if we can ask in a nice way
43:17 EA-Can you help ask him about this.
43:20 MS-Can I ask you a question now
43:21 men in unison-yes, oh yes, certainly
43:23 MS-I'm sorry to rush you.
43:24 men-no, no
43:25 MS-We want to plug in and record the conversation of them mapping the area with whatever they're doing, are those plugs we can just plug into then, or
43:33 man-for what?
43:34 MS-uh, for audio recording
43:35 EA-Instead of wearing the headphone and listening to what's being said, we want to record what's being said.
43:41 man-the pilot. No. By whom?
43:43 MS-um. The passengers?
43:44 EA-Whoever's¿ They're voice activated headsets, yes?
43:46 man-No. I have only two. One is for me, and one, any of you can use it. Yeah.
43:52 MS-And then you can't plug in the back?
43:56 MS and EA together-OK.
43:57 pilot-but its only between me and one person who your team leader, yeah?
43:59 MS-That'll work.
44:00 EA-Fine, but we wanna record that, so, OK?
44:03 pilot-OK, fine.
44:04 MS-So you have intercom jacks
44:06 pilot-I have. Either you can use it from there, the left one, that's one connected, the other two are not connected. Or even you can pull it back from there and it can be used, that's not a problem.
44:19 EA and MS-OK, that's great.
44:21 MS-Before you take off would I be able to test just to make sure it worked?
44:24 pilot-yes, yes, we can do that.
44:25 MS-Ok, great.
44:26 [hard to hear as Michael sets up]
44:33 SAN?-You are staying out here or coming in for the briefing?
44:38 EA-I'd rather have you check this out
44:39 MS-yeah, that's fine. I don't think I can check it out without him.
44:44 EA-I don't either. So let's check it out before we go to the meeting, and then we'll test it when we get back.
44:51 man-telephone doesn't work here? OK I am leaving my telephone here then.
45:04 EA-he said the jack on the left is the one that works.
45:21 man-speaks foreign language, echoey
45:31 another man-Sanjayan, have a seat
45:33 man-how are you
45:34 SAN-I'm fine
45:35 man-good flight
45:36 SAN-yeah, fine
45:38 man-the weather's gonna hold?
45:39 SAN-should be
45:49 man-so, did, uh, Ravi get a chance to brief you or should we maybe do it here? Would this be a good place?
45:55 man-no, no, no briefing at all
45:57 pilot-this would be a good place to answer questions and then have you give us some suggestions. Ummm. Here.
46:15 SAN OK, so what we want to fly the coastline roughly from um, well, were here, so lets say, this is fine, starting from, lets say starting from this old Dutch fort, this place, or here is fine, and then fly the coast up to about Panama,
46: 39 another man-[unintelligible]
46:41 SAN-Or here, that's fine
46:42 man-Or we can do a little bit more
46:43 SAN-a little bit out of the park would be fine.
46:44 man-ok, yeah, ok fine.
46:45 man-listen, listen Sanjayan, on the furthest most point here, is Mala Mala (?) so I think we should take them there.
46:52 SAN-lets do that on the way back. Yeah, lets just do this, because I want to do one place carefully first, which is the place I know, and then we have the image of what we're looking for, and we can do as much as we want. And we've got to number it in this way, so we can do this, and then on the way back we can hit anything we missed. And what we'd like, what we're trying to do here is we're trying to map the extent of inundation in certain kinds of habitats and we've gone on the ground and seen what that looks like, of course, seeing it from the air, we hope we'll be able to identify, but at least for the first time, it'll take a little bit of time. These places where I've put a mark, are place where I expect there to be inundation, usually because there's a bay , for example this is a place where we went and spent two days walking around the extent of it. The challenge for you, might not be a challenge, but is going to be this, in a place like this, the water might have come a little bit this way, or have crossed the dune here, and come this way, now you can see the brown where the grass 48:04
48:04 pilot-yeah, yeah, I know, yes, yes, its totally dead vegetation
48:09 SAN-right, right, right, and not only in the tree zone, but also in areas that are, like, plains. Like in the grass areas here. But the inundation wont necessarily be in a nice this is the sea, won't be in a nice square patch. It might be sort of like this, and what the challenge is going to be in places where there is extensive inundation, like here, here, here, a few others up the coast, is to try and actually fly along that flight line, and we'll be continuously recording on his laptop and on two GPSs at the same time.
48:41 pilot-a tracked recording eh? You're doing that? OK fine.
48:44 SAN-And there's a way we'd like to do it and if it doesn't, we can try two ways. We can go to the place we know first, and try it, what we'd like to do is we'd like to have me, you're sitting on the left hand side,
48:58 pilot-No, I'm sitting on the right hand side.
49:00 SAN-Oh, OK.
49:01 pilot-you'll be on the left hand side
49:02 SAN-Well, which way is it easier for you to turn? Because, it..
49:04 pilot-any way
49:05 SAN-well, no, [laughs] Well, we can switch so it doesn't matter.
49:10 SAN - Well, the idea, our idea was that, you know
49:15 pilot-I go on the edge of those inundations and
49:18 pilot-OK, I'll do right hand side turns all
49:20 SAN-would that be easier? I mean when you do this, which is the way you'd like to, it doesn't matter for us, OK.
49:29 pilot-any side
49:30 SAN-Ok, cause you being able to see is actually more important than me being able to see
49:31 pilot-yeah, yeah, ok
49:33 SAN-SO if you, whichever one, so lets say we're going to, lets say there's an inundation here, like this, so you'll be flying the coast like this, and if I'm on the left, then I can call out where I'd like you to do a time map inundation, because some of these areas, there's going to be no damage so we can cruise along, and lets say we pass here and I say, oh, there's an inundation there.
49:54 pilot-I've seen this area about 20 times.
49:56 SAN-Great. So if you make it, if you make a left hand OK, so if we miss anything, then tell us.
50:00 pilot-you want me to do left hand?
50:02 SAN-an anti-clockwise turn, because that will put me on the side that you're turning. And this piece, when you do it, what sort of, roughly what speed is comfortable to do it at? Being realistic about time and everything
50:16 pilot-I, I can't do¿ I can come down to forty-five to fifty knots, that's around, lets see, 70 miles, forty knots, that should be a safer speed, because we are fully loaded, with all our passengers, with all our cameras, with everything,
50:32 SAN-is that OK?
50:33 new man-it has to be
50:35 pilot-you know something Sanjayan? Its verrrry slow.
50:35 men-[everyone speaks at once]
50:43 pilot-When you see its slow, because I'm flying at 500 you'll find things going very fast [claps] you come to another 200 you'll find trees zipping past you, yeah?
50:53 SAN-at what altitude will you¿
50:54 pilot-I'll do at 500 feet, that'll be safer.
50:58 SAN-The only reason is because the GPS units are, have a lag. So they have to catch up
50:03 man-Noooooo, this GPS shouldn't have a lag at all. This is, yeah, this just doesn't have, yeah 2-7-6. Its uh, immediate recording. If you put it on have you put it on, uhhhh, is it aviation or road?
51:17 man-Marine, its marine and road.
51:19 man (pilot?)-So have you put it on a track record?
51:21 SAN and man in unison-Yeah
51:24 pilot?-Then wherever you are going its blocking it. You come back, you run it on assimilation mode, you pick up co-ordinates of each point with the arrow.
51:30 SAN-Yeah, that's exactly what we are going to do.
51:32 pilot-this GPS, no problems
51:33 SAN-and then we are going to map out the extent of the inundations.
51:35 pilot-yes, this will give you exact map on that area.
51:37 SAN-yeah, brilliant
51:40 SAN-And if we end up missing anything, that you've seen in your multiple flights, let us know. And will I be able to speak to you?
51:47 pilot-One of you can speak to me. And I suggest only one of me should speak to you [sic] even if I would have had more, because otherwise its all confusing, everyone adds more.
51:56 EA that's fine
51:57 SAN-I'll speak to you. Umm. On the way back, if we miss something, we might have to take a quick look. And if we come back, depending on the time, we might want to go to this part.
52:09 Pilot-yeah, there is two things. Time and fuel. Because I am carrying fuel for more than sufficient what you told me, earlier, what was given to me, I have got the fuel on board, I have told them, um, there may be a reason that we have got to come back and land and then take fuel and do this and come back. Now here, to what point do you,
52:29 SAN-just to Kirinda(?)
52:31 pilot-kirinda OK. There hardly any damage. Only in Kirinda.
52:35 SAN-Well its this piece actually
52:37 lots of men-south of kirinda, that east of here now
52:38 SAN-Sorry, sorry, sorry, South of Kirinda, sorry.
52:41 pilot-Its east of Kirinda, this is Bundala, Bundala,
52:44 pilot-Yes, there is a little bit of damage, its here in this area
52:50 man w/san-OK
52:51 SAN-So when we take off, we'll do, you know, we'll go north from here.
52:54 pilot-OK, fine.
52:55 SAN-And um, I just have to make sure that the first place, you know, that I know what it is, because otherwise,
53:00 pilot-it is the hotel, this is the place where the hotel has been washed away.
53:04 SAN-Exactly. After that I can follow.
53:06 pilot-but this one is far deep, its here
53:08 pilot-actually its right on the edge of this and all around here.
53:12 man w/ san-OK
53:13 SAN-- OK
53:14 man w/san-lets do it.
53:15 pilot-lets go?
53:16 SAN-Let me (loud crack) use the restroom one second
53:21 pilot-this has got internal batteries?
53:23 ambi-people talking, echoing, sounds like plates clanking in bg,
53:33 EA-you said like 20 times?
53:34 pilot-yeah, yeah
53:53 EA-for, for who? For rescue? Relief?
53:38: pilot (?)-Yes, we started off actually, mostly, were media, NGOs, and uh, yes, most of these, NGOs and media. In fact, I was the first one who went and we took the photographs of the east coast and uh, uh, southern coast, for television, the same evening which was sent out all over the world. 54:03
54:05 EA-Well you've been busy I bet.
54:06 pilot-yeah, very busy, all the helicopters have been very very busy. Yeah, that's right.
54:10 EA-You say you're the only one private
54:12 pilot-there's only private helicopters
54:13 EA-All over Sri Lanka?
54:14 pilot-yeah. I, I
54:16 EA-phew. That's good for you. Good for you, huh?
54:19 pilot-I best, I better go
54:20 MS-Yeah, sure
54:23 EA-I'm confused, man.
54:35 ambi-static, people talking, footsteps
54:37 MS-I know, I know
54:39 EA-Ok, don't worry about recording, go up there and worry about us plugging in. OK?
54:45 ambi-loud footsteps
54:47 EA-Thank you
54:50EA-I just don't want like taking off and we haven't been able to figure it out.
54:58 EA-Ok, I'm over modulating if I reach the arrow, right? Probably?
55:02 MS-Can I, can I see it over here?
55:05 MS-The arrow, yes.
55:06 EA-So I don't want it to go past the first part of the arrow, right?
55:10 EA-yeah, exactly. OK, yeah.
55:12 MS-So let me scream, OK
55:14 MS-I'm gonna scream [screams] Can you hear me OK like that?
55:20 pilot-it will be very quiet.
55:21 MS-very quiet? You have a quiet helicopter?
55:24 pilot-yes, it will be quiet in the helicopter. The helicopter will be shouting more than you are.
55:31 pilot-how are you going to decide which camera you are going to use? So many cameras like that. You'll be more confused or the camera will be confused. Just step em up. If you want you can keep it open, but if you keep it open you are going to pick up more wind noise from outside with the mic. Keep it closed yeah? Keep it closed. Otherwise the mic is going to pick up a lot of noise.
55:55 EA-That's fine. The mappers are more important than the audio.
56:06 EA-I'm trying to be as small as possible.
56:09 pilot-you are in any case small. You don't have to
56:11 EA-thank you.
56:12 pilot-- Yeah, gentlemen. The person here who owns this seat, come.
56:21 man-put it here, put it here, put it here.
56:23 brit-Ravi, ask the driver to get um, my hat out of my bag.
56:29 brit-its in the backpack.
56:33 man-speaks in foreign language
56:37 brit-its in the big section
56:40 ambi-rustling in bag
56:55 brit-thank you
56:56 man-its in this one?
57:03 pilot(?)-the GPS
57:04 man-the back up
57:06 man-I have another GPS.
57:08 pilot-Its on, right?
57:11 man/san - OK gentlemen, lets go.
57:21 man-just look through here
57:22 man 2-manually?
57:23 man-yeah, yeah
57:26 photog man-and I have a polarizing filter on top. It'll be better with the polarizing
57:28 men [competing conversations about gear]
58:05 pilot-OK, gentlemen, can we start off now?
58:14 pilot-Ok gentlemen, now you all move back. Move back. Don't go closer. Never go behind a helicopter and a horse.
58:28 MS-Can you guys actually be quiet when it takes off.
58:29 men-ok, yeah, sorry
58:32 MS-Thank you.
58:50 ambi-bird calls, wind
59:18 fx- running steps, door slams
59:30 fx-steps, muffled speech
1:00:16 fx-helicopter starts, whine, tck-tck,
1:00:23 fx--rotors begin
1:01:20 ambi-helicopter at full bore, rotors, whine, sounds like it's taken off (?)
1:02:00 ambi-rotors (tck-tck-tck) stronger over whine
1:02:40 ambi-helicopter begins to fade
1:04:05 ambi-chopper fades
1:04:44 pilot- very very faint-never go behind a helicopter
1:05:20 man-faint speech
1:05:35 MS-No, they're not coming
1:05:40 EA-Make it work [very faint]
1:05:44 men-hold, wait
1:05:46 EA---¿No, not you guys, stand back
1:05:48 pilot-please, just let it stop
1:06:05 MS-Its working fine, she just can't make hear it
1:06:20 EA-There was no signal
1:06:22 MS-No, its fine, you just had the headphone volume down, its fine, I've got it.
1:06:28 MS-Check 1, 2, check, check, check. Check 1,2, check, check, check,check, check, check
1:06:39 pilot-Never come behind it, I said that.
1:06:41 MS-Yes, yes sir, you did
1:06:42 pilot-Because this is turning so fast you won't see it
1:06:44 MS-Its locked
1:06:45 pilot-Right, its very dangerous. And I am also very very uncomfortable if something is happening back here.
1:06:51 MS-Of course.
1:06:53 pilot - I give you my safety card you read it when I come back
continued discussion about the pilot
1:07:07 MS-check 1,2, check check check May I bring this forward now?
1:07:14 pilot-no, no, you, hey, hey, you are supposed to be led by him
EA and MS discuss the equipment, others make jokes about underwear
1:10:50 MS alright, take 2
1:11:15 MS-Alright guys, can you just keep it down please? This is the keeper
1:11:20 pilot and others discuss maps, very faint
1:11:29 man-did you find out how long it take?
1:11:33 MS-I heard them say 70 minutes
1:11:40 men-continued fait bg conversation
1:11:59 MS-OK, everybody quiet please
1:12:01 fx- beep
1:12:10 ambi-heli starts, rising whine
1:12:39 ambi-rotors start
1:13:01 ambi-humm of motor, rotors, heli slowly fades
1:13:40 ambi-heli passes overhead and fades
1:14:45 ambi-heli passes over
1:16:22 ambi - heli quiet pass over
1:17:06 MS-OK, this is spaced omnis, right, left, waiting for the helicopter to come back and I'll record it in spaced omnis instead of MS.
1:17:25 MS-Well, here's some ambi anyways, on those spaced omnis
1:17:28 ambi-birds calling, breakers in ocean
1:18:10 men-speaking in bg
1:18:38 fx-moving mic
1:18:50 ambi-bird calls, ocean breakers
1:19:50 fx-footsteps, zipper
1:20:10 ambi-footsteps, conversation in foreign language, breakers
1:22:00 ambi-wind picks up
FX Helicopter fly by, approach, landing, start up, shut down