Up, Up and Away For Bird's Eye View

  By Logan Hall

The morning marine layer begins to break up over the Topa Topas as the helicopter gains altitude and swoops in toward Ojai. Piloted by Desert Storm veteran and Ojai resident Gil Vondriska, the dark gray, piston-engine Robinson R-44 Raven cruises over the contours of the valley floor at 130 mph. Rented from Orbic Helicopters at the Camarillo airport, the half-million-dollar machine, dubbed by Orbic instructors as “the ultimate off-road vehicle,” speeds through the air toward the familiar landmarks of Ojai.

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