Sebastian Pinera's latest feat involved landing his chopper in the middle of a busy highway south of Santiago and shrugging off the emergency landing with characteristic swagger.
"Came up short on fuel," he told a shocked police officer, with a smile.
But not everyone was amused. Pinera's political foes are calling for an investigation into his impromptu landing Saturday. One opposition lawmaker, Camilo Escalona, told Agence France-Presse that the Chilean president should concentrate on governing rather than "playing at being a helicopter pilot."
Pinera is a former business tycoon who got his pilot's license five years ago. After winning the presidency last year, he has insisted on putting in flight hours to keep his license current. But some lawmakers have accused him of devoting too much attention to his hobby, at the expense of his job.
"What happened Saturday is not insignificant. It is not possible that Mr. Pinera, although he is the president of the republic, can land anywhere in the country, putting the safety of the people at risk," another opposition lawmaker, Gabriel Ascencio of the Christian Democrats, told CNN.
"If he had an emergency for lack of fuel, it is his responsibility for not taking the necessary precautions before taking off," he said. "Something smells bad in this case."
Ascencio said he'll ask Chile's comptroller, the director general of civil aviation and the police to investigate any abuse of services.