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  4. R0T0R

    Ben Kilmer Missing

    Thanks guys. I’ll keep you posted...
  5. hybrid

    Ben Kilmer Missing

    I hope they find him too, the story is very alarming.
  6. shakey

    Ben Kilmer Missing

    I hope they find him well. I hate hearing this kind of thing.
  7. mcguire

    New Helmet

    Ha, bot or some Russian kid who has been hired to spam the internet with biochem marketing has brought this back from the dead.
  8. simpleton

    New Helmet

    This is 100% correct.
  9. Hi everyone, Below is a link to an article out of Victoria yesterday. My wife’s cousin Ben Kilmer has been missing for nearly 48 hours and we don’t have a clue where he could have gone. This is a shot in the dark but if anyone reading this whether training, joyriding, or ferrying up or down on the island near Cowichan Lake, please keep an eye out for Ben. He has a wife and two very young children and needs to come home to them. https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.vicnews.com/news/update-sar-personnel-from-across-island-join-in-as-search-continues-for-ben-kilmer/amp/
  10. tonyrolland

    SOPFEU Grid System for ForeFlight

    You’re an angel!! that’s so helpfull. I’ll test it tomorrow. Great job!!🤩
  11. gwk

    New Helmet

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  12. Bif

    New Helmet

    Ok, what's the deal with brand new "users" resurrecting SUPER old threads to post sale links. This reeks of marketing shills... Admins, this is the 2nd / 3rd example of this in the past few weeks.
  13. AntibodyBio

    New Helmet

    I haven't used the HGU-84. We have used the Genetex's polyclonal rabbit anti-GFP antibody for IFAs and IPs. It works well in both assays, and it seems to be a very good product. Cannot comment on any others as that is the only one we've used.
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  15. Bladestrike

    Pilots leaving the industry

    I've got over 32 years in the industry and wouldn't leave unless I absolutely had to. Love love love the life. But I actually had to ask myself that question over a year ago when I was let go after twenty years with the same outfit, and a boatload of qualifications couldn't find me a job anywhere on the planet. Starting out was tough, mid-eighties in a recession, but I was doing dry-wall, running parts around, refuelling aircraft and babysitting the boss's kids, and they threw me the odd bone with a ferry flight here or there, and it grew from that. Never said no to any opportunity. I had no interest in the IFR market but eventually it found me. I had no interest in offshore but once again, it found me. Same goes for touring overseas...never would have done it if it hadn't been forced on me (company lost its only domestic contract). I don't regret a second of any of it. I just put my hand up for everything. SAR, sure why not...I'm a SAR TRE now. Manager, I've managed operations all over the globe after my first shaky introduction in the ME, sim instructor (various types), check pilot, writing manuals and training programs, etc etc...I just keep being the guy that said "Sure, why not." When I was laid off in the big lull, I seriously applied for every job on the planet. I couldn't see myself doing anything else. Fixed wing held no interest. I wrote a novel to keep myself busy. Had a line on a summer bucketing job with a 61 then fell into a government job in the Caribbean, right place at the right time. I'm here now writing under a mango tree. My only advice, and it's worked well for me, is step up at every opportunity.
  16. GrayHorizons

    Pilots leaving the industry

    clearly it's sarcasm...
  17. 212wrench

    Pilots leaving the industry

    You'll have to excuse my ignorance but as a long time viewer of this forum could you please explain the statement, "couldn't be happier". Never seen that stated here before.😁
  18. Lower.heli

    Pilots leaving the industry

    Companies do still hire low timers, and i really do believe its all about attitude and not the way you dress. I had not even finished my training that two companies had offered me a job. I started fresh out from training at 100hrs, did the go-fer thing and helped with maintenance as i am an apprentice AME. And now, a few months after, i am doing my astar type rating and will be doing my PPC shortly after. As said before, it's not because the company doesn't have a job posting for a low timer that you should not go see them and talk to them. And don't expect to fly right away and stay home when you are not flying. But in my opinion working in the hangar, and as ground crew on contracts is really important. You learn so much more from doing so. Being a helicopter Pilot isn't all about how good your are with the controls.
  19. sirlandsalot

    Pilots leaving the industry

    now I try to work no nore than 150 days a year, the rest of that is home skiing and traveling with the fam! its great, couldnt be happier.
  20. 88is

    Sore Back In The Astar

    $12 inflatable camping pillow from crappy tire. 20+ hrs in B2 bucket seats this week and no complaints.
  21. jamieclipsham

    Sore Back In The Astar

    I bought a foam roller from sports check. Use it every day. It’s like a large rolling pin you put on the floor and work your back on it. Works very well for back pain.
  22. Actually I DID know the correct definition of hover taxi and air taxi, but you chose to not read it that way which is cool. (Also it has been 18 years since i instructed in FA land) And I no longer teach, I fly operationally, and see the disasters that walk around pretending to be professional pilots but don't know a single bit of airmanship, or have the skills to fly and land at a specific point, using proper procedures and calls. The 14.000 hour pilot was hotdogging, being relatively new in the machine perhaps he would have benefited from reading the manual more, as it is mentioned in there too, including the proper recovery. this is something that should be taught in the basic type rating training...
  23. Hmmm! You would think he'd know better then.
  24. Did you read the report? "The pilot held a commercial pilot licence for helicopters and airplanes, with a multi-engine land and sea rating. He had accumulated over 14 000 total flight hours in various airplanes and helicopter models. His previous flight experience also included the ownership of a flight school, and experience as a helicopter flight instructor." Doesn't sound like a "low timer building hours" to me. I would guess with over 14,000 hours he has seen more than just airport landings. a16p0045.pdf
  25. Good to see you're always busy and have unlimited flying opportunities, how many days a year do you work and how many days are away from home?
  26. Bro...you're an instructor from the US?? How do you not know the FAA definition of Hover Taxi & Air Taxi?? Seriously... Keep on practising "flying a rectangular pattern at a proper altitude and reading paper charts" Good Luck...
  27. I was an instructor in the US as well, and find I'm quite capable of doing all kinds of bush work. I think personally that the instruction in Canada in particular has strayed waaay to far into the operational side, and way to little focus is put on the basics. And basics is flying a rectangular pattern at a proper altitude whether to a confined or an airport. and maintaining altitude, and reading a paper chart. Not longlining. at 100 hours a guy (or gal for that matter) should be able to do a basic radio call, do all emergencies, and fly the aircraft to certain standards. That seems to have slipped these days. if you don't want to read, you will not learn, (Not aimed at you Diaper_Pin) Thus others mistakes will go by the wayside and you are no new experiences richer.
  28. Yup. You’re not wrong HR. Training with some operators is a joke. There should be more oversight.
  29. The pilot was an instructor. Though if it is the pilot I’m thinking of. He did his instruction in the USA. The low timer building hours teaching the low timer how to fly. Even though the instructor has very little grasp of landing anywhere except at the airport.
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