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  2. Thanks. I would consider to do that.
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  4. Im about the same but corrected to 20/20 and never had any issues Just do your medical before you get too far into training then you'll know for sure before you sink too much money into it
  5. If you are civilian, you have to pass a controlled goods assessment, which is not in itself a security clearance. You have to provide a Enhanced Police Record, detailing everything within the past 10 years I believe, and solid financial records, Then a company person who has been vetted by the government can approve you under the Controlled Goods Act. This will allow for the use and also for transporting the goggles. Cheers W.
  6. Does anyone know of where to find out the security clearance requirements for a non Canadian citizen to fly NVG's in Canada? Thanks, John.
  7. You could consider taking the Aerocourse. But you would have to travel to Calgary. https://aerocourse.com/product/atpl-iatra-ground-school/ I found their IFR course very helpful and planning to do ATPL soon.
  8. Thank you for the information. Much appreciated it. Will contact you soon.
  9. Thanks. Going through Culhane books.
  10. I live in Edmonton. Thanks for your reply. I do have Culhane guides. I heard about the prep course at Chinook. I shall contact them as well.
  11. The questions are mostly outdated and very random. Chances are if you dont take a prep course, you will be very confused. There is a list of formulas that you must know. PNR W&B arm changes. The W&B is on a SK61 The weather portion is a typical TC exam, but once again, the prep course will go through questions, so you know how to answer them correctly. PM me if you want further info.. Cheers, T
  12. I found the Culhane IFR books at my local library.
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  14. Not sure where you live, but I opted for the prep course at chinook. It’s not a whole lot more then at set of culhane guides.
  15. Hello folks, I am planning to write my HARON, and HAMRA exams. Anyone has recently done these exams ? Just want to know their experience? Any recommendations for study material? Thanks.
  16. Sincere condolences to family and friends... 😥
  17. I received the same message from Angella this morning. Herb was a like a mentor to me when I first started flying but more importantly a great friend. We shared many a wine in the field and enjoyed good beers over the holidays these past years. Herb was a legend and I'll be forever grateful to have known him. RIP buddy.
  18. What about away from base and bush pay? Are you guys getting a flat rate AFB whether you're away on a different base vs bush camp? Or getting a higher AFB for sitting in the bush? Our per diems are $50 and have been that for 10 plus years.
  19. I just got word today that another Canadore classmate passed away after a short illness. A short while ago we lost our classmate Hugh Andrews, this morning it was Herb Johnston. Here is a note his wife sent me today. Herb could make us laugh like no other in college. It's pretty evident his son Brook has the same sense of humour as the old man!: "Hello, this is Angella . We have some sad news to share about Herb... He passed away early this morning . I have attached the lovely note our son Brook composed to honour Herb's memory. Herb Johnston passed in his hometown of Almonte on November 19th, with his wife and best friend Angella close beside him following an aggressive case of cancer. Herb was one cool customer. He flew helicopters and planes, sailed boats, played guitars, travelled the world with his family, and selflessly dedicated his life to providing for his eternally grateful wife Angella and son Brook. He was a hard-working, deeply funny and loving man who, outside of a few questionable fashion choices, always did the right thing and constantly put the people he cared about ahead of himself. He and Angella met in Uranium City. She was a geologist and he was her pilot with “the same number of takeoffs as landings”. A couple years later he proposed in Nepal, followed by a mountaintop wedding outside Canmore; a fittingly unorthodox beginning to a beautiful 30 year marriage, highlighted by the birth of their tremendously good looking and suave son Brook. Herb's love will forever be felt by all of us: his parents Marina + Herb, siblings Heather + Paul, and a coast-to-coast network of family, friends, and fellow pilots. Instead of flowers or donations, you can best honour Herb by living with his same sense of adventure: get outdoors, take that trip, listen to some Bob Marley and pursue the passions that give you the most joy out of this life — the same way he always did. " One love, Angella and Brook, this is Angella . We have some sad news to share about Herb... He passed away early this morning . I have attached the lovely note our son Brook composed to honour Herb's memory. Herb Johnston passed in his hometown of Almonte on November 19th, with his wife and best friend Angella close beside him following an aggressive case of cancer. Herb was one cool customer. He flew helicopters and planes, sailed boats, played guitars, travelled the world with his family, and selflessly dedicated his life to providing for his eternally grateful wife Angella and son Brook. He was a hard-working, deeply funny and loving man who, outside of a few questionable fashion choices, always did the right thing and constantly put the people he cared about ahead of himself. He and Angella met in Uranium City. She was a geologist and he was her pilot with “the same number of takeoffs as landings”. A couple years later he proposed in Nepal, followed by a mountaintop wedding outside Canmore; a fittingly unorthodox beginning to a beautiful 30 year marriage, highlighted by the birth of their tremendously good looking and suave son Brook. Herb's love will forever be felt by all of us: his parents Marina + Herb, siblings Heather + Paul, and a coast-to-coast network of family, friends, and fellow pilots. Instead of flowers or donations, you can best honour Herb by living with his same sense of adventure: get outdoors, take that trip, listen to some Bob Marley and pursue the passions that give you the most joy out of this life — the same way he always did. One love, Angella and Brook, this is Angella . We have some sad news to share about Herb... He passed away early this morning . I have attached the lovely note our son Brook composed to honour Herb's memory. Herb Johnston passed in his hometown of Almonte on November 19th, with his wife and best friend Angella close beside him following an aggressive case of cancer. Herb was one cool customer. He flew helicopters and planes, sailed boats, played guitars, travelled the world with his family, and selflessly dedicated his life to providing for his eternally grateful wife Angella and son Brook. He was a hard-working, deeply funny and loving man who, outside of a few questionable fashion choices, always did the right thing and constantly put the people he cared about ahead of himself. He and Angella met in Uranium City. She was a geologist and he was her pilot with “the same number of takeoffs as landings”. A couple years later he proposed in Nepal, followed by a mountaintop wedding outside Canmore; a fittingly unorthodox beginning to a beautiful 30 year marriage, highlighted by the birth of their tremendously good looking and suave son Brook. Herb's love will forever be felt by all of us: his parents Marina + Herb, siblings Heather + Paul, and a coast-to-coast network of family, friends, and fellow pilots. Instead of flowers or donations, you can best honour Herb by living with his same sense of adventure: get outdoors, take that trip, listen to some Bob Marley and pursue the passions that give you the most joy out of this life — the same way he always did. One love, Angella and Brook
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  21. The $51 amount is the upper limit for tax filers using the simplified method which is what your accountant is likely claiming on your behalf. You could use the detailed method and likely claim up to the treasury board limit without much scrutiny but it is probably not cost effective to have your accountant parse through your receipts at their hourly rate to do that for you. It may not even be possible depending on how diligent you are at tracking expenses and retaining receipts and invoices to support them.
  22. pretty soon the minimum wage to survive will surpass what the entry level people in our industry start at. Im not sure how this per diem affects me in the big picture. I contract under my own company, I give all my receipts to my accountant. I believe I claim $51 a day while away from home working. But seeing that higher number published makes me think shouldn't be doing only $51?? I suppose I should talk to my accountant more.
  23. Well, helicopters are cool! Working on them is cool! Flying them is cool! Some of the places I've worked were/are cool, and some down right cold! It's a challenging industry with lots of good, some bad, some hard, some easy; some good companies and some not so good. I know things can always be better (and have experienced it too), but I / we accept the terms of our employment when we sign up/join a company or accept an assignment, wherever in the world it may be. Ya I know some pilots think they are worse off than everyone else, but many enjoy the career, with it's relative challenges; likely some AME's as well. I do expect to be paid well for what I do, and have my expenses covered when away from base/home which has been the case throughout over 40 years in this game (relative to the times at the time). As a pretty good AME (maybe even an excellent one), I never did get paid what the heavy duty mechanics did/do, or what others may get, but it was alright and I was able to provide for / raise my family by honestly working this game, but it did come with a lot of sacrifice too (mostly loss of family time which I tried to maximize when back home). My Son chose to go heavy duty (good choice for him) and makes a lot more money than I ever did, but not without lots of challenges, drama, cutbacks, loss of benefits, etc (due to the times … sound familiar?). Every career has it's challenges and rewards; it's up to us to find contentment/balance and work to improve things or perhaps move along to that so called better job/career (grass is always greener). Other than the long periods away from my Family, I would still chose to do it all over again and still have fun doing it ☺️. And yes, although many changes over the years … I'm still in the industry 🙂.
  24. A lot of the HAC companies are part of that organization in order to put their wallets ahead of their employees. Can’t tell you how many times I heard “industry standard” (that they wrote) to justify paying the same prices as 15 years ago. Bunch of crooks.
  25. Well, if you worked a full year it'd be almost 100 grand. All the places I worked had extra allowances for more remote or expensive locales, the per diem was a base amount.
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