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  1. 6 points
    OTR I find it entertaining that you take this stance because I have worked for you and know you on a personal level and in my opinion you are a piece of garbage. This is based on the interactions I’ve had with you in the past. I once went out for a flight with you when I was a lower time pilot expecting to gain some valuable knowledge but instead all I got was “let me show you what I can do”. Never did you stand behind your pilots in any circumstances, rather stab them in the back at any opportunity. Myself included on 2 separate occasions. I know multiple pilots and engineers who you have rubbed the wrong way or mistreated greatly. I believe you and numerous others are one of the reasons this industry is in the shape it is. Probably another reason why on your website you have to list all your qualifications to try and hide your true colours. all the best to you in the future.
  2. 6 points
    I have worked with many "professionals" who have been in this industry longer than I've been alive, who literally couldn't add. Time does not equal experience/expertise. You may very well be a highly skilled and respected person in this industry but that is a crap argument for your case.
  3. 5 points
  4. 4 points
    I predict Canucks win the Cup
  5. 4 points
    The virus has put all but essential programs on the backburner. Across all of the typical heli revenue streams with the exception of fires. So my predication is: You will see 50-100 machines show up for a sizable fire. As this will be the ONLY revenue stream this year for many operators. Whether things burn or not, I think this year will be the last nail in the coffin for many operators out there. My $0.02, your mileage may vary.
  6. 3 points
    Isn't that the truth MEOB. Ive never seen such poor management when Universal bought Lakelse Air. Everything was shoot from the hip decisions, non rev flights were way too common and the far fetched dreams included picking up space shuttle parts with Long Rangers. Lakelse Air was a nice, profitable company with an excellent management team and group of pilots and engineers before they were acquired by Universal. Unfortunately the old owner got into some financial trouble with his construction company and had to sell the helicopters. Sad to see both companys go.
  7. 3 points
    I spent 10 years with the old UHNL before it was sold, some of the best days of my career! Sad to hear the news today. End of an era! PW (lady K 😉) and later GG knew how to run an aviation business and what worked. The new management ran it into the ground with horrible decisions, wasting money in useless places and chasing international pipe dreams that did nothing but cost money they didn’t have while the little bit of local work that was still left got the cold shoulder. I feel bad for the guys and gals that were left behind. Lots of good people in there.
  8. 3 points
    They were history the moment they were bought out
  9. 3 points
    You type well for a guy with really big hands. It is ironic that people who have never had staffing responsibilities hold a grudge, which is the poorest quality in a hiring manager, against a guy who has purposely hired more low time pilots to help their careers for them and the sake of industry than anyone else I've met in three decades. So let me tell you creampuffs this: we know who you are, this industry is small, and your ignorant rants will follow you like you crapped your pants at an interview. Funny thing is, even if people agree with you, nobody wants to hire a punk.
  10. 3 points
    Well been awhile since on here. I guess like most the boredom overtook me and began to speak(rip Kenny Rogers). Place has changed somewhat with format and “wins”. Some new names some old. I was pondering what the point of slagging companies and or pilots was? If for example you choose to unwittingly find yourself at a place that you signed on for that sucks because you don’t get a part time job for full time pay you may leave. I have always respected pilots who were upfront with their goals. I asked my buddy Clarence one time what his goal with the company was “work half as much and get paid twice as much”. But co-managers don’t seem to work out. Ah, digressing. This was first thread I looked to read and was plundering along till the usual personal vendettas came out. Is a pretty ****** time to be slagging people. Lot of us out of work and last thing anyone needs is schoolyard crap. Baba Yaga(reaper) and overtemp(Max torque) need to take a chill pill perhaps. Been on a ton of chat rooms and even some aviation ones and you never know who’s reading these. Sometimes trolls are your buddy to get at you, sometimes they are clients, sometimes some modern day *** eater and sometimes some competitor. Whenever I see slagging with anonymous writers to personal level it reminds me why not to wrestle with a pig, all you do is get dirty and find out the pig likes it. If you don’t like HV perhaps identify one person who has hired more pilots and increased their hours and skill levels. I know a high time pilot(now) who started his career at a very dubious operator. And he doesn’t say #### about that part of his career. HV has for the most part picked very good candidates. I know of two really low timers and one 600 hour driver who all attained 3-500 hours in last year. Not many 100 hour pilot hiring companies can state that. Point is, careful being anonymous unless you are Batman or a flax seed. Oh and I predict 2020 to be ****** but will go down as one with the biggest hoax in history.
  11. 3 points
    I don’t come here very often because the quality of conversation is low, or so it seems. I have returned just because a couple dozen people told me I should. Reaper whatever the #### your name is, please call me or identify yourself... and your idiot friend, please call me or identify yourself. Otherwise #### off. My number is 1 403 584 7190 Both of you please post numbers to discuss your moral superiority... I await your calls HV
  12. 3 points
    Spotted Tom Joad headed east in his jalopy 204, says they'll hire anyone looking for work, .10c a day.
  13. 3 points
    I like the part about asking family or friends to lend you the money. If you go that route you are well on your way to realising what life as a pilot will be like.
  14. 2 points
    The last time I saw RGY was at the fire base in Red Lake...she was being run by MapleLeaf...a pilot/eng was driving her...this would have been 88 vintage.
  15. 2 points
    As likely as a self balancing budget.
  16. 2 points
    Cowboys win the super bowl with McCarthy as head coach. It’ll be the 90’s all over again
  17. 2 points
    Rare courage on a forum diseased with gas lighting cowards, and poor ones at that.
  18. 2 points
    Having worked there for many years a long time ago it was a brilliant company. The ownership knew how to run a aviation company. You had to work hard and they expected it. But, the rewards were great. Could go on and on about the President he was a hands on type.of individual. He was one of a kind... hard and tough but a huge heart. Stabbed him in the hand on a hunting trip by accident once. The look on PW's face was priceless. He always thought he ran the company little did he know there was a little lady who actually took are of the issues!!!🤣😁🤣😁 Many great memories. They will be missed.
  19. 2 points
    A few from the equalization payment province sitting in the YOJ field of dreams. Most are from BC though.
  20. 2 points
    My comments were only trying to show a little respect for the aircrew that lost their lives far from home.
  21. 2 points
    It’s a new aircraft, obviously they aren’t going to have many hours on type. Seaking pilots transitioned to the cyclone, how else are you going to implement a new aircraft? Some of the comments are disappointing to hear from experienced flyers. Casually remarking buzzing the tower as a possible cause and conspiracy under tones, really? I’ll wait for the report and then make my judgments, I do hope there will be lessons learned so things like this can be avoided in the future. RIP crew and condolences to family and friends.
  22. 2 points
    Haha! About time some operators get a taste if their own medicene (if true), cant wait too hear how they justify this being wrong while averaging their own employees isnt.
  23. 2 points
    Will be a great year if they use helicopters to bucket protesters.
  24. 2 points
    Success-over, there is little reason to discount this school over another. They’re all the same - you give them money and you walk out with a license. Go with your gut and pick the instructor that you like and off you go. It doesn’t change much who you train with 20 years down the line. My previous comment is one I heard when I started out and I didn’t listen either. If you want to do it then go for it. I will say however that if I could do it again, I wouldn’t. There’s so much time away from home and the nicest employer is out to make money - not friends. We’re underpaid, under appreciated and undervalued. That’s the reality but the work can be fun and lots of people think your job is cool for a 5 min conversation. If that sounds like your cup of tea the pull the trigger and we can swap stories some time in a swamp while swatting bugs on a fire while we watch the fixed wings try and pound a fire for us. Best of luck and keep in touch. Let us know what you decide.
  25. 2 points
    I agree with the fixed wing route. Sounds cool till you grow up and want a real life...
  26. 2 points
    I would take the fixed wing route these days if were in your shoes. HUGE demand for pilot, great pay, set schedules with the major airlines, etc..
  27. 1 point
    Presently crewing CGRGY Previously flew it with the -11 engine and it was a good ride at that time...A few years ago Skyline in Lively installed a -13 and fast fin transforming it into an amazing ride and a real pleasure to fly
  28. 1 point
    This coming down turn could be bad enough to close even well managed companies, the industry wasn’t doing very solid well before this. But I guess when the tide goes out we’ll see who’s naked
  29. 1 point
    Did I see Peace Heli? Or Dominion Pegasus?
  30. 1 point
    Worked contract for Universal a couple seasons ago. Quite enjoyed it, one of the best gigs in 24 years. The rapid over expansion was worrisome though. Sad news.
  31. 1 point
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/universal-helicopters-closes-1.5586297?utm_source=vertical-daily-news-news-from-the-web&utm_campaign=vertical-daily-news&utm_medium=email&utm_term=news-from-the-web&utm_content=V1
  32. 1 point
    Do you need a hug? You sound like you need a hug. We know hugs are tough right now but perhaps you could wrap your arms around yourself, squeeze tight, pucker up and kiss yourself soundly in the mirror. In your own delusion you're a beautiful unique individual with the right to blurt out whatever inane comment comes to mind over this meaningless, highly trivial medium of communication that you choose to troll. However, it reflects poorly upon you as it is all rather negative, demeaning and just a wee bit nasty. As a 15 year flying expert helicopter veteran (not a lot really) you really should consider yoga or meditation to work out your insecurities and jealousy against other people who are simply trying as hard as they can to succeed in this business. You are probably wondering why (in your own testimony) you have worked for a lot of people and when pilots get toxic (as you appear) the really good jobs go to other people who don't import the cancer of negativity into every workplace they end up in. Trolling is a horrible habit so have a grown-up attitude and call the HV directly to voice your position and in the future...just be kind.
  33. 1 point
    https://www.bchelicopters.com/ Commercial Pilot License (CPL) course
  34. 1 point
    I have no idea were you get your info from, but of hand, no pilot in his right frame of mind,.. would fly offshore in the weather that you are talking about. When I was in the Navy in the fifties, I spent three years doing search & rescue flying in S-55 and HUP-3, we went offshore, single engine, no floats, just wearing a may west and doing what you had to do. One day we got called out to crash site of Sea Fury , not to far from the base. He was doing continuous loops and went straight in, I picked up his helmet with his head still in it. The whole idea of Search and Rescue is, you do not put more people in danger, unless you are 95% sure you can complete the mission. They call it Risk Management today. The Cyclone Pilots are submarine chasers not S&R. Don PS:Try not to make every person in uniform a hero, they volunteered, and knew exactly what they were getting into. The Korean war was on when I and lot other guys did the same thing. We were not chosen because we were HEROs.
  35. 1 point
    you're not obligated to share my thoughts at all, and if you wish to call it arm-chairing, go right ahead. I call it speculation, and I welcome all ideas, thoughts and opinions. life is about that mysterious crystal ball, everyone wants answers immediately, yet the bureaucracy drags it on much longer than it needs to be. my comment is more about the lack of transparency from day 1 that makes things seems like their is an obvious cause, and the powers to be are stalling and deflecting. I really doubt the TSB is investigating this one, and that likely means we wont get a detailed investigation report, just redacted fluff the military puts out after the Minister of said military edits out the things that make them look bad. you're free to disagree. I'm no less professional than you.
  36. 1 point
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Helicopter_Squadron
  37. 1 point
    Very close but not quite. Okanagan Air Services, which eventually became the CHC of today, was the first operator in Canada. Their first commercial flight was in 1947. VIH was founded in 1955 and Alf Stringer, who was one of the original three founders of Okanagan, eventually went on to run VIH for many years. The history of rotary aviation in Canada is well documented by Peter Corley-Smith (who used to work for VIH).
  38. 1 point
    It doesn't quite fit the definition of privately owned company, but as an operator, I think Hydro One had some of the first commercial helicopters in Canada. A Bell 47 in 1949 was their first.
  39. 1 point
    If you really want to stir up a hornet's nest, start a thread on companies that SHOULD disappear.
  40. 1 point
    Two pax in a 212 works for me. One in each penalty box!🤣 If I need to drive from BC to Ontario to feed my children then so be it. Girls gotta eat!
  41. 1 point
    How's that 6 ft spacing going to work for fire crews in a helicopter...dah!
  42. 1 point
    Ronny there is always money. Haven't you heard the budget balances itself?
  43. 1 point
    GrayHorizons: I have been wasting my time trying to motivate the Helicopter Industry by posting things that are relevant to the industry, if you don't I agree with the truth don't read my posts and try and keep your hidden remarks to yourself, or elaborate. I have been in the industry longer than you and held every job imaginable, so as I said (As usual moan and groan, sit on your ARSE and do nothing." ) try doing something for a change and post it, if you are so intelligent. If you don't agree with what I have to say, come up with a better solution and post it, instead of criticizing.
  44. 1 point
    Harmonic Vibe is probably looking for a new job, and hopefully it's in a different industry ....😔
  45. 1 point
    Well, exploration seems to be coming back up and there is always fires to chase. Forestry may be picking back up too, not sure about actual heli logging though. With any luck we'll have pilotless machines soon.
  46. 1 point
    The drip torch would be more effective.
  47. 1 point
    Now that’s funny
  48. 1 point
    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.
  49. 1 point
    This industry is a joke, I’ve been in it for over 15 years now and unless you are single and ready to be a yes man/woman you are just another bitchy pilot or grumpy engineer. No other industry in the world would get away with how this industry treats its staff. I especially get a kick out of how people who fly in a machine every once in a while as a passenger get to have a say in how good or bad you are as a pilot. That would be like you riding on a train every now and then and be able to complain about the conductor cuz you’ve been riding the train for years. This industry is complete garbage and needs to change. People need to realize that employees have life’s and families and most of us don’t really care about your company and whether you make 4 million or 5 million this year. This is a paycheck for me now and I’m not willing to loose a wife or family just so I can go out and make you richer then get criticized for asking for time off. I think everyone needs to wake up and realize we are professionals and not just “meat servos” as the earlier generations were called. Let’s all start being pilots not drivers and engineers not parts changers.
  50. 1 point
    I agree with Rotor, however ask the guy instructing you what it’s like to be on a campaign fire, or in a camp setting, or sitting on a pipeline for 10 hours and you didn’t bring your lunch cuz the client told you he’d only need an hour, two max and now your thinking about eating the rations from the survival kit cuz you’ve been there all day. If he’s never been in one of those situations I would look elsewhere. Anybody can teach you how to fly, but it’s the insights and experience I took away most from my initial training. Also go fixed wing!
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