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  1. 38 years and counting, some 40 different countries - plenty of long line and fires, years of EMS, a decade of offshore off the East coast in some very challenging weather, plus summers and winters in the Arctic, military support in unmentionable and dangerous places, SAR both coasts of Africa and in South America, a few years kicking around the Caribbean... The experiences I've had, the challenges I've overcome, the people I've met - would not change a single thing. Best life there is.
    5 points
  2. The rates are not just controlled by the operator, the customer are a large part of the rates. I have been in the industry nearly 20 years and the hourly rate for helicopters has not gone up much ( if at all) in that time. Cost of aircraft, insurance, US dollar, cost of parts ( typically increases 1-3% annually), and labour cost have all gone up in that time. It may not be the operator doesn't want to pay more, it could be the operator can't pay more. Canada probably has some of the lowest helicopter rates in the world. Everyone seem to be on either long term exploration ( generally a low
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  5. So let’s start a thread for the low time guys to be able to read and see just what we LIKE about being a helicopter Pilot/Ame. Let’s not complain on this thread… but give your story about some of the GOOD days over the years. Like the days where we sitting some place HAPPY that I just didn’t listen to the negative guys. This could be enjoyable.
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  6. There never was many of us lol, the rates are controlled by the market (operators). No matter how crap rates are there will always be that one that will do it (first year license with a carrot of an endorsement that may or may not happen).
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  7. Their are far too many variables to say a DoM or a PRM salary should be $X. Obviously size of fleet, size of crew you are managing, your QA program ( are you doing it all or do you have a QA person), customer audits requirements (BARS, Contrail, etc), length of flying season ( do you shut the doors for 4 month every winter), is it a MRO, a DoM for the AMO and AO all play a factor in your salary. Personally I have always gone with the amount of time, energy, stress, etc put in to the amount I got paid. I need to be happy with that. It will be different for each person, and only t
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  8. Yup, a blue bird day heli skiing beats all!
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  9. Flying Santa Claus to the mall as your son sees you and for awhile believes..... my dad knows Santa. Priceless
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  10. Any bluebird day with a light group private heli skiing. Cold and calm, 407 VIP engine. 😊
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  11. The travel to places some can only imagine, working with a wide range of folks some smart others not so much! base work or away with a top notch crew many many nights having a laugh sipping chilled waters International career I’ve enjoyed in a few different spots. always learning, new types, new jobs, clients etc
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