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  1. well as a matter of fact, I got him back to the ground safely, and they carried him on the log back to his tree! happy ending for the world fastest sloth and the the slowest seismic pilot !
    12 points
  2. One more I will share, if it saves a life great. May you have fun with it. Beautiful sunny April day in Squamish. Tasked with taking a couple environmental contractors (a man and a women) to sample water in some creeks at Phantom Lake about 16nm as the crow flies west of Squamish over a couple mountain ranges. Lift about 9am and sit at Phantom Lake waiting for them while they do their thing. Around noon it started clouding over. I trudged through the deep snow in my *light hiking shoes and told them to pack it up as there is weather moving in. 30 minutes later they show up and t
    9 points
  3. It is for sure a thankless industry but the company I've been for 8 years of my career with has always treated me with respect. That alone has gained my loyalty. Are they perfect? No, but being treated well shouldn't be a rarity. The company before this one wouldn't even say good morning to me in the hangar and it didn't help they loaded their maintenance side with pilot haters. (Never understood that mentality) My current companies engineers are top notch fun humans. It isn't hard to be friendly you guys who are constantly looking for people should try it out for one season and see how many g
    9 points
  4. Interesting topic... Had to think about it as the grey matter seems to have forgotten more than it remembers. The issue with endorsements is true, and so silly. I worked at one company (same as Pool) and I got to the point where I wanted to move up to mediums and the company said no...not yet. I called another company and they said come on over and gave me the endorsement. First flight out had me land on the ramp in front of the old company. I still remember the Operations Manager come over and try to dis that company to which I replied: "Ya...but they gave me the endorsement". Been flying med
    8 points
  5. I think the most common “carrot” these days is a schedule.
    7 points
  6. I was thinking of the low time guys that may be on IA. Long before an helco shows up. But I like the way you think a Helco would actually make a decision before a town is gone. Burn up a few towns and get an open cheque for a new budget. But this is another story. For now let's keep the lower time people aware of the dangers of fast moving water while using a bucket. So if you have a low timer on the crew point this out to them and give them some of your knowledge.
    7 points
  7. Its heating up in on-terrible, Dryden's field of dreams has lots of parking. Be first, be brave, make that non rev flight........
    6 points
  8. 5 points
  9. Some of you boys should just stop reading this forum and you might all cheer up. Jesus. The type of guys that would moan if you won the Lotto! No one holds a gun to your head to do this for a living. After 20 yrs the pros still out weigh the cons. You make your own path in this industry.
    5 points
  10. I would like all of us old timers help the low timers get old. I liked getting the flier that came with the AIP updates that told us about accidents and of course the pilot that was always doing dumb stuff..... I don't remember his name. I learned alot and found it interesting to read of others mistakes. Maybe we can bring this forum back to what we all wanted again. I know there will be some who will bicker and protest but who cares.... if we save a person's life by sharing..... I call that a win.
    5 points
  11. In my experience the carrot is usually offered after I’ve committed to moving on. I always wondered why if I was good enough to be offered a medium endorsement (or something) after gave my notice, then why wasn’t I before…? 🙄
    5 points
  12. & Cross ref with your friend the timer. It all gets real when the "low Fuel" light comes on.
    4 points
  13. I once suffered from: Get home-itis! This is a problem that afflicts many pilots that have done long tours and really wanted to get home. I was heading home after nine weeks in the bush. I was flying from Grande Cache to Grande Prairie in northern Alberta. The weather was marginal and I was suffering from a big case of get-home-itis. Also, my replacement was waiting for me in Grande Prairie. I was following a river to Grande Prairie staying under the clouds. I noticed on the map that if I followed a power line up and over a mountain, I would cut a few miles off my track. The clouds were low b
    4 points
  14. Here's a good one...I was longlining in a net load of hose on a drill job on the side of a steep slope...I had taken all the doors off this jetbox to lighten her up...guy on the ground is watching the proceedings when he starts waving his arms around like mad and is pointing at the ship...I move my head to look left...I had an evergreen tree coming in the left door and the top was tickling the circuit breaker panel...I slowly pulled some pitch and the tree exited out the door...cleaned the shorts after that one!!!
    4 points
  15. and once again the old adage comes to mind... "learn from the mistakes of others as you don't have time to make them all yourself"... thanks for being big enough men to share with us, pool and sir... 👍😎
    4 points
  16. I was long-lining seismic bags in the Amazon jungle on a 220’ line. Was on a steep slope and the bags kept rolling into a creek as I kept trying to perch them behind a stump before I released. Lost situational awareness and started moving my tail around. I heard a strange whooshing noise out my right side (a star door off) I looked to my right and there was an astar tail rotor diameter tube of green leaves horizontally flying out the right side. I had stuck my tail in the top of a tree, while hovering deep in the curve. I released all bags and held my breath as I hovered over to the near
    4 points
  17. If you are offended by profanity, this clip may not be for you. This is in a slightly different context, but is how the carrot technique is taught in business school, or learned from others and adapted by whoever is running the business or operation in question. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VReU7EgfPLc&ab_channel=BBCComedyGreats
    4 points
  18. My very first carrot was we will fly you lots if you come to this school. As the fellow was saying this to me a student walked up and said hey I have been here for 6 weeks and have only flown 5 hours and I am so far from home I want to get this done. I shook the instructors hand and went to a different school. I did not realize at the time most carrots never come to be true. But on the other side I have seen that a good operators don't offer a carrot..... they call you into the office and say we are going to do this for you.
    4 points
  19. The whole idea I had when I started this thread was to let the low time people that we all had some hard times and I am sure some of them have been promised things that have not come true. The 212 is not the trophy of my career. That would be all the medi-vacs where I saved people's lives.
    4 points
  20. Come on Man...we need to be better than that... 😒
    4 points
  21. I was working in the winter in northern BC. I had plenty of local knowledge of the area as I was a base manager for a few yrs. Coming back to the base after doing a job for a week out of town there was an inversion. I was up in the clean sky with a OAT of +5 I am flying along fat dumb and happy. I got close to town and saw the fog laying in the valley. Looks like I need to use my favorite creek to get down to the base which is about 400' lower than I am currently at. Being alone I didn't notice the torque climbing. Had my head in the longline window as I worked my way down the cree
    3 points
  22. Even if they start arguing about TFWs and unions, along with whos ballbag is bigger, the sloth story was 100% worth this thread being started. I also cant imagine any autorotation story would be boring? At the start of my career I remember looking at my fuel gauges in R44 seeing they were both at 0... swiftly swooped down onto a pipeline right of way thinking I was on fumes... turns out cycling the breaker brought back the gauges. Since then have had many gauges fail... Trust your lights not your gauges!
    3 points
  23. One of the low timer private pilots here... When I was signing up for my training, the flight school told me they would rent me a machine by the hour after I was done. Well, when I finished, that was no longer on the table. There are no other machines or flight schools in my area to rent from.
    3 points
  24. one more.... Back to Canada and 1995 when I was sitting at the fire base in Lynn Lake Manitoba with a Bell 205 helicopter when a frantic call came on the radio. “Lynn Lake Fire Base, this is IA crew 27, fire 63 just took off and we need immediate evacuation!” Without needing to be told I immediately ran to my helicopter and fired it up. I had my bucket hooked up so I quickly filled it up in the lake right beside the base and I was off to the fire. I called the crew over the radio and told them to haul *** for the helipad. As I got close I could see the fire was running towards the
    3 points
  25. OK, I'll Bite. In 1984 I was working my 4th year in the industry, and was with a small operator out of Buffalo Narrows, called Western Helicopters. The company and owner are no longer with us, so I don't mind naming names in this case. It was my second season with them, flying a FH1100, for those of you who don't know, the FH1100 was the third aircraft submitted to the US military for the LOH ( light observation heli. ) contract, won by the Hughes 500. Sask. was burning, and we were flying very long days, up at 6:00, lifting off at 6:30, flying down to Isle La Cross, to pick u
    3 points
  26. This is the Vertical we all signed up for!
    3 points
  27. "Don't worry, you'll get extra time off in the winter when it's slow" In regards to me (new/naive kid) asking about my vacation days/accumulated OT. "Ok, so when can I book my vacation/banked OT/extra time off?" "Uuuhh, well...that depends on how busy we'll be cause we may need you to cover......" They started paying/limiting OT and giving vacation days normally when they found out a bunch of us started talking to Labour Canada and lawyers about company employment policies the next year.
    3 points
  28. One thing I learned the hard way...don't stay with one outfit for two long or you will become a piece of furniture...saw way two many new guys walk thru the door and right into a medium endorsement...and the next season you never saw them again!
    3 points
  29. A natural "carrot" in the form of a weather forecast predicting whiskey clouds...6 hrs later...don't fall for the whiskey clouds! ....umffff and training bonds
    3 points
  30. I could give you a list of some of these shady ops managers that have the fishing pole with the carrot on it hanging on their office walls but I think we have all been thru the same s##T...they are spread far and wide across this business. The best line I heard when I told this one BC ops guy to go f66k himself was...your going to regret walking away from this carrot...NOT!
    3 points
  31. The company was closing the base I was the base engineer at. The dangling carrot was the offer to transfer to numerous bases within the company roster. The southern BC bases were listed as were some northern shitholes. I knew the BC bases would be in high demand so I wasted no time in offering my interest. I told them I wanted x base in BC. Nope taken. what about y base? Nope taken as well. How about z base? Nope just offered that to so and so. So what you're telling me is that #### hole A, B and C are the only ones available? Yep. K, gotcha. went and p
    3 points
  32. I know you worked a lot of overtime, and we said we'd pay it at the end of season. But if you want the endorsement we're going to use your overtime to offset the training costs.
    3 points
  33. Crystal ball gazers are foretelling a late fire season going into a long fall . . . . .
    3 points
  34. Mid 90's I was driving a 206 on lower gear do logging support. I was parking on an active logging road so I was putting the carousel and the 150' line over the edge so no one would drive over it. I was napping in the back seat when I got the medi-vac call on the radio. I jump out and to get the stretcher and put it in the back. I quickly got the machine started and lifted off over top of my long line and carousel.... I am skimming the top of the trees as I am parked higher than the logging show.....for some reason I looked at the mirror and saw the line coming with me.... no room to flare to d
    2 points
  35. Low Level in Abu Sayef Territory The sun was beating down on a hot summer day in the South China Sea. My FO and I were preparing to depart the Malampaya Platform and head back onshore to Manila in the Philippines. We were on a cargo run with no passengers so we decided that we were going to fly home low level. Now this would never happen with passengers as the company requirements had us transiting over rebel territory at higher altitudes. That’s right, REBEL territory! The Philippine government has been clashing with numerous Muslim rebel groups and the Abu Sayef were active in our area.
    2 points
  36. Sounds like he’s pretty **** smooth if a sloth though it was a branch!
    2 points
  37. Well all I can say is pilot Larry has one big $#@t eating grin that we can all understand!!! 🤣
    2 points
  38. I personally think this was a great thread to start, pool... thanks for doing so... 👍😎
    2 points
  39. Kinda like listening to a couple old ladies complain about how hard done by they are. If getting a 212 endorsement is your trophy on the wall then maybe you should look at a different career. #### happens - get over it. Most owners/managers that I know will do everything in their power to retain and keep good people.
    2 points
  40. I’m straight, but thanks for the welcome.
    2 points
  41. Yes seems like people are itching for confrontation on this site. Nothing much going on in Eastern Ontario but that is normal. East of Ontario cold and wet. I find that if you get past May 24 in Ontario with no fires that it will be a slow year. To those with the great contracts you might want to salt some of that revenue away, I predict some lean years ahead.
    2 points
  42. White water bucketing my favourite
    2 points
  43. Soggy.... that is an understatement..... but.... if a fire does get going it will be hard and dangerous to get the water out of these fast moving rivers. So you low timers make sure you can get into a back eddy or just go to a lake. Fast moving water and a water bucket are NOT a good combination. And even less friendly with no long line. Be careful.
    2 points
  44. Don’t give him the satisfaction Pool. His hat probably made it hard for him to read the full story because it contained true statements.
    2 points
  45. Sitting in Ontario, waiting for the fire season to start... Just got a call from my wife... She received a very nice gift from the company along with a hand written note from the boss thanking her for her support. It was nice to see a company acknowledge the fact that often there is someone at home waiting while we are away for weeks at a time.
    2 points
  46. Last tour I was asked to extend a couple of days. When I was going done I got a thank you text from the owner, that wouldn’t have happened a few years ago!
    2 points
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