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  1. The Vertical forums are meant to provide for open discussion and dialogue. However, recently certain individuals' posts have sunk to all-time lows. This includes the impersonation of other individuals and fraud. In one case an individual went so far as to post a fake job listing for a company, and impersonate the individual that works at this company. This is libellous and will not be tolerated. We continue to investigate these posts. The individual(s) WILL BE identified and their names and contact details provided to company lawyers for further action. The Vertical Forums used to
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  3. It was brought to my attention that an operator here in Canada has found a great and unique way of recycling their Survival Kit Contents. The contents that are being replaced - still good and very usable - are being donated to the Ukrainian Church in their area and being gratefully accepted and will be shipped over to the Ukraine. So if you are going thru your survival kits and looking to refresh them this maybe a great way to help keep them out of the garbage and headed in a direction where they can be utilized by humans that are having a tough time of it right now.
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  4. Did a wonderful job at keeping wages low and tours long for sure.
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  5. OK... that's it.... I think we have reached the usefulness of this thread and I am closing it... if admin, who is higher on the chain than me want's to re-open it, have at it... but as far as I am concerned, we're done... let's expend the same energy in supporting the family of our brother from Black Tusk... That's way more important...
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  6. I see you are not willing to put your name on here the way you are talking about us old guys and Delta helicopters.... I wonder if this is why you have a screen name like yours. Check with lots of us old guys that got endorsements from Delta, I got a medium endorsement and lots of us got a start in this industry because of Delta.....did some of them work on the ground for a few years..... yes they did.... but they got flying which this thread is about. I went back to Delta 2 yrs ago again after 20 years because I know that Delta can afford to fix anything that may go wrong with an ai
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  7. 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 !
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  8. Wow, a lot of pissed off people here!... Yes the industry is in the toilet. Not sure how a jr pilot would get going now let alone get through client hour requirements. But someone will have to figure out something. I guess left seat mentoring would be possible in a medium or bigger but will be a lot harder to do in a light aircraft. After 20 years I can say I still love flying! I was well informed of what I was getting into before I started and can thank RDM for that. I'm not saying its all peachy but some of those buckets and outhouses have been in some pretty cool places and I've gotte
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  9. It’s simple - bills. We’re trapped. imagine if you will, making an $80,000 salary. This is hypothetical mind you. People will argue that it’s too high or too low but here’s the point: could you start over? Not me. I have a mortgage, kids and tons of other things that rely on this wage. Sure you could say that I could cut back and start over. Have a drive down to the grocery store and see if you could cut back. The long and the short of it is that we ruined this industry just as surly as operators did. I know a pair of operators in Fort Mac that started just fine. Treated th
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  10. Tough to run a business when you don't have the access to and endless supply of disposable desperate Foriegn labour. I personally say good riddance.
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  11. I’m a pilot so I have no experience with engineers pay scales, but I do have a lot of experience as a Heavy equipment fitter/manager in the mining industry in several countries - as a comparison of industries, I would consider a “flight pay” equivalent in the mining industry to be absolutely ludicrous! Using the “ flight pay” model - If the equipment doesn’t run due to weather/operators calling in sick or it’s down for maintenance then the maintenance staff get paid less - stuff that! Bonehead operator breaks it so I get paid less while I’m fixing it - stuff that! In effect, operators are only
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  12. The vaccination was never sold to me by my doctor as being a prevention for catching CV19, it was sold as means of boosting my immunity so that if/when I did catch it I wouldn’t get seriously ill or require hospitalisation. It makes sense to me that the higher the percentage of the population who are vaccinated, the higher the percentage of people who catch CV19 will have received 1 or more doses. Regarding the insinuation that you’re more likely to die if you have been vaccinated, have a look at the age brackets for the deaths - the older you are the more likely it is that the disease will ki
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  13. New managment, psychotic owner, trying to operate as cheaply as possible because lack of work. A tale as old as time
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  14. Hi GrayHorizons, I’m sorry to hear about your mother. I hope she sees the other side of cancer as a survivor. I agree with everything in your post but I would add one thing. Should your mother require a hospital stay(god forbid) I would hope that everyone would do their civic duty to get vaccinated. That way, your mother, along with all the other people unfortunate enough to have to use our health case system, have a bed and staff to help her. We are a community, we should be thinking of our neighbours. This pandemic has shown me how selfish and broken we all are. I
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  15. Bell Medium pilots are taken care of then.
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  16. Out of curiosity, from all the comments in this thread about how awful the industry is and how anything other than helicopters would be a better career choice, what are you guys doing hanging around a helicopter forum?? Why don't you take your own advice and put this career behind you and never think of it again??
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  17. Hahahahahaha good luck with that! That dude with small man syndrome won’t ever relinquish the only power he’s got in his life! STAY AWAY
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  18. I think most people are getting tired of the same old rhetoric.. the response to the attempt of the joke thread kind of says it all.... how many more ways can you say/point to/allude to the same attestation.... i really think we are getting close to the end of this thread's usefulness...i will give it to mid-week and if no new dissertations, then it will be closing time... for those who cry what gives me the right to do that?? I'm a moderator... nothing more, nothing less... just at 24 pages, it's all been said... Mike, Admin.. feel free to jump in here and back me or remove me...
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  19. 27 years in and ready to move on. The absolute worst thing about being a helicopter pilot is the lack of home life (like being home every night). Don't get me wrong, the experience from High Arctic to Sunny Tropics has been amazing. But then we get old and possibly lonely and I even wonder if it was worth it. Would never do it again if I could start over.
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  20. 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.
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  21. 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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  22. Covid is just the distraction, while we struggle with masks or not, vaxx or not, employment or not our elected officials and bureaucrats behind the curtain are quietly removing our private property rights, our right to travel, our right to assemble, our ability to use cash money and bringing in digital id and digital currency, TOTAL ENSLAVEMENT ! Until the people wake up and you impact the World Economic Forum affiliated politicians and big businesses that run government and are supporting and driving the lock downs, nothing is going to change. Covid is the mechanism by which they are destroy
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  23. After many months of avoiding this forum I finally had a few beer and decided to take a peek mainly out of pure boredom. I sit here sipping away trying to put into words my feelings towards my career in this industry. I honestly would have a hard time telling a young keen individual to actually pursue a career in helicopters at this current time...and even worse this terrible state of the industry. For one its a young persons game if you are going to get in.... do it as soon as you can, because as most people have already said you're going to have to put in time and years to get to a place t
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  24. 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
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  25. 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
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  26. Alberta Forest Service, or whatever they are calling themselves this week. Day basing. Averaged Mins. Non Precision Approaches. Dunker training. Non Revenue repositioning flights. Paper maps. My old Gentex SPH-5 helmet. Black flies chewing me under the ear cups of my SPH-5 helmet. Anything that contains Deet. Warm Kool Aid, because the overhead crew took all the cold soft drinks. Trying to get some sleep at 3:00 am when the sun is still shining, heating up the tent like a sauna. Still too much to list!
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  27. People who blindly trust government, the biggest killers of people throughout history. Also, tipping up fuel drums, bed bugs, cross country commutes, passive aggressive co-workers, unsupportive management, searching for and running for gates at terminals between flights, -49*C, being given the biggest piece of junk machine in the fleet and then getting crap when it breaks down, there's got to be more!
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  28. So there I was watching a storm outside from the comfort of inside the nice warm hangar. I had told my wife I wasn’t flying till the afternoon, it was forecasted to be calm by said time. The boss comes in and human factors me in a despicable fashion to push out and head to site. He was required to be apart of the days flight for sign off purposes for our client. We go flying and dramatically end up upside down in a forest. Jet fuel pouring on me with an engine still running kind of thing, leg trapped and can’t get it out. Ughhh I still relieve that day while in the shower, every single shower
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  29. Two weeks to flatten the curve... 100 weeks later and still nothing different. Why the masks? There is plenty of information out there about how masks are not effective against Covid 19 but still the government persists. Begs the question why? One only has to look at the psychological effects of wearing masks and how it isolates people and how that effects their mental health. I for one am glad the truckers have done what the doctors and other government workers should have done almost two years ago but they betrayed the majority of us for their paycheck. Why are they so **** bent on g
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  30. Meh. If they can sue over statement of facts then I’ll expand. He sure did a wonderful job of advancing careers of non Canadians as well.
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  31. The fact of the matter is that the thought process isn’t Old School, it is just the way life is. Most of us researched the industry and accepted the fact we may have to be ground crew first and then hopefully our work ethic would eventually get us that coveted seat. I know it is taught in school Now days that you are entitled to 6 figures and a CEO position right away but the reality Is that teachers have a very distorted view on how the world works (They are big believers in socialism,right up until bargaining time) My suggestion is do your research first before getting into any career. This
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  32. Uh oh I feel round 2 of BBQ fight club is about to kick off.
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  33. Since day one I watched the new management at UHNL drop the ball time and time again. Never have I seen such reckless spending in aviation before. Despite concerns, management repeatedly told everyone they had it under control and not to worry. Some of that management team are the most vindictive people I have ever encountered in this industry. They’d smile to your face and then I’d watch as they’d slander whoever disagreed with them behind closed doors all the while patting each other on the backs and lining their own pockets. The saddest part of this story is the number of lives th
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  34. 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.
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  35. Will be a great year if they use helicopters to bucket protesters.
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  36. CLIENT: how much does that 407 lift, OPS MANAGER; we have proprietary bigly blades, so more than anyone else, where industry innovators,,,, CLIENT: did he say Bigly......well its (insert year)..what ever.... OPS MANAGER: you,,,,,,Meat servo,,,,,, where only paying you airtime for this job, if you don't like that 15-20% pay cut, you can always quit so i don't need to pay you severance .....I'm busy being a bigly industry innovator.......oh and by the way, the logbook needs to match flight tickets and unused mins need to be recored. Your only going to record the best flights,,,,
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  37. 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
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  38. I agree. It’s getting crazy to keep up with all the paperwork. Alot of the management types are too much to take anymore. I gave up on what was once a great job.
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  39. Those numbers are going to keep on going down with all the BS that is required every year to do recurrent training...I still have my pilot and engineers licenses and medical but I am not interested in rewriting 80 hrs of exams and then doing recurrent flying on every type and then doing ppc ....tc is bringing those numbers down! I haven't flown for 3 years now and probably won't bother anymore with all the BS...I wonder how many of those on that list are doing the same and sitting at home!
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  40. Those 16+ hour shifts wrenching aren't worth the risk. Had some close calls and got lucky that nothing major happened. You will miss things and make mistakes. There's human factors requirements for a reason, and yes it's all relevant... But it's almost like you have to be there or see it/live it for it to sink in though. The theory can sometimes only get you so far.
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  41. Keep at it. You will get there. There is nothing better than pulling up to the bar and telling chicks you fly helicopters.
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  42. 90% of the pilots I respect as professionals and can only wish to be equal too, don’t take part in these forums anymore. Just the bitter people that are pissed off with the industry. I come on once a month to see what’s new, and it’s the same group of people complaining about everything, arguing and insulting each other.
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  43. I see where you are coming from but on that note was there empathy when a certain individual went on a rant and decided to invite random people from a helicopter forum to fight him in his back yard, because someone shared their personal opinion Right or wrong? I can’t remember the exact circumstances cuz the thread is now shut down but then it happened again not too long ago, I believe about a week or so ago when he went on another rant about possibly fighting someone over things that were said, once again over a persons opinions. This is what I’d like to call in the industry “a trend.” I’m
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  44. Where else would geriatric super-pilots and 100hr wonders get to jerk each other off if Vertical shut this place down? Think of the industry heros we would never know existed. The horror.
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  45. Roses are red Violets are blue OpsMobil went tits up and now Great Slave's on their way too.
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  46. I heard Phoenix in Ft Mac even bid on it. They must have ran out of famous celebrities and green peace workers to fly around.
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