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  1. 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.
    12 points
  2. 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 garb
    10 points
  3. End of an ERA is an understatement, 61 years in operation, and yes Highland did set a standard in this industry. Highland had employees that would go above and beyond, to a point you would swear they had part ownership in the company, but they did not. People who stayed loyal and worked their ***** off for over 30 years with the same company! People who risked their lives daily operating in general, and especially operating throughout this pandemic. Highland took 2020 like a champ and made honey out of dogshit the entire year strictly due to the good hard working, loyal people with
    9 points
  4. Greed is what it took to shut down this company! Greed from ownership! Lots of good people lost their jobs because the owners own greed and untrustworthy petty family issues. I know a few people at this company and they flew their bu1ts off this year and told me that the company was in good shape, and had a pretty reasonable year. Employees aren’t even getting severance from what I hear and are being told to hire their own lawyers to try and fight them to get it. Pretty disgusting in my opinion. Some people spent 20 years at this company, some spent 1 and now they are all getting a big m
    9 points
  5. Uh oh I feel round 2 of BBQ fight club is about to kick off.
    9 points
  6. 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.
    9 points
  7. Will be a great year if they use helicopters to bucket protesters.
    9 points
  8. 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,,,,
    9 points
  9. One of best pieces of advice I was given 30 years ago when I first broke into the industry was. NEVER move anywhere in this industry for a job, EVER. That advice has proved invaluable over the years. Contracts come and go, talk is cheap and there are plenty of hollow promises out there. I've personally been asked to move 5 times. In each of those instances. The work ended within months of being asked to move. My response these days is "If I wanted to live there, I would already be doing so". Bottom line IMO: this industry is far too volatile to move anywhere for a job.
    8 points
  10. 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
    8 points
  11. 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
    8 points
  12. 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.
    8 points
  13. I agree 100% flying has lost its luster and I’m tired of hearing “back in my day we’d leave in May and come back in October” we’ll thats why you’re all divorced and your kids hate you! Times have changed and work life/balance needs to be in the forefront of the operators mind now. But like freak said the usual people will pipe up and I’m sure someone will reply about being privileged or some other BS like that.
    8 points
  14. It is maintained in a graceful ballet of tiny spinning bits that move small needles against fluffy bellows whilst the air of a thousand flutes blows against it. It's partner, the FCU, is the only one that can understand and tame this wild beast. The work of those 2 units is only there to support the real hero, the brawny farmhand, the always a bridesmaid and never a bride, hp fuel pump, so that it can deliver the stream of life when it is so required. Px, Py, Pb
    8 points
  15. Roses are red Violets are blue OpsMobil went tits up and now Great Slave's on their way too.
    8 points
  16. I've got over 32 years in the industry and wouldn't leave unless I absolutely had to. Love love love the life. But I actually had to ask myself that question over a year ago when I was let go after twenty years with the same outfit, and a boatload of qualifications couldn't find me a job anywhere on the planet. Starting out was tough, mid-eighties in a recession, but I was doing dry-wall, running parts around, refuelling aircraft and babysitting the boss's kids, and they threw me the odd bone with a ferry flight here or there, and it grew from that. Never said no to any opportunity.
    8 points
  17. 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.
    8 points
  18. Blackie...i get youre passionate about your views. However, youre delivery is ignorant of others and you have no class on explaining yourself in a polite manner. Therefore, even though i do agree with some of your comments i have no interest in your ramblings other than screening over them and going whatever. Im not sure im alone in my opinion. Have a happy holiday and work on your presentation. Perhaps in the new year you can gain some new friends and allies.
    8 points
  19. Did you just come up with the idea of being a pilot on a whim? Or have you actually met someone in this industry? What the guys here are saying is no lie. There is a 95% chance you will never be even employed in this industry once you get out of training. Toilets will be your first job period! Engineers love to destroy them knowing you have to clean them. No owner is ever going to let you see the books. Also if you do get on the owners will probably be more interested if you are handy with a hammer rather than a calculator and more likely than for more than 1.5 years Like Roto
    7 points
  20. Start out heli skiing. Sounds great. Maybe some firefighting on the side.
    7 points
  21. Not going to bash you. you are entitled to that opinion. But some of the wages employers want to pay for seasonal work are almost unlivable wages. They would be Ok if they where paid all year long. I think you are selling yourself short if you don't think pilots and engineers aren't worth 6 figures or close to it to be away from home 3/4 of the year in some shytehole not to mention the liability (yes they can take everything from you if you F-Up) Kill a doctor hot dogging heli skiing or forget to put a bolt back in properly and see how friendly expensive lawyers are. Then there's the bad medic
    7 points
  22. TC medicine making an official ruling in reasonable time on anything would be a huge accomplishment. By the time they make up their minds Covid will be talked about like polio.
    6 points
  23. this kit has the option tailboom folding hardware as well.
    6 points
  24. Low pay, bad schedule, sociopathic owners reminding you of their stack of resumes. So no real change at all.
    6 points
  25. How will pilots manage to navigate through the mountains this winter without someone in a ski suit beside them telling them what to do? 💩
    6 points
  26. Jeez shakey for someone who hates foreign workers you're pretty keen to steal a local's job in Africa.
    6 points
  27. 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
    6 points
  28. 13yrs in the industry. Grew up around american IFR offshore pilots so had VERY skewed expectations when I got my license and started out in the Canadian industry. Be prepared to give 100% into the industry or don't even try. Have a backup plan and learn to live with extreme frugality for the first few years. Very few guys that get their license ever make a career of it. If you're ambitious and have a good work ethic you can make a great life of it. I'm currently loving life in mediums, working for a company that keeps me as busy as I want to be. I've flown in Africa, Europe,
    6 points
  29. I started my flying career as a military helo pilot and at best I can say that I dabbled in the commercial VFR helo world. As a military pilot, you are trained in a very regimented manner and nowadays this training takes quite a long time (in comparison to commercial VFR). Things are done "by the book" and one shall not stray from the book (ie creativity, no matter how safe, is frowned upon). Most of your "experience" is of the training variety, day in and day out, until you are deployed on operations, and the operations can be somewhat frequent or never depending on the mood of the sit
    6 points
  30. Do you like being treated like garbage and cleaning the toilets of rich owners who complain all day about not making money, Pilots being princess’ and how little you know about flying? Well young fella this is the career for you! Be prepared to be treated like junk for a bunch of years cuz your first comment from CSC1 is a rare one we have low time pilots when I am up to 1000hrs and they are still “not people” in owners eyes. Until you can make them money all year round and don’t smack a set of blades you are their personal slave. Over 15 years I’ve seen it all even upper management i
    6 points
  31. You are going to feed me 100% on your dime if I'm away from home in some shithole that thinks a frost bitten burger is worth $25. But then again some people also think 70 grand a year is sufficient compensation to be gone for 3/4 of the year in said shitholes cuz choppers are cool.
    6 points
  32. So...I walk in the hangar and one of my bosses says...you up for flying the L4 to South America. Immediately I respond with a...are you f...ing nuts! Long story short 5 days later I am on my way from NB to Georgetown Guyana. I called up my Buddy in TO to see if he was on for a ferry flight and as usual he said...you bet! SO off we go on a Saturday morning right after a major snow storm had just passed through YSJ. WE head off to Bangor Maine to do customs. Oh yeah...we have one of the guys from South America in the back seat who is carrying a brief case with a very large amount of cash to pay
    6 points
  33. It's not a one size fits all, 3 and 3, 4 and 4, 6 and 6 accomplishes the same result, the longer the shift the less traveling. If you work across the country or overseas, 2 and 2 is unworkable. Some pilots sit in Mexico all winter and want to work as much as possible in the summer, then lay on the beach all winter. Then some are younger and raising families, they need steady income. That's why we will never agree on anything in this industry....
    6 points
  34. 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!
    6 points
  35. 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.
    6 points
  36. How many guys out there are just fed up with being away from home and have found the luster of flying isn't quite what the brochure said it would be? I'm taking this season off myself. Maybe I'll get the itch again but after 15 years of flying it's no longer a privilege to fly your machine. I know the usuals will pipe up and say the usual but to each his own.
    6 points
  37. Before you ask for big money, you better be able to sell it. Do you add value? Do you make the owners life easier? Don't just agree to terms if your not happy!. Don't sign anything without reading and understanding it. Contracts have consequences!! and are not written in stone, you can negotiate them. You may not be as valuable as you think, ask your yourself how can you can change that. Good people have always been hard to find and quality comes at a cost. There are lots of ****** employees too, it does go both ways. Negotiate hard and don't take the first offer. An
    6 points
  38. Never trust your passenger
    6 points
  39. I feel like I have to point out that the vast majority of the flying we do is for clients of the private type. Fires are great and since we all pay taxes it's good to get some of that back. However, on an average annual basis the industry, as a whole, spends 65% of its time flying for oil and gas or mineral exploration clients. All the other stuff we do is captured in that approximately 35% slice. The reason I bring this up is because when I read the posts it sometimes sounds like operators are a bunch of idiots with no idea how to run their business - and this is often true! But lots of
    6 points
  40. Well.. it’s simple, drop what you are doing, band together like the linemen and women do and don’t go back to work until all pilots across the nation get the same pay, same benefits and same quality of life. It seriously won’t change until a union is created and all of us are united. Every Pilot will have to sacrifice many things through the process and unfortunately this is where it all breaks down. These unionized organizations are a true brotherhood in all sense of the word!! We are not and it’s unfortunate....because we can be!!! The owners know it and laugh and laugh and laugh all the wa
    6 points
  41. To the pilot who left me the anonymous note after blowing away my 206 intake plugs today in Shearwater, B.C. I really should have done a better job securing my gear and I apologize for the hazard and any inconvenience. I’m not exactly sure how things went south. My stuff had survived plenty of traffic over the past three days without incident ... but sometimes #### happens. You will be pleased to know that I didn't actually need the 'good luck' in finding my plugs as suggested in your note but located them quickly as they were less than 10 metres away and in plain sight. I will also be f
    6 points
  42. So you admit you hire TFW's? Maybe you can't get 3 years out of Canadian pilots because you are not paying a fair wage and only TFW's that come here to gain experience think what you're paying them is acceptable. You are part of the problem. Stop hiring foreigners and pay a fair wage.. The Canadians will follow and stay!
    6 points
  43. Hey... Sorry I'm late to the thread, but someone just recently brought it to my attention. This is me and Bentley. I've been flying with him for about 2 years now, and we slowly built up the trust to have him un-attended in the front seat with me. First, his harness is like this. Car crash certified dog harness that is secured to the seatbelt with a heavy d-clamp. He is secondary secured with a leash around his neck around the seat bars. He is both secure from a crash, and movement in the cockpit standpoint. The progression to the front seat was slow. His first flight was in the
    6 points
  44. It’s not economically viable to do business in Canada for the last 4.5 years. Don’t know why that is? I think it’s in the water out East.
    5 points
  45. Harmonic Vibe is probably looking for a new job, and hopefully it's in a different industry ....😔
    5 points
  46. Well ladies and gentlemen here we have a perfect specimen of a “sac o’sh*t.” Absolutely nothing to contribute to the conversation and attempting to bring into the mix their own personal beliefs based on Facebook facts and no knowledge whatsoever. Well simpleton you are an absolute f*ckin nothing male or female.
    5 points
  47. Gtfo Another useless 'consultant' with ZERO expierence in the real world.
    5 points
  48. The fun things they don’t tell you in flight school are as follows; 1. Don’t expect to fly as soon as you are done school 2. You better know how to sweep a floor and clean toilets cuz those will be your first tasks. 3. Expect to be paid sh@t and work long, long hours cuz operators never take advantage of low time pilots. (They like to chalk it up to “show some incentive if you wanna fly my machine” ) 4. Make sure your instructor no matter how many you have has at least worked in the industry, not like some schools who would rather have more likes on YouTube than actually te
    5 points
  49. There are some operators out there who have seen the writing on the walls and are implementing, or quickly moving towards 2/2 shifts. I find the 2/2 to be completely refreshing and I'm actually excited to start a shift, and not grouchy by the end of a shift.
    5 points
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