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  1. & Cross ref with your friend the timer. It all gets real when the "low Fuel" light comes on.
    4 points
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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 !
    3 points
  5. 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.
    2 points
  6. To all you low timers. IF you ever have to fly a boat. Hook on to the stern ..... you have 2 points to hook on to and the boat will fly better. This is my experience.... if others have different ideas please post them.
    2 points
  7. 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
  8. Bahaa, that’s where you got the title of slowest long liner ever
    1 point
  9. Hey, just curious what the going rate is for an AME M1 with their AStar, 407 and 206 is. Feeling a little annoyed with companies saying they are "competitive" with pricing, then asking what you currently make so they can low ball.
    1 point
  10. There are other paying occupations out there if you not happy with this one.
    1 point
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  12. As would say anybody. You’re comment is redundant and ignorant. Glad I shared the story though. You had to be there to understand ace. I know many can relate to it. And because of the likes of you Poolpilot. Admin, Twinstar whatever. Please delete my profile from this toxic forum.
    1 point
  13. I think I’ll agree to disagree on that one. You do you I’ll do I’ll do me and the low timers are welcomed to PM me with any questions.
    1 point
  14. 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
    1 point
  15. That longline story is a big one Pool. Thanks for sharing it. I was on the scene of a “tether ball” incident in which the pilot survived. I learned that one second hand but it’s so easy to forget. If I leave the line on, I hook it on my door handle. Can’t get in without forgetting it that way. Although that only works on an AStar.
    1 point
  16. 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
    1 point
  17. A very good boss I had for years would look out the window and see the poor weather and turn around and say. Days like this is what they made coffee pots for. I hear him every time the weather is bad.
    1 point
  18. 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
    1 point
  19. Had same thing happen...was going to land on top of hill ...had 3 guys on board...hadn't been in this spot for about 5 years and the pine trees had gotten about 5 ft tall...asked the guy in the rear left to open the door and watch the tailrotor...says yeah you are golden...land...shut down...get out and look at the rear of the ship...one of those pine trees is 1 inch from the vertical fin on the right side...got out my trusty pocket knife with the saw blade and cut down a 5 ft tree!!! Some of the branches were touching the boom.
    1 point
  20. 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!!!
    1 point
  21. 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.
    1 point
  22. 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... 👍😎
    1 point
  23. 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
    1 point
  24. I’m straight, but thanks for the welcome.
    1 point
  25. Seems to be the normal vibe here in Canada. There is no work here anymore….
    1 point
  26. 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
    1 point
  27. You should throw this in the employment section too.
    1 point
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