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  1. 10 points
    I’m sure you’ll do just fine in life. Seems like your well versed in the English language, at least written that is. You must also be very strong as well because that’s how you come across in the comments section in the forums web page of a Helicopter magazine. Probably huge in fact. Friendly tip * I know nowadays cell phone providers have unlimited plans and regularly offer free upgrades on phones, so my advice would be to maybe bring the Motorola razor into the local RadioShack and upgrade to a phone that has autocorrect so you don’t come off as an illiterate dipshit.
  2. 9 points
    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 garbage and needs to change. People need to realize that employees have life’s and families and most of us don’t really care about your company and whether you make 4 million or 5 million this year. This is a paycheck for me now and I’m not willing to loose a wife or family just so I can go out and make you richer then get criticized for asking for time off. I think everyone needs to wake up and realize we are professionals and not just “meat servos” as the earlier generations were called. Let’s all start being pilots not drivers and engineers not parts changers.
  3. 9 points
    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,,,,,right,,,, anything else is well.......you know.....only the other guys do that.....but not us, we have iPads, with a 30day free trial of netflix....... MEAT SERVO: we'll thats BS........Meat servo then uses the industry standard bigly ops manager time keeping method, hoping to exceed mins. Over an industry standard 30-42day tour, bigly time keeping method earns Meat Servo an extra buck fifty. OPS MANAGER; I'm innovating,,,,, casually writes a memo in May....Dearest: Meat Servo, we only hire the best people, believe me, but the company had no profit this year, so nothing will be shared......in fact you owe us hours, Owners Union says so, arn't they the best people..Believe me, alway looking out for the little guy.....that 407 has the bilgiest blades, aren't they innovative.....hmmmmm i'm an innovator, i should exploit government programs for innovators.......SMRT ENGINEER: ya that hour meters broken, parts are on back back backorder......dreams of that extra .50c DOM: puts head in sand. Chief Pilot: spins around in a circle......Only a few more mooches before i'm outta here.... Owners Union: writes a letter trying to be relevant,,,,,,,Dearest (the void),,,,Mountain course are stupid and cost the industry bigly........ TC: leaves early,,,, its friday and i'm a couple years from a stress leave transition to retirement. Innovative circling of the toilet bowl continues. Tune in next week, when we explain how to drown someone in SMS...... This is a work of fiction, and no parts represents actual events.
  4. 8 points
    Roses are red Violets are blue OpsMobil went tits up and now Great Slave's on their way too.
  5. 8 points
    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. I had no interest in the IFR market but eventually it found me. I had no interest in offshore but once again, it found me. Same goes for touring overseas...never would have done it if it hadn't been forced on me (company lost its only domestic contract). I don't regret a second of any of it. I just put my hand up for everything. SAR, sure why not...I'm a SAR TRE now. Manager, I've managed operations all over the globe after my first shaky introduction in the ME, sim instructor (various types), check pilot, writing manuals and training programs, etc etc...I just keep being the guy that said "Sure, why not." When I was laid off in the big lull, I seriously applied for every job on the planet. I couldn't see myself doing anything else. Fixed wing held no interest. I wrote a novel to keep myself busy. Had a line on a summer bucketing job with a 61 then fell into a government job in the Caribbean, right place at the right time. I'm here now writing under a mango tree. My only advice, and it's worked well for me, is step up at every opportunity.
  6. 8 points
    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.
  7. 8 points
    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. 7 points
    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.
  9. 7 points
    Looks like a prime example of someone needing a breathalyzer on your send button.
  10. 7 points
    Start out heli skiing. Sounds great. Maybe some firefighting on the side.
  11. 7 points
    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 medical that could happen and you are out of work for several months or indefinitely. It would be nice to have a nest egg if something where to go wrong. Or own a house to give your wife when she is fed up with said 3/4 of the year raising the kids alone. Much more than just the view to think about.
  12. 6 points
    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 for all the expenses and gas! So we land in the good old USA and Customs checks us over and says you guys are ok but your passenger is going to for a short interview with the boys in the office to check his...papers and other undisclosed things. He makes it back about 30 minutes later and we are told to get lost. They had asked me were we where going and when I said South America they could not believe me...all they said was good luck. We headed south and landed in Concord NH for fuel. Again being asked about where we were going and the usual...are you nuts! The wind was blowing a gale this morning from the south so we decide to head for Albany NY which was over a very good sized mountain range but shorter than going to NY city. WE land at the fbo in Albany and this place was awesome....very nice and very helpful. ATC in Albany was also great....We blast off out of there and are going to fly down the Hudson river until we got close to were they held the Woodstock rock concert which we flew right over....they have a large stone marker at the site. Continuing on we flew right over the Pocono race track in upstate NY and they had a race going on when we buzzed overhead. It was getting pretty late and dark when we landed that evening in Harrisburg PA. They had a guy marshaled us right in tight next to an F18 for overnight parking and we grabbed a cab and headed off to one of the finest hotels that I have ever stayed in in downtown Harrisburg. We had a great supper with a very expensive bar bill and then off to bed in the biggest and best bed I think I have ever slept in...Ok it might have been the 7 hrs of flying that made it better but the view of the river and the city lights from the 12 floor were awesome....more to follow tomorrow!
  13. 6 points
    I'd like to know who Reaper works for? Must be an amazing company full of flawless super pilots. Pretty low to single out a company on an open forum, anonymously. So pipe up, who are you, and who do you work for? Maybe a little background will validate your accusations? I work for Delta. They treat me far better then most of the other operators ive been with. I get along with all my coworkers, there is little or no drama, i get paid appropriately and on time. Not much to complain about.
  14. 6 points
    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....
  15. 6 points
    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.
  16. 6 points
    Never trust your passenger
  17. 6 points
    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
  18. 6 points
    Ahhhhhhhh I wonder what the low time pilots there are doing? All the contractors have been laid off so I’m sure they will be more eager to start bringing up some young guys. By 4 weeks on and 2 weeks off you must mean 35/7. Hard to keep a schedule when you have 25 machines and 27 pilots. I’m sure by them giving you the opportunity to “go for it” as you put it you mean they ran you right to 42/5. I’m not sure I would call working in the Arctic glamourous as you mentioned, you obviously haven’t been there in either of the two seasons it has, summer or winter. Could there be a reason why some people stay there for a while? I have an idea why, and let’s be honest the pay is still from 84’. Maybe the company needs to stop thinking of itself as a stepping stone for pilots and start investing in this industry, in my opinion they are one of the reasons why the industry is where it is. Always looking for the cheap help and not realizing when they have good people. There is a reason why people leave and yes some search for the perfect job and those people will never find it cuz it don’t exist, but a company that has steady work, pays well and respects their employees and doesn’t think of them as parts in a machine will never have to go looking for people. The key fundamentals are missing that’s why it’s mostly the same companies looking for people and have threads on the forums. I don’t buy the whole “oh it’s cheaper to run an add all year long” or “Maybe that magic person will apply” if your looking for a cheaper way to find people your going to get cheap people applying.
  19. 6 points
    I had a great season with Delta last year! Made plenty of money flying good, well maintained equipment. Just sent an email to the CP to make plans for next year, which will be 10 in a row with them. The work's not all that glamorous, but it's steady, pays reasonably well, and the equipment's in good nick. For the most part it's a good crew, and some of the folks are quite exceptional. Delta's not perfect, and as a long term employee I know that better than most. I've seen people come and go, and some have taken their sour grapes with them. Sometimes that just can't be helped. The bottom line is that Delta is a stable, profitable company. This means they must meet the needs of multiple stakeholders including TC, customers, employees, and the owners. Not an easy juggling act. It also means that they give good opportunities to Canadian (and other) pilots, engineers and apprentices. What people do with those opportunities is up to them.
  20. 6 points
    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 Rotor said go fixed wing. It's more suited for the accountant type. I'd hate to see you have to prove your superior spatial awareness skills in a remote tent with Helirico. #MeToo
  21. 6 points
    Hahahaha I find it interesting how instructors with no industry experience can give students with no understanding of this industry advise on it. How can an instructor tell a student what an average day for a Pilot is who is on fires when he’s never been in one himself, Or what it’s like to be in a logging camp flying fallers or engineers, or just what a normal 3 week tour is like. I would agree and say go to a school where the instructors are active or have been active industry pilots. Not just 8000 hours of flying circuits and same pad approach’s and making YouTube videos.
  22. 6 points
    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 operators know what they're doing and when the clients enter a downturn like we've seen in mining and oil and gas over the last 4-5 years, we do the best we can to keep the lights on, pay the staff and support those clients so they remember us when things get better, as they always do. It is so easy to say an operator "low balls" but what does that mean? An Astar only costs about $300 an hour (USD) to operate, not including fuel. The fixed costs are what drive the rates, and that's where tariffs come from. We calculate what all the costs we incur annually are, whether we fly or not (and the pilots and engineers are a massive part of that), target some reasonable hourly target like 400 hrs, factor in the direct operating costs to fly those hours (component reserve, flight pay, running maintenance, etc) and then divide by those 400 hours to get our tariff. For example, after calculating all our costs, a 407 tariff might be $2200/hr. So that tells you the company needs over $800K on an annual basis to break even and hit their profit goal. This is why talking about hourly rates is meaningless if you don't know how many hours, what time of year, etc. When I am asked how much an hour costs, I like to say, "if you only have one hour it's $750,000... if you have 2 hours it's $375,000... and so on". It's for laughs yes, but it's essentially true. If your 407 is not going to get $2200 an hour, which is likely barring BC bursting into flames again, then you need to adjust your hourly targets up as your rates go down. This is mathematical at this point but the key to the whole thing is the client! If I had a dollar for every time an accountant said we need to charge more and fly more I could retire. This is what we strive for always!!! Pretty hard to do when clients are going bankrupt at the rate of several per month as mining juniors were a couple of years ago. The 20+ seismic companies that had 40+ crews working every winter are now single digits with 4-5 crews. One tenth of what it was, but somehow the operators are not running their businesses properly! I'd say by how few operators have gone belly up that most know exactly what they're doing. It's too bad that everyone can't get more guaranteed salary, and that the downturn has caused pilots to leave the industry, but much of what has happened the last few years (since 2008 to be precise) were solidly in the realm of macroeconomic forces. The good news is, those same macroeconomic forces seem to indicate we're entering a definite upturn, with predictions of a 5-year bull market in the mineral exploration side of things. Maybe everyone can get those raises and better schedules soon. Hopefully we don't go out and buy a couple hundred helicopters to dilute the market again, but it'll probably happen, at least on a small scale. If you need to expand your business, buy existing aircraft that are underutilized, please don't import a whole bunch! Sorry OEMs but we're not ready for that yet! HV
  23. 6 points
    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 way to the bank!!!!! The union will, through due process with its members determine what is reasonable pay and if everyone in the nation is on the same page, the owners will have no choice but to pay what we are really worth. In return, all owners will have no choice but to increase their rates and industry will have to pay for it!!! There is always a solution!!!
  24. 6 points
    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 forever grateful that you took the time to write your vitriol and place it in my away kit so I would know just how "f#%ing dumb" I was. There has been some question on this from time to time over the course of my career and your input is truly appreciated. Certainly your time was better spent writing your note than picking up the items and removing them from the landing area. Perhaps if you had stuck around I might have bought you a coffee. In 40 years of flying I have only ever met a small handful of pilots that felt they were above making mistakes (rookie or otherwise) and that maintained a zero tolerance attitude towards the rest of us mortals. I would have enjoyed getting to know you a bit and learning your secrets to achieving perfection. I think that regardless I’ll probably make a few more rookie moves before my enlightenment.
  25. 6 points
    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!
  26. 5 points
  27. 5 points
    You mean to tell us that a nice refreshing Shirley Temple with Ray after 8 hours of bucketing wouldn’t be good enough😳.
  28. 5 points
    Personally, in my business I promote great ideas. Kudus to you for sharing. As much as I use velcro in a few areas, the heat kicks the crap out of adhesives. Keep the great ideas flowing and thanks for sharing the process. Thanks Saifan! Don't let negativity bring you down or prevent you from sharing ideas.
  29. 5 points
    Childish. if you have nothing intelligeable to contribute be quiet.
  30. 5 points
    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!
  31. 5 points
    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 [email protected] 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 teach. Industry knowledge is very important. It’s easy to get a loan from a relative and buy a machine then buy a school. It’s the truly passionate people in this industry who have mopped the floors and cleaned the toilets a thousand times. 5. When your out of school and working keep studying learn FMs and hang around engineers. They are good to talk to. 6. Listen to other pilots and engineers, some like to hear themselves talk and some will take the time to really talk to you and pass on some of their mistakes so you hopefully won’t make the same as them. Im sure someone will chime in about something I’ve said but these are my pointers.
  32. 5 points
    Don't piss Amphibious off too much freck! I don't want him to stop his cook book titled How to Cook A Gourmet Meal While Shopping in a 1982 Poland Grocery Store - The Rainbow Lake Edition.
  33. 5 points
    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.
  34. 5 points
    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. And why not.... Here's my list of why some companies may have trouble finding staff. Hopefully my words will help them change their foolish ways. -Under appreciate / pay full time staff until they leave. -Bad pay / long tours. Have special flight pay, thats impossible to ever collect. -No guarantees, but claim their always busy, so don't worry. -Silly employment contracts, wanting employees to sign away rights. But don't worry we would never do whats in the contract -Don't want employees, only contractors. Who they can sue if anything goes south. Would never try and do that though....honest, just standard stuff -Bonds for PPCs, Bonds for endorsements. -Have old worn out ops manager/owner/CP stuck in the dark ages, same goes for aircraft. -Bad reputation. That means you have to pay more...learn from the past. -Company credit cards never have any funds available. -Require pilots to loan the company money for jet fuel and other operating expenses. Interest on short term loans will never be paid so don't even ask. -CARs/MCM is just an operational suggestion when busy.
  35. 5 points
    https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1597814
  36. 5 points
    I recently returned home to BC after 2 years flying in Nepal. Early in my career I did the 20 hour mountain course at Chinook with KO as my instructor. Much of my flying has been in the mountains, but I was pleased to discover that the Canadian mountain flying techniques work just as well up to 23000’ as they do below 10000’. Thanks KO, R.I.P. Glad I got to call him from Nepal and say thanks for the mountain training before he passed. The good thing about training is you don’t have to learn just by trial and error. I’ve tried that method with bad results, and prefer to learn from others mistakes. So in my opinion if you’re flying in the mountains take the course.
  37. 5 points
    I am sorry but that sounds like a positive post and there is no room on here for that type of attitude, so knock it off!! lol
  38. 5 points
    It’s not about setting up shop and driving anyone under, obviously the point was completely lost with you. It’s that mentality right there is why this industry is where it is. I don’t think that being respected and paid accordingly are crazy attributes to ask for. And if you think those are crazy things to ask for I know exactly the person you are and can only imagine how you have shaped this industry with your great ideas.
  39. 5 points
    the bottom feeder is clear in this case. a little self recognition goes a long way Rico, congrats. Admitting there is a problem is always a good first step.
  40. 5 points
    Couldn’t imagine a living without XHamster.
  41. 5 points
    Pilots sweeping floors, cutting grass, and scrubbing toilets!? ****, no job flying is worth that crap. I drive a semi for Fedex and even we have a maid who comes in every day! Yeah, keep your day job kid, and just rent an R22 and fly for fun on weekends, been doing that for fifteen years now. Commercial aviation sucks balls dude, don't waste your time and money!
  42. 5 points
    Hi all, I have been reading quite a bit about how bad the industry is at the moment and that job prospects are very low. That first sentence should answer your question. The industry is so bad that even the Australians and Kiwis are whining about having there jobs stolen by foreigners.
  43. 5 points
    Trytrytry whatever you decide to do fixed wing or rotary there are pros and cons to both and I would say in the long run they are both satisfying careers. On that note don’t go to a school where the instructor has never worked in the actual industry and posts videos on YouTube about getting into icing and is panicking like a little kid who just lost his parents in the shopping mall. Or tells people in another video if they put avgas in a turbine the engine will quit and they will die. And my favorite is the one when he goes on a long line job and brings his wife with him to watch the gauges, despite knowing (or possibly not cuz of no real industry experience) that only essential crew are allowed on board while conducting external load operations which means they should have at least a license. Except in some rare cases in certain provinces while on forestry in medium category helicopters a fire boss may be on board but I have never seen this. Long story short go to a school where the instructor has spent some time dealing with clients who are good and some who think they know more than the Pilot cuz they have flown a hundred times.
  44. 5 points
    Now that ForeFlight 9 at long last enables User Map Shapes (see https://foreflight.com/support/user-map-shapes/ for more info on this fantastic new feature) I've created the SOPFEU Grid System KML to aid in work with SOPFEU. This includes the 9 subdivided rectangles grid system and the 4 digit main rectangle identifier labeled on the bottom left corner of each rectangle. See the attached PDF for more info on the SOPFEU grid system: User Map Shape is attached in the SOPFEU Grid.ffkml.kml file. Screenshots of ForeFlight utilizing this User Map Shape SOPFEU Grid System.pdf SOPFEU Grid.ffkml.kml
  45. 5 points
    Maybe too many of their pilots have been logging Flight Time in the Air Time column of the Journey logbook 😎
  46. 5 points
    ahhhh the trolls trolling trolls...ain't life beautiful?
  47. 5 points
    Flying for Helijet around 1999-2000. Sitting on the pad ready to go. Me: Harbour tower, Helijet 711 ready to go. Tower: Helijet 711, standby. I wait 2 minutes and call again. Once again I am told to standby. During this time it was very busy in the airspace. Lots of floatplanes coming and going and the Lady in the tower was getting stressed. I wait another 2 minutes and now I am getting antsy because we are on a schedule and leaving 5 minutes late meant a bit of paperwork. Me: Tower, Helijet 711, I am on a schedule here....let's go! Tower (now she sounded angry and stressed): Helijet 711, just let me get this Beaver going and I will get you off! Me: Tower.....ok.... for THAT, I will wait..... 30 seconds of complete silence on the radio..... Tower: Helijet 711, you are cleared for take off....get out of my airspace!!!! Me: Thank you Tower....Have a nice day!
  48. 5 points
  49. 5 points
    The "It's a small industry be careful how you act or treat people" works both ways. Employers are not exempt.
  50. 5 points
    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 back with his mom while I started the helicopter and hovered at the airport. He didn't like the sound of it starting the first time, but that quickly went away. Our second flight was him secured and unattended in the back seat and we flew about 30 minutes. I recorded his reactions in the back for a while for review to see what bothered him. He didn't like the low RPM horn when I tested it the first time... But, now he is fine with it. After about 20 flights in the back, he slowly graduated to the front.
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