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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. Uh oh I feel round 2 of BBQ fight club is about to kick off.
    9 points
  5. 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
  6. Will be a great year if they use helicopters to bucket protesters.
    9 points
  7. 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
    8 points
  8. Don’t spend the $40-$60k to get into this garbage industry. If you wanna take owners and managers cr@p and clean toilets for a few years, go work as a janitor at a high school, you’ll probably even make more money. Students have this magic number of 1000 hours that I think the instructors in flight school drill into their heads, but it means nothing cuz you look at requirements now and they are all north of 3000 hours. Getting to 1000 hours just means you’ve got a bunch more years to scrub toilets and be the bit(h in the hangar. You aren’t really “productive” to a company until your are co
    8 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. 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??
    7 points
  14. 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
  15. this kit has the option tailboom folding hardware as well.
    6 points
  16. Low pay, bad schedule, sociopathic owners reminding you of their stack of resumes. So no real change at all.
    6 points
  17. 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
  18. Jeez shakey for someone who hates foreign workers you're pretty keen to steal a local's job in Africa.
    6 points
  19. 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
  20. As a now former employee of HHL, thanks for the kind words. I only lasted 7.5 years at Highland, but there were some of the best of my career. Very good, professional coworkers. Friends. It’s sad to see it all go, but as one door shuts, 5 more open. Here’s to Onward and upward. 🍺
    5 points
  21. 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
  22. Ok I have to ask, how did you know they were hidden if you were not looking for the remotes. Roflmao
    5 points
  23. Or maybe your Mom told you that you are the greatest only for you to find out that you're not. If the instructor was grabbing the controls it's probably cause he or she didn't want to be a statistic. Don't forget you could request a different instructor as you are the customer. Maybe it's time to grow up a bit.
    5 points
  24. “I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” ― Mark Twain
    5 points
  25. Worked there for 3 months one winter. Didn't fly a single hour but had to help the Ahole move house smh..
    5 points
  26. I’m an engineer, so I haven’t worked for him directly. I do know that he was quite civil to deal with and more than a few rocks were turned over by him looking for work. In addition to that, I always remember him going to bat for those under him. Overall, my dealings with him were amicable.
    5 points
  27. If you really want to stir up a hornet's nest, start a thread on companies that SHOULD disappear.
    5 points
  28. Lol, you strike me as the kind of guy who nominates himself for awards...
    5 points
  29. Harmonic Vibe is probably looking for a new job, and hopefully it's in a different industry ....😔
    5 points
  30. If it's a Cdn Griffon, 70% chance they're lost, and circling until their TomTom gets reception.
    5 points
  31. https://www.prairiecoastequipment.com/news/blog/it-starts-heere-how-to-make-a-sandwich-/ Sad to watch this....
    4 points
  32. Enough shite displayed... topic is closed..
    4 points
  33. And this is why pilots die! because some j3rk off tries to impress the clients flying in cr4p weather, not to mention -2 and wet coastal snow so let’s put the icing factor aside. Then another pilot comes in and doesn’t wanna fly cuz it’s below weather minimums and some dumb4ss logger tells you “well Jack did it and it was worse, and I’ve probably got more time in this than you!” Welcome to aviation full of professionalism and backstabbing clowns who will take pay cuts to keep working rather than stand their ground and ask for more money cuz the junk we all put up with. So if anyone knows wh
    4 points
  34. Good thing only pilots over 60 have anything to worry about if they catch the virus. Oh shoot... that’s 95% of the industry...
    4 points
  35. We can make an exception in this case.
    4 points
  36. I'd like to see one day without rain in southern BC.
    4 points
  37. I don’t know where or what beach but a beach close to a town doesn’t constitute a built up area. Maybe if it’s a park or some other reason for being prohibited. I’ve landed on hundreds of beaches.
    4 points
  38. I predict Canucks win the Cup
    4 points
  39. The virus has put all but essential programs on the backburner. Across all of the typical heli revenue streams with the exception of fires. So my predication is: You will see 50-100 machines show up for a sizable fire. As this will be the ONLY revenue stream this year for many operators. Whether things burn or not, I think this year will be the last nail in the coffin for many operators out there. My $0.02, your mileage may vary.
    4 points
  40. The drip torch would be more effective.
    4 points
  41. But you guys still will sell yourselves short. Just to tell the girls you are in the helicopter industry. And get to hang out with the guys who actually fly them.
    4 points
  42. There is a hyd check at idle and at full rpm on the 212. First check is at idle to ensure that if something was wrong with the system (eg:motoring servo) you should be able to overcome the forces. Also at idle, to be overcome forces if the hyds were not enough to override unusually stiff flight controls (possibly mechanical issues with the flight controls eg: minimum frictions set too high or swashplate issues) You wouldn't want to find out you have these issues at full rpm as you may not be able to overcome the flight forces. Next check is at full rpm to ensure that everything functions n
    4 points
  43. Wow, 2002 and we still DON'T miss those two. But with all the helicopter companies falling it will create an surplus of unemployed pilots, AME's which will be seen as a good time to lower wages by the undesirable operators that have managed to survive. Someone on this site said they are hoping for a good fire year, myself I hope it is as bad as it was in 2020 so we can get rid of the rest of the undesirable operates that survived 2020.
    3 points
  44. Yes, I also saw this discussed on another site by fear mongering idiots. TC had to clarify after the sensationalist clickbait started spreading around the web. To keep things simple, any MEDICAL TRIALS will nullify your medical. This could be a trial for the latest "male enhancement" pill or an unproven vaccine of any kind. This whole conversation is pointless as the vaccine is APPROVED and wouldn't be administered en masse if it wasn't, an emergency approval is still an approval.
    3 points
  45. For those that see the need to single out certain individuals in this post and this forum in general, maybe have some empathy for your fellow human beings! It’s easy to sit on your high horse and throw darts, but would you throw those darts if you were face to face with these individuals? I know these individuals well through many years in the industry. Have I seen eye to eye with them on everything through that time? Absolutely not! However, I’ve never felt the need to publicly humiliate them and harass them. Compassion is in short supply these days. I wish everyone the best thr
    3 points
  46. Wonder if CT is sending out colourful resumes or BBQ invites? Is it time to start a poll on Vertical? 🤔 On a side note, I did get a PM from Harmonic_Vibe... it was his phone number... 🤦‍♂️
    3 points
  47. 3 points
  48. Rare courage on a forum diseased with gas lighting cowards, and poor ones at that.
    3 points
  49. Well been awhile since on here. I guess like most the boredom overtook me and began to speak(rip Kenny Rogers). Place has changed somewhat with format and “wins”. Some new names some old. I was pondering what the point of slagging companies and or pilots was? If for example you choose to unwittingly find yourself at a place that you signed on for that sucks because you don’t get a part time job for full time pay you may leave. I have always respected pilots who were upfront with their goals. I asked my buddy Clarence one time what his goal with the company was “work half as much and get pai
    3 points
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