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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. 8 points
    Roses are red Violets are blue OpsMobil went tits up and now Great Slave's on their way too.
  4. 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.
  5. 7 points
    Looks like a prime example of someone needing a breathalyzer on your send button.
  6. 7 points
    Start out heli skiing. Sounds great. Maybe some firefighting on the side.
  7. 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....
  8. 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.
  9. 6 points
    Never trust your passenger
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 5 points
    Childish. if you have nothing intelligeable to contribute be quiet.
  17. 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!
  18. 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 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 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 5 points
    https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1597814
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 5 points
    Couldn’t imagine a living without XHamster.
  28. 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!
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 5 points
    Maybe too many of their pilots have been logging Flight Time in the Air Time column of the Journey logbook 😎
  32. 5 points
    ahhhh the trolls trolling trolls...ain't life beautiful?
  33. 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!
  34. 4 points
    There’s a time and a place 83. This guy has been giving away spreadsheets and very handy mods for ForeFlight for a few years now (for free!). The least we could do is show our gratitude by treating him with some respect. Keep it up SP. 👍
  35. 4 points
    That depends on the company. Some may keep dangling that carrot but have no intent on getting you flying. Or can only offer you maintenance and ferry flights, which will take many, many years to build any valuable time that way. Took me almost 5 years of ground crew work before getting a seat. Your best bet is tourism or one of the news helicopters. Instructing isn't really a time building opportunity up here, unlike the States. Vast majority of instructors up here have thousands of hours and many years of operational flying under their belts before moving into instructing.
  36. 4 points
    The industry really is becoming a joke. I am so disappointed the way it has turned .
  37. 4 points
    If only life was that simple for everyone...
  38. 4 points
    "I did just over 20 hours in the southern Rockies in a jet box. It was the most humbling thing I have ever done. I laugh at the 5 hour hac course. I also feel if you have 1000 hours in the rocks you are still far, far from a experienced mountain pilot and potentialy a even bigger hazard because you may be over confident and think your a mountain pilot.. Now, years later I have flown on oxygen in the Andes in Chile and Peru, was base pilot on the continental divide.. I can tell you I still do not feel remotely as experienced as I would like think I am. I still am very humble flying in the rocks, and all I have really learned, is to maintain huge respect for the rocks. There are a lot of pilots that fly in the mountains but few I would call mountain pilots, I am still trying to become a “mountain pilot” " sirlandsalot - with that attitude I would say you can call yourself a Mountain Pilot - well said.
  39. 4 points
    You wouldn’t now you say sitting on your computer trolling a forum, but I bet if they told you to pack your bags you’d be the first one trying to come up with an excuse to not go cuz your cousins, sisters dog is having a tough time transitioning between food brands so you probably won’t be able to go.
  40. 4 points
    Maybe you should fire them a resume, you seem to always have an opinion on everything and everybody. I’m sure you’ll love the 42/5s in the dead of winter in rainbow lake.
  41. 4 points
    At that altitude, weight and temperature, I would use the holy Shyte Graph and hopefully you have a level surface to land on!!!!!!😱 Have fun,Don.
  42. 4 points
    Hey Lindsay, That is a good question to ask if you are not familiar with these types of modifications. The main reason is due to "Lateral C of G" limitations pertaining to the helicopter. Simply put, if one were to put too much weight on the side of the helicopter you could lose control of the helicopter relating to the sideways (or lateral) movement/control. Another very important reason pertains to the structural limitations of the airframe where the cargo basket is attached. Some helicopters have fittings (aka "Hard Points") where equipment may be secured to, and some attach it to existing areas originally meant for other parts of the helicopter such as the Crosstubes (landing gear component) which due to structural analysis would have their own limits. The restrictions or limits assigned to the basket would be taking this into account as well. Hopefully this helps you understand a little bit better.
  43. 4 points
    He’s endorsed on unicorns.
  44. 4 points
    Keep you accounting job!!!
  45. 4 points
    Yeah, you do actually sound like a complete waste of taxpayer funds....
  46. 4 points
    Discovery Air has been living of the Canadian Taxpayer since they were formed, X military types couldn't organize a pi..-up in a brewery if they tried.
  47. 4 points
    Im falling a bit short on the minimum 2,000, 000 barrels per month. Any chance you can lower the requirement to 10?
  48. 4 points
    My dog has his SPH5 size medium up for sale.
  49. 4 points
    Well hopefully it's a new day for this forum, it could be a great place to exchange information in a professional manner. If aircrew could leave their egos at the door and take the high road, maybe it could get on track? I think you both have short memories though, there were plenty of members slinging crap even 10 years ago. I will restrain from mentioning handles, but Vertical Forum Administrators had to remind posters that there were legal ramifications for slander. Here's to hoping we can start on a clean slate and exchange information that benefits all facets of the helicopter industry......
  50. 3 points
    Okay so here is the one about the jumpers. I get told to go to a flying club grass strip to take a dozen idiots up that want to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft. I get there and go thru a safety briefing on what I want them to do so everyone can go home in one piece. I was going to take the back door off on the right side and would take two jumpers at a time. We would go up to 8000 ft and I would slow down to about 40 kts. When I told them it was good to go they would hang the headsets up on the far left side of the ship...undo their seat belts and put the buckle behind themselves and do them up . One at a time they would get out on the right skid and fall off the skid. No diving...just fall off. So we start the show and things were going okay.About the third trip I have one guy that has to be a good 270 pounder and a smaller lady. Also on each trip I had a guy in the front taking pics of this folks jumping. So we get up to 8 grand and I start slowing down...tell them its good to go. Well the smaller woman does as was told...she is gone ...now the big goomer gets out on the side and decides that it would be cool to shimmy up the skid on my side to start waving at me in the front bubble. So now I have this big dope way up front on the skid and the ship goes into a steep right hand dive. He thinks this is great fun. I am yelling at him to get the he## off as we are nearing the red line on the airspeed and passing thru 5000 ft.He finally decides maybe the pilot is getting a bit pissed off and does a back gainer off the skid. So after gaining control of the ship...I AM pissed!. I land and shut down. The other jumpers are wondering what is up as there was going to be at least two trips for each jumper. So here comes the big dumb *** carrying his chute and we get at it. He won't be going again. Not sure how many trips I did that day but at the end I couldn't wait to get home and spin the lid off a bottle of Flora! My advice...don't do skydiving jobs!
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