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  1. The Vertical forums are meant to provide for open discussion and dialogue. However, recently certain individuals' posts have sunk to all-time lows. This includes the impersonation of other individuals and fraud. In one case an individual went so far as to post a fake job listing for a company, and impersonate the individual that works at this company. This is libellous and will not be tolerated. We continue to investigate these posts. The individual(s) WILL BE identified and their names and contact details provided to company lawyers for further action. The Vertical Forums used to
    17 points
  2. 16 points
  3. Did a wonderful job at keeping wages low and tours long for sure.
    15 points
  4. OK... that's it.... I think we have reached the usefulness of this thread and I am closing it... if admin, who is higher on the chain than me want's to re-open it, have at it... but as far as I am concerned, we're done... let's expend the same energy in supporting the family of our brother from Black Tusk... That's way more important...
    13 points
  5. I see you are not willing to put your name on here the way you are talking about us old guys and Delta helicopters.... I wonder if this is why you have a screen name like yours. Check with lots of us old guys that got endorsements from Delta, I got a medium endorsement and lots of us got a start in this industry because of Delta.....did some of them work on the ground for a few years..... yes they did.... but they got flying which this thread is about. I went back to Delta 2 yrs ago again after 20 years because I know that Delta can afford to fix anything that may go wrong with an ai
    13 points
  6. Wow, a lot of pissed off people here!... Yes the industry is in the toilet. Not sure how a jr pilot would get going now let alone get through client hour requirements. But someone will have to figure out something. I guess left seat mentoring would be possible in a medium or bigger but will be a lot harder to do in a light aircraft. After 20 years I can say I still love flying! I was well informed of what I was getting into before I started and can thank RDM for that. I'm not saying its all peachy but some of those buckets and outhouses have been in some pretty cool places and I've gotte
    12 points
  7. It’s simple - bills. We’re trapped. imagine if you will, making an $80,000 salary. This is hypothetical mind you. People will argue that it’s too high or too low but here’s the point: could you start over? Not me. I have a mortgage, kids and tons of other things that rely on this wage. Sure you could say that I could cut back and start over. Have a drive down to the grocery store and see if you could cut back. The long and the short of it is that we ruined this industry just as surly as operators did. I know a pair of operators in Fort Mac that started just fine. Treated th
    12 points
  8. Bell Medium pilots are taken care of then.
    11 points
  9. 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??
    11 points
  10. Hi GrayHorizons, I’m sorry to hear about your mother. I hope she sees the other side of cancer as a survivor. I agree with everything in your post but I would add one thing. Should your mother require a hospital stay(god forbid) I would hope that everyone would do their civic duty to get vaccinated. That way, your mother, along with all the other people unfortunate enough to have to use our health case system, have a bed and staff to help her. We are a community, we should be thinking of our neighbours. This pandemic has shown me how selfish and broken we all are. I
    10 points
  11. 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
    10 points
  12. Meh. If they can sue over statement of facts then I’ll expand. He sure did a wonderful job of advancing careers of non Canadians as well.
    9 points
  13. The fact of the matter is that the thought process isn’t Old School, it is just the way life is. Most of us researched the industry and accepted the fact we may have to be ground crew first and then hopefully our work ethic would eventually get us that coveted seat. I know it is taught in school Now days that you are entitled to 6 figures and a CEO position right away but the reality Is that teachers have a very distorted view on how the world works (They are big believers in socialism,right up until bargaining time) My suggestion is do your research first before getting into any career. This
    9 points
  14. I love how the people in this forum (predominantly pilots and engineers) who have absolutely zero experience in the medical field either as a researcher or medical professional feel the need to try and express their minuscule intellect in a field in which they have nothing to do with. It’s kinda like when a customer says “I’ve got more time in this machine than you!” And the pilot gets mad and complains about it. Maybe let the people who have studied this stuff for more years than your tiny brain has been working for do their job. I’ve been flying for over a decade now and wouldn’t take adv
    8 points
  15. Hi everyone As everyone all ready has heard we lost a great guy. Heath was truly a HELICOPTER PILOT... I wanna ask everyone to take a minute of silence this Sunday before you start you next mission or night maintenance. Let HEATER have one more go.... please pass onto as many people as you can Jason Rand
    8 points
  16. I disagree that the forum should be taken down. I think that the members must use their real names forbthe profile as I believe that will stop the abuse we have seen here in the past. Dan Stewart
    8 points
  17. 90% of the pilots I respect as professionals and can only wish to be equal too, don’t take part in these forums anymore. Just the bitter people that are pissed off with the industry. I come on once a month to see what’s new, and it’s the same group of people complaining about everything, arguing and insulting each other.
    8 points
  18. Has anyone spitting MSM talking points here bothered to look at data from countries ahead of us in the vaccination? Seems like a common sense thing to do, no? Israel, UK, Iceland, state of Hawaii, Gibitar? Etc Etc. Heres a hint, they are all doing worse (cases and hospitalizations) then before the vaccines even existed. Thats where Canada will be very shortly. And the brainiacs here will allow the TV to convince them that even though 85% of canadians are vaxxed, its the unvaccinated causing all the worlds problems🙄. You don't need to be a doctor, or even have a grade 3 education
    7 points
  19. While we're at it, I think all the under age 12 kids, who can't get the vaccine shot, should be rounded up and put into concentration camps...that way we can help make all the pussies feel better about leaving their houses. Seriously, get a grip...this isn't Ebola. That, or just nuke all the cities from orbit
    7 points
  20. I thought you said cheap? That’s about $1000 in lumber alone.
    7 points
  21. Personally, I may be a loser, but I check in about 2-3 times a day on this forum, mainly because that's how often I run through my online media and investment sites. I like this forum, mainly because as a retired pilot I have very little contact with others from the industry, and I miss the contact. Articles like Bladestrike's ferry trip make up for all the nasty, stupid, and outrageous posts the idiots make on here, and I for one would not like to miss another quality piece like that. Lastly, as I get on in years, as sad as it is, I do appreciate hearing about fellow aviator
    7 points
  22. I have been away for a while as well. I got tired of reading stupid things that cowards would say as they hide in anonymity. I say keep the forums but as Dan said, you post, you post under your real name. This can be a useful and informative place as well as a good place to keep in touch with friends. 412driver aka Rob Dyck
    7 points
  23. Maybe just not stupid enough. Just because you don't agree calling out some bad operators doesn't mean they shouldn't be called out. These same companies have no problem throwing a guy under the bus when they quit or call them out. Had one friend quit to go fly closer to home and the managers called the new company and the new company changed their minds. If your ok with that Normy then your a special kind for sure.
    7 points
  24. I'm about done with this, gang... i'll let the thread go a couple of more days and and if we don't get anything new or relevant, it WILL be closed... no more slagging or insulting... lets be the professionals we say we are... 😣
    6 points
  25. Very sad news morning for the Helicopter world. Richard Alzetta passed away this morning at Foothills hospital in Calgary. Next to his family, Richard’s passion in life was flying in the mountains and passing his knowledge off to aspiring helicopter pilots. Anyone who flew with knows how much he loved to fly. He was an integral part of the success of Mountain View Helicopters and a mentor to many. He will be missed immensely. RIP my friend.
    6 points
  26. This is a bit like saying "you shouldn't criticize the provincial fire agencies for their tactics, they are the real professionals! Early morning water drops are fake news!"
    6 points
  27. For those of you flying today in Alberta or with access to Alberta Forestry radio. At approximately 1530 for the afternoon weather briefing a moment of silence will be observed for Heath. Andrew
    6 points
  28. Remember that if you ever have one of "them" drag your gluteous maximus out of what's left of your "office"!! Just sayin'...
    6 points
  29. With the Astra Zeneca controversy going on I just read that our fearless Idiot in charge says we should just take it and be happy. Well let's start with Ontario and Quebec first. They trusted him on a self balancing budget, so what could possibly go wrong with actual science?
    6 points
  30. 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
  31. this kit has the option tailboom folding hardware as well.
    6 points
  32. The pilot was a dear friend and will be greatly missed. He was a mentor when i was a 100hr idiot and went out of his way to train me on and off the job. He kept me alive when I took my first job overseas as a 200hr driver, one that I was gloriously under qualified for, shitting my self daily, being always available for a phone call and advice. Many of the tips and tricks I share today with our younger pilots I learned from him. Still very hard to believe he's gone. One of the most capable and experienced pilots I have ever had the good fortune to know.
    5 points
  33. It will be interesting to see what those folks in the aviation business, that are adamantly against the vaccine will do? New career path? 25 days to make the big decision.
    5 points
  34. I let it go because people want to talk about it, whether you like it or not. If you're done with it, quit reading the thread.
    5 points
  35. Grayhorizon sorry to hear about your mom’s condition. I know two people that have lost a loved one due to COVID-19. One had a preexisting health conditions, the other did not. It can be very frustrating and hurtful to the families that have lost someone and have to keep seeing conspiracy theories about covid all day long everywhere you look. So for everyone that uses the internet for your own personal research. You may want to learn how big tech and free internet services work and have evolved. You may want to ask yourself how big tech and social media make billions of dollars o
    5 points
  36. It is 100% your choice to get the jab or not. Those of us who have gotten the jab will not miss those of you who choose not too. Because, you all will be on this forum whining about all the things you are not allowed to do anymore. And you will be screaming it is your right that has been taken away. But when you finally realize it was your choice to not get the jab and then realize the rest of the world doesn't want to be near you because it is our right to protect ourselves from this virus. This will be one of the few places you will be allowed to be and of course the hospital.
    5 points
  37. Lol, says the person too ignorant to learn about anything outside their little daily work bubble.... (P.S. Who else did you really think would be in a helicopter forum besides pilots and engineers?)
    5 points
  38. My wife at her job has had both a client and a staff member test positive and the staff member is in the hospital currently... we are both double psizered.... get the stupid shots and quit b****ing... just IMHO....
    5 points
  39. Not interested. It's coercion.
    5 points
  40. Feed a few politicians through a wood chipper and watch all talk of covid disappear quickly.
    5 points
  41. Many moons ago....landed in the median of the Alaska Hwy, in the middle of Ft St John. Shut down and walked over to the McDonalds to buy a hot lunch to bring back to my wireline crew across the Peace River. As I was walking back to the machine with my hands full with bags of burgers and fries a cop pulled up. Asked me what the heck I was doing? I said: "hitting the fly thru".... He laughed out loud then said: "get the heck outta here and don't do that again!" It paid to fly Santa for the cops every year... 😉
    5 points
  42. RIP to one of the pillars of rotary wing aviation in western Canada. He was admirable in skill, kindness, and personality. What awful news. Condolences to both his immediate family and his Yellowhead family. Baker
    5 points
  43. positive re-enforcement works like a charm. and you should be thankful, sometimes those knots are complicated for a driver. a beer is a cheap reward I'd do it for a Lucky.
    5 points
  44. They think that you owe them beer if they help untie your machine. They don’t need encouragement.
    5 points
  45. Very sad news. A real mentor for so many of us, global experience with countless hours and an amazing, genuine passion for helicopters . A person whom I hold the highest respect for, wish I could have thanked you one more time. You will be missed Richard, and thank you for the influence you had on all of us.
    5 points
  46. 5 points
  47. We all do, but that right there is what operators have always preyed on.
    5 points
  48. Yeah you’re right. Bad burrito the industry is great, good tours, over the top pay, tons of opportunities for new pilots. Pm Vortex he probably has that left seat position ready for you. No cleaning hangars for you, you should have all your hours in the first six months For all the clients demands. No sacrifice and home every night. Is that better bud?
    5 points
  49. I have been in the industry for close to 20 years and I still enjoy it.... most of the time. But it is near impossible to get a start today as a low time guy due to client requirements and the ease of just hiring an experienced guy.
    5 points
  50. 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
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