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  1. 16 points
  2. It was brought to my attention that an operator here in Canada has found a great and unique way of recycling their Survival Kit Contents. The contents that are being replaced - still good and very usable - are being donated to the Ukrainian Church in their area and being gratefully accepted and will be shipped over to the Ukraine. So if you are going thru your survival kits and looking to refresh them this maybe a great way to help keep them out of the garbage and headed in a direction where they can be utilized by humans that are having a tough time of it right now.
    15 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...
    14 points
  5. I’m a pilot so I have no experience with engineers pay scales, but I do have a lot of experience as a Heavy equipment fitter/manager in the mining industry in several countries - as a comparison of industries, I would consider a “flight pay” equivalent in the mining industry to be absolutely ludicrous! Using the “ flight pay” model - If the equipment doesn’t run due to weather/operators calling in sick or it’s down for maintenance then the maintenance staff get paid less - stuff that! Bonehead operator breaks it so I get paid less while I’m fixing it - stuff that! In effect, operators are only
    11 points
  6. The vaccination was never sold to me by my doctor as being a prevention for catching CV19, it was sold as means of boosting my immunity so that if/when I did catch it I wouldn’t get seriously ill or require hospitalisation. It makes sense to me that the higher the percentage of the population who are vaccinated, the higher the percentage of people who catch CV19 will have received 1 or more doses. Regarding the insinuation that you’re more likely to die if you have been vaccinated, have a look at the age brackets for the deaths - the older you are the more likely it is that the disease will ki
    11 points
  7. New managment, psychotic owner, trying to operate as cheaply as possible because lack of work. A tale as old as time
    11 points
  8. 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
    11 points
  9. 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 !
    10 points
  10. Hahahahahaha good luck with that! That dude with small man syndrome won’t ever relinquish the only power he’s got in his life! STAY AWAY
    10 points
  11. I think most people are getting tired of the same old rhetoric.. the response to the attempt of the joke thread kind of says it all.... how many more ways can you say/point to/allude to the same attestation.... i really think we are getting close to the end of this thread's usefulness...i will give it to mid-week and if no new dissertations, then it will be closing time... for those who cry what gives me the right to do that?? I'm a moderator... nothing more, nothing less... just at 24 pages, it's all been said... Mike, Admin.. feel free to jump in here and back me or remove me...
    10 points
  12. 27 years in and ready to move on. The absolute worst thing about being a helicopter pilot is the lack of home life (like being home every night). Don't get me wrong, the experience from High Arctic to Sunny Tropics has been amazing. But then we get old and possibly lonely and I even wonder if it was worth it. Would never do it again if I could start over.
    10 points
  13. 38 years and counting, some 40 different countries - plenty of long line and fires, years of EMS, a decade of offshore off the East coast in some very challenging weather, plus summers and winters in the Arctic, military support in unmentionable and dangerous places, SAR both coasts of Africa and in South America, a few years kicking around the Caribbean... The experiences I've had, the challenges I've overcome, the people I've met - would not change a single thing. Best life there is.
    10 points
  14. 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
    10 points
  15. Covid is just the distraction, while we struggle with masks or not, vaxx or not, employment or not our elected officials and bureaucrats behind the curtain are quietly removing our private property rights, our right to travel, our right to assemble, our ability to use cash money and bringing in digital id and digital currency, TOTAL ENSLAVEMENT ! Until the people wake up and you impact the World Economic Forum affiliated politicians and big businesses that run government and are supporting and driving the lock downs, nothing is going to change. Covid is the mechanism by which they are destroy
    10 points
  16. 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
    9 points
  17. It is for sure a thankless industry but the company I've been for 8 years of my career with has always treated me with respect. That alone has gained my loyalty. Are they perfect? No, but being treated well shouldn't be a rarity. The company before this one wouldn't even say good morning to me in the hangar and it didn't help they loaded their maintenance side with pilot haters. (Never understood that mentality) My current companies engineers are top notch fun humans. It isn't hard to be friendly you guys who are constantly looking for people should try it out for one season and see how many g
    9 points
  18. Alberta Forest Service, or whatever they are calling themselves this week. Day basing. Averaged Mins. Non Precision Approaches. Dunker training. Non Revenue repositioning flights. Paper maps. My old Gentex SPH-5 helmet. Black flies chewing me under the ear cups of my SPH-5 helmet. Anything that contains Deet. Warm Kool Aid, because the overhead crew took all the cold soft drinks. Trying to get some sleep at 3:00 am when the sun is still shining, heating up the tent like a sauna. Still too much to list!
    9 points
  19. People who blindly trust government, the biggest killers of people throughout history. Also, tipping up fuel drums, bed bugs, cross country commutes, passive aggressive co-workers, unsupportive management, searching for and running for gates at terminals between flights, -49*C, being given the biggest piece of junk machine in the fleet and then getting crap when it breaks down, there's got to be more!
    9 points
  20. So there I was watching a storm outside from the comfort of inside the nice warm hangar. I had told my wife I wasn’t flying till the afternoon, it was forecasted to be calm by said time. The boss comes in and human factors me in a despicable fashion to push out and head to site. He was required to be apart of the days flight for sign off purposes for our client. We go flying and dramatically end up upside down in a forest. Jet fuel pouring on me with an engine still running kind of thing, leg trapped and can’t get it out. Ughhh I still relieve that day while in the shower, every single shower
    9 points
  21. Two weeks to flatten the curve... 100 weeks later and still nothing different. Why the masks? There is plenty of information out there about how masks are not effective against Covid 19 but still the government persists. Begs the question why? One only has to look at the psychological effects of wearing masks and how it isolates people and how that effects their mental health. I for one am glad the truckers have done what the doctors and other government workers should have done almost two years ago but they betrayed the majority of us for their paycheck. Why are they so **** bent on g
    9 points
  22. 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
  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
    8 points
  24. Sitting in Ontario, waiting for the fire season to start... Just got a call from my wife... She received a very nice gift from the company along with a hand written note from the boss thanking her for her support. It was nice to see a company acknowledge the fact that often there is someone at home waiting while we are away for weeks at a time.
    8 points
  25. I remember when I started out..."shortage of pilots" they all said. That seems to be the meme of the industry as I've heard it for years. They never correct it by inserting the word "experienced". But that is not the point of this post. As I have gone through my contract negotiations for this year and speaking with other pilots I have come to realize that this will seriously show itself this year. Companies are and will be parking aircraft because they just cannot find experienced vaccinated pilots. My contract demands this year would have been scoffed at just a few years ago. Not this year. M
    8 points
  26. I agree. It’s getting crazy to keep up with all the paperwork. Alot of the management types are too much to take anymore. I gave up on what was once a great job.
    8 points
  27. Those numbers are going to keep on going down with all the BS that is required every year to do recurrent training...I still have my pilot and engineers licenses and medical but I am not interested in rewriting 80 hrs of exams and then doing recurrent flying on every type and then doing ppc ....tc is bringing those numbers down! I haven't flown for 3 years now and probably won't bother anymore with all the BS...I wonder how many of those on that list are doing the same and sitting at home!
    8 points
  28. Those 16+ hour shifts wrenching aren't worth the risk. Had some close calls and got lucky that nothing major happened. You will miss things and make mistakes. There's human factors requirements for a reason, and yes it's all relevant... But it's almost like you have to be there or see it/live it for it to sink in though. The theory can sometimes only get you so far.
    8 points
  29. I can second that! flew into Wawa in light snow, took on fuel and hummed and hawwed about the weather and continuing on and after a waiting for a "break" in the weather fired up and headed south. That trip, even in those little hills haunts me to this day, crawling along in very poor vis (but still half mile of course) i made it to Eliot Lake with MINUTES TO SPARE before legal dark AND my GPS died three miles back, thank God for the runway lights, like a Christmas tree in the distance to guide me home. Thankfully the lady who ran the terminal had heard my radio call and had turned on the l
    8 points
  30. Keep at it. You will get there. There is nothing better than pulling up to the bar and telling chicks you fly helicopters.
    8 points
  31. In the last 2 years, i've been to the hospital many times. Surgeries, post surgeries, child birth, child broken leg and our hospital has been underwhelmed every time I was there. That said, here is the statistics for beds available per capita now and in the past. It's eye opening and only will get worse with the aging boomer generation as they fill those available beds. Point fingers wherever you want, but don't ignore the fact that beds per capita have been on the decline for decades. https://www.statista.com/statistics/831668/density-of-hospital-beds-canada/
    8 points
  32. 8 points
  33. 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
  34. I think the most common “carrot” these days is a schedule.
    7 points
  35. I was thinking of the low time guys that may be on IA. Long before an helco shows up. But I like the way you think a Helco would actually make a decision before a town is gone. Burn up a few towns and get an open cheque for a new budget. But this is another story. For now let's keep the lower time people aware of the dangers of fast moving water while using a bucket. So if you have a low timer on the crew point this out to them and give them some of your knowledge.
    7 points
  36. Just wondering where Contrail got the authority to dictate a how many hours a helicopter pilot needs to have to be safe enough to fly in Canada? Also how can they dictate what is too old of an airframe to be allowed to fly? I would like to see the credentials that allow them to have this kind of power. The Canadian pilot shortage is here right now and their restrictions has been a major cause for this. Time for operators to dig in their heels and supply the industry with factual statistics to show who is safe and who is a hazard and come up with a solution to allow low time pilots to get back
    7 points
  37. If you're trying to be funny, don't quit your day job.
    7 points
  38. I always joked when people would ask me about the cost of a Helicopter I was flying, and after breaking it down to them on an cost per hour, I re-iterated the fact that the cheapest component of the helicopter was the pilot.
    7 points
  39. What do you think you're worth? Name your price, no harm in asking. The worst they can say is "no".
    7 points
  40. Ya got all that from one phone call? I didn't think Pool pilot's advice would pay off!
    7 points
  41. Alright buddy, enough already. A fellow pilot got hurt and it’s serious. So either donate or take your bull$hit back to the jab part of this forum, and get some help.
    7 points
  42. If you have to ask this question you have been working with your eyes closed! I hate to say it but I have seen numerous pilots that over indulged on some pops. I’ve seen people stay up all night drinking, people passing out with the lights on and clothes on getting up then jumping into the helicopter. Pilots drinking 10+ beer every night is excessive. Would you rather fly with someone who smoked weed last week or someone who drank 15 beer last night and is hungover!! Tell me who is the safer pilot!
    7 points
  43. This is the one worth flighting for. .....or perhaps your version of a fight is getting your "preferred pronoun" recognized.
    7 points
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. I thought you said cheap? That’s about $1000 in lumber alone.
    7 points
  47. The west coast...... heli-logging..... the weather is going down the tube... the crane parks due to weather........ then they say....... go get the crew..... you pick up 3 in Jet box..... you lift up over the trees .... the windows fog up...(it was a cloud ....and fogged up windows).....(you don't need the heater it is summer time when asked about getting it fixed).... you loose visual reference.... the guy in the back yells...HEY..... you look over your left shoulder and see you are moving backwards toward the rock face...... you nose it over .... you can see below the cloud thankfully......
    6 points
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