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  1. I worked in Africa(Nigeria,Mozambique, Gabon, South Africa as well as Abu Dhabi and also Kazakhstan. Pay was good and the rotations were either 4/4 or 6/6 depending on where the work was and which company i was with in Africa The rotation in Abu Dhabi was 8/4 but the money was still good. Most of the work was 212/412/AW139.
  2. The Carson blades cost $250000us/piece. VIH/Cougar/VIHCougar(US) have put these blades on all their 61s as it is a requirement to fly in the US on fires. rh350
  3. Pretty sure the AW139 will do it! Loads of power with the PT6C-67Cs......
  4. BO105 crash in Indonesia yesterday. OUCH!!!!! http://vtolblog.com/?p=1082
  5. I do believe it's a marketing tactic! Saw another thread on another forum saying the same thing and telling people to contact Westpoint! I have been signing out "L" models on my 206 endorsement for years now with no problems! rh350
  6. Had it confirmed to me this morning that a Gulf Helicopters AW139 lost its tailboom while taxiing for takeoff yesterday. No other details at this time. rh350
  7. I started out on lights, 206 and Astar, which were easy to learn on and not much maintenance, then moved onto the S61 where the work was much more involved, currently i am working on the AW139 and i gotta say it has to be the easiest machine yet to work on, with the exception of a few areas. Basically we perform 25, 50, 150, 300hrs with not much maintenance and once you hit the 600hr you will start to do alittle more. In fact you don't touch anything on the engines until 600, although we do 50hr bleed valve cleanings, 25hr comp. washes. The pay with the lights was always ok, and the work was always less than the guys on the mediums. In fact a number of summers i worked on jobs with 2 Astars and was making more than the medium engineers and half the work. Pay on the 61 was definately better than the lights, with an increase in workload to go with it. The contract i'm on with the 139 is by far the best money yet for the work performed. rh350
  8. Terrible news, sending my condolences to everyone involved. Worked with VIH before and made many friends with the guys/gals from Cougar. My heart aches for them all right now. Keep your heads up................ rh350
  9. Helicopter crashes, two people hurt Richard Watts, Times Colonist Published: Friday, October 17, 2008 Two men were injured in a helicopter crash at the Victoria International Airport during a training flight Friday. Sidney RCMP said the helicopter went down at 11:20 a.m. in a field in the 9800 block of Willingdon Road. The field was outside the airport security fence, but on property owned by the Victoria Airport Authority. The two men on board, an instructor and a student pilot, were both injured. Both were conscious immediately following the accident and both talked with rescue workers. Upturned helicopter rests in field at south end of Victoria airport after accident.View Larger Image View Larger Image Upturned helicopter rests in field at south end of Victoria airport after accident. Adrian Lam Email to a friendEmail to a friendPrinter friendlyPrinter friendly Font: * * * * * * * * AddThis Social Bookmark Button One of them, was trapped inside the chopper and freed by firefighters from the airport and North Saanich. Both men were transported to hospital by ambulance with serious injuries. According to witnesses, the two men were identified as Coast Helicopter College instructor Wayne Goodridge and student Richard Yuen. Coast Helicopter College could not be reached for comment. But trainee pilot Mike Zazulak said in a telephone interview yesterday afternoon from Yuen's hospital room that his friend appeared to be doing well. "He's in good spirits," said Zazulak, 27. "He's a champ. He's making jokes and everything." Zazulak said he saw the helicopter dropping quickly before it was obscured behind a building. The chopper was over an area where trainee pilots practise coming down without power, a manoeuvre called "autorotation," so he didn't initially expect anything was wrong. It wasn't until he saw emergency vehicles speeding to the scene that he realized there had been an accident. Another trainee, Andy Hatfield, 23, said he was in class when the helicopter went down. Hatfield said when he arrived at the scene he saw the tail boom was broken off and the skids and blades were bent. Terry Stewart, airport director of development and operations, said reports indicated the craft dropped 100 metres, bounced twice and flipped twice on hitting the ground before coming to rest on its side. Stewart said the exercise took place over a farm field set aside for training on the southern side of the airport lands. "This is all designed with a potential accident in mind," he said. Stewart said airport firefighters, North Saanich firefighters and four ambulances and RCMP all responded to the crash quickly. With no fire, emergency workers were able to carefully free the two flyers. Meanwhile, the Transportation Safety Board has to yet to determine what level of investigation they will bring to bear on the accident. Bill Yearwood, regional manager for the TSB, said his agency will first interview the pilot and determine the direction of the investigation from there. Despite the accident, trainee Hatfield said he remains determined to finish his pilot-training course. "I'm going to stick with it and keep flying," said Hatfield. "As long as we know accidents happen, it keeps your cockiness down."
  10. The students initials are RY and the instuctors are WG. Talked to a buddy of mine early this morning and he is heading to the hospital to see W**** today. He is apparently allowed visitors. rh350
  11. If anyone has a name or initials of the instuctor can you please pm me. thanks, rh350
  12. They are both Cougar machines that are going to be in Australia. They are going to be doing offshore stuff.
  13. Yep, AW139's, S76's, AS350B3's, Bell 407's, S92's, EC135's, EC145's. Right now we have the newest S92 sitting in Victoria for various mods and such. A few weeks ago we sent the first S61 to Melbourne, and the second will be joining it at some point this year. Definately no shortage of work here. rh350
  14. Working because I choose too, I can't stand Chrismas. There is too much going on in the hanger anyways, doing a 350FX2 conversion as well have a brand new 407, brand new S92 and 3 61's in for work. RH350
  15. I am doing the S61 type course in January and I know that it is Transport Canada and Sikorsky approved. I don't know if Laurie has got a website though. You can try calling her. 604-271-HELI(4354). hope this helps.........rh350
  16. Yeah, I talked to Laurie today as she is running a S61 course in January I am trying to get on. She also mentioned she is running a 212 course in December as well as a Astar course. Give her a call...........rh350
  17. Ahh good old Richard Dreyfuss. Had the pleasure of working with him a number of years ago. Always a fun guy to be around...................rotorhead350
  18. I have a friend who went over to Airborne this spring who has over 1000 hours on the 26. He was lured over there to fly the support ship............rh350
  19. I remember visiting you and your 206 every once in a while in Rainbow to do some maintenance a few years back. Oh those were the days. Man, what a s***hole that place is. It was always a pleasure to work with you Phil. Scott
  20. I know the fixed-wing convert you are talking about and he was not the one to call Transport on the operator. In fact I believe a certain female pilot working for said operator is married to a Transport inspector. Plus the fact that this operator has had run-ins with Transport in the past, it was only a matter of time before they returned...............rh350
  21. I personally have no time for unions. I think they are a complete waste of time and money. In fact, if we ever got a union I would seriously consider leaving the industry...........rotorhead350
  22. I can confirm that an Astar did go down and that all 4 occupants walked away from the crash after an engine overspeed. The a/c settled into 60 ft. trees. Other than that not much else to report right now...................
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