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  1. It's been that way for quite some time. If you are not logged in, certain categories have been limited to members only for a while.
  2. I've had a blade pocket lift on a 61, that was bad enough. Cannot imagine the ride these folks had.
  3. http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/guard-reserve/2014/12/10/guard-pilot-blackhawk-crash/20160877/?sf34537477=[%271%27]
  4. If you are refering to the liners under the helmet, I have known a few pilots that have purchased welder caps at Princess Auto. Very inexpensive and do the trick. It's not a fashion show as they are under your "lid". They sell them individually or in packs of 24. Cheers, BG
  5. Deepest condolences to the colleagues and families involves. It has been a while since I worked and lived in Terrace. B Garnhum
  6. http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120117/bc_rcmp_helicopter_crash_120117/20120117/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome#.TxYTty7jofU.facebook
  7. Very sad indeed. A great pilot and person lost.
  8. That makes sense. It would certainly lack power if the rings were worn as badly as expected.
  9. Indeed, After draining a main tank in an S61 a number of years back, in order to do a boost pump change, we poured the drained fuel into the aft tank of the Chevy pickup truck that was used to haul around the Grumman ops trailer. The base manager of that particular base informed us that they still used Jet B so that tank was used sparingly and was given a few quarts of ATF (for lube) until it could be burnt off and topped up with diesel. Jet B has a fair bit of Naptha in it. Naptha is "white Gas" or better known as BBQ lighter fluid. It lights off better at high altitudes, burns cleane
  10. Is Lucille a 64F? I flew support for an F model in 1998 but I cannot recall the name on her nose.
  11. This is the last Skype image I have of Dev as he was asking "Are you drinking my son under the table tonight Bob?" Jim and I were having a good time that evening and chatting to Dev and Sherry always topped off the night. Rest in peace my friend. Taken way too soon. Bob Garnhum
  12. Some of my fondest and sometimes scariest memories are while flying in that area years ago. Beautiful country but sometimes very unforgiving. My deepest sympathies to my fellow VIH colleagues and to the families involved. Certainly a bad day for all of us.
  13. Be nice to your fellow pilots on a job site, no matter who they work for, you may very likely work with them again as co-workers. I spent a long time with Canadian but twice I gave hangar space to a VIH machine when they were stuck in town due to freezing rain or heavy snow. A few days ago I shook Ken Norie's hand for the first time after having been his employee for the past 18 months. Fourteen years ago we were stuck with an unserviceable JetRanger and one of VIH's AME's loaned me a CECO FCU to keep me going until our supplies came in three of four days later. Those were the good
  14. Yes indeed, with geologists especially. "For every ten pounds of fuel you burn off, they'll try to load twenty pounds of rocks!" - Dick Wood (RIP)
  15. Another thing to keep you in the good books with the engineer. Loosen the friction on the flight controls, be it a 206 or a 61, the physics is the same. If friction is applied, don't force the controls.
  16. Tell him that it saved his sorry arse from trekking into the bush to fix it. I've never had a scowling glare for saving them from blackfly bites.
  17. Excellent Deuce, Another thing folks don't think of is tightening the bungs. I have often followed pilots on a job where they overtighten to the point of destroying the rubber seal. All four drums had a few litres of water in them. The oil companies suggest finger tight, then a quarter turn to compress the seal. That'll keep it water tight, especially if the drum is set in such a way so that the bung is not submersed.
  18. Be careful using a piece of zip tie. A great short term fix but the GPI shear pin is designed to do just that, shear when something jams it. Kind of like Archie Bunker putting a penny into a fuse box. The shear pin allows the pump to break free and not jam the electric motor which could cause any number of problems, one of which you would not want happening on top of a fuel drum next to a multimillion dollar helicopter. If you have to use the piece of zip tie, let the AME know as soon as you get back so that it can get fixed properly. I spent a few months overhauling GPI pumps and simi
  19. A few other things. Never be too proud to take advice, even if you know the information, there are a lot of ways to do a task and your instructor's was only one of them. Never say "I know", once you do that, good people will stop giving you good advice. If you ask for advice, take it and try to use it. If you are new to a hangar, try to leave it in better shape than you found it. This is especially true with the AME's tools. I always asked first and always cleaned anything before returning it, they'll say yes next time. If an engineer is busy trying to get you serviceable, offe
  20. Traveling around as a pool pilot I would often find myself in a hotel that had little or no restaurant or cooking facilities. A small George Foreman Grill and a small kettle is often all I needed to make a decent snack late in the day or early in the morning. On the flying side, a wise former boss once told me that whatever I do on the job, follow the Ops Manual as closely as practical but if I had to stray from it, first imagine myself defending my actions in court if something goes wrong. I haven't touched a GPI pump in over ten years but I still have a spare shear pin in my license
  21. In the past, I have used welding caps from Princess Auto or Canadian Tire. http://www.princessauto.com/surplus/miscellaneous-surplus/miscellaneous-surplus/8146011-assorted-doo-rags Usually cotton, cheap and easy to clean or replace. RH
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