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  1. Then there was the current Harper Government, ask CHL what they think? Wonder whats looks the best travelling back and forth across the country on the back of a Gooseneck?
  2. Curious if anyone one is running any type of Bell Medium difference courses? TC is getting sticky about 204/205 airframe guys working on 212 and VICE VERSA. There have been a couple comapnies out there who have had some in house training course approved, looking for one! Cheers
  3. Big antenov in Vancouver today delivering a couple 61"s. Does anyone know where they have come from?
  4. Did they purchase a 600N for the power project?
  5. Remember the grass might be greener but it's always longer so you can't see the B.S. till you cross the line. Some companies are better then others, as far as I am concerned there mostly all the same. You are number one#1, every company looks out for there best interests and won't hold back. When the season sucks and there isn't alot of revenue, you'll be out the door or getting a pink slip. Do what is right for you, but don't regret your decision down the road.
  6. SMS is coming someday, that will solve everything. NOT! See it time and time again, not pointing fingers at anyone. When parts AKA "BEARINGS" are close to beyond allowable limits they remain in service because OWNERS are to cheap to buy new ones. "GOOD FOR ANOTHER FLIGHT" "CAME IN SERVICABLE, ITS GOOD" famous quotes. Until the people who fix "NEW AMES" and those that fly these birds stand a ground and refuse to sign out the work there will be alot of RISK involved.
  7. Just wondering if anyone has had the privlage of catering to the tall pilots and installing the adjustable T/R pedals in the 407. Putting a set in tomorrow and was wondering if there is much rigging to take place afterwards? I see they make you change the actual pedal angle right off the bat by a couple degrees up front. Cheers
  8. Heard a rumour that the 212 in Afghanistan operated buy a canadian company had to make an emergency landing recently and the locals totalled it once it had landed. Is this true, what about the crew? Thanks
  9. What a GEM! Won't ever be riding in one of those either
  10. WOW! That's pretty bad if someones willing to work for those dollars.
  11. Adding to my last post, My take is this, we 'AMES" are skilled tradesmen and the odd women. Why is it that we work for next to nothing with the responsibility the we carry over our shoulders. If you where to call a plumber to come unplug your toilet he would charge anywhere from 70 to 100 bucks and hour with a min call out fee. Doesn't make much sense that a licensed AME would work for anything less then 35 bucks an hour on any machine for any company. Think its highly unlikely that will change anytime soon.
  12. Your just realizing this now? CHL has been on the low side forever. Surprised they have any bodies to work, but then again I'm not really that surprised. There will always be people willing to work for next to nothing keeping the rates down across the board. 30 bucks shared with the apprentice if you had one to work on a 212, HAHAHHAHA. But then again they are the employeers choice and don't forget it.
  13. My lift pump quit a few months after burning Jet A. Not sure if was the jet or the pump itself as they do have a bad rep in the cummins. Was mixing HOWES diesel conditioner, and 2 stroke outboard motor oil which gives the fuel some colour so you know it's mixed. Since replacing the lift pump, I have continued using the diesel conditioner and outboard oil about 200ml of each if not more per 20 litre jug and never run more jet then 50/50 with regular diesel. Since then there have been zero problems, I do notice a slight power loss but better milage. "Safety come first, better get the water out of the fuel system" Let'er flow
  14. Wow someones a little testy on here!(2007) As stated, I agree with you about setting a fixed rates. I've been hearing talk about it for years and its never happened. How about fixed rates other then forestry or working fires in different provinces. Ontario is the worst, whats with the average crap that operators have been putting up with for years? One reason is there will always be a new company with a single machine who needs to pay the lease on his/her jet box or Astar and keep the bank happy. Do you think the person who owns the machine cares if it's making him money? Thats never going to change givin how many leasing companies there are out there these days. Good luck sitting on spec
  15. MMMMMM, let me think how many helicopters are sitting right now waiting for that first phone call in May or June? Probably alot! As much as I agree with you, that's not very likely of many operators to do. Getting black listed by the government means the last one hired and the first one released. If your machines sit all summer waiting for higher rate then I just might get myself a couple extra 4hrs days working for the compeditor. Cheers Your dreaming!
  16. Interesting! No waiting list eah, sign of things to come I guess. First year apprentice makes about 10-12 bucks and hour. Coast mountain bus company is hiring big time, 30.57$ to change tires, double time for any overtime. Wonder what my guess would be if I was starting out.
  17. longstranger give it a couple years and the bush won't sound so appealing anymore.
  18. Everyone you talk to seems to work out there own deal and wages. I would say go for as much as you can get oviously. One thing to remember is extra's like daily food allowance, away from base pay, who pays for YOUR cell phone the company is using to conduct work, do you get a company visa card to buy fuel and so on? Or is it on your expense until the company decides to pay you back. What about travelling in your on car/truck, whats the rate for Km's or who pays for the fuel. Scheduled rotation at the base and while away, there should be a bonus if you have to stay out longer. These are all important things companies seem to neglect until you show up with your tool box then they tell you the way it is. If they bought you the 205 course don't like them use that against you when it comes time to working out a deal. They oviously like and trust you so they know you are worth investing and keeping around. The good companies out there know if they pay a little more then the guy down the street they won't have an open door where people come and go on a regular basis. I'd say go for 75,000 flat rate, plus all the extra's and flight pay. That's not an uncommon number these days. Cheers
  19. I can't wait to see CHL management in a few years when the contract is up for renewal bidding with the claped out 76a models.
  20. Ya thats kinda changed everywhere, the lip service has reversed roles somewhat because of the situation with the lack of experienced man power.
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