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  1. Yes, Ultra was just outside Grimshaw. Black Swan is also just south of Grimshaw and had a base in Manning. There was another operator in Manning too, but I've forgotten the name.
  2. By 1988, Maple Leaf had been bought out by Ranger. I started there in 1987.
  3. I started with Ranger in 1987 after they had just bought out Maple Leaf. In 1988, Sealand bought Okanagan and became Canadian, and they also bought out Ranger.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the difference between 'retorque ' and 'torque check'. I'll see if i have an entry to share tomorrow.
  5. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/32919/pilot-takes-amazing-images-of-area-51-and-tonopah-air-base-while-skirting-restricted-airspace
  6. It says free on Kindle. $17.01 for actual paperback.
  7. I've spent the last 2 weeks driving back and forth from Vancouver to various Alberta bases to carry out routine maintenance. Sounds like this may be the norm this summer. I'm speculating that helicopters may be used for bucketing only, or moving minimal crews. Will be an interesting summer for sure.
  8. Be up front with a potential employer as to what your career ambitions really are. Ideally, fly in the summer, wrench in the winter, stay employed all year around.
  9. Away from base: $100/day Per diem: $60/day Incidentals: Cell phone use and laundry: $5/day My previous employer didn't have an away from base, but gave us $75/day per diem. We could often work 10-12 hours/day and get time and a half for anything over 8 hours/day, as previously agreed to by 3rd party clients. Bank it or cash it, it was an option available to you.
  10. These are the rates set by the Canada Revenue Agency, and considered to be normal. Your company can pay you this and Revenue Canada won't bat an eye. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/about-canada-revenue-agency-cra/travel-directive/appendix-c-meals-allowances-october-2018.html
  11. Currently $60/day. $100/day bush pay. (Away from base). Previous employer was $75/day
  12. Single hydraulics have a boot, dual hydraulics do not.
  13. The boot got deleted because the swashplate gets relocated 2" up on the mast with dual hydraulics. The servos are longer with shorter pitch links, so a spacer sits under the swashplate.
  14. With the 355's and B3's I worked on, the grease purged past the metal cover. Cleaned it up with an acid brush.
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