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  1. Anyone out there have an Excel spreadsheet W&B for a Bell 204B?
  2. Is this something from another planet? Horizon Helicopters from Whitehorse have received an FX Astar (B2) and claim it will lift 2,700 lbs. on the hook. Would this be some sort of remotely operating model?, or simply a case of inexperienced carpetbagging sales gimmick?
  3. Just wondering if anyone has heard of an incident in California involving Coulson Aircrane's S-76 bird dog helicopter? Maybe just rumor?
  4. This may be a little off subject but I'm a little curious to understand what they mean when they say that in the Yukon "The women are tough, but the steaks are generally tender" ? Any input on this would be appreciated.
  5. Just curious to know if there is any truth to the rumor that Resource Helicopters is shutting the door on the lav?
  6. I'm just curious to know if the definition of a "Duty Day" includes travel days to and from the job site? (aircraft location) Sounds like a grey area to me, but maybe I'm missing soemthing. All references to CARS would be welcome. Thanks
  7. Funny how TC seems to drift away from their primary role (aviation safety control) and end up involved in the economics of the helicopter industry. Someone remarked earlier that VIH obtained flight authority to run the Kamov as a private company. NOT!! If they were harvesting logs from public timber sales, they were involved in a "Commericial" operation by TC's definition of a "Commercial" operation. They were adding value of the timber by flying it from the hill to the landing. Funny thing about that whole endevour is that VIH seems to have formed a monoploy on the importation of the Kamov? So regarding the importation of ex-military or so-called restricted category aircraft for use in Canada, is it a safety concern, or a market protection on TC's part?? Mmmm......... I don't understand how the term "Free Enterprise" has become so conveluded? It should be re-phrased as "$$$$$ Enterprise" Rules are just for the folk that can't afford the graft. But I guess that should not be a surpise.
  8. Any info on the status of Mackenzie Heli Services? Are they still operating?
  9. I'm sorry I arrived a little late regarding this topic as I noticed that the admin had to put a Stop Order on the previous title. I would just like to make a statement without stirring the pot so just bare with me. From my understanding of this is a typical case of misinderstanding. The topic went astray with Rapatak's statement saying the accident was a result of "Lack of care and attention". I have seen this label been used many times before and it is being mis-used in this instance yet again. The pilot obviously had no intention of flying into the water, and I have no doubt that he was doing everything BUT not being attentive. The issue here is the fact that he had probably had never been in this situation before and was attempting to make a glassy water landing as best he could using any and all skill and technique that he "KNEW". We have all been there at some point in our career where we have been over our heads for the task at hand but were fortunate to come out of it without damaging the aircraft but with a sick sensation left in our stomachs. So all I have left to say is maybe we should stop and really think carefully about what we want to say prior to putting it to print. It's not any different in making a successful landing, "It's all in the APPROACH" Thanks, and safe flying.
  10. Just to add. Most companies have an extention added to the basic policy called "Breach of Warranty" which covers them in the event that the employee has operated the aircraft in a manner that voids the Cof A. Also as a side note, haven't you ever wondered why there are temperature/torque lmits that usually include a transient limit whereby if you go beyond these limits you are obligated to complete an extensive inspection, yet there doesn't seem to be any inspection criteria for overgrossing the aircraft? Mmmmmmmmm. Makes you wonder how important it really is in relation to the integrity of the airframe?
  11. Let's not drift too far from the topic (CP leaving to T shirt logos?) Must be some solid info by now? Is he leaving or not?
  12. Underpaid? In October if 1968 a Bell JetRanger was selling for $265,000 USD and I was making $17,000/yr and the a/c got $265/hr. At the same time a Bell 47 G4 was chartering-out in the far East for $265 US/hr. According to StatsCan at that time, anyone earning as much as me was in the top 11% of Canadian wage-earners nationwide. Last price I heard on a JetRanger from Miribel was $1.23M and goes for as low as $499/hr that I personally know of, all the way up to $650-$700 and not many Canadian R/W pilots are in the top 11% of Canadian wage-earners. Do the math........."the wheels fell off" a long time ago........AND it's exactly the same situation on the F/W side. Want to charter an a/c for a cheap rate worldwide?.........charter in Canada 'baby' because we hold that "title" now Extremely well said Cap. I think that the rotary industry has become the mirror image of the fixed wing business. Like they say "Welcome to Canada! Land of "Work for free", home of "Can't afford the grave".
  13. Curious to know how many are currently flying seismic? Anyone with the inside scoop as to how busy it may be this year?
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