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  1. Flew an L3 for about 7 yrs. and I'd have to say all the remarks about the "L" series are right on. Fuel system is not that complicated and will never give you BIG problems as long as you keep fuel in it and time your consumption, but we all do that regardless of type right? The C of G does change somewhat as fuel is burnt but as long as your loaded as per the manual it won't be a problem. It's slow to respond to collective and likes a light touch, but within limits it'll do what the manual claims and a little bit more if your patient. Watch your starts as it dosen't take much throttle to get it going and inadvertantly shutting one off during a start is not unkown. The amount of throttle required changes with OAT's and altitude just slightly so get it lit then push it up to starting temp. watching for the secondary light off. Plan ahead and know what you'll want of the A/C before you ask for it and things generally work out pretty good. Power checks with the C30's usually require some good altittudes to get the bleed valve closed, so watch your airspace. Great aircraft, can use it for just about any kind of work, anywhere.
  2. I did my IFR & ATPL after 40, if I can you can... trust me. I found work in the IFR arena within the first year after training but elected to remain VFR, something about the "devil you know". I know what its like to leave the kids behind, and that is just not fun. With your skill and ability perhaps pull the plug on aviation and sell your skills for what they are worth. When your ready you can buy your own a/c Stars in Alberts are sometimes looking for drivers and most recently, Helicopter Transport Services. Best of Luck
  3. One night I awoke to the soft patter of rain falling on the line tent I and 5 others were provided compliments of ASRD. This was somewhat confusing as the stars were visible past the door flaps of the tent. Curious I crawled to the front of our evening abode to see just what had sprung a leak. Turned out to be a neighbour from the adjoining tent too f***ing lazy to walk the 50 or so yrds. to the can...hmmm, slept soundly in the back of the BA for the rest of the night and "talked" myself into a room at the Loon Rv. tanker base for the rest of my time on the fire. Yes ASRD are always a treat... Ken
  4. Thank god she was wearing pants!!
  5. ROFLMAO by far one of the better posts this thread...oh yeh still ROFLMAO.
  6. If I felt the company was going to be a survivor I would entertain a cut in pay with strings attached. If I was being asked to help finance operations via the transfer of a % of my wages, then I would ask for an equity position of some form payable when the company returns to a position of profitability. Not without risk but few investments are, which is what you are being asked to make by accepting a reduced wage for continued employment. Be a proactive investor/employee and shoulder some responsibility by proposing cost saving measures, perhaps in areas such as clothing, travel, accommodations and benefits, you want to keep employed then do something about it where and if your situation allows. On the other hand sitting at home wondering how you just managed to negotiate your way out of a job would not be much fun either. Still it couldn't hurt to ask your employer how they feel about such an option.
  7. BR I gotta agree with the walking away thing. I left it last year and there hasn't been a day go by that I don't find myself missing it, then I remind myself of all the BS that went with the parts I missed, and I get over it... Best of luck with your new work.
  8. Cool... just one more thing the venerable 58 does well!!
  9. Without the frictions on there is nothing restraining the flight controls. With the hydraulics off the disc is still free to move ie: wind gusts,(from other helis) creeping servo's, even at gound idle which of course we'd be at if we were getting out. A couple of things to keep in mind if idlelling a 206 with the hydraulics off, don't forget to turn them back on before you wind it up and go flying and don't allow the collective to "drop" as it can rise when idlelling without the hydraulics or friction on.
  10. Think GOLD with the US set to print the money required to fund their massive bailout efforts the inflationary pressure on the greenback will be huge in 09. possibly taking their dollar to near collapse in terms of its exchange value. Proof of this can be found by the various mints around the world now refusing to sell gold coinage to the public (apparnetly supply does not equal demand) So much for the Fiat system!! Watch for gold related stocks to improve especially some ETF's. And if you wanna buy a bridge well let me know...
  11. Crewing an IA machine and having to return to base and sit and wait while all around you are flying their Butt's off!! Or flying support and having to sit in a swamp somewhere with your bucket attached doing nothing for hours and hours and hours..............................zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzz Merry Christmas All
  12. Bunnies, aka, paratroopers boots are great...until you get a hole in one. Once the insulation gets wet they're done. If you can, carry a spare pair of boots and keep em' in a safe place. I have "lost" a pair while in camp before, no fun scrounging footware.
  13. I remember a stay in a dry camp in NWT. I was at the a/crew cabins when the caretaker emptied the garbage one day. Upon plopping the big green bag on the ground the sound of empty cans coupled with the effect of the protruding single malt bottle tops having poked there way out on impact was well pretty...dry. I did point out that all the cans and bottles were empty and therefore we had done our best to conform to the camps "dry" policy. Fortunately quite a number of the camps policy makers shared in our nightly efforts so the issue didn't gain a whole lot of traction other than the caretakers future use of double garbage bags for our can. In case anyones thinking I'm a complete letch, in was a fairly large group and our can was not emptied that often, usually only after a couple of days of complaining about the bears...only fair under the circumstances.
  14. Deuce... right on, if your not doing something you love your already dead. I retired from helis in the past year but I replaced it with something I've always wanted to do, but I got to say I sort of miss the getting in touch with my mortality on a regular basis thing, It taught me a lot about time and how little of it we really have. Ken
  15. I can't help but think that if it wasn't an election year (in Canada) that our (Canadian) "economic disaster" would pretty much be a non-event. I suppose we can thank messer's. Dion & Layton for provding the media with some "Canadian content " re: financial meltdown otherwise we just might of had to remain content with references to the fundamental strengths of our economy...how boring, panic is way more fun!! Thanks for the goodtimes Stephane and Jack.
  16. Apparently it was a good year to retire. Like many of you on the forum I have seen the indusrty along with the economy go up and go down. Value was then the difference between finding work as an operator or keeping employed as an employee and value is still the difference that will keep one in or out of work. Can you provide value to the operation your part of ? If you can answer yes you'll stay employed or find enough work to keep the lights on. Value does not equal the lowest price or wage... it never has. Think of it in terms of your personal values and find out whats important to your customer or employers values. If you are making their work & lifes simpler better or more efficient you are providing value. If you are prepared, informed, and ready to tackle new challenges you are providing value. If you are part of the solution and not the problem well you get the idea. If you can align yourself with your employers or customers needs and not just fill a seat because they need it filled, you'll always find some work. Oh yeah, most of you already know this S##T, it was directed at those who don't. Back to my rum bottle and beautiful wife...actually the wife first then the rum, she really is beautiful without the rum. Cheers.
  17. Why not? we have in this country pulled logs at night. One of the great things about this industry is the way it innovates to meet demands. From fitting Canso bomb racks to a 47D for hauling water, aerial iginition (come on how's that safe...), bird towing in the rocks, torpedo recovery, to well dropping water at night. I suppose the effort should be in how we innovate to keep the practice within the realm of our perceived levels of "What's Safe" while still remaining effective. Cheers, Ken
  18. Flew and L3 for years with a sliding door, yes to the, it's a pain to close, open, lock, maintain (daily cleaning and lubeing required), top rail made a good handhold when climbing on top, although one wouldn't want to hang off it or stand on it, daily and more frequent breifings and reminders of the peril of ****ing up my baggage door were also needed. On the plus side getting in and out, loading cargo on the floor, scanning, camera work, AIDS machine (even though the controls were backwards to the operator) and loading a stretcher were all made simpler. From my experience the utility of the aircraft with a sliding door and a basket was improved overall, especially on fires. The basket did slow you down at cruise but hey that worked for me too...
  19. last time I spent anytime in a crew house was well my last time
  20. Bah, way to go now I'm suffering from deck envy... TQ, thanks I will. Ken
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