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  1. I'm always up for a good aviation read, thanks for making it available.
  2. For you Ag spray guys is there a kit that can be easily added to the Gallet LH250 including filtration mask and microphone? I've seen some other helmet designs with such options in the past. Thanks
  3. I think I'm going to order the 2 piece, with the points provided it just seems practical for bush aviation. Thanks
  4. Long time oneise wearer here, wondering if a 2 piece (nomex shirt and pants) is a nice upgrade from the old jumpsuit style flight suit? Funny side note, on my first 100hr job a visitor to the hangar mistook me for the janitor in my old drab surplus flying suit, I had a laugh, not because my feelings were hurt but because the full time janitor made a lot more money than my 100hr wonder wage.
  5. I got very frustrated with the company while on a job up north one time. I was pleading with them to send a battery and constantly fighting with the machine to start. No battery arrived so I made my own GPU. Little unit worked some wicked, loved it!! Hope the pics help.
  6. Does anyone have a digital copy of EC-130 B4 flight manual they would be willing to e-mail, thanks.
  7. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/trans-north-helicopters-environment-yukon-caribou-net-gun-1.5137836 I used to watch the wildlife guys drive 500's on net jobs thinking it was cool sh!t, until they took a pin in a main blade one day. Just looking at a net gun gives me the willies now.
  8. I called every operator I could find when I wanted to pay for an AS350 endorsement. 99% of them wanted no part in private training, but I had a bunch of job offers. The only company willing to do the training gave me a fair rate on an AS350D and the training pilot was exceptional (I was very happy with my choice). PM me if you would like the info. Thanks
  9. That's a new one to me! Made me laugh this morning.
  10. I'm in the exact same boat. After 15 yrs I'm fed up as well, taking some time off and back to school.
  11. I was referring to the initial cockpit warning indications (T handle illumination). I believe the detection sensors are independent in each engine bay, therefore if #1 side goes on fire the #2 handle is not designed to auto display a fire as well unless both engines are actually on fire. Yes, the bottles are plumbed to deliver the charges to either side depending on the selection of the fire bottle switch.
  12. I'm curious to know myself, I don't have my flight safety books right handy to read up on the system. I always thought they were independent of each other. There is a lot of firewall material separating them and I wouldn't think the heat would immediately get across engine bays to illuminate both T handles. If I had to guess (this is only speculation) there maybe an undetected fault grounding out both warning handles if one illuminates. The press to test button illuminates both handles when testing so it wouldn't show up on daily checks. The 212 has the most peculiar way of developing odd gremlins. I've had the "beast" (as I like to call her) throw me some dandy 1/million curve balls over the years.
  13. Here is a 212 droop cam compensator. As you can see it is a mechanical linkage. It is connected to the collective and as the pilot increases power the linkage leads the engine N2 to prevent droop caused by the requirement of the main rotor loads. It will make much more sense once you have a few hours on a turbine machine utilizing this type of system. But for now I hope this helps answer your question.
  14. From a pilot standpoint 97%-100% N2 (power on range). Small droop (1-2%) is normal pulling power. A crappy governor will over speed up to 5% percent when reducing power especially when heavy. The droop compensator is a mechanical linkage that auto inputs commands to the governor so the system doesn't lag to much when you pull or reduce power. Remember this is old analog tech. I'll see if I have a picture from the 212 it's very clearly visible.
  15. I heard someone "meowing" on 126.70 over Northwestern ON one time.
  16. I've met pilots that are certified genius's with degrees up the wazoo and others with very little previous adult life experience before they started flying. The successful ones all have the same thing in common. They were willing to start at the bottom and work their butts off. True some lowly operators are known to take advantage. I agree with Bif that most of these responses are overly snarky. But for the most part there is a degree of honesty. The reason they are giving you a hard time is frankly there are no easy sidesteps to the top. But who knows, maybe you'll be that 1 in a million 100hr super pilot that moves drill like a rock star in 1/8 mile vis. All while flying with your knees because you are texting an accountant about all the money you are making. Then back to your penthouse in Rankin Inlet where you drink whiskey from a cowboy boot in a hot tub filled with hot blonde strippers every night. Oh wait that's my life I had a 100hr pilot friend whom was working for another company tell me one time. Quote, "I can't wait until I'm high time, I am so tired of scrubbing the toilets". I laughed and told him stories of my 14 yrs flying. Then I told him what I did that day, I swept the hangar floor and I scrubbed toilets all afternoon at my base. Grunt work is a fact in this industry. The military offers a style of flying and environment you may like. It's worth checking into.
  17. Plus one for Merit Apparel. I was in the same situation this summer. Bought a liner and chin strap. The folks running the show there are excellent.
  18. I would be very interested as well heliheli. Please PM me if you find out anything. Thanks
  19. My engineer this tour has Costco ear plugs. He says they are great! I've noticed some manufacturers of custom molds offer different types of noise protection. If Costco does the same I am going to order up a set that will let a little noise in. They should be perfect under my helmet. I'll just turn up the com box a tad.
  20. I have discovered after long days bucketing in the medium my ears are suffering. CEP custom molds are as expensive as a decent pair of in ear noise cancelling buds. Is anyone wearing something under their headset or helmet with success? I am looking at bose, sony, Jabra ($200 range). Thanks
  21. A helmet is the smartest thing you can buy in this industry. Get it and always wear it! It is a major expense. You'll see 90% of pilots wear MSA Gallet the other 10% wear Gentex SPH-4/5. That is only because for a long time they were the easiest to get here in Canada. Personally I like the HGU-84. It is a very light but strong low profile helmet. The few guys I've seen wearing them love them for long line work. Check out Gibson and Barnes for the HGU-84. Another nice product (seems based off Gallet) are the EVO helmets. I know of a crash which occurred during initial training where the student now has permanent brain damage from flipping a machine. A helmet may have saved his grape, food for thought. On an unrelated note pick yourself up an ASA CX-3 digital flight computer if you can afford it. It isn't required and you can get along without it. But it will make your life exponentially easier in ground school, flight planning and during the examinations.
  22. I've been dragging my old MEC sleeping bag around for years. It's pretty tired out and with space in my duffel being at a premium it's very bulky. I'd like to replace it with something that packs up as small as possible and is warm. I'm sure 99.9% of us in this industry know the value of a good sleeping bag. I'd be interested to hear what others are using? Thanks
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