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  1. Sweep floors, buy coffee & donuts, wash helicopters, and beg for a bit of stick time. Also, constantly watch the other "line pilots" at your work place and see what decisions they make. When do they go flying? How do they talk to and treat their customers? When do they call it and say "No" the weather's too bad to fly, etc. etc. etc. If you are lucky you will have your 300 Hrs. PIC after about two seasons and as a bonus you will have picked up a bunch of good information by watching what goes on in the day-to-day operation. Some people reach 300 Hrs. PIC in far less time, some never get to that point. Once you do have 300 Hrs. PIC; finding another $15,000 to spend on your instructor rating or better yet an employer willing to foot the bill for you to become an instructor for them is the hard part. The truth is that once you have 300 Hrs. PIC you are basically "on your way" and don't really need to become an instructor to build time. It's a catch 22 here in Canada. As a result it seems that most of the people who get into instructing in Canada (regardless of their total time) are doing it as much for the fact that they want to be an instructor as for the opportunity to build time and experience. Becoming an instructor does certainly sharpen your flying ability. You are constantly on show and the student expects you to be able to explain and perform all of the flight maneuvers to perfection. After all, if you can't do it, how are they expected to? Hope this helps. Ben
  2. No. In Canada you must have 300 Hrs. PIC time before you qualify to begin training as an instructor. You then must complete 30 Hrs. of dual flight time with a Class 1 Instructor plus an additional 30 Hrs. of ground school with an Instructor (Class 1). After that you need to pass two written Transport Canada exams and fly a "flight test" with a Transport Canada examiner which will get you your Class 4 rating. From there you will need to be supervised by a Class 1 or 2 Instructor to exercise the privileges of your instructor rating. Once you have recommended 3 students to fly solo and 3 students to fly their Flight Test (they must achieve a full pass) you then become a level 3 flight instructor. Once you become a Class 3 Instructor, you need to recommend another seven students for their flight test (they too must pass) and then you qualify to become a Class 2. To actually achieve the rating of Class 2 instructor you are required to write another written Transport exam and fly another flight test with Transport. Finally when you have over 700 Hrs. of instructor flight time, you are eligible to become a Class 1 flight instructor. This requires another flight test and possibly a written exam depending on how you scored on your Class 2 written. As a Class 1 instructor, you now have the privilege of training "new" instructors. I generally takes about 2-3 years to climb to rank of Class 1 depending on your situation. Hope this helps. Ben
  3. Three weeks on, Three weeks off. Works great for me with a little one running around the house.
  4. Cutler Aviation. Jerry Cutler (ex Transport - knows his stuff!) PM me and I'll give you his number. Ben
  5. If you do have the extra "50 hrs." or a total greater than 150, will you be able to take advantage(?) of the same privileges? gc
  6. This thread is becoming embarrassing! Can we get back to discussing the valid question that was posed when this thread was started? go coastal
  7. Very sad to hear of this tragic accident. My thoughts go out to the families in this time of loss. Also thinking of all of the crew at Bighorn. Hang in there. Ben Whyte
  8. I heard that HIV just bought a bunch of yellow 205's. Not sure of the accuracy of this rumour though. With no more 205's and just 212's left in Abby, a downsizing would make sense no? Ben
  9. Thank you for the replies. I have wondered for a while now as to how much of a niche our career is. As a percentage of the Canadian workforce, it would appear that we are a relatively small and insignificant group (despite what some of the larger egos in our industry would have us believe). :shock: gc
  10. I'm curious if anyone out there has the numbers on how many licensed helicopter pilots and engineers there are in Canada? Of those licensed, how many are gainfully employed in the industry and make their living solely from this job? Thanks for the help. gc
  11. Taylor, A pool pilot or engineer tends to be a pilot or wrench who has enough experience to do just about any job for the company. The idea is that they can be sent to any of the company's machines and take over the job regardless of what it is. That isn't to say that a base pilot/engineer couldn't do the job too though. Pool positions tend to be with larger companies that have multiple machines in multiple locations. The up side for the company is that they have the services of the pilot or wrench for a specified time and can therefore put them wherever they want while that pool person is "on-shift". The up-side for the pool employee is that just as you have scheduled "time-on", you also have scheduled "time-off". While you may have to be away for an extended period of time from your family or loved ones while on shift, you also get to be home with them during your time-off and you know exactly when you have to go back to work. Makes planning a holiday etc. much easier. I work three weeks-on, three weeks-off for my rotation. Its not easy to be away from my wife, daughter and family while at work, but it sure is great to be home for 21 days in a row when I get my time off. Clearly, each person has their own take on the "pool thing" and it will be up to you and your employer to figure out which option works best. Ben
  12. Hey R.H.Rob, Did you used to be a used car salesman? If not, maybe you should consider the vocation. I think you'd make a killing. Ben
  13. Very good advice Hazy. :punk:
  14. You can talk all you like, but I know first hand the 47 is an amazing teaching tool, I could never allow a student to do as much as I do in those light little ultralight machines. And with the 47 G4 model I can take a student out for a REAL days work. :punk: And by the way, my 47 G4 ( GSKY ) can lift an empty R22. Learning to bring a load into a confined area with out the added turbine cost is the best value for your dollar. R22's were designed as a cheap personal back yard machine, kinda like my quad, a toy. So please some one tell me why a school uses a 22, accept for the fact the DOC is cheaper than my quad. My thoughts Rob Boy Rob, you sound like you are on the defensive. A little insecure about your machine even. I feel that any machine worth its weight can do the talking for itself and doesn't need the instructor to go on a rant to defend it. I don't recall saying anything bad about the 47. I think its a great machine. I just don't think it is going to make the difference between success and failure. I know a **** of a lot of pilots with thousands of hours that have never even sat in a 47. I do recall suggesting that there are a HUGE number of factors which a student should consider when choosing a school. The type of machine is only one of those decisions and in my opinion certainly not the one that should be the deal breaker either way. I don't choose to be an instructor anymore and so I have ZERO affiliations with any school or machine. My opinions are merely that, opinions. I feel that the more unbiased information a student can get before jumping into this game the better. Anyway, I enjoyed your 47 sales pitch all the same. Ben p.s. I'm curious; how much training time do you have in the evil R22 "toy"?
  15. Regarding the opinions about which machine is the "best" to train in: I don't think enough has been said here about how important it is to also consider the terrain in which you will be learning to fly. Along with a good instructor, your training environment can have a large impact on your ability to be able to make a relatively easy transition in to the good old "Real World"! That is to say, if you find yourself doing circuits at the airport for the majority of your training flights, then you are probably losing out. While it is very important to feel comfortable operating in and around airports, I would argue it is even more important to feel comfortable when you find yourself 75 miles from the nearest prepared landing area. The more training that you can conduct over confined areas the better. After all, what is the chances that a chip light or engine failure are going to occur above an airport. When it does really happen you are likely going to have to put it down between a rock and a hard place. ( I am not suggesting here that you should ever get into the habit of practicing autos without a suitable landing area available.) Some schools (i.m.h.o.) don't put nearly enough emphasis on teaching a student to properly assess and enter into a confined area. Perhaps this is because such training areas are not located close by, perhaps not. In any event, landing in confines is an absolutely HUGE part of the flying that all operational helicopter pilots are required to do. Learning to fly in an environment that is "littered" with confined areas makes it an inevitability that a student will become comfortable with this aspect of their new career relatively early on. As a past instructor, it is my opinion that the machine you train on is not even close to the most important factor in choosing your training school. There is way more to it than that. I am certainly not slagging the 47 here, I just don't think that whether you train on a 47, R22, Schweizer or Enstrom is going to make the difference in getting a job or not. Instructor, training areas, class/instructor ratio, ground school, machine, exposure to the operational world of flying, etc. These and many more factors should be considered when choosing a school. My two cents. Ben
  16. Anybody that gets the chance to do a tour with Harmonic Vibe should jump at it. Laugh-a-minute. Story teller extraordinaire (sp?). Great guy to work with, just don't forget to bring a strong and willing liver! The real life personality makes the job ads seem boring by comparison. gc
  17. Totally agree with Jerry regarding family and personal life. In fact I think I have Jerry to thank (if you are indeed THAT Jerry) for my 3-on, 3-off sched. Thanks! Regarding the topic: Live on the Saanich Peninsula - work wherever the company sends me. All expenses paid. gc
  18. "Am I speaking a foriegn language?" - as350 I don't know? In fact I don't really have a clue what you're on about??? Why don't you try using some punctuation once in a while and maybe a few more readers may get your point! See below. Punctuation: the standardized nonalphabetical symbols or marks that are used to organize writing into clauses, phrases, and sentences, and in this way make its meaning clear. Just a suggestion. I'm only trying to help. gc
  19. OK, OK, I can't deny it any longer; you are a waste of time. Let me know when you give up splitting atoms in your spare time and we'll engage in some meaningful dialogue. gc Oh, and 412 Driver, "sorry, but i am not in a big rush to recycle anything especially after watching the garbage guy grab my blue recycle bag and throw it into the same pile as the rest of the trash" Cop out! :down:
  20. MG42 be careful. That is a huge insult to throw at me. I wouldn't vote for the NDP if you torchered me. I'd rather cut off my boys and then feed them to the dogs than vote NDP. Call me any name in the book, just DON'T ever call me NDP!!! JW, I missed the cynisism in Huey's comments. I live and breath sarcasm. It's one of my favorite tools. But I missed it if Huey was using it.
  21. Huey Lover, "bottom line, it IS all about ME (or in your case YOU)" Well, I can't disagree with the first half of your statement. As for it being all about me too; WRONG! I actually go out of my way to try to make a difference. I can't stand the prevailing attitude out there that says "Its too big of a problem, what can I do about it?" How pathetically apathetic. What a cop out. I am very aware that what I do has an impact and as a result I feel I have a responsibility to minimize that impact when I can. Who died and made all the resources on this planet mine or yours to exploit? What about the next generation? Think they might want a kick at the cat too? I don't for a second pretend to be perfect but at least I am aware of my impact and I am actively trying to minimize it. I bet that when you go to work, you work hard and put in a long day and at the end of it feel justified in making a good wage? I sure hope you do because nothing comes for free. Don’t you think that since the earth provides so many resources and benefits for all of us that you could at least show just a little bit of gratitude and give back a little? Its only fair isn’t it? Isn’t that what you expect when you provide a service? The funny thing about your example of the "rainbow of fuel in the water" is that you are ruining it for yourself too. I am going to go way out on a limb here and make a guess that you enjoy fishing and hunting? Can't you make the connection here that you are spoiling it for yourself? "oh...and the fact that I can take 5 minutes of your valuable time to waste on a stupid topic like this!" As for wasting my time, don't give yourself the credit. If you even stop for one second and think about the bigger issues at play here then none of my time has been wasted. Call me a Crusader or whatever you want but don’t expect me to stop caring just because you don’t. The rest of the world may very well treat the Earth like a big garbage dump but I don’t see how that justifies inaction on our part. By the way, I am not trying to offend you here but rather spur you into action. I just hope that it makes you kick that old bowl of soup on top of your shoulders into gear and realize that it is not “cool” or “redneck” to not care; its just stupid. gc
  22. Auto Relight and Coastal; :punk: Very well put! You make solid points and give well reasoned arguments. Huey Lover; :down: I don't even know where to start. I don't think it would do any good anyway. On second thought, why don't you try popping your "ME BUBBLE"; its amazing what you can learn when you're not completely obsessed with your own agenda! gc
  23. "Trees are truly a renewable resourse and if blocks are logged, sat dorment, then replanted at some point I think It becomes relitivly low impact compared to open pit mining or oil sands operations as far as permanent damge to the ecosystem. " Marc, you need to learn to call a spade a spade. Tree planting DOES NOT "renew" the old growth forest that was cut down. It renews the fiber source and that’s it. I am not saying I don't like logging or heli-logging but lets not sugar coat things when the truth serves us better. If you want to keep doing what you do for more than the next 20 years then we all have to be realistic about how much high value old growth forest is left and start to work on what it is that we are going to do to keep ourselves busy when the last of the big trees fall. Just my humble but strong opinion. gc p.s. I do agree that logging in any form is less of an impact than open pit mining or the oil sands project.
  24. I'm not against heli-logging or logging in general for that matter, BUT... I'd be telling you a bold face lie if I was to say it didn't get me down when I flew fallers into a new block and watched it get more and more ugly by the day. As I said, it's not that I am against logging, its just that British Columbia is my home (born and raised on Vancouver Island) and this is where I want to raise my daughter and I want her to be able to benefit from the forest the way so many generations of British Columbians did before her. There is no way that the industry could sustain itself if logging were to go on the way it did for so many years. That is why I am glad to see that things are beginning to change. I want British Columbians to be able to make a living in the forest for many years to come. And yes, I am very grateful for all the wood products that are in my home! (and I do know exactly how they got there) Back to the bold face lie; anybody that claims that logging today is being done in the best, most environmentally sound way possible is the one telling the lie (or maybe they just have a big stake in the industry and it's not convenient to admit the truth). I prefer to be realistic about the situation. It's not perfect but we all benefit from the forests every day and to think we can simply stop logging is complete nonsense. Our economy would colapse into a ruin. Baby steps. I am convinced that we all have to be realistic about the situation (loggers and tree huggers alike). That doesn't mean stop logging and start tree hugging, it just means be aware that technology and science MAY be able to give us better tools and better methods which will allow us to carry on making a living from the forest for many generations to come. I know lots of fallers who feel the same way I do. At the end of the day, we all want jobs, we all have to eat and pay the bills, we just need to continue to make the right changes so that our future generations can live and enjoy B.C. and Canada the way we all love to. Just my two cents! gc
  25. I have a HUGE amount of respect for engineers... BUT, I can't imagine being one myself. I come home at the end of the day and immediately feel bad for the engineer who has to brave either an onslaught of crazed bugs or a frigid wind cold enough to numb the fingers in about 2 seconds. Not to mention the dark nights or the cocky pilot they have to deal with all the time. Man, you guys are amazing! To all engineers; you will always have my deepest respect BUT I truly can't figure out what motivates you to do what you do. Thank you very much for doing it though and please keep doing it as well as you do. gc p.s. Ya, I know... :off:
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