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Skids Up

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  1. I'll be up front at the safety Committee meeting - come say hi!
  2. Excellent as always! Lucked out and only got 1 dud...!
  3. Short story. No passengers. Experienced a whiteout, Parked it in the snow. Engineers went up to have a look and it was flown off the mountain. Best possible outcome - big thumbs up to the pilot! Keith Director of Safety Yellowhead Helicopters
  4. Cory, Thanks for all the time and effort. Can imagine that you really needed to take this time out of your schedule to do this, but it is appreciated by many of us. Thanks. Keith Westfall
  5. I don't believe there is any "magic bullet" here. And the sad part is, that we will wake up one morning, and these laws will there waiting for us. It's been going on for a long time, and I believe that HAC is fighting for us all. Maybe not specifically for the pilots, but it will be of a benefit to us anyway (in an around about way) because no operator wants this to happen either. There will be some that will (continue) to say: "I'll make my own deal - always have - always will." - but you won't (read can't). But because pilots can't agree on where to go for lunch, not much chance of getting a common agreement on something like this! (I know this because I hate making lunch decisions...) So whether you like it or agree with it, HAC is the only one anywhere near your corner. Maybe it's time to get more involved with them and see what is happening. If TC and the airlines get away with this - a lot of us will be pretty unhappy... Keith Westfall
  6. There's a concept that hasn't been explored in quite a while....
  7. Terry! Don't hold back! Tell us what you really think!!! So if we hire low time guys and charge more, ALL of the problems disappear? If only guys like this would start their own company and put it into practice, a lot of these valuable low times guys would have it made... Keith W
  8. When taking the door off on an operational basis, what exactly would be "the incorporation of a modification"? Is it a mod just because you took the door off? Seems like a bit of a stretch when I read paragraph (i) above...
  9. No Skully, you got it all wrong!! You MAKE the guy in the left seat call the drops and you will never get the fire out, never have to go home and retire rich!!! klw
  10. The purpose of quoting this in it's entirety is...?
  11. Well, HAC has come and gone. Anyone attend? Thoughts?
  12. 35 years ago things were a bit different! Finished up my training in a 47 with Northern Mountain Helicopters, and at 100.2 hours, loaded it up and headed for the Yukon! That was in May - came home in September. No rotations, no days off (unless it rained) engineered my own machine and came home with 450 hours. Life was grand. Next year upgraded to the 206 and never looked back. Moved on from there well before Walter & Bob (it was a good company back then) and just kept going. "Can you do it..." they asked? "Sure I can!" Bucketing, Drip torch, Long Line, Fires, Mining - just go do it. Been at some good places, at one or two I chose not to work for any more, and finally ended up at a place where life is good. I like to think I've earned my place there, and try and give back whatever I can to make up for it - and it seems to work for both sides. Tough for news guys for sure - but if you want it, don't ever pass up an opportunity until you have the experience to do so. klw
  13. Interesting that we say we have the right and the freedom to say what we want... "This is what I believe!" "This is what I think!" "This is how I feel about that!" "This is what that person is like!" "This is how that company operates, pays, thinks, acts, etc" Signed: Anonymous How would it differ if we said... "This is what I believe!" "This is what I think!" "This is how I feel about that!" "This is what that person is like!" "This is how that company operates, pays, thinks, acts, etc" Signed: Keith Westfall Yellowhead Helicopters I'm thinking without the protection of a hidden identity, we just might think about what we say on some of these forums. Sitting around the table in the bar, some of the same things get said and you don't see everyone holding up the menu to hide behind! But if you're going to put it into print (which the forum is) best we choose our words more carefully, perhaps more than we do in a drunken conversation around the table. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, (and most people have at least one about most things!) but does that mean that we can hide behind our secret identity and say 'anything' we want, thinking we are free from any accountability? I think not...
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