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    Flying since 67,helicopters since 72.13 years with Kenting,5 with Northern Mountain,plus others.The best companies don't seem to survive.Hobbys;my Ducati Multistrada 620 Dark, bicycling

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  1. The state of literacy nowadays is appalling even amongst people who have made names for themselves in our industry. To correct all errors would be an endless task but to choose to correct only a few smacks of backhandedness and the trivial. Lets keep our criticisms to the substance of their ideas not their presentation.
  2. What we need is more sensationalism to get the Canadian public angry about the lack of safety oversight that Transport is trying to push at this time. They say they don't have enough funds to do oversight of all of the aviation companies that work in Canada when their real job should be to convince the government to increase funds. If they can't do that they should resign and let someone who gives a **** about safety take over. Anyone who knows the industry knows that there are aviation companies who operate on the edge and beyond of the safety rules and with no external oversight people will die unnecesarily. Human nature and greed guarantees that will occur.
  3. I too remember Wayne from my time at Lambair 72-74. We crossed paths many times in the north when we were both a lot younger and greener. I always enjoyed our meetings very much. Good luck Wayne. You have a lot of friends hoping for the best. Bruce D.
  4. Leo Hald Jensen was fatally injured when his helicopter collided with another helicopter fighting fires in Albacete, Spain, 30 Sept 2011. Leo was one of the nicest and well grounded people I ever met. When you met him he was immediatly a best friend and remained so ever after dispite the long absences typical of our industry. He was a very good, experienced pilot. I first met him in the oil patch in northern BC 15 years ago and then later in Chile. For years he has worked 2 summers a year fighting fires in Chile and then the Iberian Peninsula. He lived in Chile and leaves his wife Veronica and 2 children Matias and Javiera. God bless and care for you Leo.
  5. Anyone who has ever seen the bits and pieces flying after a helicopter accident knows why this type of "entertainment" is not seen anymore.
  6. I'm sorry but recording air time as flight time is rediculous. If the blades are turning I am responsible if anyone walks into a blade or if something mechanical happens and I have to use my knowledge and experience to save things. Also, many times you are making 1 or 2 minute flights with 1, or 2 minutes on the ground loading and unloading or waiting for your passenger to have a short confab with someone on the ground. Sure, use air-time for A/F time, but if the client is paying for it I will be logging it. There is no way I will be flying for an hour, with 15 landings, 30 minutes air-time and 30 minutes on the ground and only charge 30 minutes. That is the way it has been ever since Pontius was a pilot! I have been flying 44 years with 20,000+ hrs. If you've been only using air time in your personal logbook you've been gypping yourself. If you've been putting flight time in the journey log as A/F time you've been gypping the H/C owner.
  7. It seems pretty obvious to me that the safest place to be in the event s--t happens during a hydraulic check is inside the helicopter. I don't want anyone to be outside when blade shrapnel is flying in all directions. Also, Aerospacial requires hydraulic checks to be done before every take-off due to the multitude and seriousness of hydraulic malfunctions so leaving the helicopter is not practical. The number one item on the hydraulic checklist is ' ensure collective lock is ON' !!!
  8. Let's try to be a little objective about these machines. It is virtually guaranteed that most pilots on Robinsons will be lowtime commercial or private pilots. Private pilots especially will be lowtime and flying few hours and getting little followup instruction. Accidents are very likely and not all attributal to the helicopter.
  9. Kenting operated 412's from '80' to '88' as utility helicopters on fires, seizmic, test drill moves and airborne geophysical, with 2 years IFR out of Tuk. It burned 725 lbs/hr as opposed to 675 for the 212, not really a deal breaker! The problem with the 412 is it's heavy rotor system and heavier energy attenuating seats. It's 700lbs higher G/W just meant that it's high altitude and S/E performance was substantially worse than the 212. I realize that the newer models now have better engines, but so do most mountain utility 212's, which have also mostly undergone extensive lightening programs, which could not be said about 'Presidential' 412's. 412's will obviously have a 20-30 kt speed advantage over the 212 for non-external load operations. I would guess that the rental cost of a 412 would depend on the cost paid for the helicopters but would think that paying $3500+/hr for a machine that will lift less than a 212 would not be too attractive unless there was no other alternative.
  10. I now understand why TC wants to allow the aviation companies to do their own policing. They apparently realise themselves that they are incapeable of doing it themselves. If they are short of funds to do this job properly then shame on the the bosses who have not been able to force the governments of recent history to provide the proper funds because lives have already been lost due to inadecuate oversight.
  11. I've never been a fan of the Alberta Premier but he hit the nail on the head when he called it a 'perfect storm' of conditions to cause this disaster.
  12. I had a tailor make up a few many years ago at a quite reasonable price, and it can be made exactly as you like it.
  13. Kudos to Harmonic_Vibe for one of the most intelligent and practical analyses of the Flight/Duty time conundrum. The TC and airline attempts to ram this through are very reminiscent of the rediculous SMS and self-policing policy of last year. Fred Lewis' comments are non productive. Just because some other juristictions have more restrictive regulations, Who Cares? The reasons for their regs may have nothing to do with safety or any physiological processes. The requirements in Chile allow for fewer hours flying and a maximum of 30 days worked before 13 days off must be taken. This! in a country with even a shorter busy(fire) season. Most of the pilots and administrators are ex military and have no experience with production flying and are very accustomed to a relaxed, in peacetime, work schedule. The good doctors views on 8 hours sleep with 14 hours duty days sure seems to make sense to me and I'm sure to any other conscientious pilot who has worked weeks of 14 hour days and got his 8 hours rest every night. Just because we would all be happy to only work for 11 duty hours doesn't mean it is a worthwile idea, or practical, or any safer.
  14. I haven't seen anything here about this accident in Chile. It has been reported on El Mercurio and television. A Canadian pilot, Alex Deuran, was killed in a crop dusting accident near Taltal, Chile, working for the company named Helicar. I include the name because the accident occurred Saturday and family should have been informed by now. Condolances to his family and friends.
  15. I spent a lot of time in Buffalo myself and Frisco was an unforgettable character. Always level headed and always a gentleman. Condolances to his many friends and family members. RIP Frisco. Bruce
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