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chopper_guy

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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
  16. Very sad to hear of Howies passing. I worked with Howie for 13 years at Kenting and our paths crossed a few times since then. A very good guy, full of integrity with a great sense of humour. "Howie, herricopter go 'krick'" Sincere condolances to all of his family.
  17. Calling it the "colateral murder video" reveals a lot about the objectivity of the person who submitted this. If you are in a war zone this is one of the risks you take. Given the snap decisions that have to be made when people can shoot at you at any moment this has to be a tragic accident, and nothing more.
  18. A great story. Kudos to the news crew, and especially so to our fighting men. They are doing us and themselves proud. I'd like to see a story of what our non-combatent helicopter crews are doing but something like that might draw unwanted attention and retaliation from the Taliban. I'll have to wait until it's all over to get that story.
  19. Good that the pilot was not seriously hurt and everyone else was ok. Not the first blade strike in heliskiing and won't be the last. I believe there are at least 1 or 2 every year.
  20. History has proven that helmets save pilots lives and also passengers, when it keeps a pilot from going unconscious after a catastrophic failure and severe vibration from any cause. I've used one for 35 years. I've had very few passengers mentioning it and when they do I tell them that I wear it to save them as well and they can wear their own if they want. As most of us are probably aware some clients doing a lot of flying are doing just that. The only time a helicopter company refused to let me wear a helmet was at Abu Dhabi. They were too caught up in their airline image. Their uniform was also pretty stupid considering the climate.
  21. A very commendable idea but we have already had Hepac, which seemed to have those same aims but has apparently fallen by the wayside. I read somewhere that there were only 75 members signed up, (I was one of the few), and if that is true, then those ideals seem to be a nonstarter.
  22. I don't think that it really matters if any helicopters have been shot down yet. All that matters is if it happens to you. There seems to be a very casual attitude here about working in the Afganistan war zone. I sincerely hope that anyone thinking of going there does so with eyes WIDE open. No amount of money is worth dying for, or WORSE. Believe me, it could be very much worse. Learn about the country, and in particular, about the many wars that have rolled across Afganistan for thousands of years. Understand that being shot down and captured could be infinitely worse than being killed. A casual look at the Russian experience should be food for thought about what could happen to a captured pilot. There are no adherents to the Geneva convention on either side as the Americans temselves have used as their pretext for Guantanamo. Don't be a Pollyanna! Investigate, and decide if the gains outweigh the risks.
  23. I've been wondering the same thing. Just how much do the crews over there consider enough to work i a war zone?
  24. True. but we are still left with the fact that there are no lighted clear areas or known safe dark landing areas to make a safe precautionary landing. Under those conditions the crew probably made the right decision. Also, lets face it that 99 times out of 100, when the chip plug is checked it only has fuzz on it, which of course, doesn't mean that a chip light should be treated lightly. When I work fires I always plug in all of the fuel caches in the area as well as the non obvious water sources near the fire. If I was night-flying regularly S/E over the city I would be plugging in potential night landing sites when I was day-flying over the city so I would have at least another option.
  25. $3200 may be a reasonable short term contract rate for a 212 but to suggest it as a going rate for a long term 205 contract is rediculous. Of course anyone would like get it in this or any other economy, and it is low, but certainly should pay the expenses without cutting too close to the bone, and in these times, that may be all that can be hoped for.
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