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49 Merc

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  1. GrayHorizons Not insulted personally, but your attitude that anyone that doesn't think like you is "fragile" "feeble" and worried about their job is pretty asinine. Someone asks for advise on this forum, its given by many, and just because you disagree with them, you go right to the insults, and demeaning posts. Maybe next time, give your advice, and try not to disrespect the other members of the forum just because it doesn't align with your views. Carry on
  2. Yes,,,,GrayHorizons, that's what it must be. Anyone giving an honest opionion of the Canadian helicopter industry, is worried their job may be taken by the fresh 100 hr pilot out of school LOL. He asked for honest opinions, and thats what he got. Your screwball reason for why we gave an honest opinion is off base and insulting.
  3. Go Fixed wing, their industry is booming, pay is better. Not as exciting, but that doesn't seem to be as important when you get older. More leg room in a 737 lol Attend a college fixed wing program, some airlines are recruiting before they even have a diploma in hand. If I was younger, I'd convert My opinion
  4. Thanks for the reply's everyone, Jim, sorry about your dads passing. Lots of stories I bet.
  5. I was watching CBC Calgary today, and they showed an old clip from 1987, of an Okanogan S61 lifting up the Olympic torch on top of the Calgary Tower. Very cool old clip, I was wondering who the pilots and engineers were? And if they’re still working in the industry
  6. A few months ago, I read in a magazine about an alberta base oil company already using UAV's to fly their pipelines. I think it was Encana, but don't quote me on it. I can see these things taking over very quickly, on some of the less skilled flying jobs, like pipeline patrols, leak detection. But I think it'll be a long time before it replaces any production type work.
  7. I reread my post, I don't see anywhere, where I suggested that "the guys who love the job should leave so that the guys who want all the comfy,cushy working conditions can stay" And I never mentioned anywhere that "guys hate it when the guys who suck it up and go to work....keep going to work" If you didn't like my post, say so, but don't put words in my mouth, and make up statements. And the remark to Rotor about "maybe you should leave the industry" was just little taste of his attitude back at him. We may not all agree on everything in this industry, but by saying " you should quit", just because we have different opinions is juvenile. I wanted him to see how demeaning that statement can be. On with the Show
  8. You don't even see the problem with your previous statement do you? Your attitude towards the industry, is absolutely the reason it is, the way it is. Happy about flying 74 hrs, and 25% was non rev? And then telling someone that "If you don't like it then leave and we will fill your seat" Just for the LOVE LOL, give me a break. Maybe you should leave the industry? Then we wouldn't have such a large group of pilots out there bringing down the average.
  9. well, now you can really call your self a Liberal. Nothing like insulting and belittling anyone who doesn't agree with you. Yup, you'll fit right in
  10. I see no problems with the Fair Elections Act. The biggest complaint to the Act is the elimination of Vouching. I can't see why anyone would have a problem with this. I had to produce two pieces of ID to get my ECG done, but you don't have to prove who you are in an election? Thats ridiculous Oh ya, my buddy says I am, who I say I am,, no chance of fraud there eh, like fraud never happens today LOL
  11. Hi All Just wondering if anybody has info on STARS, mostly on how they schedule their crews. Also what a starting Co-Captain/Captain salary is. Any info on there Defined Contribution Pension. And where you would most likely get posted to these days. I did a search, but most topics were a few years old, and I imagine things have changed a bit. Thanks to all who respond 49merc
  12. I can't remember what was done in my flight school days, but I've been just logging "skids up/ skids down" in my personnel log book.
  13. Thanks to all Veterans, and all present, and ex-military personnel.
  14. I see your point. If your going to have a beef with a foreign company taking business/cash from your operation, but have no problem accepting money to convert foreign pilots, that will ultimately water down the job prospects for your own students. And also the potential income/loss of work of many working pilots. a bit hypocritical eh?
  15. I agree,with all your remarks. I don't like the 75 ft lines either, thought it was just me, but thats whats always on site when you get there. The hook is too far back in the window, I'm a bit on the short side,and find, I have to really twist my torso to get a good sight picture.Not comfortable at all. I was doing some support work around camp in 25 knot winds, could hardly see the hook LOL. It was under the tail rotor LOL. Also, moving just regular net loads of junk, plywood, fridges, deep freezes, tents, the rotor wash can really kick it around unpredictably too, at that short length.
  16. True, I do need to get out more. LOL, and yes, if you look "up" you will always find better. Management always takes better care of themselves than there employee's.
  17. I have lots of friends, and relatives working in the oil, and gas industry. They get 140$ a day to cover hotels and meals. Most guys double up in rooms, because the average hotel in the western provinces is 130-140 a night. If their companies pick up the rooms, they get 50$.( according to the people I know) Now I can't speak for every industry, but in my opinion, there aren't many that can keep up with the wages, and benefits of the Oil, and Gas industry. So, not even close to what our Federal public servant is making for per diems. And I'm not whining, if it was a 5-10% difference in per diems, you could say I'm whining. but when it's 220% of what we get, thats a little ridiculous. 49merc
  18. I can't believe the per diems the government pays. Its no wonder we have a deficit. How is it, these F'n unions can negotiate such a high per diem, when the government allows the private sector to be allowed to determine there own rates. We scrounge around and try to feed ourselves on 40$ a day. And I haven't even got to there holidays, pensions yet,LOL Off topic a little bit,but it sure gets under my skin on how our taxes are being spent on government employee's. When they ***** and threaten to go on strike, we are the ones that have to deal with the disruptions. Then we have to cough up, to get them back to work to provide us with the service they haven't been providing while they were on strike. okay,really off topic. Had to get that out Thats my rant for today. 49merc
  19. Funny this point is brought up today. I was just having coffee with an ex British military fellow. He has two buddies that are helicopter pilots in the British Military. Anyway he told me every 3 years they get a 50,000 retention bonus. Now take it for what it is, just coffee talk, but talk about being proactive eh? Too bad more emphasis is put on rewarding people to jump ship, than to the people who stick with the company for the long haul. 49merc
  20. Ahhh, the reduced airspeed? thanks for clarifying. 49merc
  21. Oops, guess I should have finished reading the whole thread.
  22. If you have an Ops Spec,that allows it in your Op Certificate. You can fly in uncontrolled airspace below 1000' with 1/2 mile vis. If the pilot has 500hrs Pic, and has had low vis training, and a PDM course. I'm pretty sure I have all the requirements listed, if I don't, can someone correct me 49merc
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