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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

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  2. Yes,,,,GrayHorizons, that's what it must be. 

    1 hour ago, GrayHorizons said:

    And remember, some guys are so protective of their feeble careers they will try to steer you astray for their own protection.

    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.   


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  3. 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.


    Goes both ways buddy ....!!


    You suggest that the guys who love the job leave so that the guys who want all the comfy,cushy working conditions can stay?


    No wonder you guys hate it when the guys who suck it up and go to work ...... keep going to work.

    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

  5. How am I messing with other people's livelihood again????

    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.

  6. If you fly helicopters for fun then I guess you are going to miss the big picture of whats being said here 2007. This will affect every working class Canadian if nothing is done. It's all bad and I am certainly glad I'm not starting out in the work force. Pretty sure if you're OK with whats going on you are rich, greedy, stupid or lack any moral compass. Or are a politician in which the first 4 prerequisites are mandatory.

    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

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  7. The Conservatives know that 25% of the people are completely brain dead stupid and 10% can easily be swayed by the old standards of Communism, Tax and Spend, Gay Marriage, and some references to the Bible and they quickly have 35%.


    Maybe Pierre Poilierve could make one more change in his Fair Election Act and eliminate the secret ballot, then Canadians could actually see the truly stupid people that support this Government!

    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

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  8. 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


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  9. Didn't say that it was the schools job to find the student work. For sure it is students responsibility to find out all they can about this market and any really before thumping down the big bucks. Education is an industry just like EMS, seismic or logging, etc. and what they are really interested in is getting your money and how they do this is by selling you their product. What i was eluding to was that if they were honest they would lay out the reality of the job market (pay and the ability of actually getting a job). Instead from most you get a sales pitch.


    Canadians work in countries all over the world and i have worked with people from about a dozen or more countries. It's not honest hard working people i have a problem with, in this case it's people who are employed by schools or are loyal to the school they went to who protest the entry of a foreign school but then turn around and do or support the Canadian licence conversions. You are a bunch of hypocrites! Does anyone see the irony in that? More roll eyes!


    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?


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  10. 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.

  11. To that I'd say you need to broaden your horizons because there are a LOT of industries that do better than O&G and (obviously) aviation. In fact, you can find better within those industries if you look up a bit. You think that Enbridge's lawyers for Northern Gateway, travelling across BC and Alberta for the JRP hearings are getting anything less than what the feds get?


    Even as a co-op student working for Suncor, I got a better per diem than what you guys are getting - and that was almost 10 years ago!


    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.

  12. The federal government per diems are for all federal employees, not just unionized ones. Also, many organizations, not necessarily in aviation, set their rates based on what the feds set theirs too.


    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.



  13. 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.



  14. Interesting I see companies trying to get personal to hire up by giving them a hiring bonus. Why don't they pay a bonus for loyalty so people don't move?


    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.



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  15. CARs 602.115 "d) where the aircraft is a helicopter and is operated at less than 1,000 feet AGL


    (i) during the day, flight visibility is not less than one mile, except if otherwise authorized in an air operator certificate ... helicopter,

    CARS 703.28 and Standard 723.28 authorizes operations in reduced visibility to 1/2 mile.


    Oops, guess I should have finished reading the whole thread.

  16. 1/2 mile? Doesnt look like a control zone to request S vfr anywhere close.



    Airspace 1 000 feet AGL

    or above not less than

    1 mile vis

    horizontally: 2 000 feet

    vertically: 500 feet



    below 1 000 feet AGL

    not less than

    1 mile

    clear of cloud


    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



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