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  1. Rob, The new Job is Awesome! Just going through the company training and exams, also doing some maintenance and operational work, it is great. I truely appreciate all the time you spent with us, preparing us for the operational helicopter enviroment. Thanks, Sincerely, Kevin
  2. Just looking into getting a GPS, I have been looking at the Garmin 296, 396 and the new 496, just wondering if anybody has much experience with them? Are there maps available for all the GPS for Northern BC and Alberta? How is the XM radio and weather? Thanks, Kevin
  3. Nolan, Premier uses a Cell Phone/MP3 type adapter that is integrated into the camera system used. When you watch the video there is a slight helicopter background sound and the instructors voice is entirely clear. There are a number of ways to set up the camera audio recording system, I prefer to hear only the instructors voice on most flights. When I was practicing for my flight test I set it up to only record me. In the early stages of training I had it set up so it recording all the intercom and radio. The audio recording set up is easily changed to do whatever the student desires. If you seen an example, I am sure you would like it. Cole, The audio recorded alone might not be that adventagous. I believe its the video with the addition of the audio that makes it a great teaching tool and since you are a fixed wing pilot as well, I am sure the radio work is a non issue for ya. Kevin
  4. "I think it would be mostly useful in the solo section of the training" Cole, I believe with th instructors audio input on the disc's the dual time is just as valuable as solo. When you fly solo at Premier you put your own voice on the disc. It is a life learning experience to hear yourself on disc. Dual, at first I preffered the camera being set up so all the radio work was recorded so I could get use to the radio. Once the radio is a non issue, I preffer just having the instructors voice on the video so the radio isn't distracting while I watch the video. "Do the instructors at Premier sit down with the student for an hour after each flight and do a postmortem with them?" xrkyle, The instructors at Premier, will give you as much of a briefing/debriefing as you like. There is no time limits, it does not cost extra nor do the disc's, it is all included in the hourly rate. Yesterday, I went flying with Rob and we spent a couple hours going over operational stuff that we were going to do. We went over the gear we were going to take with us and how the sling/longline gear was to be stored and cared for. Learning to fly a helicopter is fairly difficult and expensive. When your instructor says something when your extremely focused on flying, generally a person will not acknowledge all the valuable input the instructor has given. Take learining a proper approach into a confined area; the smallest attitude changes affect power, loading the disc, airspeed, rate of descent and a number of other things. Have your instructor demonstraight a proper approach and than try it yourself. You can watch the instructors correct approach into the given confined area as much as required. When the stress is gone and you can consentrate on breaking down the flight and you can compare the approach you did with the one your instructor did. It helps you correct problems, learn procedures and minimizes the time it takes to learn exercises in the air when it's 50 bucks every 6 minutes. The onboard video is great for helping with the basics at the airport. Take learning a curcuit, transitions, climbing, leveling off, descending, Radio Work, sounds easy enough and it must be done properly with control before a student can go solo and go on to other things. There is only 100 HRs. in the commercial training and there is alot to cover to enter a working environment. Learning auto's is so much easier as well, getting a chance to review them before heading out, helps alot with the progress. Having a great instructor and the right machine are the most important aspects of your training, but next to that, I believe it's the on board video. A last note, last week, I went flying with Rob in the Mountains, we shot some pinnacle approaches to 6000 ft. snow covered peaks, and watching the video on a nice TV is quite nice, its just an added bonus. Kevin
  5. Cole + volition, Premier uses a wide angle camera to film each flight. The picture covers both pedals, the instrument panel, both cyclics and the whole horizon. There is full audio on the disc of the instructor making comments about the tasks at hand. The student leaves each flight with a DVD to review of the flight. Great teaching tool. Kevin
  6. Just wondering what S/N BH 206 went from Jet Ranger II's to Jet Ranger III's. Thanks, Merry Christmas, Kevin
  7. plumber, I have shot a couple of pinnacle approaches at 5500ft. I am a low time pilot that needs to experience alot more flying before I do a mountain course and learn real mountain flying with the finest of power management.
  8. Vast, The R22 is a very nimble machine that is fun to fly. However, with the low rotor inertia, the instructor is more limited with the amount he can let the student make corrections, esspecially with auto's. I really like the inertia of the 206 and the G4, there much more forgiving.
  9. plumber, Vast, My first flight was in a 206, When I was sure I wanted to flight train I did an intro flight in a BH 47 G2, 300 CBI, and the BH 47 G4, since than I have flown a friends R22.
  10. I am Premier Helicopter Trainings first student from zero hours to flight test completion. I started training at Premier last January, broke my leg in May and was unable to fly for 4 months. In september I started flying again and yesterday I did my flight test at 79 Hrs. In the next 20 hours Rob is going to put me through additional operational training incorperating long lining and a Bell 206 indorsement. The Bell 47 G4 that Premeirs uses for flight traing is without question the best trainer. With full fuel and two 200lbs people the G4 will hover out of ground effect at 6000ft. The BH 47 teaches excellent power management with the requirement for the pliot to assist the correlator to maintain RPM with the throttle. Premiers on board video recording is such a powerful teaching tool. The student leaves each flight with a DVD of the flight. A student can carefully breakdown each flight. Premeirs greatest asset is Mr. Rob Wood. Rob has spent so much time with us on the ground. He covers such wide array of material. We have covered all the basic Nav, Met, CARs, theory of flight but additioally; flight mamuals (including the BH 47, BH 206, EC 120 and AS 350), Aerodynaimics (including Power Point Presentations), MCM, MPM, Journey Logs, Tech Logs, AD's, MSB, SB, go into great detail of the weather and the list continues to grow........ Rob takes us out and sets up a stagging area with additional fuel and each student gets a chance to do each ground crew job and than has the oppertunity to sling or longline loads from the stagging area and shoot approaches back in. If a student shows interest in learning at Premier, there is no limit to the amount they are going to learn. I can't thank Rob enough for the time he has spent with us, ensuring we are well rounded safe individuals to enter the industry. I highly recommend training at Premier Helicopter Training. Sincerely, Kevin Veldhuis
  11. Just wondering which cell phone / mp3 adapters work the best? Is the Safety Cell or the Cell Set preffered? Thanks, Kevin
  12. Currently, I am at 75 hours in my commercial training preparing for my flight test. A year ago I set out to select the school I was going to train at. After a quick intro flight at Chinook and than going striaght over to BC Helicopters, I knew there was no question the Bell 47 was the training machine of choice (especially now since I have been up in a friends R22). A month went by while I thought things over and did a little research. I realized the Bell 206 is the best and most likely helicopter a 100 hour pilot can hope to get into. Its forgiving, reliable, has lots of blade inertia, to mention a few. So I wanted to best prepare for my transition into the BH 206. I decided to check out the Bell 47 G4 at Premier Helicopter Training. I realized the performance numbers were much different than the G2, but now I have experienced the difference. We cruise at 85 mph, get to cofined areas at 3500 ft. in 8 minutes with full fuel tanks (57 us/gals) upto 290 pounds of gear in the racks from the airport. We have landed at 6000 ft. with full fuel. Done sling/longline training with 200 pounds on the line from a staging area that we set up, with additional fuel drums to refuel in the field. The machine will vertical out of confined areas at 600 ft/min., two 200lbs guys, full fuel at 3500 ft. Solo, I have left the airport with noting more than a GPS coordinate, found the gear I was looking for in a confined area, shut down, loaded the gear, and set off to drop it off at the next coordinate. I think everyone can agree that the BH 47 is the best machine for training. It teaches students power management better than anything else. Coordinating the throttle and experiencing the different requirements for additional power, teach a pilot to fly more efficient. There are many more reasons, but this thread isn't about it. Look at the training areas, imagine the possiblities of being able to do vertical take offs and land in confined areas above 2500ft. If I trained in a G2, I would be disapointed to know that there was a BH 47 G4 in south western BC and I didn't take advantage of it. Flight training is all about experiences, and the more a pilot is exposed to the better. I am training at Premier Helicopter Training with Rob Wood and I couldn't be happier with the training I have received. Kevin
  13. Helilog56, Come by any time, the coffee is always on! Kevin
  14. Bushman, Helilog56: Currently, I am training at Premier Helicopter Training with Rob Wood. I have 61 Hrs now and I am extremely happy with the training I have received. Rob spends so much time with me on the ground going over everything from aerodynamics of flight to Bell 206 flight Manuals and relating them to real working situations. Rob is so calm in the aircraft, which is essential for a learning environment. During the flight Rob always focuses on the positive things that are going on, this is much more encouraging, than having an instructor "lose it." Each flight at Premier is recorded on DVD and Rob will spend the time to go over the disc with you, focusing on solutions to problems that arise. Rob truely is doing things different at Premier, as students learn more on the ground than in the air. Kevin
  15. kevin

    New School?

    I am currently training at Premier Helicopter Training at the Pitt Meadows Airport with Rob Wood. When I became interested in a career as a commercial helicopter pilot, I started to do research on all the schools on the west coast. I made appointments at all the schools I felt were top candidates and brought along a questionaire I had made. After I had gone through my questionaire with the flight instuctors, I knew whether or not I was going to further pursue the school and go for an intro flight. After spending some time at each school, it makes your decision where to train easier. It really comes down to the training machine and the experience and personallity of the Instructor. Premier uses the Bell 47 G4, they have one machine there, and another one on the way. I didn't realize the differences between the G4 and the popular G2 at first. The G4 has a VO 540 engine as opposed to the 435. The VO 540 makes 260 hp and it has a useful load of a 1050 lbs. The G4 could legally sling an R22. Generally we think of the 47 as being quite slow, but that is only because of the wood blades on most 47's are limiting. The G4 has metal blades similar to the Bell 206, these blades bring the machines maximum speed to 105 mph. It makes for quick trips to the training areas, which are very close to Pitt Meadows Airport. The G4 is the only trainer with hydraulic controls, which are found on every working helicopter in the industry. Since the Bell 206 is so popular in the commercial industry it is likely the first machine that new working pilots will fly. The G4 is actually slightly larger than the 206, uses the same tail rotor and has a very similar feel in flight. There is alot to cover in the 100 hour commercial course and there really isn't alot of time to do everything. I stronly believe the G4 will best prepare me for a transition into the commercial industry. Having the right instructor is the most important part in your training. You need someone that allows you to correct your own mistakes and learn from them. A good instructor will demonstrate the maneuver and than allow you to practice it, correcting you verbally. It's not very often that the intructor has to come on the controls to save you. I have heard countless stories of instructors taking the controls away from students when there was no danger to the aircraft and then flying around joy riding at your expense. It's your education and you can't learn without practicing. An instructor that has real on the job experience will best prepare you for the industry through their countless commercial situations they have experienced in their career . An instructor that spends time with you on the ground, going over real on the job situations will make you a real working pilot, instead of someone capable of passing their flight test. On a final note, if you are interested in a career as a commercial helicopter pilot, go visit all the schools that interest you. Take the time to prepare questions and interview the instructors, find the one that best fits you! You are the customer and remember you are spending alot of money on your education and your future, get the most out of your money. I choose Rob Wood at Premier and the Bell 47 G4 because it will best prepare me for my career. Kevin
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