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Everything posted by windslapper

  1. I have been using this one for the last year works great from best buy. Dual head so I can charge iPad and gps reciever at the same time. Never an issue. Had a garmin and it worked well but not a dual and the ipad doesnt seem to like usb splitters http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/wagan-wagan-companion-go-dual-usb-adapter-with-fuse-protection-el2881-el2881/10301056.aspx?path=cd7593656c4407943fde3707c141b3d2en02
  2. Metals cheap. Good job keeping the spinning part pointing up
  3. I remember many times, when starting out, crazy reasons someone would give you for not giving you a shot. Seems like it has gotten worse rather than better and the graph showing that eventual retirement of a big chunk of guys is not far off. Hopefully things will get better before. Our company has trained up a few people but we too get trapped by some requirements.
  4. Hi all Am putting together some sops for vertical reference around power lines and was hoping for some input either some ideas or stuff you already have on paper. Will post what I combine or come up with later. Thanks!
  5. My take on this thus far is that if you are doing hydraulic tests at either ground idle or at 100%; Make sure the collective lock is on.
  6. Ouch! Glad everyone was alright. Metal is cheap
  7. Heard a machine got rolled up in Bella Coola last week. Some friends had some pics forwarded to them. Heard all walked away but the machine was a write off.
  8. "tail rotor came off" Bucket may have caught" These two are not unrelated at all. there is always the possibility that the bucket "caught" in the water causing a dynamic roll over effect (with a belly load they are possible in any direction) if that was the case, then the tail may have touched the water and an imbalance could make it detach. There is no disrespect in these posts if we are trying to ascertain the cause of an accident that took a good friend and college and if from that we learn to avoid the same fate. I have nothing but the most heartfelt sympathies for our families an
  9. Hey guys At our company here we used to sign out DI's for the A star and the 206 which we have never done at other companies. We were then told by transport auditors that this was not required. Can someone direct me to the cars language that directs how this is done? (We have to do a DI signout on the heavies) Thanks! B
  10. Just got great life insurance from Rick Gilchrist. He was/ is a chief pilot and did a great job for me. contact him at: Richard.Gilchrist@investorsgroup.com
  11. Quite a good read. He is a good writer and I agree that anyone thinking about going there needs to do their research. This is not like going up north.
  12. I think that as long as someone is paying you a livable wage and treats you right you are doing ok while you get going. Never for free as that is bad for everyone. I dont believe that you should pay anything for endorsements etc. That's their part of the deal. After you have cut some teeth and are pulling your own the pay should follow. Be loyal to the company that gives you the break but remember, they have to take care of you too. If you get a better offer, at least let them match it.
  13. Hmmm guess that could explain why I have yet to sell my 72 Datsun 510. Perhaps my asking of $12,000 because of its 'antique' status is too high?
  14. Technically speaking we can land anywhere we want as long as it is on your flight plan and approved. Unannounced landings or flights.... your results will be not so happy
  15. as a footnote The protocols set out in forestry are quite clear on the use of 126.7 for fires and the airspace around them. I guess my question is why we would monitor this low level when no one else is. The error I made is that when I could not get a reply on the repeater I should have then gone to vhf 126.7
  16. On the logging side of things, we have started to see a lot more companies out looking at would and a lot more contracts being signed. Crews have started roping in blocks so it should start to head toward the falling within a short time. I would say for the heavies that will not have them pulling much before the end of this year but 2010 should look a lot better than this year.
  17. Yes it was, bleeding from the ears I was That said I was on a frequency I was instructed to be. My forestry crew on board were not impressed with the man but they are sorting that out internally. My job is to keep me and my crew safe in the air and that becomes difficult when communications are compromised. as AR pointed out, If I approached any of the areas monitoring only 126.7 I would have an awfully quiet radio but a really good close-up of a lot of aircraft. Just to clarify, we were first response to this fire and told no other aircraft were in the area.
  18. well that is not strictly true as you can see above quote from the AIM
  19. This part I have Quote: CHANGE IN NOTAM PROCEDURE REGARDING LOGGING ACTIVITIES PACIFIC REGION Transport Canada, Pacific Region has been working with the logging industry to develop an improved safe method to provide protection for aircraft in the vicinity of blasting areas. This past summer, an agreement was reached that will greatly reduce the number of NOTAMs issued, and more importantly, reduce the hazard to aviation. The new procedures have been in effect (by NOTAM) since July 2004, and rely on the cooperation of both pilots and the logging crews. Blasters' Responsibilities (N
  20. Hey ladies and gents On a PPC ride in the past I was asked a question about monitoring 123.2 low level VFR on the coast as opposed to 126.7 and the transport dude pointed it out in the CFS. Have been looking now a few years later and am trying to find it again. Any help would be appreciated with a cold beverage of your choice if you happen to be passing through Squamish!
  21. Now that was priceless!!!! You can see the fence in the area that is supposed to keep people out. She seemed to be being a good sort about it realizing that she was next to a helipad until the other twit started looking for the 'News" angle
  22. I found Phils answers as usual to be great. One must remember that relativity has a large part in anything moving. As the helicopter is descending at a high rate, you must look at the blade pitch angle never as in relation to the plane of rotation but always as the cord pitch relative to the airflow at any given segment of the blade. With a high rate of descent it is impossible for any portion of the blade to be in negative pitch. The fact that it will not autorotate straight down as all the blades segments are stalled nor if we have the pitch set high are the same problem. There is a n
  23. I guess there always comes a time that you have to make a choice to help. For less than the price of one coffee a week you can be part of a group whose only purpose is to advance the interests of pilots and engineers. Seems like a safe bet, as there is no down side. I, like many, have been on the sidelines wondering what HEPAC can do for me or us and have come to the realization that I am approaching it from the wrong frame of mind. If HEPAC was formed as a group to give voice to pilots and engineers and I am one of the above, then to paraphrase JFK, shouldn’t I be asking not what
  24. I have put all that were on this list in a group Andy Seyl Rick Hosler Andrea Leigh Mike Thurston Vaughn Killen Bill Sleath Frank Kearney Gary Fowel Mac Forgie Ray Anderson Bob Thurston (aka thirsty Bob) Herman Lorenz Mark Dickenson Lincoln McGowan Geoff Palmer Gilles Wooters Gord Collette Jacques Maheu Don MacKenzie - C/P at Okie Mike McDonagh - assist C/P at Okie Burt Wartig - bm at YWL - Okie Bob McPhillips – NMH Len Vosburgh Jerry Morland Tommy Lamb Ron George Joe Doyle Wayne Myers Poul Ladefoged Vance Shellenburg Ma
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