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  1. To each his own, but I can't understand why any thinking person would settle for third-rate American-made products. :down:
  2. If only life were that simple! But there will be significant consequences to this decision, which must be carefully weighed and considered. I agree that more people tend to regret not doing something, than those who regret doing something.
  3. Well, for one thing, Canada is much larger than Europe ... the odds are that any flying job that Heli-Raiser might be able to find will be far away from where he (and his wife) currently live. Also, for better or worse, Canada has many more pilots per capita than most countries. I can't speak for Europe, but here we have a surplus of qualified pilots, all of whom of course want well-paying jobs with good working conditions, etc. etc. Jobs in or near the cities are especially few and far between (particularly for helo pilots). Too many pilots seeking too few jobs = a very competitive
  4. Obviously this is an important factor that must be taken into account. I don't know your wife, but in my experience wifely comments like this should never be taken at face value. It is easy for someone to say something vague like "go for it", but unless you have spent considerable time discussing precisely what this would entail, I suspect that your wife most likely has no idea what sacrifices would be involved. Additionally, if you want to pursue a flying career then you would be well advised to think long and hard about specific benefits for her. If she agrees to somethin
  5. Campbell's custom helmets are the best available, and are superior to the various Gentex models. They do cost a lot, though.
  6. Fixed-wing pilots don't wear helmets because their instructors didn't. If the civil f/w training environment involved helmets, most students would purchase them as a matter of course, and then of course they would always wear them because that would be what they had. In addition to ag pilots and a few tow pilots, 'warbird' pilots typically wear helments. Certainly the CWH pilots at Hamilton are always helmeted, and I believe the CHAA at Tillsonburg is also moving in that direction.
  7. Greg, my advice is not to bother with what other people have done, or paid. Keep asking such questions and sure enough you will encounter someone who claims that you got ripped off, or your instructor is useless, or you are useless. The only result will be that you feel bad ... and there's no point to that. It sounds as though you are happy with the instruction that you're receiving and the prices that you're paying, so just enjoy the fulfilment of your dream, and don't worry about keeping up with the Jones. If you are currently solo and have the time and money to fly regularly, I se
  8. Ask Ken Armstrong; he will give you reliable information.
  9. I am 6'3". My legs are average length, but I have a relatively long trunk. I had problems flying in an Ercoupe and a Swift ... in both case it was doable, but only if I get tilted away from the canopy, towards the centre of the airplane. I fit into a Katana okay, but I quickly developed a severe backache. I have flown only about one hour in each of the above types, and that was enough. :down: I have had headroom problems with various gliders, but can usually manage to squeeze in by removing the seat cushion and just sitting on the parachute. I'd rather seek out an a
  10. Hi schteevie, How is the Harvard flying going? Have you finally finished the conversion training process? We're all looking forward to some interesting warbird stories! Cheers, Swingline P.S. Who do they have for instructors, btw?
  11. Hello Chuck, I'm no fan of TC, or the Catholic church; so I will leave it to someone else to defend them, or try to justify/explain their conduct. I have not personally run into stone-walling behaviour by TC, but can well believe it happens (I saw this sort of thing often enough in the Cdn Forces). :down: Regards, Swingline
  12. Hi Chuck, If you're happy in your work, then keep at it. Sorry that I misunderstood. In my own experience, most people at TC are good sorts. I do agree that there are occasional power-hungry jerks who seem to enjoy making trouble for no reason, and/or believe that their own subjective interpretations of the legislation is "The Law". You'll excuse me if I don't get down on my knees. As a practicing lawyer who has successfully taken on TC in the past, I can fight my own battles, thanks very much. Regards, Swingline
  13. You and the rest of pilot population! Join the club!
  14. Well, we all need a place to live; and paying off a mortgage is usually a better move financially than paying rent. The real question is: why would anyone want to buy a cottage? Everyone I know who has one seems to spend all of their weekends cutting grass, clearing brush, putting docks in or taking them out, washing windows, etc. etc. Taking care of one property is enough for me. And don't get me started on the time wasted in the long drives there and back.
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