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  1. Reminds me of a Air Transat pilot from a few years ago, oh, did I say that !
  2. Too much single malt, this should have been separated from 2007's quote. Multiple's of six figures are been pretty common here, maybe your working the wrong street corner.
  3. Although I had a great time flying helicopters, met a lot of great people, and saw a lot of places that I would not have normally seen, I sure wish somebody would have slapped me upside my head and convinced me to go into fixed wing. Fun does not put beans on the table, nor does it look after you in retirement, whereas being in a career where you are wanted, needed, and respected sure sounds like the right ticket to me. Given the chance for a do over today, I would go fixed wing and never look back, and probably feel a feather caress the back of my neck every time I thought about making a career with helicopters. I would seriously listen to those of us who have tred this path before you, and consider our advice. Best of luck with your adventure.
  4. I am not 100% sure, but I believe one of the pilots was Jim Anderson, aka Dev, aka Spike. Rumor had it, the lift took a lot longer than anticipated, and the flight back and landing was done on one engine to conserve skant fuel. It's the internet after all, gota love rumors.
  5. I use Freedom Mobile, formerly Wind Mobile, here in Vancouver, and started with them about 5 years ago. Pros. Unlimited Talk, Unlimited Text, Unlimited Data, province wide for 36.73 per month Slowly switching over to LTE from 3g Cons. Small coverage areas limited to major and medium sized cities. My plan was a special offer, not sure if is still available. {No contract}, but if you buy a phone through them, at a discount, they put you on a two year payment plan and if you leave early you have to pay for the remaining discounted amount owing, plus the remaining discount you would have received. All in all, the best deal for me I could find at the time.
  6. http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/helicopter-crashes-on-vancouver-island
  7. Seems like fixing the problem would be better than asking for more waivers. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/helijet-transport-canada-safety-1.3725519
  8. Here,s a link to a recent article that relates to " Professional firefighters " and WCB covered cancers. http://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-firefighters-calling-for-expanded-cancer-coverage-1.2839246I know first hand how long and hard Professional Firefighters have fought to have these cancers covered, and it sure would be great if Forest Fire Fighters would get the same reconigtion. Good Luck!
  9. but how many answers! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  10. I hope that he is fine and back home soon. A helicopter involved in firefighting efforts crashed Saturday, about 57 kilometres northeast of Slave Lake. Slave Lake RCMP were alerted to the crash about 3:10 p.m. The pilot, who was the Bell 412 helicopter’s lone occupant, was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His name and the company he was working for have not yet been released. The RCMP and Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident. The cause of the crash is unknown. On May 20, 2011, Jean-Luc Deba, the pilot of a helicopter also involved in Alberta wildfire fighting efforts, died after his helicopter crashed into Lesser Slave Lake. He was helping battle a blaze near Slave Lake that destroyed a large part of the town. Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Helicopter+involved+firefighting+efforts+crashes+near+Slave+Lake/11208522/story.html#ixzz3fi2SlUPp
  11. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bell-helicopter-awarded-156m-coast-guard-chopper-contract-1.3028429
  12. Likewise, thanks for the insightful post.
  13. HALIFAX — Sparks flew and ground crew members sprinted away when a Sea King helicopter tipped forward, smashing its five rotor blades on the tarmac of Canadian Forces Base Shearwater last year, military security video shows. The video, obtained by The Canadian Press under access to information, offers the first public glimpse into the moments when the chopper suddenly jerked forward during the nighttime incident on July 15, 2013, in Halifax. It shows the rotors striking the runway and slicing off the rear tail from the fuselage as the helicopter slightly lifts off the ground. Another video taken from inside a nearby maintenance hangar shows dark fluid flowing into the facility within seconds. Capt. Alexandre Munoz, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Air Force, says after pieces of the helicopter hit the building, it set off a fire suppression system and that is where the fluid came from. Nobody was hurt but images show that flying debris damaged the building. The military has said the aircraft was a writeoff. A brief summary of the incident that the military has posted online says the helicopter just completed a crew change for a training mission when it was called to a separate part of the tarmac so that the captain could sign flight records. RelatedAndrew Coyne: Canada’s glorious bipartisan tradition of messing up military procurement Michael Byers: Sorry, NATO — We’re fresh out of warships As the co-pilot completed the procedures necessary to park the helicopter and the captain began to remove his safety harness, the crew on board felt the aircraft pitch forward rapidly, the summary says. Preliminary findings indicate that there weren’t mechanical problems with the helicopter or maintenance errors, and flight safety investigators are focusing on human factors, the summary adds. A spokesman for CFB Shearwater said nobody was available to comment on whether any changes in procedures have been made since the incident. The military declined to release under access to information a preliminary flight safety investigation into the incident that was completed on Aug. 27, 2013, arguing it would interfere with its final investigation. The Canadian Press is appealing. Munoz says the military is aiming to complete the final report by the end of January. Attempts by the federal government to replace the 50-year-old fleet of Sea Kings have been repeatedly delayed. The Sikorsky Aircraft division of United Technologies was originally scheduled to begin delivery of 28 new maritime helicopters in 2012. Ottawa signed an agreement with Sikorsky in June that federal officials said will allow for the gradual retirement of the Sea Kings beginning next year. One senior defence official has said the Cyclones —a military version of Sikorsky’s S-92 helicopter — are expected to be delivered next year and should begin flying operational missions in early 2016. There is a video but I am to dumb to figure out how to add it, maybe some one more adept would attempt, as it is a pretty good visual.
  14. We flew, and flew, and flew till we either had an accident, couldn,t get up in the morning because we were still drunk, or the rare few who made it till the end of the season, only to file for divorce. AHHHHHHHHHH, the good old days, right!
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