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  1. Western, Buffalo Narrows, Turbo-West, Calgary, Can-West, Calgary, Shunda, Rocky Mtn. House, Long Beach Heli. Tofino, Can-Arc Langley, Terr-Air Rotary, Lac La Biche, Alpen Heli., Langley, Nahanni Heli, Boundary Bay, MacMillan Bloedel Flight Dept., Canfor Flight Dept., Finning Flight Dept., Forest Industries Flying Tankers Flight Dept.,, Alberta Government Flight Dept., Nova Flight Dept., Dome Petroleum Flight Dept., Trans Mtn. Flight Dept.
  2. Yup, last time I got a per diem in Canada was in 1993, and it was $46.00 / day, $50.00 / day in the NWT, and then I went offshore IFR, to where we were treated like GODS! Glad I moved on and have never looked back!
  3. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/campbell-river-helicopter-crash-1.5295775 RIP
  4. Reminds me of a Air Transat pilot from a few years ago, oh, did I say that !
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/helicopter-crashes-on-vancouver-island
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. but how many answers! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  12. 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
  13. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bell-helicopter-awarded-156m-coast-guard-chopper-contract-1.3028429
  14. Likewise, thanks for the insightful post.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. Interesting, I saw the video clip on the local TV newss, and there are a few interesting things that the article did not include. First off, firing a projectile at any aircraft is wrong, there are better ways to go about complaining about low flying aircraft. This A/C owner is a retired airline pilot, so he should know that low flying, even over farms will eventually get people upset, so he should know better. In the video he claimed to fly low over his turf farm regularily with passengers, while doing "complimentary scenic flights", or at least that is what I was left thinking. This is the also helicopter that was used last winter for the filming of the hockey rink being made in the local mtns, that caused quite a stir, and once again the helicopter is in the "news" Personally, I would have thought they caught enough flack over that fiasco and would have preferred to lay low instead of stepping into the limelight again. I also have to wonder about his helipad, obviously he has an acreage, but just over his fence line is a normal neighbor hood backing on to his property line, with only a back yard between their houses and his helipad. I wonder how often and how loud they complain about the noise and possible danger, or does he just turn a entitled deaf ear to their complaints. Regardless, makes for an interesting story on a slow news day!
  18. Maybe die hard Bell guys do not find it interesting, but I do! http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Europe+upset+with+Transport+Canada+over+helicopter+weight/9897227/story.html
  19. The Harper government has awarded a contract worth up to $172 million for 15 light coast guard helicopters, despite facing a court challenge and accusations that the winner was given an unfair advantage. Fisheries Minister Gail Shea and Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel announced the deal with Bell Helicopter today, heralding it as a way to stimulate economic growth and create Canadian jobs. Under the terms of the contract, the first of the Bell model 429 helicopters will start arriving a year from now, with one new helicopter delivered each month thereafter. Shea said the purchase will support more than 200 direct and indirect jobs. Long before the contract was awarded, rival manufacturer Eurocopter, which produces aircraft in Fort Erie, Ont., launched a court challenge claiming Transport Canada gave Bell a leg-up by granting its model 429 a crucial weight exemption. The accusation that specifications were rigged prompted both Eurocopter and AgustaWestland to pull out of the bidding.
  20. http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/Helicopter+crashes+Gold+River/9797484/story.html
  21. I don,t know if this worked, but it,s a picture of the Canwest Gazelle inWandering River, AB. 1985, and the other is Apex Gazelle, Uranium City, 1981,with Daniel Sirois slinging the playboy machine out of the bush after a bad day!
  22. Canwest had one in the early 80,s Apex had one in the early 80,s There was one or two in Alberta,in a small town on the central eastern border, can not remember the name. Good luck
  23. Who said crime does not pay! http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/12/11/ousted-ornge-ceo-chris-mazza-collected-9-3m-from-public-coffers/ Scum Bag
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