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  1. You make some very good points swampy. Two worlds, worlds apart. When was the last time a 300 hr EMS or Law enforcement pilot was left on his own in a camp 100 miles from any support for 42 days. Or an AME who works all night in a mosquito infested swamp to get a machine running by morning! But then again, their world is foreign to me. I've never shot an approach to a highway with wires on both sides in the dark with goggles on! Single engine, 120 ft line, 14 hour days - 8 hour of flying, pump your own fuel, clean your own machine, DI, elementary maintenance, ETC, not to mention the living conditions and the @%&*#@ paper work. Revenue runs the commercial world, when the blades are turnin we're earning. When they are not, we don't eat. And why is it our accident rate is so high, but we still wear carharts for flight suits. I love my bibbed carharts. Best flight suit I ever had, wore those things until there was more missing than covering my #@@. And Dam it, my neck wouldn't have been so sore if I had a load master! Training requirement do need to change, and I hope, I'm helping to make that change. Rob
  2. Great job man, not just the recording, but nice flying 3 second full buckets, ya gota lovit when your in the rhythm. Rob
  3. Looks like a great replacement for the 22. Rob
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    registration with rev can is all that is needed, that is a federal program not provincial so pctia is not involved. Any school that can give recites for tax purposes can help you out. rob
  5. It's way too quiet in here! So I thought I'd spread a rumor I heard. No [email protected]#$, I heard Mr R.D. (412 Driver) was joining the dark side, man I mean the pitch black side. 412, is it true, you may be my next principle inspector? Fill us in. I think your prospective new boss and the rest of us, would be lucky to have you. I love stirring the pot!! Rob
  6. ahhhhhh casey pub, I had one awsome nite when the bar maids kept me around after closing, FSJ ROCKS! Good for you cole, cograts. Rob
  7. Congratulations! :up: Work hard and play safe. Rob
  8. Such a sad day, such a very sad day. To all affected, sincerest condolences from everyone in our hanger. I wish everone at Big horn my best. Rob
  9. Unless it's class F airspace or notamed you are legal at 5 feel over the tailings pond, over the plant they have an argument, a lot of people down there. But how can you fly past and not have a peek, that place is like a special addition of monster machines. My son is a Fire fighter and EMT out there, you should see the trucks he gets to play with. I want to start a new rumor!!! psst Helilog is flying a Robinson, no kidding, a friend of mine was flying out of ft mack and heard him on the radio, Syncrude tower this is r-44 heavy , but with that bad attitude its no wonder he was demoted.:punk: . Rob
  10. I've been helped out by guys many times over the years, and also help any one who needs it. I was on a seismic job years ago with a Peace machine, my refueling pump broke down, they lent me their spare, but said not to tell any one. A few days later their batt died, I gave them a boost. Now each of us could have said [email protected]#$ off, and doubled our flying for a few days, but this is a small world. When you work in the middle of nowhere some times you need a hand. I agree, what comes around goes around. Got a radio call from a competitor once, they had just taken one of our contracts away, they were shut down at a well site I knew well, not enough battery to start their 206, flew back to base, got some booster cables, ( Young pilot didn't know what to do ). Checked and found a broken wire, showed the young guy what he needed, gave him a boost, got him going and on his way. Now I could have been a DIKC and flew the crew back to camp and left their machine where it was, but how would I have looked to a young pilot who was learning how to act in the field, and how would I have looked to the customer ( bitter and small ). Now I'm trying to remember what my mom taught me all those years ago, treat others as you want to be treated your self. Or something like that, I'm such a mommas boy. rob
  11. Gftp I was going to say a few words regarding your childish comments, but I think you have already done that for me. Are you actually this immature, or only trying to make a point. I wonder why you feel so bitter, but then again when you speak like a 14 year old it makes sense. The world must all be about you, or it has to be the others fault. But then again when my son was 14 he already knew better. I think Mr Wuthridge and Mr Parish may know a little more about running an aviation company than you, they have both built extremely successfull ones, and am sure Danny did his research. Good luck to ya, it would seem you are more skilled at " pulling " than thinking. Go back to your room turn on the porn and do what you do best. Rob
  12. gftp, Well I guess we are all entitled to our opinion, And I disagree with yours. The guy who runs Baily has always been great to me. I've worked for him twice and was always treated fairly. He does expect allot from his guys, so I guess that might have been the problem for you. I wonder why you can't state any real stories, only school yard name calling. Then hide behind a false identity. If you have something to say, then attach your name to it. :down: Come on, tell us why you are so bitter! Rob
  13. Arctic tent camp Encana siara construction camp The cabin out back at the pink mountain lodge Tommy lakes Marianna lakes BILLINGS MONTANA!!! It's all good, even the worst jobs turn into great stories! All the best camps have everything to do with the type of job, hours of flying, the crew. The job for me is all about the experiences not the comfort. Big fires, seismic at 7000 ft, polar bears, musk ox, drill moving, that 4 ft jack fish in northern Manitoba, panning for gold and finding some, finding ocean fossils at 6000 ft. The list goes on but dam we have the best job there is. And chick dig choppers, what more could we ask for! rob
  14. Little Grand rapids, killed 18 mice a day for a month, only 18 because I had 6 traps and set them 3 times a day. Edra tower, mud, bugs, more mud, even more bugs. :down: Then there was this fire camp, 20 min south of ft smith, but AFS thought I should share a dirt floor tent with 10 fire fighters, the boys set up a tripod over the fire with a grill, I stopped for a bottle of water and saw these awesome looking pork chops and a roaring fire. Nice BBQ! Shut down for the night, walked over to the camp and saw a pot of boiling pork sitting on a grill over the open fire, gross, ate 4 small boxes of fruitloops for dinner instead. Knee Lk, both on the worst list and the best list. 2 month contract, first month in a pup tent. no shower,no problem except there was still ice floating around the lake, crazy cook fed us canned stew every other night. After a month company sent up a pilot egineer for a week to do an inspection and give me a few days off. the customer worked with the guy the previous year and didn't want him in camp so they set him up at the 5 star resort at the other side of the lake, I was like what the f&*k, you like me so I sleep on the sand, you don't like him so he's eating prime rib??? I guilted them into setting me up there for the last 3 weeks, shared a trailer with a 5 ft blond beaver pilot and didn't get much sleep. That french girl shure knew how to make that beaver fly. Now that what I call a benifit package. rob
  15. Hey Cole, No offense taken. Other schools? Premier is not for every one, we expect a lot. Ground training goes a hundred miles past that of all other schools I know of. Ask S>>>>>>T about his recent week of 16 hour days getting paid to overhaul an A-STAR. We require 6 to 8 months for full time training, it takes longer to learn more. Flight training take longer, no wasted time, if we have achieved the goal from the briefing in 0.8 time to go home, no point in flying only to build time, students pay for an education not 100 hrs. As far as the 44 going for $575, the chart is a guesstimate, but MY G4 BEATS THE 44 IN EVERY CATEGORY EXCEPT PRICE, 260 HP FOR $500 OR 246 HP FOR $575 YOU DO THE MATH!! Besides my G4 still is %100 a better teaching tool. The machine is my teaching tool, it does make a difference. 412, I know what you mean, the relationship between student and instructor is the fun part, their sucess is the satisfaction. Sir Lance, Some of us do it for the love of it, if I was only concerned about more cash, I'd have a few As-350 D2's. But instructing is my passion. And in case, if I didn't say it loud enough, the machine matters, big time.[/b] My 47 G4 rocks, ha ha , I'm bragging again!! :punk: :punk: :punk: rob
  16. If Doug stays they'll keep expanding, if he's gone who knows. Danny Wuthridge is a great guy, I coached his daughter in softball a million years ago, he runs a great show ( north caribou ). Doug and Danny that would be a great team. I can't see Doug retiring, he's got Jet-b in his blood. You can only bow hunt so much. Rob
  17. WOW, I can't believe the things some guys say in order to justify what they got for training. If you had a good instructor they would be a great instructor in a G4, best teaching tool out there. The heli is my teaching tool, the more the machine can do, the more I can teach!!! HA HA HA HA! Facts are facts, I can't change them, if any 22 or 300 trained 100 hr pilot wants to stop by I'll give you a free hour to show me how well you can do a full right pedal to the ground. Or a real auto to a confined area. How about an engine failure from a 30 ft hover. The offer is real. PM me to set it up. Or if any 22 operator has a breakdown in the bush I'll be happy to long line it out for free, the only catch, I get to keep the video! I spent 2 years finding the right machine, if I had to sit in a 22 or 300 all day I'd go back to a 350, I don't instruct because it's all I know how to do, I can set a tower and swing a bag, I instruct because I love doing it. Sales pitch? Sorry, I'm booked solid for the next 8 months. When ALL you grads are workin you don't need to advertise. Rob
  18. You guys aren't really trying to convince me a 22 @ 800 lbs empty weight is on par with a machine like my 47 G4 which has the power to lift a 22 are ya. come on. Sure you can do an auto in one but nothing close to what we can do in our machine. Pedals to the ground, sure a 300 can, but full rights for an hour straight. Lets look at the #s ---------------------Bell 206----------Bell 47 G4------R44--------Bell 47 G2--------R22 -----------300 CBI Empty Weight......1900 lbs............1900 lbs..........1506 lbs.......1800 lbs..........855 lbs..........1088 lbs Gross Weight........3200 lbs ..........2950 lbs..........2500 lbs.......2450 lbs..........1350 lbs........1750 lbs Useful Load..........1300 lbs............1050 lbs..........994 lbs.........650 lbs............515 lbs...........662 lbs Over all length.......39.2 ft.............43.63 ft............38.25 ft ......38.37 ft...........28.75 ft..........30.83 ft Power Limit...........317 hp..............260 hp............246 hp..........200 hp............131 hp...........180 hp Hourly Rate..........$1100...............$500................$700.............$465..............$450.............$450 So you 22 and 300 fans are trying to tell me you can simulate a days work in those little machines, ya you can learn to get a license in one but can you do a days work in one. Why is it I do so much advanced training in my G4 with people who trained in those machines? And why is it those people have very little knowledge on how to COMPLETE an emergency or how to do a REAL confined area. Ya the instructor, and area you train in matters, but if the school you attend is really concerned about your education why do they use these "ultralights"! The machine is the tool an instructor uses to teach with, so how do you teach with half a helicopter. The 47 G4 should not be confused with the G2, looks the same, but way more heli for the money. I just remembered why schools use less machine, less cost = more profit, not a better training experience. 412 you are right I am bragging, why, because I have the best teaching too for the $ of any school I know of. If the heli you train in is irrelevant, why not use a rotorway exec, you could do that for dam near free. Get a commercial experience not just a license! As always, just my thoughts Rob
  19. The machine "is" a Major factor in your training. The helicopter is the tool the instructor uses to teach with. In order to fully understand the requirements and responsibilities of a commercial pilot you need to be in a machine that can simulate it, and in order to be completely proficient at emergencies you should be in a machine that will allow an instructor to let you try. The 47 is tough, so I can let them see the results of there errors. It's one thing to have a student mimic the instructor, its a totally other thing to let the student rotate violently after they do it wrong. How many of you guys and gals who trained in a 22 were able to practice "full" right pedals to the ground for an hour strait , or engine failures from a 30ft hover, hydraulic failures into confined areas. I could go on but someone will give me shyit for being long winded. Power recoveries don't count, all auto's should be to the ground, ( at the end of training I have to show students how to do a power recovery, as the hundreds of auto's they do are all TO THE GROUND) how about no wind or even down wind auto's. You can talk all you like, but I know first hand the 47 is an amazing teaching tool, I could never allow a student to do as much as I do in those light little ultralight machines. And with the 47 G4 model I can take a student out for a REAL days work. :punk: And by the way, my 47 G4 ( GSKY ) can lift an empty R22. Learning to bring a load into a confined area with out the added turbine cost is the best value for your dollar. R22's were designed as a cheap personal back yard machine, kinda like my quad, a toy. So please some one tell me why a school uses a 22, accept for the fact the DOC is cheaper than my quad. My thoughts Rob
  20. There is no best school for everyone, go to as many as possible, find the place you will fit in. Its important you find an instructor you get along with, as you will spend a great deal of time with him or her. The training philosophy of the the schools and programs are not all the same, find the one fits with your goals. Remember it's all about education, not getting 100 hrs in the air, or at least it should be. Good luck with your search, and do your home work. It's too late to change your mind after the 50,000 is spent. Rob
  21. WOW! I have always wondered if a notar or fenestrom woulg give a pilot a false sence of security, I know the TR keeps me in-line. It would be interesting to hear the opinion of some one who flies one. Or for that matter Eurocopter. I would assume an engineer would have some work to do after the snow wash. But hey who am I to say, maybe the way I was shown to land in snow was all wrong Sorry I have to keep this one short but the wife just walked by in something realy small, gata go, I'll make it longer next time. :censored: Rob
  23. One thing I would like to emphasis in my previous post, I do not question Wendel's teaching, All instructors teach with their experience, and that training will be reflected in the tools he uses to achieve the goal. I would like it understood, I like having a contempeary who pushes as I do. KVH has an extremely high reputation, and KVH is Wendel!! Rob
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