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  1. First choice, My girl,I love my 47 G4, GSKY, if you love machines you gotta love a 540 CI six cylinder, with strait pipes. She is by far the most Superior training machine around. She's been good to me, and if you Handel her just right she'll do all those things you wish your girlfriend would stop saying no to. Second A-Star, DA,D2 love the Honeywell power, great engines. The one I dream of flying, BK 105, it goes upside down! The one that always gets me to say wow, 214, you have to vote for the only machine with a 45 gallon drum for an exhaust, and 172 wings for blades. I like helicopters to Jim! Rob
  2. To all involved my deepest condolences. Rob
  3. ABQ, The schools in BC have had this problem for 2 years already. PCTIA is BC's post secondary governing board. I pay them 1% of all instructional income. And there was the start up fee of about $7,000. They say education is non taxable, yet the law says I must pay them for you to train. Rob
  4. Well said GM! Priceless for sure.
  5. Helilog brings up another good point but what about the GST, because i don't collect it , I can't get that 6% on all purchases back. Helicopter companies pay large bills and our tax issue is a much bigger problem in the GREAT white north. Now we still havent figured out why a R22 goes out to work at only 50 less than my G4, a machine that can lift it. The DOC of an R22 is so low, yet the price doesn't reflect that. I say we make a new rule, all heli's priced @ $1 per pound of lift, per hour. Rob
  6. Explain this for me, R-22's go for 450 cdn and my G4 ( I can lift an R-22 ) has a higher useful load than a R44, fuel burn 17 gallons an hour ( thats dam close to $100 an hour ) goes out at only 50 bucks an hour more. Much higher operating cost. but still people are willing to fly half the helicopter for almost the same price. If the customers (students) are willing to pay them of course they'll cash the check. With that being said, it is much more expensive to operate in Canada. We are regulated stronger, insurance is higher, taxed way higher and we are much smaller then most US schools. The Direct Operating cost for a Canadian school is much higher. We are also expected to teach to a higher standard in a shorter period of time and that costs money. ( experienced people are expensive ) and we don't charge for any of the extras. As a FTU operator I can attest to the fact, its not the smartest way to try and get rich. Rob
  7. Now thats a good cojo. Takin care of the old guys.
  8. Great to hear he's bouncing back, sneek him in a beer for me and a get well soon from rob in pitt meadows.
  9. If you guys wana fight do it on a PM. This thread is about 2 lost lives, not about u 2. My condolences, great guy and great driver. Our best to all from Premier. Rob
  10. maps are 20 bucks! how did we work with only a track and heading? The new gps's are cool but all those colors confuse me
  11. They both look like an experiment to me, but the 214 gets my vote, any one who bolts a rotor of that size to a helicopter has Cahoonas, well, as big as 214 rotor.
  12. Rayzor, The point I make is simple. A FTU's product is its students. If the school does not prepare them for the reality then what are they really there for. Not every one should be a pilot, thats a fact. Just like I shouldn't be a doctor. If the schools take 50,00 from some one who can't do the job, is that not wrong. I know of a guy who did "500" hours of training, all paid for by WBC and 3 years after graduation still can't even find a ground job! What does that say! Things have worked out for you and congratulations! I mean that sincerely, but for every success story there are many who never touch a helicopter again. Or end up working for a company that will never let them fly, because they don't have 100hr pilot jobs. Things would be a lot different if a FTU had students who could walk in a hanger and be useful. Why do so many low timers have to wash toilets, because thats all they can be trusted to do. And that because they were not shown more. And yes, with some extra effort, you can simulate the real world, especially when you have a machine capable of the real world. There is no point in taking 5 student out to the bush and setting up a staging area, as I do @ Premier, when the helicopter used can't lift a sling load. Of course we can't simulate a campaign fire, or a multi machine seismic job. but certainly more can be done. At the end of the day, is the instructor happy with what he taught today, or is he happy with the number of revenue hours he flew. Rob
  13. I think the problem is obvious, most flight schools are run by people who have little or no commercial experience. When you have 10,000 hours ( almost all instructing ) but have never rolled a drum in the mud how could you prepare your students for the real world. I've said it before on this forum, flight school should be about preparing for you for your first day at work and that means a ground job. If the chief flight instructor didn't go through the process of paying their dues how could they possible prepare a student for this. I opened Premier Helicopter Training because I was embarrassed at the quality of students attached to my name. I believe flight training should take 8 months or more, the school should have a program built to give the student hands on work experience. And I don't mean stripping paint from a machine so the school can save money on a paint job. A while back there was a thread about "PUPPY MILLS". Well, the definition of a puppy mill, when you get your license in 4 months, don't know how to use ground wheels, never greased a machine, have never slung solo, never set up a staging area,etc. The standard of 100 hr pilots will improve when the industry starts to recognize and reward the students who are smart enough not to attend a school that will say anything to get the $50,000. More is learned on the ground than will ever be learned in the air, and that takes time. The job of CFI should not be to get you a license, it's about making a PILOT, and we all know flying is the easy part. If our industry is ever going to become the professional career choice I hear so much about on this forum then our industry must stop giving PUPPY mills the ability to say they have a 95% hiring rate. When your instructor shows up in shorts and the one on the ramp beside you has on a pair of white pants its obvious when they woke up they had no intention of getting you ready for " THE REAL WORLD "! The CFI's ultimate job is not to sell their school to the prospective student, but to sell their students to our industry. As long as our industry keeps buying a sub par product, these Puppy Mills will keep turning them out. Not all schools are like this, but the biggest ones are. I had a student who is 80% finished his training come to me a little down in the mouth ( not complaining just a little down ) because the work program I set up for him was requiring 12 hour days. ( getting an A-Stars over haul finished) And that left no time to fly in the last 2 weeks. My response was, " I worked 12 hour days for 2 years before I got my chance to fly, so you won't get any sympathy from me" ! He's not a complainer, actually he's perfectly suited for this job, but some times the new guys need a lesson in reality, It's the CFI's job to make sure they get just that. Just my thoughts Rob
  14. Remember one thing, whe you are @ the 100 hr stage, there is so much more you need to learn. Fight training should not be about learning to fly on type but learning to fly period. If you have time to do an endosment in your 100 hrs you have the time to do advanced work and master the finer points in a machine you all ready know. When doing an endorsment you will mostly work on the feel of a new machine. Instead of more advanced techniques, getting comfotabe in the most stessfull situations is more important than numbers on your licence. If you have mastered everything in the machine you are on, then do as much 206 time as you can, if you can't do a full right peddal to the ground with out help, or if there are areas you could improve on, do the time in the machine you know. Remember learn to fly not build time. Rob
  15. There is a lot of guy's running our industry who came from the old Peace days, I have had many an old peace hand show me how to do my job. Must have been one **** of a place to work, characters all over the place. Doug parish realy tought me how to do my job, wouldn't be where I am today with out his tutelidge. Can't say enough about his skills, as a drive and I've never seen a guy better with a customer. When I started with Highland, Doug was base manager in FSJ, just before they got there B2's he convinced a customer to use a 204 1/2 to sling bags, I can't imagine what a full rack would look like comin at ya through the trees. So, I spent a lot of time with Dave Wood building 24 point carousels. Dave and Doug worked my *** off, but I'm knew what my job was when I go my chance. I remember getting chewed out from Doug, I went home for lunch, the wife was board, and I was late getting back from lunch, but the best part was I had worked 19 hours the day before, all day dispatchin and cleaning something and all night working for Dave. If you know Dave, it was done right even if it took all night. So those two got me started, thanks. My first sysmic long lining was beside Sandy, no presure just do it like Him. HUH!! Easier said than done!! The guy was full of tips, firs of all Tape your sleeve!, and a great guy to work with. CHEERS man, this one's for you! Rob Sousey was the base enginere in Ft Mack my first year of full time flying, you could eat your lunch from the engine pan. Great wrench. So to all you old peace guys CHEARS from a greatfull youngster!!! Rob Rob
  16. When you guys get together tip a glass to Sandy For me!! Rob
  18. You Get What You Pay For, What kind of training program will be included? Is there a professional ground school? I know from experiance you can not do a proper endorsment at that rate. As a matter of fact you are looking at some one who needs cash flow. Lease payment is due, hmmm. How can I make money in January? I know! I'll start teaching some young pilot who doesn't know any better. Is this the place you should spend your money? A quality instructor may cost money, but isn't the quality more important? Or are you simple looking to buy a few letters and numbers on your licence? Just my thoughts, Rob
  19. I've never seen a turbine endorsment. Endorsments are aircraft specific. @ 100 hrs your chances of flying a 206 are 100 times better than an A-Star. Rob
  20. Kevin, I'm sure you are busy with the new job but when you get a chance let me know how its going. Rob
  21. After reading this I'm glad to see most of the members here aren't pointing fingers, It could happen to any of us tomorrow. I know who was driving and thier rep is great ( its not my place to say who). It also reafirms for me my choice of training machine, the 47 is tough and forgiving. Those two attributes are critical in training. I don't think other trainers would have faired so well, gota love rotor inertia. Best wishes to both pilots from Premier Heli Training!!!
  22. I love rumors when they are about someone else. Maybe 412 could help us out, I think he might know???
  23. looks like the first time I tryed a 150 line in an astar
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