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  1. No comment from that Palindrome person - you know the one who thinks putting out a fire that is eating up a building (and destroying property) ( oh -and potentially risking neighbouring buildings) ( oh oh - and putting firemen at risk running up and down the stairs of a burning building) is a dangerous and thoughless move. (See what I just did Mmike??)
  2. While I appreciate the information on Jet A versus B, where I can get it and when I can use it, and also the spelling lesson on moot versus mute, all I really wanted to know was how well the 407 heater worked. To those that stayed on topic and PM'd me the info - Thanks! B
  3. Looking for info on the 407 interior heating systems for winter operations. Any and all advice will be appreciated! Thanks
  4. Has anyone got advice on what websites to use to build company recurrent exams? Any advice would be appreciated. B
  5. I think the above reply is quite good. Some operators do keep prices low in these times soley to keep crews working - the lose of revenue in some cases can be recovered by keeping experienced crews around and not training new people. I have flown a couple of the helis that the lowest bidder on that last had sold - I was in them right after the sale and they were very well maintained, stripped of all useless crap to lighten them up, and the smoothest and best tracked helis I have been in for some time. They did not seem to be short of maintenance. I worked beside one of their machines and crews last Feb and there was no obvious difference between them and our company in crew/maintenance. That same operator has been around for quite awhile so I do not expect them to be gone any time soon. I do not own so know little about the game so leave it up to those who do. They will make their own beds and I presume they reap the benefits and pay the price too. I too have had my wages cut this year and it is unpleasant for sure. I do enjoy the mindless comment that as crew we need to vote with our feet or we too are to blame for these perceived problems. As I vote with my feet and take a walk to another company - which is not so easy in this job market - my wife may have a bit of an issue with me as the house gets colder and the car needs to be pushed to the piano lessons - the kids might like it though as K.D. is a household favourite and they seem to want it daily....... Obviously if maintenance is suffering that is a different story. I believe I am worth more dead than alive but for some silly reason my wife has not yet picked that option... (Please - I am not trying to make light of the horrendous consequences of an incident or show disrespect to those who have had the worst happen to them). This issue is a lot more complex than I feel many are making it out to be and there are several reasons to cut rates I am sure - as I chose to be an employee I must trust that the owners and management are trying to do what is best for the company and employess - or start my own show. As for oversupply - up until last year, summers seemed to be booked for most companies meaning the obvious - get the rates up in summer and stay busy, lower the winter rates and average them out over the entire year and hold crews. Which brings me back to the top of my comment.
  6. Perhaps this is not what you want as I do not know the correct plug but - I bought my Eagle from Interactive Safety Products and they knew which plug was the correct one for civilian operations. Perhaps they can help you?? My best advice though is this - get another brand!! Tthe visor is badly ( I mean horribly) designed and the helmut seems larger than the French one which most pilots seem to be purchasing now, and all I talk to who wear them like them a lot. Many Eagle wearers wish they had bought a different brand and one guy I know got his Eagle visor fixed but still was not happy and got the French one. Good luck.
  7. I do a more reading and trying to learn than I do posting, but my reading (on this forum) has slackened a lot in the past year or 2. And there is a good reason for that. Duece started by saying people went over board in their responses and posts and I have to trust that as I did not read the original thread. Others state that he (JR/HF et al.) asks for it given his posts. Now here is the thing for me. A snotty, ignorant, rude post may occur and it seems many feel the need to comment and add their own snotty rude rant and very quickly the thread goes for a sh*t and becomes useless except for a psych major writing a thesis. And this happens more often than not. Max C comments that one can only "judge" the man by his posts and that brings up my main argument with this entire forum. Who in heck tells us that we need to judge? In my narrow little life every time I judge I get a big mirror to have a look into and some crow to eat and man, I am sick of the taste. If you do not like a post/rant etc why not just move on? Why the need to slam and try to feel/prove you are superior? And the anonimity that these types of forums give only makes things worse. And I hate even saying that - I can not spell and need to learn to listen more talk less etc. No one needs to suggest a group hug, donate money, shoot the f***er etc. Just actual mature discussion would be nice for a change without the side insults and holier than thou replies. Wry humour is hard here too as email does not have body language and can be taken the wrong way very easily. And if I read one more rant that ends with " just my 2 cents worth" as if that excuses one from rational thought or common decency..... PS - I am also struggling with cash flow and have had my share of downtime this season. I hope it gets better but one thing that I have learned that I would like to share - I have my attitude issues (unlike some of the posters who I am certain are related to god!) and I have fought this year to control them as I can not afford to lose work because of it. And maybe I will be able to apply this new skill to all of my life and keep improving my attitude at work, home or wherever. Maybe down times are opportunities as much as setbacks. At least that is how I am looking at it in my life. And yes, kids do not choose parents and to those of you who want to help his family YOU are the type of people who will save this sorry-a** world.
  8. That is the most ignorant response I have read in a long time... (Really, how else can one reply to that post??)
  9. Joining anythingis, to me, is a serious decission. I have seen people sign petitions and then the "leader" of the group manages to bully or convince the signees to stay onside as the agenda goes in a direction that many did not intend when they signed. Clear as mud I know. Sometimes good orators can get members to go along with bad ideas. In the end, everyone who signs up yet really has very little input, has there name put up as in agreement with an idea they could, potentially, vehemently disagree with. Therefore, when I join it will have to be as professional an association as can be imagined, so that I feel confident personal views and axes to grind are not espoused in my (our) name. With the answer given to Lunchbox, (both of them) I do not see professionalism, nor do I read an actual answer. I will not call it evasion but it is not openess the way I envision it. I have respect for some one who risks his income or savings to get an association started. There must have been some ideals initially to get that going. Tell us what those are and how you see them coming to fruition and then you may see some growth in membership. To tell me that you need lots of monney and that Lunchboxs' 65 bucks is like pissing in the wind is not very encouraging. In fact I would liken it to the speakers attempt to get this going as him pissing straight into the wind. I waste 65 bucks on a daily basis it seems but at least I have the sense to piss downwind. I am certain that comment made several people get off the fence and onto the "save my 65" side. But then what the heck do I know! Excet that January is a chilly month in the Arctic and June does not feel a whole lot better!! B B
  10. So that says to me holding on a pad at 40% or 50 % would then be considered not approved. I still think that those who point out the liability and the customer pressure angles have it right. Some one is hurt? Slow down and do it by the book. (Though in this particular case the book does appear a bit hazy!) To me, doing it right is getting the injured party to the landing and then reconfiguring your aircraft with the ambulanc kit. Is there a way to slide a person in through the open door onto a prepared ambulance kit? Using the spine board or basket? If so that might be a way though I imagine that since no one has suggested it here it is not possible. Cheers! B
  11. Try asking the boys at Great Slave if they will share the way they do it. By far the best and safest, 50-60 knots in a 206 (60 it really wobbles side to side). Count on 50 though. Probably quicker in a Haystar. Does swing a bit on lift off and set down unless there is a strong wind clearing the rotor wash. Talking 75 foot line. Does take a bit of prep work for the first time and requires a 2 point. Or 2 equal length lanyards etc. Using the handles is a bit risky - they can and have let go. I once saw a boat after a guy had it fall - he says it went loopy and pulled the pear ring up over and out of the belly hook - and it looke d less than lake worthy! Seems to me the motor was on it too. Using a net and/or tying trees is slow and annoying to set up. And hard for one person to get a 5 or 600 pound Lund into the net. GSHL really has the best method I have seen or heard of. :up: B
  12. The only post that I have read in this thread saying that some one is wrong is yours. You state this is for debate then make a comment like that - suggests you are not into debate at all. Just because you did it does not make it right. Was it wrong? Ask Bell and see what they say. Its their product. Presumably they would have an answer. Funny though, about 13 years ago when I moved into the 206 I was told then that the door post was structural and not to be removed when the machine was running. So, where did that come from? Any one know? Where I work now I have also heard the same comment. From several people whom I have the highest regard for. The point I was trying to make is that many of us use different thought processes and have different comfort zones. Sorry that you missed that Hybrid. Guess I should have stated that more clearly. As for holding at 40% - will your machine fly at 40%? Yes, you are keeping it lighter but what if the pad gives way? If there is no life and death involved or you would be slinging, why not just get the person in sideways and re-adjust on the main pad? We could do this to "death". You do what you feel is prudent and safe in the situation you are faced with as will all of us I guess. Your decision will likely come down to your skill, knowledege, the risks involved and comfort zone. And customer pressure. Cheers! B
  13. Just wondering, Do the same people who remove the door post in an emergency also loosen the skid gear and fly off of them over to the floats because there is no crane available and the water job starts tomorrow? Oh, and load er up with the drill foreman and sling the head ( oops) because the drill job is behind? And hook on to a truck because it is stuck in a ditch and the playoffs are tonight and we want to get home? As for lifting a person on the skids to pull them out of the water - that comes down to skills and reference and does not put the aircraft at structural risk. That is the pilot and the person in trouble and risks only them (though of course a loss of control and flinging parts could put many others at risk and so the list goes on and on. Where does common sense start and when are you beyond it?) Hero biscuits go down easy but hurt like heck on the way out. I am just not sure why the slinging option (to the main pad) is not chosen and used as a standard. Seems like common sense to me, sling to the pad, land, kit up and go. Also, if speed is of the essence here why forgo a shutdown to pull the post when you could just ditch the cool down period and shut down? One cool down missed should not cause great concern though I am prepared to hear the lecture on this. Given the choice though, it is in my opinion it is the lessor of 2 evils. Fly a structurally secure and well maintained helicopter, use your skills to get the injured off the hill. The most skilled pilot will have a very difficult time controling a helicopter with a departing transmission. As stated previously the pilot is at the bottom of the pile no matter what. And with todasy law suit happy fools you could risk your rear, save a person and get sued by the family of the one that did not make because you had to choose who to go to first. It is A**inine. Cheers. B
  14. It is truly unfortunate that at a time like this, where some one has lost a great friend, father/mother, child etc. that one finds a post like this. Helicopters are not a static entity but an extremely, perhaps the most extreme, dynamic machine operating in equally extreme conditions. It would be next to impossible to expect the same or better safety record when comparing the helicopter industry to a strip to strip fixed wing operation. And foolish. And totally unecessary to do so at this time. BeeBee, please respect what this thread is all about and offer your condolences to all involved. My deepest sympathies to all this touches. Bugman.
  15. Absolutely horrible news for all. Thoughts and prayers to all it touches, especially the families of those involved. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/sto...y/National/home
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