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  1. Hi Phil Have you set up the CRM course online yet? Bug
  2. Bell won't send a manual request unless you have a serial number of an airframe. Try this link but you will have to search the thread for the web address, I don't have the time to do it ( need to get my 8 hours prone rest!) http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/354424-flight-manuals-line-requests-12.html Bug
  3. Check this on Pprune, scroll down to post number 231 ( i think) and the instructions and list for manuals for many types can be found. http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/354424-fl...equests-12.html
  4. Just read this release from Environment Canada: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100401/.../wea_hot_spring Warm weekend temperatures a sign of spring to come: Environment Canada Thu Apr 1, 4:09 PM By Michelle Mcquigge, The Canadian Press TORONTO - Typical Easter weather can be as frosty as the response to a bad April Fools prank, but a senior climatologist said balmy spring forecasts for much of Canada are no joke. David Phillips of Environment Canada said Thursday that provinces from Ontario to Nova Scotia will experience record-breaking high temperatures throughout the coming long weekend. And the rest of the country is expected to bask in unseasonably warm and dry conditions for the next three months, he said. The warm spell will be most pronounced in the eastern part of the country, with temperatures soaring above highs not seen in years, he said. In Ontario and Quebec, forecasters are expecting temperatures to exceed seasonal norms by as much as 15 to 20 degrees, he added. "Smashing the records, clobbering it, pulverizing, whatever you want to say ... These are things that you should see two, two-and-a-half months from now," Phillips said in a telephone interview. Mother Nature will rewrite the record books in Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Phillips said, adding that Saskatchewan will also experience milder-than-normal temperatures. Sunny skies will prevail in Alberta, which Phillips said may come as unwelcome news to the province's farmers who are anxiously awaiting rain. Temperatures will be far from balmy in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, but Phillips said the northern regions will experience slightly warmer conditions and plenty of sunshine. Only Manitoba and British Columbia need brace for a damp weekend, Phillips said, adding the picture will soon change. Environment Canada's early projections paint a sunny picture for the next three months, with all provinces expected to register warmer, dryer conditions from April through June. Phillips' prognostications came as welcome news to Scot Bateman, operations manager at Toronto's Pilot Tavern which boasts a popular rooftop patio. The forecast of 25-degree temperatures for Friday prompted the bar to decide to open its doors for the day, he said, adding a long stretch of similar conditions would be welcome news after two successive cool summers. "Last summer we were saying 'Well, at least it can't be as bad as the summer before,' and we were wrong - it was worse," Bateman said. But beach-worthy conditions have a dark side too, Phillips said. "Warm and dry creates all kinds of issues, from air quality to drought to forest fires to bugs and diseases and water levels. You name it," Phillips said. "It counters drinking beer and outdoor patios." An ideal summer would strike a balance between sun and rain, Phillips said, adding some precipitation is necessary to ward off forest fires and ensure healthy crop growth. Environment Canada's early spring projections come a day after it reported record-low snowfall through March. The streets in traditional Ontario snow belts such as Ottawa and London were devoid of snow last month. Only 1.4 centimetres of snow fell in Montreal, setting a new record low, while Calgary and Edmonton posted their second and third lowest monthly snowfall numbers, respectively. Phillips attributed the unusually dry conditions to the weather phenomenon known as El Nino.
  5. Excellent, thanks for the input, especially the spare filter idea.
  6. Has anyone out there had any experience with Inlet Barrier filters ( FDC aerofilters for example) whether good or bad? We are looking at an application for Bell 206L1 C28 engine, which at this time we are unsure if it is even possible to install on the L1. Any thoughts?
  7. Yes it is all good once you're in, but why do people still think it is okay to pay newbies next to nothing and work em to the bone? Its an attitude that has been around a long time in not only rotary wing but also fixed wing. It needs to change. I am not saying they should be paid top dollar, but at least they should make more than someone working at the golden arches. Can you just think for a minute how a newbie survives with student loans due, rent, food, transportation etc.? I myself don't know how they do it. Fortunately there is a few operators out there who at least pay enough for a new guy to survive without going bankrupt. But this has all been covered before in previous threads months and years ago. It seems like it will be a long time before this situation will change. The old guys need to remember where they came from, and the complaints they had back then...but then they will go back to sayin the "payin your dues" line. And on it goes.....
  8. The reason the floats are not to be armed above 80 knots is for aerodynamic reasons, inflating the floats above that speed results in severe pitch down of the nose of the helicopter. I can't understand why the floats would not have been inflated before touchdown, unless the pilot was overwelmed by the situation he found himself in. I fly over open water all the time, and constantly visualize my plan of action in the event of an engine failure over the sea. Time will tell as to why the accident pilot did not deploy the floats.
  9. A question... The Lasik operations that the forum contributors have had, are they for short near-sightedness or far-sightedness, and can it be done for the dreaded old person condition, "my arms are getting too short and I need reading glasses now"?
  10. Cole, that makes perfect sense to me. As far as what is required by regulators, I discovered in the CAA regs that only a three point is required in light helicopters. You would think in that highly beaurocratic enviornment at the CAA, where they seem to have done studies on almost everything to guide the regulators, that 4 point would be required on most aircraft. But logic does not always prevail at the legislative level, does it! I haven't found anything in the CARs yet.
  11. I agree MrMike I have tried to find information online but no luck. I wonder what the new aircraft are supplied with, and if there are any regs requiring a certain type of restraint.
  12. I am curious about the safety of a 3 point harness(car style shoulder harness) as opposed to the 4 point harness found in most helicopters. I know the R44 has the 3 point, but all other types that I have flown have had the 4 point. The operator I work for has just installed a 3 point in one of our helicopters, and I am curious as to their effectiveness in an accident. Thoughts?
  13. Here is a link that will give an idea what can be done in flight sim that may help the new helo pilot. Actually the whole website is quite informative, but check out this article as it relates to this thread. http://www.hovercontrol.com/artman/publish/article_71.shtml
  14. Obviously fenestron hasn't a clue what he is talking about. Many flight training institutions use the various flight sims on the market to train in procedures, whether it be cockpit procedures or IFR, or whatever. Some of the addons available on the market for MS are as complex as the real aircraft they are modeled after, and there are many pilots who have used flight sim as a tool to improve their skills. Myself, i wouldn't have a clue what is happening in the fixed wing world if it wasn't for flight sim. So now, For example, I understand why I am given certain instructions from a controller when before I would have thought the instruction was ridiculous. It is more than just a game in the world of flight sim these days. I would suggest Helifly might have a better grasp of flying helicopters than the next person who has not been exposed to flight sim. But flying the real helicopter is a whole different experience from what can be replicated in flight sim. You would have to go to Flight Safety to get almost real sensations of flying helicopters, and even those come up just a bit short.
  15. JM, I think what you said " Either TC and the operators are just too stupid to realize how important living and working conditions are or they do realize it but refuse to change it because of the costs involved. I believe the latter is the case." is probably correct. As for the 42 day rule, unfortunately many pilots support this rule as they want to make as much money as they can while the opportunity exists. How anyone believes that they are not exhausted as they near the end of that tour of 14 hour days is beyond me, even if they were suitably accommodated, let alone in some swamp. There are some old standards that exist that will only change after a rash of serious accidents proves them wrong.
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