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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 tempera
  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 eno
  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 con
  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.
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