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  1. If you search "Mountain Rescue" on YouTube there was a series from a few years ago that follows this crew and their partners in "Securitie Civile" that conduct mountain rescue operations in the Alps. The show itself is in english and french dialogue is subtitled. Very experienced pilots and crews in tough situations.
  2. Normally a lurker, but I'll step into the line of fire on this one. Tobese - As you read through these threads, you'll see a perfect example of the helicopter industry. Positive and negative attitudes, but the same is true in a lot of industries that are in a state of transition. There are a lot of personalities - you've got bad pilots with good attitudes, bad pilots with bad attitudes, good pilots with bad attitudes and what I personally look for good pilots with good attitudes. You can read through this mostly anonymous thread and make your own conclusions. If you're lucky enough to be
  3. Could you not have the employer in Indonesia send a request email stating that your employment is subject to a valid PPC on your Canadian licence? You would also have an active pilot file with them I would think. Not a case of being technically employed, you are employed. Just need the Indonesian employer to check off the missing boxes. Just a thought...
  4. I recently made a cross country trek and finally got to use ForeFlight extensively, and I plan on using it as much as possible now. I searched the forums and didn't really come across best mounts people are using. I'm using full size iPad Air (because my eyes are starting to betray me) and I like the the bigger screen. Need it to be mobile as I regularly swap back and forth between Bell and Airbus Intermediates. Any thoughts? Pictures also appreciated (of the mounts this time).
  5. My sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of all involved. This particular tragedy has hit those in the helicopter world very hard. Like a lot of people on this forum, I have the honour of calling Don Filliter my friend. Over the last few years I've had the opportunity to both fly with him, and work on training and other projects with him. A more knowledgeable, trustworthy, respected man with such integrity cannot be found. I thank him for the assistance and guidance he provided through the years, and hope that I can somehow pay it forward some day.
  6. Good reconstruction work BCPICS - but you forgot to say, "...and that's the the way it happened your honour." I showed my wife (who works for CTV just north of the centre of the universe) the video. She dried her laughing tears and made a few industry jokes about what happened. The next day she gathered a group in the newsroom and all watched the video. There was the expected reaction when the windstorm hit, there was laughter when the dust started, there were near hysterics when they kept the camera on her even though the downwash was knocking her and her early 80's curls out of frame, b
  7. You've got it backwards - identify the missions first, then look at what aircraft will fit the requirements. Too many agencies do it backwards and then can't understand why they can only go 1/2 fuel with two people on board. Don't trust what the Manufacturers tell you, there job is to sell them and make parts for them. Your best source of real information is the operators.
  8. PM on the way with some information.
  9. "Why yes, that's exactly what it means when they refer to a hard landing" :boff:
  10. CAP - C-FIAN (Serial #32) is alive and well living in The Pas, Manitoba. I've done some flying in it the past two summers. I'd like to see all the log books as I'm sure there are quite a few historic names in them. There were more times than you can count on two hands last summer when I stopped for fuel or was at a fire when people came over to look at the ship, tell me they had time in it, and talk about how light it was (and is). :ninja:
  11. :down: I believe they are trying to tax 2% of annual gross of commercial training :down: I would expect this will be enough for some of the smaller schools to close the doors.
  12. Ya, Helicopper's the guy that calls ME in the middle of the night because HE got woken up by the Staff Sergeant. So Don had it close... My membership is forthcoming, and he gets my vote too. :up:
  13. I can't add too much to what Ryan's listed other than the fact that there was more GPS based questions than I'd been hinted would be on it, I think I had 5 or 6. The Aerocourse workbook is a good judge of the exam type questions, and the cross country portion will be much less of a surprise to you. Same thing I was told, know the CAP GEN. I'm sure the Pro IFR course is much the same as the Aerocourse, as I'm in Ontario I opted for the latter, and also highly recommend this sort of course to get your head screwed on straight. I haven't written the ATPL or HATRA exam(s) but can se
  14. For those of you using the 96 or 96c, what type of endurance are you seeing out of your batteries, and do you use rechargeables or disposable?
  15. Fresh off the wire: 2 Injured After Helicopter Crash Near Cambridge Feb, 02 2007 - 7:30 PM TORONTO/AM 640 TORONTO - A helicopter owned by CTN, the Canadian Traffic Network, has crashed near Cambridge this afternoon. The chopper, which provides traffic updates for AM 640 Toronto Radio, Q-107 and 102.1 The Edge, went down at about 5:30. The chopper was on a test run after undergoing maintenance work. No on-air personalities from any of the stations were in the chopper at the time, but Waterloo police say a pilot and a mechanic were injured in the crash. One man is in s
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