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  1. 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 one of the few that decides to pursue this career and actually make a living at it - you'll get to see these personalities live and in person in hangars, bush camps, and fire camps. Before I did my training 20 years ago (civvy route) I met with pilots that tried to talk to me out of it, I did it anyway - despite their best efforts to talk some sense into me. I too had no guarantees and the industry was slowing down. I've been lucky, a lot luckier than most. As I've progressed through the steps - pistons to lights to intermediates and currently on mediums I've learned a lot, and I've got a lot to learn. I've also met with the sons and daughters of friends from a previous professional life who want to fly helicopters. I too have tried to tell them to go the fixed wing route for a better work/life balance. Some listen, some don't, and that is their decision. As far as military vs civilian - Crusty has given the best insight into military transitioning into civilian flying. They really are two different worlds in a lot of ways. Companies like former military pilots for IFR jobs, it's just the way it is. Especially the offshore companies. Very structured, either follow the rules or you won't do well. In the military you won't fly a whole lot, but you'll receive very structured training that is paid for, plus a salary, and IFR training and experience but won't get a ton of flying in most cases. In the civilian route you'll be in debt. If you train while working you'll be doing 2 steps forward and 1 step back unless you are consistently flying, and in the end have 100 hour VFR licence and likely no guaranteed employment. You have to decide what's best for you. There are good days and bad days. It is what you make of it. But even on the bad days, if you're bumping along at all of 100 knots in the mountains of BC and Alberta, or the cold, windy, foggy "Oh my God how do people fly here." east coast, or the hidden gem of the Arctic where you're very unlikely to get a tail rotor strike on a tree but there's lots of rocks to worry about - you can still look out the window at scenery very few people that have ever walked the earth will see and think, ya, it was worth it. Good luck, and make an educated decision.
  2. 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...
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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, but then they finally were disgusted..... They were disgusted at the CTV cutbacks had gone so far that the poor reporter couldn't afford to have all of her hair dyed the same colour. Tsk, tsk, tsk, we thought the helicopter industry was having a bad year. ........and now, sports.
  6. 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.
  7. PM on the way with some information.
  8. "Why yes, that's exactly what it means when they refer to a hard landing" :boff:
  9. 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:
  10. :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.
  11. 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:
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    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 see how there would be a lot of crossover between the two types of material. When in doubt - print out the TC reference guide, they can't ask it if it's not there. If you have any questions PM me and I'll pull out my study material.
  13. 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?
  14. 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 serious condition, the other is in critical condition. Both are being transferred to Hamilton Trauma Centre for further treatment.
  15. :shock: :up: Welcome back Martman. Yes, I've finally kicked myself enough times and have got to put my nose to the grindstone. I'm at the bottom of the hill looking up right now. Perhaps I could trick you into hopping in a certain approved sim I have access to as well in order to help me in my quest? Whole new world, lots to learn. I will forego my usual speech tainted in sarcasm and say it would be an honour and a privilige to get the dust off that sweet ride (goggles on of course). My email remains the same, or PM me. D
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