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  1. Anyone know if National still has there Longranger in St Maarten? I know there Bo105 is doing medivac's from Saba to there.
  2. X-plane and microsoft flight sim are both quality simulators. I didn't find it helped for actual precision flying. But it is the best way to learn the IFR procedures. The actual flying part of IFR is pretty easy as we can all hold altitudes and turns, but it's knowing how to intercept radials or how to enter the hold that are the biggest learning curves. I did mine in a C172 sim and did about an hour a day. Then at night I would practice the same routing on my laptop and this is where things would really stick as I could just concentrate on the navigation stuff and not worry about flying. I didn't like using a joystick as it didn't feel very real and was hard on the wrists, so I just used what looks like a playstation controller as I could then just fly with my thumb. Worked really well. Don't bother trying to fly a helicopter on the sim's as it's too much work, just pick a plane with the nav aids you need and fly. The other thing I would really recommend is the gps download. On garmin's site you can download the GNS 430/530 simulator for free. Although you would think the gps is the easiest thing to learn, you load all your approach's through this and sometimes it doesn't do what you think it should. So the more time you can spend on this the better, as some of the flight test failures I have heard of are usually finger troubles with the GPS. If you go to http://www.reality-xp.com/flightsim/index.html you can download the GNS 430/530 right onto X-plane/flight sim for $50. This makes life so much easier as you can now load all your approach's right into your simulator on the gps, just the same as if you were on your flight test. This allows you to learn everything from home so when your actually in the aircraft you just need to fly.
  3. Trying to find out what subject matters the HARON & HAMRA are on. Transport shows this: Air Regulations and Air Traffic Procedures, Helicopter Operations and Navigation General - HARON Meteorology, Radio Aids to Navigation and Flight Planning - HAMRA but in the syllabus to study for the ATPL-H it also lists: -airframes, engines and aircraft systems -instruments -theory of flight -human factors but it doesn't say which exam those are applicable too. I am ready to write HAMRA but want to make sure I dont get any surprises on the exam. Anyone know the answer? thanks
  4. If your young enough going the AME route first can be a good idea. Most companies don't want to hire 100hr pilots to begin with, especially ones that are still teenagers. Getting your engineering licence first, while making a decent salary, you can pay off your student loans. Than eventually take a winter off to get your pilot's licence. This way through school you already have a job waiting for you. Explain to your employer this is just something you have always wanted to do but you don't expect to fly when you get back(of course your lying). I used to have a set a duals with me so I could log time whenever we were heading to a job. It may take a few years before the company allows you to start doing the odd ferry flight. They may always view you as an engineer and you may eventually have to move to another company. I know lots of engineer's that thought they wanted to be pilots when they first got in the industry and then realized how much better engineer's had it. At the end of the day you always have a fall back career if you lose your medical.
  5. I graduated Helicopters Canada about 8-9 years ago. It was a great school, trying to think off some negatives but nothing is coming to mind. The students were able to start anytime of the year, which worked great as some guys were more advanced and were able to get finished quicker. Nice size airport to train at, not overwhelming with traffic. There classroom is right in the airport and the hangar is a 30 second walk from there. I know an operator next door has been hiring some of there graduates recently. I got my licence around the same time as another guy in the class and we are both still flying. I guess you just hear more about Gateway and now Essential as they run the Canadore program which has been around forever.
  6. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/07/23/...pter-crash.html
  7. National had some type of partnership with a company trying to start up in St Maarten & St kitts (Caribbean). The American registered BH06 had an engine failure a few months ago and rolled over in the water. It was not National's aircraft but perhaps this is the rumour you heard.
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