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  1. WOW! As you say..very interesting. I wonder how well "Robo" will do when the load goes ape sh*t.
  2. I guess the answer depends on the individual. There are pros and cons to working seismic. Please take my observations with a grain of salt as I've been out of seismic for some time but other than technology I doubt if the "bones" of the operation have changed much. Seismic is great for providing year round employment as it typically picks up in the winter. Sadly there will be a lot of sitting around in the cold or in a truck. The camps are typically pretty good but putting on your parka to go pee wears thin after a few weeks. I always used to wake up every 3 hrs. to check on the machine when it got below -30. Always make sure you know where the breaker panel for camp is. You don't want to be hunting at 3 a.m. when you blow a breaker. Unless you have your own Generator. Day to day winter operations require a higher level of vigilance with regards to aircraft and logistics. (lots of working in the dark) You could be working in the mountains and have multiple crews scattered afield when the weather turns. Also shorter daylight hours can be an issue. A pilot can gain invaluable experience in seismic. Honing longline skills and landing in unprepared confines in the winter just to name a couple. Your customer relations skills will be sharpened as well...but I'll let someone else fill in that part! Seismic outfits are notoriously cheap so be prepared to be in the cross hairs at all times. I guess in a nut shell, If you don't mind extended winter ops. with all of the hazards and hassles therein and don't mind rubbing shoulders with pot smoking juggies for weeks at a time then you have come to the right place. If on the other hand, you prefer the slower pace after freeze up to take time off and re-connect with friends and family, seismic may not be for you. Is it awesome?....no. Is it good work in the winter?...It can be depending on the outfit and camp. Would I go back swinging bags in the eastern slopes?...Not a friggen chance. Regards, Max
  3. Again there are variables but I would say around $3000.00 . Some companies pay better than others and 1000 hrs. is a good milestone. Generally means good bye to junior wages and hello to more senior pilot increment raises. If your company is treating you well and you are happy with your wage for the work being conducted then don't worry what the other guy makes as there is always going to be a difference. Max
  4. You are correct about it being on par with the 206. A lot depends on your monthly but I'd put the hourly for 1000 hrs. between $55.00 and $60.00 per hour. Max
  5. Great harvest moon tonight when I landed! Makes it all worthwhile. I've seen it before with smoke in the air as well.. makes the big orange ball. Engineer plants a cold one in your hand and tells you to go home as it's his ship now. See you in the morning for leak checks and run ups. Can't beat it! Max
  6. Some good stuff here. I feel for you Daz...Learning to fly a helicopter in quite an accomplishment that one should be proud of. However, getting that first gig is tough and feeling your skills rusting in not pleasant. :down: I've seen guys and gals keep themselves in the poor house saving up and going flying when they can. You need to realize when and where to spend your funds to get the best bang for your buck. I don't recommend the former as you will stay somewhat sharp but poor. If you are going to get hired you will be invited for a check ride. The hiring company will probably be riding 5 or 6 guys/gals at the same time. This is when you pull out the bucks and get an hour or two just before. You don't have to be good 'cause we know you only have 100 hrs.....you just have to be better than all the others in the room. :up: That's my two cents and I wholeheartedly agree with the other statements. ANYTHING to keep your head in the game! P.M. me if you like as I may have some reference or study material laying around. Good luck on the coast and NEVER give up! Max
  7. Excellent well thought out and stated post. Test on initial hire as per every oil companies demand, but random and ongoing testing is insulting as I'm pretty sure most guys and gals won't have a "hit" and then go swing bags. Max
  8. My company provides me with a pension and loss of license insurance. And it's in my lifetime. Max
  9. Ha! Ha! That's great! Someone get me a bucket of prop wash!?! Or maybe the gentleman truly has a staining issue. Max
  10. I stand corrected..that's what I get for relying on an old memory! Max
  11. The VEMD equipped A-Stars require the test to be done at 100%. If you're not locked down, the collective will increase to assist you as if hydraulics were lost in flight. This can result in a roll over on the ground. Max
  12. Bobby McCord would be proud! VIVA R.C.A.F!! Max
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