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  1. After 70 pages of "Hogwash", why are airlines using miles that never change, between A & B for log book enteries converted to air time, depending on the knots of the particular aircraft. Mileage Rate has been accepted for Fixed Wing aircraft since tariffs came into effect. The only rate that is in question is the hourly rate charged by both Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing aircraft. The only charges applicable is when said a/c takes-off and returns for it's final landing. Manufacturers have stated that there is no STRESS on any a/c idling on the ground or taxing. Air Time (Stress Time) is the only time to be entered in the Technical Log. As I have stated before operators have control of "Air Time" which becomes a cost factor in relation to the life of the a/c and the components attached. When doing an Audit its easy to confirm the invoiced hours against the Tech Log entry are the same. Flight Time is only applicable to aircrew and has nothing to do with overhaul or life of the aircraft or components. When I was Audting on behalf of PWGSC (after completing a Transport Canada Audit Course) I visited just about every opertor in Canada doing business on a contracting basis with the Feds. I also worked with Export Development Corporation and USAF Audit Team from Scott Airforce Base, auditing all Canadian Airlines doing business transporting American contractors or personnel. One thing the USAF taught me was if they were not happy a company, they were put on notice and not used. In actual fact one company was put on notice after they had been visited by Transport Audit from Moncton two days prior to our arrival. Needless to say they were slightly embarrased, when I informed them of our findings. The whole system of Transport Civil Aviation needs a complete overhaul and get some people in there that care about avaition and not writing a two page memo on something that can be said in a paragraph. Use the "KISS" principal and enforce it
  2. It's a very interesting question and I beleive an opthomologist is the only person that can help you with that question. Your eyes are a function of what your brain tells you at the time of observation. I personally prefer yellow in flat conditions. When landing in tree lined vertical decent, I take of my sunglass's (green) as I lose accurate decent info. If you are landing in a flat area where there is snow or sand, use the pinnacle landing approach, minimum speed and collective until touchdown. Gradient lenses don't respond fast enough, IMO. Only you know what your brain tells you. INMHO, Regards Don
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    Lance Cooper

    I met Lance and brother numerous times when doing Audits for Parks Canada, related to search and rescue and checking out Pilots. I don't remember his brother's name, but Lance was an A-1 guy who did'nt beleive in BS. Him and his brother took over the operation from somebody else who was having a rough time. Dave White (Pilot) also lived in Canmore, I worked with him in Sudan. RIP Lance and condolences to family and friends in Canmore. Don McDougall
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    Hydro Contract

    There are usually two types of contracts, Fixed Contracts for a certain period on a sole use basis, or Standing Offer Contract on an as and when required basis. Normally both are for a period of years with provision for extensions as stated in the original document. How BC Hydro does their contracting is up to them and they have recently gone thru a shake up in their operations and became extremely safety aware and require Pilots with prior power line experience in the mountains. I would suggest you give them a call and get it from the Chief Pilot. Don
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    Bell 206 Dash mounted anything

    There is no restrictions on a pilot being 5 feet tall, you still can't see over the instrument consul on a 206B. Should you happen to get a remark or whatever from an inspector, tell him to put it in writing and justify it.
  6. At that altitude, weight and temperature, I would use the holy Shyte Graph and hopefully you have a level surface to land on!!!!!!😱 Have fun,Don.
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    Dean Bass Enbridge

    Does know what happened with Dean Bass or heard any rumours or is it all top secret?????? ✈️✈️
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    Great Slave

    Maybe Discovery will kiss arse and get financed by the Feds and buy GS back. Seems to me I forecast this when it was originally bought by Discovery. It's only taxpayers money and X military types think they have all the answers. Live off the taxpayer when in the military, retire and double dip at a government sponsored job. Nice Life. Keep flying in the Wardroom and telling stories of how great you are.✈️
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    PPL vs CPL

    INMO: Go for your commercial licence, for the tax reduction. You will spend that amount to gain experience and it will certainly have an effect on your insurance. Talk to whoever is training you, they should be able to give you advice on the best route and also talk to an underwriter. You can also spread out your training, to stay current. Good Luck.
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    Dean Bass Enbridge

    Worked with Dean for years at Viking Hel., a gentleman and excellent pilot. RIP and see you one of these days. Condolences to the Family and friends. Don McDougall
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    Best helicopter school in Canada right now ?

    Maybe not right away but, the lifestyle and wages would increase a lot faster than in the present helicopter industry. Grey Horizons, I mentioned this to you before. Get off your opioids and the Horizon will brighten and the Lord Said, you will see the light. Cheers, Don
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    Best helicopter school in Canada right now ?

    I guess we as well might beat this thing to death. You don't seem to have done any homework yourself. You are capable at using a computer, so why do I or anybody else have to provide you with information that is available on any aviation web page if you bother to take the time. Google it. AME licence requires (3) years apprenticeship and pass TCA final exams. Helicopter Pilot Licence: 100 hrs flight time, plus cost ??? Fixed Wing Commercial+at least one year instructing to gain additional experience. Instructors are required at flight schools as they are all being picked up to be trained as airline pilots. This site cannot provide you with the answer you are looking for, other than to say that helicopter training is very costly and NO guarantee that you will get any return on your investment. The DEMAND for fixed wing pilots and AME's is much greater than CPL(H). Go to any flight school and enlighten yourself. Cheers
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    Best helicopter school in Canada right now ?

    What you do with your life is completely up to you. My comment on taking flight training with a school that has a maintenance school attached is just away of getting free info on the type of a/c you will be flying and the difference between piston engines and turbines. As long as you don't get in the way, AME's, are very friendly and will part with any info as long as you appreciate there comments. People posting in the fashion that Simpleton does, do not do any justice for most Pilots or AMES in the industry. Attached: Canadore College.ca All the info you need.
  14. The idea of checking the invoices for the hours charged for the flight, entries in the "airtime tech log" should be the same, or somebody is playing games. This basically a cross check. It has nothing to do with the billing process. CASE No. 1-Record Keeping: Accuracy Is a Must A company appealed a review decision that the TATC had rendered against it. The challenged decision dealt with numerous contraventions of the Canadian Aviation Regulations(CARs). The contraventions concerned the performance and recording of maintenance or elementary work[CARs 571.02(1) and 571.03], compliance with airworthiness directives[605.84(1)], requirements regarding journey logs and technical records[605.93(1) and 605.94(1)], and maintenance control systems[706.02]. The TATC appeal panel concluded that the review decision was reasonable. I guess the Government wasted taxpayers money when they paid for the following courses on my behalf. Transport Canada Auditors Course. Edmonton ISO 9000 (KPMG) Ottawa Three (3) different Safety Courses at the California Safety Institute, New Mexico Safety Management Course, Transport Canada. PLUS OVER 50yrs IN THE INDUSTRY.