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  1. snowedin

    Best helicopter school in Canada right now ?

    I guess I meant more from the student perspective. Should be same or just a bit more than 22, and cheaper than 44 by a good margin. Def more expensive to purchase, but of no concern to a student. fuel bladder 15 yrs basically mgb and trgb and engine still at 2200
  2. snowedin

    PPL vs CPL

    So by dual hours I mean the number of dual hours on instruction required to meet the licensing/flight test standard. You need 17 hours of dual instruction, and if you can meet the real flight test standard in 17 hours you are well ahead of any curve I have seen. So quite often the dual number goes up as a result of getting through all the flight exercises to a safe level. Typically students finish private in 60-70 hours, which makes the 45 number a bit unrealistic. If you do ppl first and then Cpl you will need to convert your ppl, which is 60 hours minimum I believe, so even if you got it done in 50 hours you now need 110 to obtain the cpl. Everything is deductible but you added 10 hours (or more) to the 100 hour requirement. R-22 can be a deadly choice, but in my experience the 44 is a great machine and quite safe, the only hurdle for you will be that everything is going the wrong direction from the Cabri Good luck!!
  3. snowedin

    PPL vs CPL

    I should ask what machine are you training on. You should expect 60 - 70 hours to do a good private ride....just to reference where the 35k number came from?
  4. snowedin

    PPL vs CPL

    So I assume you intend to buy a machine or rent? Entirely correct the private is not tax deductible and commercial is....and often people spend upwards of 40 to get to a safe flight test standard. The required and actual for dual hours never line up, you will have more training, be safer and perhaps a better insurance rate if you decide to purchase? Should be no problem to change course at this point in your training
  5. snowedin

    Best helicopter school in Canada right now ?

    in a great way....by all accounts it is everything the 22 is lacking....roomy, autos fantastically, digital display. same engine, same fuel burn...should be close to the same price making it a great initial training helicopter
  6. snowedin

    Best helicopter school in Canada right now ?

    So for your first question the big debate in our industry now relates to flight time, which the aircraft running til the aircraft stops....this is usually how customers get billed in our business. The blades are turning, fuel is being consumed, a pilot has to be at the controls...but the maintenance only pertains to air time....the time the aircraft is airborne. Right now you need 100 hours of flight time, and your rate reflects that the operator may only do 85-90 hours in the air during your training. If the rules change and you need 100 hours of air time you can expect the rates to go up correspondingly....15% ish In your training you are expected to master the art of auto-rotations....the simulated engine failure. The procedure should be carried out to the ground, with the engine at idle...maybe not all the time but you need to be trained on how this feels. It is supposed to be a flight test item....but many schools are not doing them, and as a result there are graduated pilots out in the industry who have never completed any autorotations to the ground. I recently did some training with an instructor who had never done one...which is truly frightening. You need to ask your school if you will do them, and hold them to their answer. If they talk around it, you need to run away fast Prices will vary from school to school but in my experience the schools are giving you a competitive rate. I would be surprised if they would negotiate. It can be problematic with students when one student is paying x and another y.....not good from a pr perspective. Prices will also vary depending on type of aircraft...your choices are primarily the 22, the 44 or the Cabri, which seems to be making inroads in the Canadian market and by all accouonts is a terrific trainer
  7. snowedin

    Best helicopter school in Canada right now ?

    If you can find a school that does that yes for sure you should go there, but as we found out recently no schools do this, see airtime flight time thread and HAC newsletter. At some point this may happen but the rates charged by the school will reflect that. Experience of instructors is huge, aircraft used for training, and ask if you will do any full on autos....it seems less and less do them, which is frightening for the industry as a whole. What "extra" training will you get inside the 100 hours. By extra I mean something other than the flight test minimums. Will you sling/longline or is that beyond the 100 hour course?
  8. snowedin

    Best helicopter school in Canada right now ?

    Hey Blackmac...while we are not in the same realm as the fixed wing world, we are in a position this year where we will have more placement positions than we will have grads available. Some are actually flying jobs and some are groundcrew initially. We generally do 10-12 per year and they seem to do well getting jobs, just don't always do a good job keeping the jobs...some of that is industry related in terms of how they were treated, some of that is self induced if you know what I mean. We have some excellent relationships with companies that like our grads, so it works well for everyone. I would question the rate you quoted...we are more like 70 on average (which is still a lot), and I would have to think the fixed wing is more expensive than that, unless I am missing something on the hours required. Have a great weekend
  9. snowedin

    Best helicopter school in Canada right now ?

    Let me start by saying that I work at a flight school/charter company. The question we ask people most often who approach us is what kind of person are you, do you prefer bigger cities or smaller towns, are you comfortable in the outdoors etc. Generally the less inclined to the outdoors and all that comes with that tend to lean towards airlines and flying airport to airport. The people who enjoy spending time outdoors tend to be better suited for a career in helicopters. \ So for the original poster that would be a question to ask yourself? I hold both licenses but I prefer helicopters vs the airport environment. That's just me. This can be one of the biggest determining factors for someone trying to decide between the 2 choices. Yes there are float opportunities on the fixed side and IFR options on the rotary but generally in lieu of someone actually getting out there to try it out this can help them trying to decide a path. Good luck in your choice
  10. snowedin

    Gallet parts dealer

    Tiger performance can as well, both good companies in my experience. They will even overhaul your lid for you if you send it to them. Good luck
  11. For H60 Yes it does absolutely...sometimes simply going from 100% rrpm down to 93-95% can be the difference between making a spot and not...adding speed helps as well...you may not be in the sky as long or be as comfortable, but you will go farther
  12. Daz is right....tuition is fully deductable as long as the school is recognized as an approved post secondary institution. You can carry the deduction forward up to 7 years i believe. As for the private beng recognized I believe that is only deductable after you have achieved your commercial ticket. The other factor to consider is that the private may be done in less hours, but few meet flight test standards in the prescibed number of hours (I think this is what Winnie is alluding to) especially when the training is being done periodically on weekends. 60-70 hours is more realistic given your situation, although everyone is different. I also think you would be hard pressed to find an instructor who would recommend that volume of flying for learning...perhaps 2 to 3 hours per day max, and that would only be to help accomodate you rather than be the ideal. Good luck
  13. snowedin

    A Good Call Guys!

    I think what he might be getting at is the need to land a wheeled aircraft on a hard surface where possible...perhaps with skids they may have chosen the field the first time around, and the problem may have been averted??
  14. snowedin

    Iphone Or Android

    With all the talk over on the HJ thread about relevance to helicopter operations...can someone explain to me why this thread is still in helicopter operations and not one of the other forums further down the page... you all seem like good folk on here and it is all good stuff but I have seen more moved quicker....
  15. snowedin

    A Good Call Guys!

    To sudden stop.....just because I have set some poles for hydro crews does not mean I am ready to climb the thing and string some line....why you think you know about the job from being in the industry, maybe working with crews? Yours is one of the oldest of the old school views...."son I have more time in this machine than you ever will" I am sure we have all heard that one from one guy or another. That being said this is pretty odd considering they had the luxury of actually getting out of the machine, something we do not always get to do, and they clearly were aware of the wires given that they landed tight to the left side of the road. I personally, if given the chance, like to get out and assess the tight spot I landed in and try to draw up a game plan for getting the machine out. Nice to see what I may have missed. They will be better pilots for it hopefully...I like to think I am for my error(s) A good reminder for new pilots on the importance of turns around the tail...not time for HJ to revamp SOPs....did I miss you suddenstop when this discussion was held for Ornge and the FO wire a while back??