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  1. Without knowing your situation completely, I have to agree with you. Either way it looks like you are doing your research. As you can see there are more than a few Canadian pilots who have paid for a licence, before they realized the industry was not at all what they expected. Best of luck with whichever avenue you choose...
  2. That’s a fair reply. Just be aware that it will likely be more than 2 or 3 years of extended tours away from family. In reality, there is a good possibility you will not fly for 2 or 3 years, if ever. Once you do get flying: CARs currently allow for a pilot to work 42 days straight, with 5 days off before and after the tour. Then you can be asked to return to work for another 42 days straight. These “days off” do not need to be away from the job site. You just need to have no company assigned duties. You can do this 6 times per year. While tours are getting better, (and the CARs are changing for air taxi...maybe lol) your employer will likely expect a strong commitment from you early on (as you both try to get you enough hours to work most contracts). Client minimum Flight Time requirements seem to be always increasing, despite the growing shortage of pilots. Aerial work jobs will still be under the limits above even when(if) the new CARs limits do come into effect. if you do decide to get your licence, choose your Flight Training Unit wisely and ask them how they log and bill you flight time.
  3. Longest day 12.3 hours Flight Time/ 9.2 Air Tine 😎
  4. President’s Message - HAC Appeals to Minister Garneau Over the New Interpretation of “Flight time” http://mediaedgedigital.com/supplierinsights/hac/presidents-message-15/
  5. https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/reference-centre/advisory-circulars/ac-700-052.html
  6. May 8/19 email: Dear Sir, We continue to work the file in addition to a number of other priority files. Please note we do not send back the disposition documents to individual commenters, but will be sending the AC out again prior to being finalized. As such, you will be able to assess how your feedback would have been dispositioned. Regards, Robert Sincennes, P.Eng. Director, Standards Branch Tel: 613-991-2738 cell: 613-859-2796 facsimile / télécopieur : 613-952-3298 Internet: [email protected] Transport Canada | Transports Canada
  7. Excerpt from April 16/19 e-mail: “I am responding on behalf of Robert Sincennes who is currently away. TCCA has received many comments on Draft Advisory Circular (AC) 700-052 - RECORDING FLIGHT TME FOR SKID-EQUIPPED HELICOPTERS and it has now completed a disposition of all comments. These will be sent out shortly for all persons and operators who submitted them and when the consultation period and processes are complete, the AC can be issued.” Best Regards,Pierre RuelPierre RuelChief | ChefFlight Standards| Normes des Opérations AériennesStandards Branch| Direction des NormesTransport Canada | Transports Canada330 Sparks St, 4th floor | 330 rue Sparks, 4e étage (AARTA)Ottawa, Canada K1A [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>613-998-9855
  8. And n the form of a stamp of approval on behalf of the minister (in my COM]. Like I said “Good to go” ...for the time being at least. At the rate TC moves, that could be quite awhile.
  9. We’ve already involved all parties and done the work...now it’s up to them. This circus has been going on since 2015. According to Airbus I’m good to go with Class C loads. That’s what their letter says. They have also been advising several operators of this since 2015. According to anything I have in writing from TC, I’m also currently good to go. That includes correspondence from TC Standards, Certification and Regional Operations and my COM approval. I’m confident that constitutes “approval from the responsible authority in accordance with the applicable operational regulations” as indicated n the operating limitations of the Flight Manual. With that being said, standards and my region have advised they will be releasing a CASA to advise of the implications of Airbus’ position. The point of my post was simply to ask if anyone else had received any news on this front (and also pass on what I know to others who may be conducting Class C in AS350s).
  10. Additionally, Airbus has been circulating the attached letter (to Transport Canada and many operators) since June 2015. Also attached is the November 2017 letter from TC certification (to Airbus). In this letter TC Certification states that they have completed their review, validate the "major change affecting Airbus Helicopters AS350B2" and find the changes acceptable. 13530660.pdf AS 350 and EC 130 series helicopter - External load certification.pdf
  11. That it does. So let's look at the Operating Limitations section in the latest amendment (06-17) to the supplement for the Cargo Swing on the AS350 B2, approved by Transport Canada themselves in November 2017. "The cargo hook system is approved for lifting external load which is jettisonable and lifted free from land or water during rotorcraft operation. Operation with an external load which remains in contact with land, water or any fixed structure is not demonstrated by the manufacturer. These operations shall not be conducted without approval from the responsible authority in accordance with the applicable operational regulations." Now, what are your thoughts if an operator has an approval e-mail (like the one in my December 21, 2017 above) from Transport Canada Standards (and have Class C loads approved in their COM)? We also received an e-mail from our Primary Ops Inspector stating approval of Class C loads in the AS350 is granted. Our COM also contains approval for Class C loads, but does not specify in which aircraft.
  12. FYI: Earlier this month, 4 TC inspectors and the Associate Reginal Director advised us (verbally) that TC standards have changed their position with regards to AS350 Helicopters and their certification for Class C external,loads. We asked to receive their position in writing and we’re told that TC is preparing a Civil Aviation Safety Alert (CASA). A follow up email to the standards department garnered this April 19 reply: With respect to operations with Class “C” loads by the AS 350 series helicopters, TCCA will be advising operators through their regional POI’s and through the issuance of a CASA of the implications of the position of Airbus Helicopters on these operations with this series of helicopter, as stated in the Limitations Section of the AS 350 Rotary-wing Flight Manual. Transport Canada is not planning any separate regulatory action on these operations at this time.Best Regards,Pierre RuelPierre RuelChief | ChefFlight Standards| Normes des Opérations AériennesStandards Branch| Direction des NormesTransport Canada | Transports Canada330 Sparks St, 4th floor | 330 rue Sparks, 4e étage (AARTA)Ottawa, Canada K1A [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>613-998-9855 Has anyone received further clarity through their POI? We were advised the CASA was to be released in the very near future, but have yet to see it...
  13. I suspect this is one of those issues where the approach from TC is far from standardized. Depending on what exactly you want to use the IPad for, how you mount it and most importantly, which inspector you ask, the expectation likely varies from “nothing required in the COM” to a very complex system (documented and approved in the COM). if you just went through all of this with TC, care to share your inspectors expectation?
  14. My mistake. It used to be CAW, now it’s Unifor,; aka the “Super Union” lol https://www.unifor.org/en/whats-new/news/caw-cep-merge-super-union
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