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Everything posted by ragbagflyer

  1. My experience comes from the fixed wing side but I've used both. The short answer is that a stand alone unit is better and safer. I'm currently using an ipad at one place I work part time because I got the ipad for free so when I needed my to supply my own gps it was cheaper to buy a Bluetooth add-on gps (garmin glonass) than a new garmin stand alone. The ipad is OK but not great. The first gen ipad mini is kind of slow to reload pages so I'd avoid it if you do go the mini route. I've run Air Nav pro and Garmin pilot and I wouldn't want to rely on either. I've had multiple soft
  2. So to summarize, if you end up with a less than stellar Canadian employee your first move should be ....hire a foreigner. Some of us might think to fire him and find another Canadian pilot. I know, it's crazy!
  3. Speak up boys and girls. This first link is particularly applicable for anybody who was qualified for a position at a company known to use foreign pilots. http://www.edsc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/foreign_workers/index.shtml integrity@servicecanada.gc.ca Jason Kenney - Labour Minister jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca Jinny Sims - NDP Labour critic Jinny.Sims@parl.gc.ca Find your MP using your postal code. http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseofCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC
  4. So does LR have an r22? If not what's the hourly training rate on a 44?
  5. Any idea how many TFW permits are granted to helicopter pilots ever year? I got through to Cross Country Checkup and gave a summary of the issue, I may be getting a call back from the producer to talk on the air.
  6. This issue is being discussed today on Cross Country Checkup folks. I belive is starts at 1 PT, 4 ET. Here's a chance to speak up. Would love to see one of you helicopter guys eloquently explain how the TFWP is abused in the helicopter industry.
  7. I would love to know how the operators are satisfying the requirement cited in the letter you recieved Heizenberg. Italics added by me.
  8. ....and absolutely zero mention of any specifics regarding the cirsumstances concerning needing foreign helicopter pilots. Classy.
  9. I sent an email to the College of Professional Pilots asking if they have taken a stance on this issue. I'll be sending a letter to Minister Kenney and my MP as well. I encourage the rest of you to do the same because simply ranting on Vertical will very little if the discussion doesn't get beyond this website. There's an opportunity to gain some traction here if the pilot's side of the aviation industry speaks with a united voice. Let's use the current news cycle to our advantage. I'm unaffected by this policy (fixed wing bush pilot), but it pains me to see it affect your industry and severe
  10. Thanks Helidude? No mins? That doesn't seem too favourable for the owner considering the 12 yr expiration date. Anybody else? Many operators looking to lease these aircraft?
  11. Hi guys. I've got an exclusively fixed wing background but was would like to get some information on what a typical lease rate is in the current Canadian market for an r44 raven ll. How much per hour? Typical monthly minimums? How many operators looking to lease? Thanks
  12. Go straight to rotary if that's what you want to fly. And I'd argue with anybody that says it's cheaper to get the F/W first. When it was all said and done I spent over 50 K on my F/W training, and then I bought an airplane. I'm happy that i did it all but now I want to convert and am to friggin broke and in debt to even think about it until I can sell my bird. I'm working in F/W now and loving it as well, but i know I'll like the rotary side even more because it's the controlling of the machine part of flying that I dig the most. I'm hoping that a couple thousand hours in the bush will c
  13. If the school doesn't have a DFTE they should have a system in place so that students don't have to wait weeks between bookings. It's completely unacceptable to have to wait that long. I'm considering converting to rotary wing, and until now I hadn't even considered examiner availability an issue, but I certainly am after seeing this. Especially with a 60 hour conversion, there isn't time or money to screw around preparing for a flight test several times over. With west coast winter weather E&B should be a little more proactive and realize that everybody doesn't have 400+ dollars per h
  14. How many flight test examiners are in that area? That's bullshit if you have to wait two weeks in between bookings, especially with the weather you get down there. How can you be expected to get ready for a flight test and then wait for that long. Does the school not have an examiner on staff?
  15. http://break.com/index/helicopter_whacks_hanger_on_takeoff.html NTSB Identification: CHI04LA212. The docket is stored in the Docket Management System (DMS). Please contact Records Management Division 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation Accident occurred Thursday, August 05, 2004 in Chesterfield, MO Probable Cause Approval Date: 7/7/2005 Aircraft: Robinson R44, registration: N7036J Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 Uninjured. The helicopter was substantially damaged when the main rotor contacted an open hangar door during takeoff and the helicopter subsequently impacted the ground.
  16. The iridium phones cost a lot more, at least half again as much as the global stars. But they work, don't feel as cheep and you can use them with any cell set adapter for in flight use. Did I mention that they actually work.
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