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  1. Hmmm If a guy didnt know better he would think that TC had issues providing uniform interpretation and enforcement of regulations across different regions.. Its not all bad R22Capt, the Arriel is a much better engine in the 76 than the Allison.
  2. The ANR debate gets thrown around a lot on the fixed wing forums (www.Avcanada.ca) if your looking for lots of debate from both sides. I used ANR (Bose X headset) for about 3 months in the SK76, after 2 years of flying it without. The Bose was quieter, without a doubt. And no, it does not drown out any of the noises you've grown to love/ count on. I could still hear the compressors change pitch, inverters come online and everything else. All it does is make the high pitch of the compressors slightly quieter. Except that it didn't actually make anything quieter. If you read the forums
  3. ORNGE has had open postings for FOs and Captains at half of its bases for the last year or more. It appears the only way to get hired there is to have a pulse.
  4. Let's not forget the part of the report where the NTSB describes how NEITHER one of them was flying the aircraft at the time of the accident. The aircraft was being flown by the autopilot while both of them sat on their hands and chatted with each other about 1.) how they were both being underpaid for how awesome a pilot they were, and 2.) how neither one of them had ever seen icing conditions as bad as the conditions they were in AT THAT EXACT MOMENT. Neither one of them bothered at any point to check and see what the robot was doing. The aircraft was picking up a ton of ice and pitc
  5. Once you add the 20th seat the helicopter becomes 705 and has to play by airline rules. The CAR that he posted is the only one you need. You can get an exemption to run a heli with 20+ seats under 704 rather than 705 from Transport, but they will still make you carry an FA.
  6. Another option to make your life slightly easier to to have labela printed up for when you remove or re-enter the door so you don't have to acctually write "doors required to be removed for ops.. Doors removed new wieght is X new c of g is Y and Z ". And then just slap that in the book when you take them off. I guess it would depend on which combos of doors you have off, but since the numbers won't change it can make It go a little quicker when customers are staring at you.
  7. I'll begin this topic by stating that I have ZERO hours of first hand long line experience, only some seat meat time in a 214 watching people who know what they're doing do it. I'll apologize in advance for asking what might be stupid questions. The TSB has released their report on the tail rotor drive failure of a 214 involved in heli-logging operations in 2007 http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2007/a07p0209/a07p0209.asp I've read a few TSB reports that always come back to hit on how the pilot should have been wearing his should straps in order to inc
  8. Lets see what we know 1.) the tail boom fell, or broke, off. It's probably an AW139.
  9. Perhaps some enterprising soul could invent a camera mounted on the fuselage or tail (with some serious vibration dampening mounts no doubt) If the technology can exist to put it on the back of a minivan perhaps a nice wide angle camera pointed at the tail might help. I'm not saying it should replace proper situational awareness, and no one is arguing the merits of turning the aircraft about the tail rather then mast. But maybe, just maybe, it might help. I also think MMike is right about mirrors, maybe the 76 needs mirrors. **** if you were really crazy you could mount 'em on a spring hi
  10. I'm just an infant in this business, but I'm willing to bet that Icefield isn't the first company in the history of Canadian Rotary aviation to ask a guy to pay for his first job. If they are they certainly didn't invent it, they stole the idea from more fixed wing companies then any one person can name, up to and including companies that fly Airbus A320's (not to mention Canadian "airlines" like JetsGo) I've gotten 3 endorsements out of my employer, including a medium and a 61. Never paid them a dime, I signed a paper saying I would stick around for 18 months for the medium and the 61 en
  11. Have many of the current CHL crew been contacted as a result of ORGNE's recent posting? Has anyone?
  12. YXD would go the way of Meigs field if some people had their way, sadly.
  13. http://www.avcanada.ca/forums2/viewtopic.p...=54&t=65575 JTF2
  14. After reading the write up in the Aviation Safety Letter I was wondering if anyone on here working for ORGNE/CHL might be able to clear something up for me. The write up refers to a recommended approach angle of 8 degrees, based on both the SOPs and Ops Manual. The report also says that the aircraft was on the proper approach angle as it passed through 500'agl and 0.5 NM from the helipad. I'm curious how the pilots know they're on this angle? Is it a function of the EGPWS? or is it just RadAlt/GPS distance to run?
  15. https://www.chlcrewsupport.com/JobPosting_P...&Language=0 Never mind the 212, you could go there in a 61....
  16. Pffffttt.. a BBJ will do a 4000ft strip. Once... Then you just buy a new one.
  17. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/200...er-pointer.html 1000$ fine for this guy in Calgary. Pointed it at HAWC to boot..
  18. "I don't what you guys are taught now a days," marginal wx, low fuel, he saw the friggin sign didn't he" So then your looking for 2 lost skiers AND a missing 205. It's a moot point anyway, the helicopter was not there in the initial stages anyway. And when the pilot DID see the sign and the survivor he referred it to the people qualified to conduct the operation. You don't get to be a medium pilot flying Heli-ski without a pretty solid idea of what you can and can't do. If he could have picked the guy up safely I'm sure he would have, however rolling up a machine full of people tryi
  19. I'll just second Ryan's first post, Unless we both lucked out and got the easiest version of the exam TC has. When I wrote it over half of the questions that I had on mine were word for word the same ones the were on my commercial exam. Theres no surprises on it, just study the CARS that are listed in the study guide, and a real basic understanding of how instruments work and youll do fine.
  20. The pink slip email is posted on PPRUNE. Sounds like a lot of students were scammed into paying up front and are gonna be way down on the list to get money back, if they get it at all. Not that I think anyone in Canada would do this intentionally, but theres a sad lesson here for perspective students about keeping your money in your hands, not in the schools. A CPL(H) is alot of money to be on the hook for with fresh licence in your hand, but its a lot worse if you've got nothing to show for it cause your school ran into hard times and filed for bankruptcy.
  21. How much is that operators course from SAIT? Airborne is always looking for pilot/operators, and from what I've been told they fly some pretty good hours. Thats all third hand though, maybe someone on here can give first hand info on it.
  22. I had Shawn Coyles book about a year before I started my flight training, I found it easy to read and clear from Day 1, I still pick it up once a week or so to read bits and peices. Its got a lot more info in it then Wagtendonks book. Along with Fate is the Hunter from the fixed wing side of the coin another one I lend to people all the time is called "inside the sky" by William Langewiesche, whose father wrote another classic, Sitck and Rudder.
  23. Depending on the length of your leg, pressing your left leg/knee up against the side of the collective (assuming you can reach it without taking your foot off the pedal) can help hold it in place so you take your left hand off to fly or flick switches.
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