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  1. Yes Ultra's hangar was just east of Grimshaw, there's a trucking company running out of there now.. Valley B is still operating out of Manning.
  2. Rene closed Ultra over a decade ago. I helped load the last two Jet Rangers C-GBPB, and C-FALE on trailers. BPB went to a Christian Flight school in Three Hills and ALE went out east to spray. We had a really good crew there it was sad to see it shut down.
  3. After a few of idiotic placement of things I've had to deal with this week I won't disagree 🤔.
  4. To add to Heliian's post, On the fixed wing side no type course is required from turbine powered aircraft unless they are transport category. This is why those old time fix wing inspectors get confused. So if you were to switch over to a fixed wing company running King Airs and Beech 1900s not operated in 705, as long as the company's MPM and PRM are satisfied that you are competent enough to sign out a King Air or 1900 you can be ACA'd with no type course. Even though they are more complicated aircraft then your basic Bell or Airbus Helicopters. Not sure I like it but that's the way the reg's are written.
  5. FYI for those of you working in the States, hears a thread about the FCC taking action against a retailer selling Baofengs. Industry Canada could easily take similar actions up here as those radio break so many of the certification requirements for operation on commercial frequencies. Now will they? Probably not as their budget has been cut back even more then TC's. DrkRider
  6. It may not be a flight or engine control but it should be added to each company's Critical Task List which would make it a required dual. DrkRider
  7. You could look at as two years of employment, they are less likely to get rid of you if they have that investment in you. DR
  8. Got the notice too. I know a lot of TC inspectors who purchase CARs Deluxe then expense it to TC. All the data is public domain so I can't see why some TC Manager would have an issue with it. Sean
  9. Years ago a Ft. Mac Town Councillor bought a house in Saprea Creek off the end of the runway then proceeded to start a petition to have the airport moved. The airport manager at the time said "Sure we'll move the airport where ever you want, you give us a chunk of land and 150 million and we'll get right on it" that pretty much ended the discussion right there.
  10. From my understanding most urban police forces could get away with an R44 or R66 "Law Enforcement" model, a little noisier then the EC120 / EC135 but millions cheaper to buy and operate. Sean
  11. I'm positive that a POC is required. Also remember these are the types the commercial operators are competing against and the customers judge the whole industry by these guys who aren't even remotely doing things the safe an correct way. DrkRider
  12. There's an AD concerning the head rests (CF-91-29R1)on the 4 man seat that requires that you check that the quick pins and head rests do indeed quickly move / remove in case of an accident. I've always made sure the top of the net is undone and folded down when we have have passengers just in case they need out in a hurray through the front. Sean
  13. We had Paravion heaters at the last company I worked at. the defog / demister seemed to work well. Sean
  14. Well officially Fire Season starts March 1st in Alberta but considering there's still 3 feet of snow in the bush, I think it will be a little later when things kick off.
  15. Very sad news, my condolences to the family, and friends effected by this accident. Sean
  16. Are both flapping hinge frictions close to the same? We had one here where one flapping hinge was noticeably stiffer yet still less the the teetering friction. I would give us and intermittent 2 per.
  17. Global Edmonton also uses his name. http://www.globaltvedmonton.com/updated+victim+of+helicopter+crash+near+slave+lake+identified/6442766976/story.html
  18. Very sad news, my condolences to his family and friends. Sean
  19. Correction Celebration of Life Wayne Johnson Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm Down Centennial Center Shell Cultural Pavilion (Shell Theatre) 8700 - 84 Street Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (next to Highway 21 and Super 8 Hotel) Reception to follow in the Cultural Pavilion Donations to: Myeloma Canada Foundation PO Box 326 Kirkland, Quebec H9H 5H6 or online: www.myelomacanada.ca
  20. Celebration of Life Wayne Johnson Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm Down Centennial Center Shell Cultural Pavilion (Shell Theater) 8700 - 84 Street Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (next to Highway 21 and Super 8 Hotel) Reception to follow in the Cultural Pavilion
  21. At Linda's request I've spent the last two days notifying, Wayne's friends and acquittance's of which there are many of his passing, there's been one recurring theme with everyone one I've talked with, that I'm sure wont surprise anyone who knew Wayne, He had a big hart and positively influenced everyone he ever encountered. We've lost one of the good ones. Sean
  22. Its with great regret that I have to inform you that Wayne Johnson passed away this evening after his battle with cancer. Linda has asked that I thank every for their thoughts and prayers over the last year.Further details for his memorial will be posted when available. Sean Smith
  23. Slightly off topic but there are AME associations the represent every province and territory except Quebec. Quebec's died a few years back due to lack of membership. I know the Western AME Association is having a hard time getting members and it's one of the more active associations. So I think to get a helicopter Pilot / AME association going would be a tough go it would take some serious effort. Also remember generally the people who have the ability i.e. time to run an organisation like that aren't field types because field personnel are gone away from home a lot of the time and aren't able to attend regularly scheduled meetings. So you get managers etc. running the organisations then the same complaints will start that it's being run by the evil management types. Just my two cents from being involved in lots of different associations over the years. Sean
  24. You will note if you reread my post that I did not comment either way, but rather cut and paste what HAC emailed out. What I did say is it affects both pilots and operators which it does. I posted this for those on here that don't get HAC emails so they know what's coming down the pipe. Before you start putting words or opinions in my mouth please read the above post and understand what I said. Sean
  25. HAC members received this email yesterday, I think everyone should read into this subject as it affects both the crew and operators if this goes through. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For almost two years Transport Canada, HAC and a variety of other interested Labour Groups and industry associations have been meeting to discuss revisions to the Flight & Duty Time Regulations. The process has been largely driven by issues that have arisen in the airline world and by concerns raised by the airline pilot unions. Unfortunately, the helicopter community, the Business Aviation community and Fixed-wing Air Taxi and Commuter Operators have been sucked in to the vortex. The Working Group has concluded its deliberations and the Working Group Chairs have generated a Draft Report, which is now available for your comments. [Read the Full DRAFT Report] A Summary of the Working Group Chair’s Recommendations has been prepared by HAC, compared to the current Flight & Duty Limits [View the Matrix]. A full summary and an outline of the Recommendations can be found in Appendix 1 at page 83 of the full DRAFT Working Group Report. HAC and other like-minded Associations will be making a joint submission to the Working Group Chairs, and a written dissent to the Final Report when it is tabled at the November 6 2012 CARAC Technical Committee meeting. We have already alleged an airline-specific bias in the process. HAC has invested hundreds of hours in the Working Group’s deliberations, and the Working Group Chairs have prepared a draft Working Group report that contains complicated, one-size-fits-all proposals which are more suited to the airline community with their Crew Scheduling systems, Dispatch offices, and flight block systems. You will see that the proposals set out in the Draft Working Report would be difficult to administer in a self-dispatch environment. Very little effort has been made to produce proposals that accommodate our unique operational circumstances. We have alleged that the Working Group’s Chairs have not made industry segment-specific recommendations that are sensitive to the operational requirements of the helicopter community. HAC has repeatedly reminded the Working Group members that the lion’s share of our industry consists of northern, Specialty, and seasonal operations, and we are challenged by the logistics of long distance crew changes, a short season and pilot self-managed limits. We welcome your comments on the DRAFT Report, particularly as they relate to the operational impact of the proposals on your operation. All comments will be de-identified in the context of HAC’s written submission, but will add weight to concerns that we have raised. It may be that later in the process we will also have to rely on your written comments when the Working Group report has been tabled in CARAC. We may even ask you to enlist support from your local MP if cooler heads in the Transport system do not prevail. This report is bad for safety, but also bad for business. If you take a few minutes to review the summary and the full Draft Report, I think that you will agree that the Working Group Chair’s recommendations would devastate our industry, but what’s more, they are simply not suited to our industry and will serve only to make it difficult for you to run your business without improving safety. Please make your submissions directly to HAC’s President & CEO directly at [email protected] by August 12 2012 in preparation for our next HAC submission on this subject.
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