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  1. I'd tend to go with the school that suits you the best... almost every school out there is going to play the "High Time Instructor" card, the "In the Mountains" card, the "Best Machine" card, or the ever so famous "Best Bang For Your Buck" card, but if you don't get along with your instructor(s), for whatever reason, you're not going to get the best results.


    PS, while I know several of the instructors at Canadian here in Penticton, and all of them are great guys with even better reputations as pilots, that's a heck of a lot of money to shell out for a commercial ticket.

    Granted after you make the payments on the machine for the next ten years they'll likely set you up with a job after... $130+K for a $40K per year job (if that) isn't your best investment.


    Most, but not all, of the companies I've spoken with regarding employment attribute their hiring to work ethic, teamwork ability, passion for the job, and salesmenship over endorsements or school choice.


    Good Luck!



    couldnt agree more... if money isnt an issue this school is the most recognised for top shelf training

  2. I'm still quite fresh but from what ive seen in the industry... the recession didn't really hit bc until this year, so i'm guessing it will lag in recovery... It's hard to say if there is a common wave of recovery when the industry is only 50 years old and there has only been one real recession in the early 80's to compare to... So in my opinion, people say the economy is on the slow upswing but we have passed the lowpoint and our industry should shortly follow as the helicopter is a vital workhorse.



  3. personally i am a hippy at heart and grew up on an organic farm... I have refused a pesticide application job... i have also been involved in some logging operations, i dont feel too bad about it because it is a fully sustainable resource... burning the fuel to do the job is the only personal guilt i have... what upsets me more than anything is the redneck attitude out there with the guys doing the job... i walk around the cutblock when i land to take a whizz or catch some fresh air and there is garbage and empty spray cans all over the place, i just dont understand how u can throw garbage on the ground in the middle of a beautiful bc wilderness and walk away from it without looking back... it blows me away... also the blocks are often cut right up to creeks or rivers... no 10m distance given... and the only excuse ive heard is... "its easy to be a critic now, but when the jobs getting done its hard to fall within parameters" and i do realise that there are other parts of the world where the beach's are lined with garbage and the earth is scabbed to death... but by no means that justify not taking the extra time and care to not pollute our own well preserved province or contribute to the already harsh climate change happening, all within reason of course, its never going to be perfect... if we all had the same opinion and refused to work for companies that didnt have protocols in place which make the least environmental impact to get the job done and we refused to fly unless they made a change on a job they would have to follow suit... we can all i just say "well, im just the pilot" but without us they couldnt do the job.. we have the power, remember what PIC means... easier said than done also, but we have to start somewhere.. know where to draw your line, if u see something u dont like, raise a stink about it! i know they have people in place doing quality assurance... but in my opinion from what i have seen they arnt doing a good enough job... it wouldnt take much more from what they are already doing to make a big difference

  4. Alright, I am thinking about buying a helmet.


    First, Is that a good idea??


    Is slinging with a helmet in an Astar a pain in the butt?


    I guess Gallet are the best option, anyone has a contact in where to buy???




    Personally i think buying a helmet is a good idea... i have known of a few cases where they have saved a life... as far as slinging out of an astar goes, im not too sure how much of an inconvenience it would be... i use a gallet myself and like how light it is and the dual visors are good for sunny days or low vis, the hush kit seems to do the trick as well... but you definetly pay the price if u want to go with the full shabang on the gallet... retail hits almost 3 grand on the button... that was over a year ago.. im not sure if the prices have gone down at all since... i got mine from acro helipro out of langley bc... they usually have one or two in stock.. but if you are looking for a particular color they may have to bring it in... which was what i did and it took a longgg time to get it... all the best on your head bucket journey



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