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  1. Kinda like listening to a couple old ladies complain about how hard done by they are. If getting a 212 endorsement is your trophy on the wall then maybe you should look at a different career. #### happens - get over it. Most owners/managers that I know will do everything in their power to retain and keep good people.
  2. 20%? Cmon Shakester......you're a rich helicopter pilot! Stop acting like a cheap owner.
  3. Got 2 jabs, waiting for the passport in order to travel, dine out, go to a concert, see a hockey game.... Enjoy your netflix and remember to pay your Q dues.
  4. Sure looks like the M/R blades are spinning in the wrong direction......is it possible to install them wrong?
  5. Just another cycle. Good operators have put aside some $ for a rainy day. Mediocre operators are scrambling, refinancing, and laying off. Crap operators are.....well you know....going broke, fudging logbooks, neglecting maintenance, not paying their bills. The sounds are different but the song remains the same. Be interesting to see how spring 2021 looks after Heli-skiing falls flat this year. Good luck all.
  6. As per your original question, I do not know Cathy personally but know that she has been in the business a long time and runs a very reputable business. I have been fly for over 30 years and closing in on 20,000 hours. In a heart-beat I would go back and do it all over again - it has been a great career which I feel very honored to be a part of. Still learning....still loving every time I hit the starter button. The business is full of crooks and whores but also there are a lot of outstanding people who put a big smile on my face. A lot of negative people on this forum -
  7. Be both! Courageous Self Leader, executing to standard, safety first.....all great catch phrases. Be a professional pilot.
  8. Summit...specifically Ledcor, have very deep pockets. They have the facilities at YKA, they have the aircraft ,and they have the existing contract. Reliable sources have none of the above. Seems like a done deal. Good luck to all involved.
  9. An inconvenient truth is that if a "nose bag" was to depart the cabin of a 900, 902, 135, 120, or 130 in flight - this incident would most likely have been a near miss and the poor souls involved would be spending Christmas with their families. A NOTAR or Fenestron adds a level of safety which is often overlooked. The 130 incident noted by Cosmo would have resulted in several fatalities if a conventional T/R helicopter was being used.
  10. http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/enquetes-investigations/aviation/2017/a17o0264/a17o0264.asp RIP Gentlemen. A tragic ending to 2017.
  11. The EC120 is a great little helicopter. Keeps a pilot honest and does pretty well what the Flight Manual specifies. Fantastic visibility, large cargo capacity, energy attenuating seats, crashworthy fuel system, quiet.......too bad about the end of production. Our customers and many other helicopter users will not permit their personnel to fly around in a " old clapped our Jetranger". I'll take a garbage 120 any day of the week - you keep on keeping on!
  12. Use extreme caution with Prist and Dice. The primary compound in both is Methoxyethanol which is toxic to both bone marrow and testicles. A fuel flow meter and warm climate in the winter always seemed to work for us....
  13. All marker balls now removed from HWY 97 500kV line by Falkland, BC. Not to worry though....this is the major VFR route between two of the smaller hamlets in BC, Kamloops and Kelowna. Weather never gets bad in the sunny Okanagan! Special thanks to Transport Canada and BC Hydro for looking out for our safety.
  14. A word of caution to pilots - BC Hydro is now removing marker balls at various span crossings in the province that have been there for years. Some locations have had much smaller marker balls installed which are only visible from about 1 mile or less from the line in ideal weather conditions. Others have had the marker balls removed completely. The explanation given was that Transport Canada doesn't really give a $#it and unless directed by TC to have marker balls installed at specific locations, BCH will not bother (or be obligated) to maintain span marking in high traffic areas. Safety Firs
  15. 3 years to come out with 6 recommendations regarding ELT's and that SMS is going to save us all......RIP
  16. Heliports are classified by the obstacle environment within which the heliport is located and the availability of emergency landing areas. The obstacle environment and the availability of emergency landing areas will dictate the performance capabilities required by the helicopters using the heliport. Information Note 2: Heliports are divided into two categories: instrument and non-instrument. Non-instrument heliports have three classifications: H1, H2 and H3. (a) a non-instrument heliport is classified as H1 if the heliport is located within an obstacle environment where (i) th
  17. Plenty of H1 certified helicopters around most elevated hospital helipads - maybe provincial ambulance services should stop being so cheap and use better aircraft!
  18. "I would argue that the 206 series fuel systems are crashworthy due to the configuration of laced in bladders and floating sump plates which will break away from the structure during a crash." Unfortunately, that is an argument that you will not win and an opinion that could burn you.... Some good basic research for you would be one of the many reports written by Roy G Fox who was the Chief of Flight Safety for Bell Helicopters Textron Inc., or Dennis Shanahan the past director of the US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory. Kinda like the red pill or the green pill in the Matrix -
  19. Some 206 series post 1981 incorporated CRFS, but prior to that there are no crashworthy features incorporated into the fuel system. The Bell 204/205 series was certified in 1960 and the 212 in 1968.​ The first civilian helicopter produced by Bell which incorporated a CRFS was the 222 in the 80's. There are significant differences between a "self sealing bladder" and Crash Resistant Fuel System. Fly safe
  20. Lack of a crashworthy fuel system is not only applicable to the Astar, but also most models of the 206, 206L(s), 407, 212, 205, 204, AS355 (all variants), Hu 500's, etc, etc...... All are safe machines if you don't have a hard landing/crash. - Good thing that never happens. The military has made a crashworthy fuel system mandatory for over 15 years. What are you strapping your butt to? Demand better - your informed customers are!
  21. Change is coming...... So now the HAC is going to "strongly object?" - What are the new points being covered now that weren't addressed over the last two years? The owners club is obviously getting a little nervous I wonder how helicopter pilots in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Alaska, etc. manage to make any money working in their wilderness areas? They are all operating with more restrictive FDT limitations than the "new" proposed rules for Canada. Pretty sure these countries have all seen diamond drills. Sleep in your camp if that turns your crank - but perhaps you may wan
  22. Seems that the majority of the opposition to new FDT regs is coming from the HAC which represents management and/or owners. It will be a good thing to work less hours. It will be a good thing to have more time off. It will be a good thing to work in a safer environment. Even with the changes that will have to be implemented over a 2 year period, Canadian pilots will still have some of the highest FDT limits when compared to other countries. I believe the goal is to make this industry safer. Accident rates have remained the same for over a decade. The majority of accidents can
  23. Personally, I say power to the First Nations. The current federal government pretty well gutted most environmental oversight and regulation which was put in place over decades as a response to previous damages and wrongdoing. The BC government has done little or nothing to settle land treaties over the last 100 years. All governments though seem to be able to approve industrial activities or pipelines over a relatively short period to the benefit of corporations. Is the governments primary responsibility to people or corporations? Settle some treaties and most of these problems will also
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