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Phil Croucher

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  1. I can only repeat the above sentiments.... That's two good guys this week, Shawn Coyle being the other.
  2. I always tell my students that, if it wasn't for the fact that you need the pilot to fly the machine, the mech is the most important part of the team. I've always admired what they did for me.
  3. https://thestarphoenix.com/news/saskatchewan/helicopter-crash-sends-pilot-to-saskatoon-hospital Don't know any more as yet...
  4. Shows how long I've been away - Bighorn are now called Mountain View! I think there is a thread in the Flight Training discussion comparing the two, with other relevant comments. phil
  5. I don't know which company, sadly, but they are out there. They've all changed since I was active in Canada but you could try Bighorn, LR, 49th Parallel to name but a few, in no particular order, that I've heard good things about. Phil
  6. I.B. - just call me Phil In reply to Ramen's post mentioning lazy pilots, I found this on the web from a fed up Chief Pilot: “here are some of the lacking qualifications from 100 hour wonders we have seen in the last 3 seasons that led to their dismissal”: Lack of ability to do basic math WITH a calculator - 2+2 =5 really? Unable to show up on time or on the right day. After hounding me for a couple months for a job and 2 days of exams, quit to go to work on a ski hill after 3 days of work. Ran out of gas in the company truck 200 kms short of their destinatio
  7. Hey Ronnie - I got sidetracked into doing CHC's ops manuals in Vancouver, which led to a stint in Dubai on 212s, and been running a flight school for that past 10 years, but now trying to retire - trouble is, people keep wanting to throw money at me! How are things with you bud? Phil
  8. I have always disagreed with this "assess your character over the next two years and get no flying" business... When I was with Northern Mountain I did 76 hours solo over one season which could have been done by one of the guys who had been behind the ops desk for a couple of years, and who were just wasting their time and a good chunk of their potential flying career. By all means assess people, but it will cost a lot more to get them flying after a couple of years than if you kept them flying over that same period. Luckily not every company is like this, you just have to ask around
  9. Hey Ronnie - how are you! Long time no hear! With regard to the original post, a short cut eventually becomes a violation and difficult to support in court, always remembering that one definition of a jury is 12 people not smart enough to get out of it.... Who assume that, because you are in aviation, you are a) rich and b) insured. Having had some good sport with stand up arguments in the offices of Northern Mountain, I can report that there are times when you have to say STOP! In the case of NM it was to do with front passengers flying without shoulder straps. Neither would I leave
  10. Also, skid heights vary....... the other two answers are a bit specific phil
  11. I can probably help - I'm doing Single Pilot CRM courses over in Europe and have some of their material. Phil
  12. Yeah, personal visit, or at least a phone call - you can't travel everywhere. Much to my boss's disgust I would always give a few minutes to people banging on our doors looking for work. Maybe the box of timbits helped? Anyhow, a smile on your face and the willingness to help push the machine back in the hangar after a quick spin to check your flying were also good - you'd be surprised how many people didn't at least offer. The advice above about tailoring your resume to the company is also good - you should at least know what work they do. One thing strikes me as interesting - there may
  13. More feedback - Can't login in at all with Internet Explorer (link does not respond) - I have to use Waterfox. Phil
  14. Wishing everyone a completely politically incorrect Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Phil
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