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Phil Croucher

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  1. 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 destination.
    • “Dude I sold my car and bought a dirt bike but now I have to ride the greyhound so give me lots of notice for work man!!!”
    • "I really don't care if I work because my gramma paid for my license".
    • "See you at the hotel" as the engineer and captain continue to service the aircraft for another 4 hours.
    • Won't remove their sunglasses even at night.
    • Using the phrase “I'm a pilot, I don't have to do that.” more than 3 times daily.
    • “I'm not staying in that hotel” (even though the captain and engineer are quite happy).

    In the last 3 years we have interviewed and/or hired and fired 14 100 hour pilots. Maybe the problem is not the amount of Canadian low timers but the quality. We now have a good CANADIAN low timer that we are in the process of beginning training and have trained 6 in the history of the company. I'm not surprised at the raising of minimum hours as there are some numbskulls out there.”


  2. 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 and see, but as shakey says, don't go for an assessment  flight and not offer to push the machine into the hangar afterwards. Equally, if you are not getting at least a positioning flight or two within 6 months, they are extracting the Michael.....

    And as RDM1 says, don't be discouraged - keep trying, and good luck!

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  3. 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 the seat of a running helicopter* to refuel when there was a perfectly good first aid guy sitting in his truck who could give me a running refuel.

    *There are times when you might do that in the Arctic, but not for the convenience of a customer.....

    In my role as a CRM Instructor over in Europe (for which I use a great deal of my Canadian experiences), I have to point out that we are here for money, for which safety is a very close second (if we wanted absolute safety, we wouldn't take off at all), so an element of risk management is required, and captain's decisions, as opposed to pilot decisions, because it's often safer to take what a jury would consider to be the "wrong" way (for example, downwind with clear access, or into wind where the fire trucks can't get to you?) .

    As an example of what I would call a captain's decision, we had a 206L whose N1 gauge was sticky in cold weather, in that it didn't run until the engine was warm, so how do you start it? The answer is that you open the throttle when the blades start turning just on battery power, after which everything was fine. That, to me is on the margin of being acceptable to getting a job done in a remote place without endangering safety.

    Cheers and hi to everyone who knows me (RIP Cap!)


  4. 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 be something in the being pulled off jobs before you go thing - presumably you had the right experience in the first place, so why do that?



    Good luck!




  5. It doesn't really matter how accurate a representation X-plane has - I find it aroyal pain in the a** if you want to increase the resolution because the cockpit doesnt carry over to the outside world and you get ridiculously small instruments.


    Out of date or not you can still run FS 2004 on an XP machine for next to nothing (2002 is not configurable) - and you can input your own approach plates. Make sure you have plenty of memory, though, for any flight sim, especially on the graphics card. if you use MS, use an Nvidia card as the "file System" used on the card is the same as the graphics files in the flight sim software. The speed of the CPU doesn't really matter because the rest of the average IBM compatible is crippled anyway. Sadly, these days that includes Macs.



  6. Just thought you guys would want to know that we have teamed up with Atlantic Helicopters in Fort Pierce, Florida, and with us doing the ground school and them doing the flying, between us we can provided a full EASA licence service, including flight training and testing. The only thing that cannot be done there is the initial medical and the IR, but we have arrangements with an IR school in the UK to finish you off :)


    If you already have an EASA medical, you can just use that for licence issue.




  7. Not sure, but there are a few flight sim forums around. Looking on the apple store woud be a good start - there is some that connects over wifi for an FMS system,, for example.


    If you get FS 2004, BTW, make sure you get the 4th disc - people often leave them in their CD players when they sell their computers :)



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