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Phil Croucher

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  1. I asked for it to be deleted because it would be a simple deduction as to who my source was!

     

    A 412 put his bucket through the blades of a 212 hovering over a water tank which ended up on fire in the tank thrashing itself to death. It was in Europe, and the 412 managed to land safely, even after hitting the 212's blades with his own.

     

    Dunno what happened to the 212 driver yet - more as I get it.

     

    phil

  2. There can't be that many. Like any other tool, it depends how it is used. A bad instructor will still manage to screw it up for you. Bear in mind that the flyit costs less than $5 per hour to run, then see how much they try and fleece you. I know they have to make a buck, but some schools regard it as a major profit centre. If you get it cheap enough, it can make your time in the helicopter way more productive.

     

    I would regard the presence of a sim as useful, but not the final reason for choosing a school.

     

    phil

  3. Busy, huh? Yeah same here! Back home tomorrow so will send you the new chapter

     

    You should see the diagrams now -bellissimo!

     

    Rob Wood at premier is just about to start doing an online Canadian CPL(H) based on my stuff - should be ready by fall.

     

    I will be doing the JAA one just after - no point until I actually get the approval which is RSN. Then the US one after that.

     

    Phil

  4. Hmm - that sounds like the rule that allows an pilot with a Canadian IR to send TC their paperwork from abroad to keep their Canadian IR current without doing the exams or check ride again.

     

    Fixed wing pilots can exchange their ratings at the moment, but not helicopter ones as yet.

     

    phil

  5. The ridiculous interim system* is about to stop as there will be a specially written ATPL(H) modular (i.e. distance learning) course approved sometime next week (mine!). The only other one outside JAA is HAI in Florida, but that is integrated and residential. Of the CPL(H) courses available in UK, one of them has the same status as Culhane, so be careful.

     

    *Currently, helicopter pilots take fixed wing subjects and have them credited, so there are a lot of guys who know the 737 systems in excruciating detail!

     

    Transport canada are talking to JAA right now about a bridging system - when i have more info i will post it as i am in contact with both sides.

     

    helicopter Services in Wycombe near London use an approved helicopter simulator for the IR, which does indeed need 55 hours, but only the test needs to be taken in a twin, which also needs to be a type on your licence. if you have a canadian IR, you only need to do 15 hours training. Only Bristow have authority to do it in a single, and they have stopped because the instructors are line flying. As for sponsoring, Helicopter services ae training 72 pilots this year from scratch for the IR, sponsored by the helicopter company. two of those are sponsoring people for their CPL(H) as well.

     

    you can expect to do at least 10 hours training for the skill test.

     

    The cost for a modular course which can take 6 months to complete mon-Fri 9-5, is around 2000 pounds, plus exam fees.

     

    As for not bothering - the JAA licence is rapidly replacing the FAA one as a requirement - several people asking for jobs have been asked if they have a JAA licence even if it is not required. Much of Africa is now JAA, and the UAE have merely changed the name to CAR OPS - it is still JAR OPS underneath.

     

    Winnie - got a new HF chapter for you in a new version of the book!

     

    phil

  6. The tale of the guy who was in charge of the airbus that landed in the woods is a sorry one as well...

     

     

    Cap - my wife and I were thinking about starting a motel, but we couldn't find the place where they got the crappy furniture from! :)

     

    phil

  7. Thanks helilog - the heli book is now over 800 pages, and although some might think this is overkill, I have not written it for people to throw it away after their exams! There has been a lot of input from instructors who have been there and done it and made many suggestions, including Transport, and one day I'll get you guys a beer!

     

    Phil

  8. xrkyle - it's not meant to be a well structured textbook - it's meant to be a text that the average Joe can read and benefit from! That's why there's humour in it! :)

     

    If you're not happy with it I will refund your money

     

    phil

  9. Helifly - if you were at that Oshawa show, you would have boought the book from me directly!

     

    I wouldn't worry too much about WHIMIS or Dangerous Goods or even First Aid, as your first company will have do that for you anyway, although DG is in the syllabus for the exams (BTW, a whole course is now in my books). Sometimes, they can accept other folks' training and certificates, but not always. I wouldn't use it as a decider as to whether to go to a school or not, but if they throw it in - hey, go for it!

     

    I hear you about getting best bang for buck for your flying hour - maybe you would also want to take a look at Silverline's flyit simulator - although not the best sim on the market, it is accurate enough for you to get a feel for the (206) machine at a much cheaper rate, and will certainly give you the chance to get the best out of every minute in the air. I don't know whether they have robbies or not, but it is true that the 300 is not so popular as a working helicopter, which is a shame as it is a good machine. But that's life!

     

    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions - TC are one of my customers, and they regularly send me stuff they think might be useful!

     

    As you have three years to study, that advice about not buying books looks even more silly - let me give you a quote from Nick Lappos, who is a well-known helicopter personality:

     

    “Pure book knowledge should be impeccable - every second of doubt about "what do I do now?" is worth 30% of workload. Mostly because the self-doubt and second-guessing are real time and mental capacity wasters. The more you know flat cold, the easier it is to fly under the gauges”

     

    phil

  10. heliFly -

     

    For the Canadian licence, there are only two and a half books - one is done by Culhane, another is done by me, and From The Ground Up, while excellent, does not cover the whole syllabus and has a fixed wing bias.

     

    Read those threads again, then make your choice, but I wouldn't recommend Culhane for new pilots, and not for the obvious reason! I wrote mine because I thought his books weren't good enough - not only did they not contain enough information for proper home study (they really do need amplification by instructors), but there were many mistakes, many of which were due to poor quality control - in fact, they were so inconsistent I got the impression there was more than one author!

     

    As one example, in one book there was a recommendation not to use whizzwheel, but an electronic calculator. Electronics are all very well, but batteries run out and electrics reserve the right to go wrong at the drop of a hat, as any avionics technician will tell you. My recommendation, at least in flight, is to use an E6B or a CR, because they are easier to work without getting your head stuck in the cockpit. The alleged accuracy you get with electronic computers is not worth the bother (and the expense), since you won't be able to read the instruments that closely anyway. There is absolutely nothing wrong in non-ATP pilots who don't fly high speed aircraft using circular slide rules, despite what other books written by someone whose name begins with C and contains the letters u, l, h, a, n, e may say.

     

    They are good for a quick run through before an exam, by somebody converting from a professional licence from another country (so they can pick up the problems - watch out for Guys ballot's law!), or for guided class study so the instructor can tell you what bits to miss out. For home study, try this:

     

    Professional Helicopter Pilot Studies

     

    And if you don't believe me, PM Winnie for an opinion.

     

    And as for not buying books before your course? Crap! I would buy anything I could get my hands on, but be organised or you will get mental indigestion!

     

    Good luck!

     

    phil

  11. As a 100 hour pilot, you would not be used on the jobs that require an Astar. If you must go turbine I'd opt for the 206, but dc heli has a good post there as well. As I've mentioned before in other threads, as a Chief Pilot, I would want to be doing your turbine training myself if you come to me with less than 50 hours, unless you get it from a really good school known to me - after all, I would have to invest in PPCs and stuff anyway, and it 's not much extra in the great scheme of things. Your money is possibly spent better on some practical training, such as a mountain course? Assuming it's not wildly more expensive?

     

    just some thoughts

     

    phil

  12. As one who has done it many times before - when life hands you an opportunity, take it!

     

    I wouldn't worry about endorsements or life experience - a year won't make much difference one way or another unless you spent it in the foreign legion, and even then you will forget! :)

     

    One tip: When you get the hours in, take your Private ticket so you can make use of any ferry flights. Many schools don't give you anything until you get your commercial hours in.

     

    Good luck!

     

    Phil

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