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Phil Croucher

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  1. In Canada and Europe, you will not be able to get an ATP without working in a company - although there are slight workarounds for the type - for example, there are technically only 4 helicopters in Canada that you can use for the type rating for an ATP (S-92, Puma, 61, etc), but if you have an IR as well you can include the 212 or 76, since they require 2 crew for IFR work.


    In the US, you can have an ATP for a 206.


    Aerial work only means slinging, photography, etc - anything without traditional farepaying passengers.



  2. Dunno about the questions, but the key word is fluctuating:


    An approach ban does not apply if the RVR changes once you have passed the FAF on final approach, or you are on a training flight and a missed approach will be initiated at or above DH/MDA, or you are on a Cat III approach. In addition, if the RVR is fluctuating rapidly above and below the minimum, or is below it due to a localised phenomena with ground visibility above ¼ m.


    In short, you can make an approach if:


    the lowest reported RVR is at or above minima


    is fluctuating rapidly above and below it and the ground visibility is reported above ¼ m, regardless of RVR


    RVR is unreported or unavailable


    you are on a training flight, planning for a missed approach


    Hope that helps



  3. What more can I say? Deuce and gwk have summed it up very nicely! I can leave my car anywhere in Dubai and it won't get scratched. Women can walk around the city at midnight with no worries. Sure, there's crime, but it mostly stays within racial groups, and it also tends to be people who take money for apartments then run away. Hit and run drivers also.


    Most ordinary people just want to pay the mortgage and feed the kids, regardless of nationality. Treat them that way and you won't go far wrong.


    Mind you, there are some companies who could do with a change of management.



  4. People who spend 20 minutes talking about their fishing weekend on the only fire frequency.

    I don't mind the weekenders so much, chi-town, but they can be a pain, I agree. At least they don't know much better - professionals should!


    Yeah, and flying over other machines, especially when the cowlings and/or doors are open - as splitpin says - don't piss off your engineer!



  5. I should add that my comments above do not necessarily apply to Canada - it's a worldwide industry problem. I've known examiners in Europe who have not even been in the aircraft when they've signed somebody off. I must say that whenever I've had a checkride from TC it's always been dead straight down the line and to a good standard. The same is not true of other countries.



  6. Based on my experience with one or two companies, it would be far too tempting for them to backdate check rides, etc at their convenience, if they did them at all. Based on my experience with certain provincial governments, it would also be too tempting for the backhander rule to apply once people get a sniff of power. I also take JW's point about the mountain course.


    It looks like the SMS stuff is what in Europe would be called a Quality system, which can work well if there is proper oversight and if the basics are there in the first place, as carholme points out. There also needs to be the culture of acceptance of "the duty of care to your neighbour". The paper makes a good point about most of the customers, in that many of them are helicopter savvy, and that the market does not really include the general public, but when you have the buying person from a large organisation with hardly any any helicoper experience listening to an equally well qualified "consultant", then you have a problem.


    Pilots & Engineers need a voice..... Oh no, we've done that one to death already.



  7. The deal is that the apartment, furniture and utilities are paid for, plus the telephone line, and basic medical coverage that you can increase to worldwide (ish) for 500 Dhs per month. You get a car allowance of 500 per month, and they will grant you a loan when you join which is paid back at 500 per month. There is also a small sum to set up with household stuff - about 1500 DHs if memory serves. No loss of licence coverage, but there is an air fare home once a year which you can take in cash if you find a better deal.


    If you have kids, their education is paid, up to a certain amount


    Current pay is 21000 DHs per month, possible increase in a month or so.


    Oh yes, and 42 days leave per year plus 2 for travel.



  8. Dunno about the other companies, but I'm sitting here at Aerogulf in a very nice 2-bed apartment in town, flying what must be the best-maintained 212s anywhere with a bunch of very professional people - pilots and engineers actually talk to each other, and there are hardly any internal company politics. It is true that Aerogulf are not the highest payers, but then we only fly about 40 hours a month - you can double that with ADA and with over 50 landings per day! Having said that, the money in my pocket at the end of the month is the equivalent of a taxed 52K salaryin UK, which means around 100K in Canadian $.


    As for Dubai being expensive - not really. The grocery bill is no more expensive than a Canadian one, and the petrol bill for my Jaguar is 30 bucks a month. I certainly don't spend all my pay on living - it goes on my HiFi!


    All the policemen, local officials I have met have been very pleasant to deal with.


    I don't think there is any reason to steer clear - I would rather work here than deal with the jughounds and various idiot customers in N Alberta



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