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Phil Croucher

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  1. If space on the web is required I can supply it on my own forums Phil
  2. You could always look at www.aviationexam.com, they have all the apps you need and they are very good too. phil
  3. They're both good schools - the best way is to visit and drink some of their coffee (don't forget the Timmies) and make a judgment based on who you are comfortable with. Phil
  4. Tin Lizzie - Skidz has pretty much said it all - I'm not referring to your dumb questions, but those from the examiners for EASA. The problem is that each country takes on a subject, then the questions are very badly translated into English by French translators and the whole mess is an international joke. Each country gets to use a central question bank, but the UK CAA have modified it as much as possible for common sense. I just updated the Canadian text the other day, unless you know of anything that's missing. The guys at TC let me know of any regs changes, but obviously not the questions and it's easy to miss things. Unless you mean Ryan's question book? I seem to have lost touch with him. I have a very large database of questions ready that can be found here: rtfq.azurewebsites.net. At the moment it is biased towards the European Exams, but I have also tried to make it universal, so you can use things like Principles Of Flight, etc without too much trouble as that is pretty much the same anywhere. I will be adding specifically Canadian stuff as barbecues permit. Apps are simply too much work at the moment - too many platforms. Phil
  5. The validation process means that your foreign licence is accepted for a period while you study for the proper one. In Europe, if it's granted at all (they don't like doing it) it's for one year only. There are thirteen exams for the CPL(H) and 14 for the ATP - even if you are exempt formal training* (if you have an ATP with 1000 hours) you still have to take them all. Otherwise, you need to sign on with an approved school. *Because of the dumb questions you would be very unwise to do this. TC's questions are quite straightforward in comparison. Then, of course, there is immigration. Not sure about Europe but Canadians might get an easier ride in UK - after all, they are allowed to vote there. There is only one company that does any serious bush work, PDG helicopters in Inverness. One or two others do pipeline/power line stuff. Hardly any lifting otherwise, zero on mediums. Phil
  6. I believe that's where he is going now - thanks for all the input! phil
  7. At the end of the flight, at least offer to help push the machine back in the hangar, or at least tidy it up. I've known several otherwise fine candidates fall at that hurdle. Also, EVERYBODY is on the interview panel, including the cleaner. Good luck, though. phil
  8. Thanks guys - Helimentor, you make some good points - I myself did 4 years all over Scotland before I came to Canada, benefitting from a Chief Pilot who had spent 15 years in Nepal (I learnt more from him in 2 hours than I did with the Army over 25) and got grandfathered in, but I did visit a couple of schools on behalf of my company when we had to send a pilot off for some mountain time and I found that they could teach you good ways of landing in weird places, but they knew nothing about getting from A to B without making the passengers sick, which is where you spend most of your time. And the reason he wants mountain training is the same reason I want to do a float course one day - just for fun, and the Canadians do it best cheers phil
  9. Hi guys - just asking for a friend of mine in Oz (don't worry, he's not looking for a job he's a HEMS guy already) who wants to do a mountain course - who are the current flavours of the month? He is already aware of Chinook and BC helicopters, and Mountain View and LR are not in the right location - is there anyone else that good to look at? cheers phil
  10. In Europe, except for one or two countries, the IR test is done in a twin, because that's what you will be using in the real world. My advice would be to get the twin rating first (cheapest is probably the AS 355), get used to it and do the IR much later (in a single!) Twins are getting much more popular these days because of corporate requirements and their perceived safety - we all know that a twin is only safer when one engine fails, but the general public don't really appreciate that. Back in 2003, Remote were using a 212 around Slave Lake just to move a few boxes around, at customer request. Anyone with a 355 available would have cleaned up. phil
  11. One of the things companies could do is stop the ridiculous business of having qualified guys behind an ops desk for 2 years while they "assess their character". Northern Mountain did that, and even when I was there for just a few months, there were 76 hours I did that could have been done by a low timer under supervision. Phil
  12. USL - PDG don't pay much and I know that they have foreigners there for that very reason - one of my students (a Kiwi) is there at the moment, and he hasn't finished his EASA exams yet (on his last 2), so I can only conclude that he has a validation, which is even more strange because EASA very much frown upon them. I believe his wife is British, though. Several companies have had their AOCs pulled after Barnesey's crash, so the job market in UK is drying up even further. However, people are buying 429s, and those who need their special twin conversion are increasing, so somebody's buying twins in the corporate world. That's where the work is, in the twin/IR field, whether corporate or otherwise. As for Canadians - had one in my classroom last week phil
  13. Anyone working in Europe likely has dual citizenship, or there may be a way in through the UK (Canadians are allowed to vote in the UK, at least). The EASA ATPL(H) currently requires 14 exams, and the CPL(H) 13. The only job market that is lively in the UK is the North Sea - there is no bush work except in Scotland. The charter stuff won't really start for a month or so. Ireland is dead, as is Italy. Phil
  14. PLMK your address and I will send you the latest copy - I have certainly changed a few things - but to keep it updated Ryan will have to do the work as he gets the royalties! Meanwhile I think you will find the online database more useful, and some of the questions in the book will be there try rtfq.azurewebsites.net rtfq of course stands for read the question! Phil
  15. tin lizzie - I am indeed reading this, and can only mention that I seem to have lost touch with Ryan to check with any corrections, although this was done some time ago, much later than 2008 - are you by any chance reading a copy of the Q & A book that was lying around a crewroom - early copies did indeed have a few whoopsies in. Meanwhile, I am working on an online database of my own here: rtfg.azurewebsites.net It is meant for revision purposes, gives you 20 questions at a time and there is a 50/50 button to eliminate 2 wrong answers. It is very much under construction but is not far off being finished. The questions are meant to be valid for any exam, but I have yet to split up the Canada-specific ones, such as for air law, etc. It is free (at the moment) - in return for its use I would only ask that you report any typos, etc. cheers Phil
  16. Try this book wot i wrote www.electrocution.com/aviation/#CPLH Phil
  17. What I meant to say was, if it's company employees it's a company flight, i.e. private. There is often not the same interference factor. Phil
  18. But those flights were not public transport ones, either, Shirley? phil
  19. You could try Pro IFR's stuff. I'm told there's only a difference of two questions anyway. Phil
  20. If you have an ICAO IR you are exempt formal training - you should be able to take the check ride directly. Phil
  21. My Canadian one worked fine in UAE, but the FAA one is OK, too. The Canadian one will set you up better for the EASA one if you later want to take that because the FAA IR does not necessarily use the ADF. Phil
  22. The Helicopter Engineers and Pilots Association of Canada was formed some years ago, and disbanded after being flamed rotten. My point is that it has all been tried before and rejected with extreme prejudice, so why bother? And as someone rightly points out, it's fixed wing anyway. Phil
  23. If you're going down that road, what was wrong with HEPAC? Phil
  24. dogs in baskets make for very very dirty tail booms Gross!
  25. Air Nav pro is quite good - all the others require a yearly subscription Phil
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