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Phil Croucher

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  1. 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.



  2. 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.



  3. 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 :)





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  4. 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?





  5. 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.



  6. 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 :)



  7. 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.



  8. 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! :)



  9. 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.





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