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  1. I haven’t heard of any layoffs yet. I know a few pilots that are currently in training and some that just finished. Also some are postponed. I think some operators are waiting to see what happens with TC and training extensions. Looks like HAC is working hard trying to get training & PPC’s extended until the end of October. “March 27, 2020 Ladies & Gentlemen: It has been a wild ride – and it’s not nearly over yet. HAC has been participating in calls with TC three times a week on this subject. Yesterday’s call was the most productive so far. Draft minutes of the teleconference call of March 25, 2020. I have summarized the content of the call below: Exemptions to be issued shortly Extension of recurrent training Extension of TDG training Extension of instructor ratings Extension of PPCs by 60 days with the option of requesting another 30 days Extension of current ACP authorities by six months HAC has been pushing Transport Canada to extend current AND EXPIRED PPCs/Medicals/ACP authorities/Instructor ratings (and not just by “60 or 90 days”, but to the end of October), since so many of our employees often get these renewed in the Spring, prior to the operating season. Operators have expressed concern over a bow wave of renewals that could take place mid-season otherwise. As you can imagine, my phone has been ringing off-the-hook from Members and while many of them are in difficult financial circumstances – there seems to be a good number who think that we are going to move from staff lay-offs to shortages very soon as this pandemic deepens and our industry is called upon to start moving sick people; supplying isolated communities without air service; flying for police/security authorities/military; deploying ad-hoc health teams to communities; flood-related flying; fire-fighting (which has already started in BC); Break-up flying; etc. “
  2. I didn't realize that Part III of the Canada labour code changed in 2019. I'm not sure what HAC is trying to argue. http://mediaedgedigital.com/supplierinsights/hac/hac-continues-to-push-for-exemptions-to-the-new-hours-of-work-provisions-in-the-canada-labour-code If I am in the Arctic, I would be on shift. so what does it matter if the customer wants to go flying in an hour?? Why would I need 24 hour or 96 hour notice? I could see if i'm at home on a rotation and am needed back at work ASAP this could become a problem. What am I missing?????
  3. Heard a rumor from a few people that Alberta forestry might be starting to average hours this year. Anyone know more?
  4. Hahahaha. shakey why did you tell him. Now I could lose my feeble career. haha
  5. Flying VFR, there is nothing you can do about getting extended in the arctic due to weather. As for rotations and pay. some companies (not many) are giving set rotations with set salaries. This creates less financial risk on the pilots and more on the company. Hard to do when all the operators are undercutting each other.
  6. Sorry Old, I mistook your previous posts as negative and derogatory towards pilots. I do have an excellent rotation and I am compensated very well. In the past I have worked for companies all using the hour averaging program. I know what some of these guys are going through. Every company I have worked for has a different way of recording hours worked. If I was looking for work. I would make the employer explain how the company expects me record time worked in the interview, just so there are no surprises. If the employer thinks I’m going to be a problem and doesn’t want to hire me, that’s fine. I probably don’t want the job anyways. Old, I’m not trying to be negative. I just don’t see your comments as constructive towards the conversation.
  7. ya I guess we should all be thankful that we don’t have to dig ditches. I guess us scum bag pilots couldn’t do anything else but dig ditches. Lol.
  8. My 15 years in the industry has taught me the only difference between the low time pilot and experienced pilot is, you clean less toilets and sweep the hangar less if your busy flying. I’ve seen CP’s cleaning toilets. I highly doubt any company will want a minimum wage 100 hour pilot looking at the books.
  9. Sh*t. You may have just solved everyone’s problem. Make sure you tell every TC inspector in all the regions. The two I talked to both had a different opinion, and actually got in a bit of a dispute about it.
  10. More people should be reporting abuse of the program. Here is the link if anyone feels a company has abused the TFW program. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers/fraud.html
  11. Not the pilots and operators that are competing in Ft Nelson. I’m just guessing, but the operating cost is got to be lower with all TFW’s as employees. So do the Canadians have to go to NZ for interviews or would they be kind enough to do video interviews like for the Aussies? I was having a few beers with a relative a few days ago and he said “why are most of the heli pilots in Canada from NZ and OZ” I said “I’m guessing that you were flying in fort Nelson” I also mentioned that maybe he should use a company that doesn’t take advantage of the TFW program.
  12. I have met the owner when I flew into Chetwynd. He seemed like a really nice guy. Anyways "just looking" when was the last time you saw a flying position posted for a 100 hour pilot. You never know maybe they will get to do ferry fights or learn something. i don't know many pilots that got hired for flying positions straight out of flight school.
  13. I wouldn't say that all the unemployed pilots are whiners. It's been a slow year for a lot of companies and they may have had to layoff more employees than usual. thanks for the positivity tip, I'll try that next time I'm looking for a job.
  14. Very intelligent old. Nice to see you have somthing positive to add to the forum.
  15. http://www.metcam.navcanada.ca/hb/player.jsp?lang=e&site=CYMM CYMM WX cam was working last time I looked. Can't see much further than McMurray Aviation.
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