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  1. I was a lucky pilot who started my career with VIH right here on the West Coast back when VIH was still a smallish company. After a few years flying and figuring it out in Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert, they put a mountain course into me. It was conducted in Rupert and omitted all the helipad and longline stuff as I'd already done a lot of it considering my total time then. After a couple days of classroom and about 5 hours or less, I was signed off. This was an approved course and I was legally off to the races. From then on, nothing much changed, I just continued flying in the mountains, long lining a huge variety of jobs ranging from 200' choker jobs to mountain top repeater/tower work. All this was done with no formal training and me just figuring it out and/or asking lot's of questions of my peers. I believe I got lucky a few times, learned some valuable lessons that can only be learned by doing it...repeatedly. From there came heliskiing in Astars and seismic in the high mountains of China (Extremely humbling?) Fast forward 10 years from there and the real mountain learning came with skiing in a 212...Thats is where the real learning and humbling experiences continued almost daily... Sorry, i rambled on, not meant to be a resume...Lol, just that my 2 bits are, I don't believe they should put an hour level on a course. It should be and I think is in some circumstances, a competency based course. If you learned from the beginning in the mountains, that's a good situation because it's just what you know and are comfy with. If you want to fly in the mountains but currently don't, try and get hired by a company that operates in the designated mountainous regions. They might even just give you a course after they get to know you.
  2. Very Sad news indeed, I worked there a few years back and everything was top notch...Great people, support and machines. Sad to see Grant's baby go down like this...Hope everyone lands on their feet!
  3. Sounds like they did a good job! Good to have that second stove...
  4. On your phone, turn off the auto timezone correction thing (don't know the proper term)...If it's on manual it won't screw the app up. Temp fix till it's addressed. I've used it all summer and love it.
  5. I've been using this app for the last week straight on fires in BC...Have to say I quite Love it! Haven't written anything in the trip log, done any "time" math and just hit start/stop and edited the details for Buckets, starts and landings. Very neat, accurate and concise... Furthermore, no calls from forestry saying I was off on my times. Love it!
  6. You can, I changed the 3 available parameters to starts, buckets (slings, lifts or whatever you want) and landings. After that leg, you press stop and edit, then just put in the numbers as required. Pretty easy, just have to change the mindset from paper to the superior phone unit,the iPhone LOL!
  7. I've recently downloaded it. I've played around and set up the notes to work for my aircraft type. Works pretty slick...Just need some fire action to put it to good use!
  8. Make sure you reserve rooms first for Bell 2...Busy time of year and don't want to get there at the end of a day only to only have room 407 available with a full belly of Jet A. I do agree though, great place to take a break and a great meal!
  9. 2/2 skiing the last 9 years and anything from 3/2 to a 3/3 for summer firefighting ops. This year we are moving to a 2/2 for firefighting/ hydro work. Equal time seems the way to go. My wife is much happier with it. Life is short, you'll be dead a very long time. Money is less important than good family or play time. It's a balance.
  10. We still have 2 months of Heliskiing to get through! Fires seem a long way off. Come May though it usually happens much faster than lots of folks are ready for.
  11. That truly is very sad for all involved. My deepest sympathy goes to the family, friends and coworkers of the victim. Also to the aircrew of this terrible accident.
  12. My thoughts and sympathies go out to the families and friends of those affected by this tragic event. What more can you say? This sucks every time we hear about another crash...We must and can only do our best.
  13. I'm wondering if the daily is a minimum if the A/C doesn't fly much. If it does fly more than the daily min then the hourly continues on?? Maybe I'm wrong.
  14. We've been counting and almost a solid 50% of our heli-ski clients have some form of video recording equipment on the head or chest. The ability to very easily upload this footage to youtube is pretty amazing...I've seen myself and my day flying on youtube the very next day...Just remember to obey as many rules as you can reasonably obey and don't do anything stupid, it's probably being filmed! Hasn't changed the way I fly, just made me more aware of how I am flying.
  15. Looks pretty limiting for AC types...125kts at seal level at gross weight? That leaves Bell 412 and I have no idea what else...EC 145? They have to be on skids... Sounds like a formality possibly? I say good for them with a 3 year contract. No minimums though.
  16. I would say do some research and look at companys that fly both. Not too large but your 6-10 helicopter fleets. Then you have an "in" with the intermediate work and somewhere to go up into the mediums. Also what kind of work the company does comes into play... Im thinking Quantum, Mustang, Yellowhead, Pacific Western, Delta...Or try Campbell, possibly Wildcat and even Alpine( though a long road). Doesn't Prism have a 205? I know zero about the eastern Canadian companys but Im sure there is a way for the right person. A good attitude goes a long way!
  17. Thanks for that DGP! A good informed, hands-on post with genuine experience. That info is now locked in my vault for any future 407 driving! Cheers!
  18. Very good question me thinks! As for me, i'm in a fairly unique situation and don't get flight pay, just a good salary... What i've found is a more team like atmosphere where you are happy to hear a fellow company pilot is hired or flying their butt off! It's good for the company which keeps everything flowing. I personally would way rather be flying a bunch as opposed to lounging around. However I get paid the same... Pushing limits with weather and such to continue earning revenue is not a great idea, I've pushed a poorly rigged machine because we were flying 8's...6 days later it quit...I don't push them anymore. In my opinion, it's avery dynamic world out there, everybody has different experience bases and tolerances because of it... Half mile is half mile weather it's smoke or cloud or rain or snow. A machine that needs some lovin needs listening to. Take care of it and it will do it's best to take of you. My 2 or 3 bits,
  19. A wise and extremely experienced old pilot said to me once...and I quote, " I miss the days when flying a helicopter was fun! Too many bloody rules now a days..." He then told me I should have bought real-estate instead of a pilots licence. A bit negative yes but there are times I see his point about the fun times. Sure catastrophe could have occurred. But how many times is that true for all of us and it didn't.
  20. Nope, I've had 2 sets of earcups...both black leather. Are you sure nobody is playing a joke on you?
  21. I stand corrected and thanks for that... The only 205 I've flown was a single hydraulic system. Good to know.
  22. I suppose all this input is generally saying that a single hydraulic system machine like an astar has a good potential for incidence with ought diligence on the pilots part. I do know that a double hydraulic system as in a 212, A119 or a 205, the collective is always boosted. I suppose a single system 205 one would need to be careful with that as well. As always, complacency is a risk to us all no matter what the machine. The more diligent we can all be the better...
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