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sirlandsalot

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  1. Not to say flight planning is not important, but I find usually when I leave a sunny valley and head into the mountsins the weather completly changes, there is not much info out there for “in” the mountians. A personal rule that has served me well, If I can’t stick a landing in 3 tries I go home...religiously 3 tries and go home. T-REX......I remember going in so hard holding 40kts I almost crawled into the back seat! dip a toe! Pffff, I lived to tell about it!!!!
  2. Late, but yes years ago I shut down in a fairly hard right crosswind in alberta on those old pine beetle contracts. One of the brackets broke as it was winding down, made a terrible noise but luckily it was very slow and I got the rotor brake on. The ring ended up all cockeyed md luckily no damage to the mast. Was hard to find a part For AOG.
  3. I did just over 20 hours in the southern Rockies in a jet box. It was the most humbling thing I have ever done. I laugh at the 5 hour hac course. I also feel if you have 1000 hours in the rocks you are still far, far from a experienced mountain pilot and potentialy a even bigger hazard because you may be over confident and think your a mountain pilot.. Now, years later I have flown on oxygen in the Andes in Chile and Peru, was base pilot on the continental divide.. I can tell you I still do not feel remotely as experienced as I would like think I am. I still am very humble flying in th
  4. Well, with regards to slinging mud at the old generation...kinda sound like a melinuim child. That generation figured out the hard way everything we know today. Many died along the way. All that training our generation gets, mountain courses, longline, not to mention extremely powerful, high performing machines....Everything our generation is taught came from that generation, have some respect. As far as the regs, Most good companies are doing 2 and 2 anyways, it’s only the bottom feeders raping for the 42 and 5. HAC should do somthing about the pathetic rates and then companies mi
  5. You don’t need to be a pessimistic bully.....More than likely you had less than 3000 hours when you started working in the bush. 3000 hours of any time is more than enough of a foundation to work in the bush. Many companies will hire you. diaper pin, do you have anything positive to say to the guy? Your helmet must be huge. Look back at your posts and notice how many times you start a sentence with the letter “I” just say’in.....
  6. Curioius as to why accidents are not reported in Cadors. I “heard” a 407 was recently balled up. I know the company has had a lot of wrecks over the years, but I never can find the facts?
  7. now I try to work no nore than 150 days a year, the rest of that is home skiing and traveling with the fam! its great, couldnt be happier.
  8. I read these negative post about getting jobs, I find it bizarre as I got flying right away and have been busy ever since. I get calls all the time companies and friends asking if I know any pilots I would recommend. Now I work on my terms and on top of that for a great company. This profession has been amazing and taken me to many different countries. I have no regrets what so ever. Companies right now are struggling to fill seats with good people. Maybe it is the attitude that hinders getting hired. You get what you put into it, and just because you think you put a lot into
  9. Well, I don't know if they have the aircraft, but they do have the paint jobs! I was talking to an ex pilot from that program an he said he could barley get out of Grandforks Airport mid summer with a patient on board. Sounds like another helijet deal.
  10. There sure is a huge spectrum of operators good to bad. I notice that the good companies that pay well also hold there ground with rates, even though somtimes I wonder how they can do it. Those numbers are interesting, maybe thta explains why so few operators have closed doors over the last few years. However, all those numbers and algorithms aside, I dont think LOWBALLING, for example, a 212HP at $1850 an hour for fire, or a 407 for $1200 an hour to do utility work, is doing anybody in this industry any good except for the couple crews that have the work.
  11. Pretty hard to get better wages with all these companie low balling from the tarrifs that have not changed in 20 years..... Wallmart buisness plan...... I ran an excavator last winter for $650 a day! it was boring as **** and the shifts where long.....
  12. Hello, I have read the older threads on this but thought to bump a new one. I have sunlife and I pay big for it. I have kids and a wife so I need it. Any other good options for a guy living in BC?
  13. What I "heard" and would makes sense was he drooped it, landed hard and wacked the tail. Good ol B2 hot and high. First summer in an Astar, in the Rockies......lots of speculation I know but my two bits.
  14. A B2 had a hard landing on the Banff Park fire and chopped the tail off, 3 or 4 in the hospital. Anybody know?
  15. He did pickle it. I saw it lifted out of the water with a 61 and the bucket was still snagged on the rear left spring.
  16. Thanks but I should have mentioned I use apple. Something on a ipad would be best...
  17. so...which one is the best? Seems to be more and more options each year, however not many reviews. Cheers
  18. I hily dowt it, but I bet we ar macing mor money than u, guud thin u can spel. dis wus my poynt. Ur lurnin.
  19. I hily dowt it, but I bet we ar macing mor money than u, guud thin u can spel. dis wus my poynt. Ur lurnin.
  20. sorry about the tripple post, the website is so dreadfully slow.
  21. Nope, I think this country has enough helicopter companies ans helicopters as is. My family life and time off is more important to me than the dedication it would take to run a company. Since the resections started, every year we hear talk that companies are going to go under..........well, I have not heard of very many companies going out of business, I think this reflects how well they do for the owners. And if I was a owner and the going rate was to pay X amount of dollars to the crew.....I would probaly pay it, maybe a bit more to keep good crew around....but business is business and
  22. Nope, I think this country has enough helicopter companies ans helicopters as is. My family life and time off is more important to me than the dedication it would take to run a company. Since the resections started, every year we hear talk that companies are going to go under..........well, I have not heard of very many companies going out of business, I think this reflects how well they do for the owners. And if I was a owner and the going rate was to pay X amount of dollars to the crew.....I would probaly pay it, maybe a bit more to keep good crew around....but business is business and
  23. Nope, I think this country has enough helicopter companies ans helicopters as is. My family life and time off is more important to me than the dedication it would take to run a company. Since the resections started, every year we hear talk that companies are going to go under..........well, I have not heard of very many companies going out of business, I think this reflects how well they do for the owners. And if I was a owner and the going rate was to pay X amount of dollars to the crew.....I would probaly pay it, maybe a bit more to keep good crew around....but business is business and
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