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  1. apparently it's slow in the aviation world of canada and some have nothing better to do.
  2. I would place a call to Heli Lynx. As fun and easy as emails are, some get caught in trash folders by no fault of the receiver.
  3. and how many in canada can secure that big forestry contract to be able to run a schedule? you have so many guys sitting and waiting for that phone to ring. Sometimes it doesn't ring. Dont get me wrong, I'm on a nice 3 and 3 rotation and would love it if everyone could have that, but I just see too much diversity in canada that it can be done across the board.
  4. when you talk of fixed wing companies having a schedule, are you talking an airline that runs flights on schedules? because thats a no brainer how that works. But they still have to make last minute decisions when maintenance or weather rears its ugly head and throws a kink into the system. Ive been burnt on westjet many times when the flights delayed because of weather, and then because the pilots duty day is done subsequently. I can only imagine the staff in the back ground scrambling to find replacements. If you mean on demand charter operations, good for them that they can run their staff through a reliable schedule and actually have a life outside of work. It would be a perfect world if we all could operate this way, but the reality of the industry is that it cant. Fires dont follow a timeline. Most contracts (daily work) are on demand. So to schedule someone on a specific rotation will likely have drawbacks of some sort. Pilot A may end up grounded for most of his two week tour because of weather, and Pilot B may be flying balls to the wall sun-up to sundown because he lucked out. I got stuck in the arctic for an extra 7 days once because of a storm that rolled through. Who do I blame for that one? So while you may solve one problem by running "X" week tours to the day, you can see the other problems that arise because of it. Its a hard thing for an industry that makes its money in a short period and can't control some of the variables like a scheduled flight fixed wing operation can. You really do need to love this industry to accept the pitfalls and stay in it.
  5. I'm almost certain some companies hire Human Resource personnel for the sole purpose of the companies benefit with labour laws. Not for the benefit of the employee. They know the law, and know the cost risks of a labour dispute claim, and usually know they will lose the fight, but will drag it on as long as possible in the hopes you drown in debt before they do and give up. There is very little repercussions for them when caught breaking the rules.
  6. Did I not read it was going to be at the south end of the airport? And one pic was showing them in a gravel pit, at the south end of the airport, still undeveloped? I know I was making assumptions, but is there anything else out there stating or showing otherwise?
  7. google maps are pretty up to date, and there appears to be zero new development at the airport.
  8. I suppose I could. But I better do it before the carbon tax kicks in and I have to declare bankruptcy and become homeless. I draw the line at one aircraft though. If the whole fleet is crap, we better put out a RFP and hope it goes to the highest bidder so that they can profit more off buying the lowest quality paint in the end. I just feel embarrassed for those that have to fly around in it.
  9. is there money in the budget to at least wax this thing? I'll gladly do it for free if its too much trouble.
  10. https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=219762
  11. you have to love a clientele that takes a near death experience and puts it behind them and goes right back at it. Skiers pay alot of money, they sure dont want to lose that vertical footage.
  12. I'm a cheerleader? mmmmk. Rah Rah Rah...Gooooooo Team!!!!!!
  13. This statement below from Blackmac is what I agree with. And with my opinion that Ornge is run poorly and not with fiscal responsibility in mind of the taxpayer, thats where I have issues. Whether my data is right or wrong, or my opinion is different from others, there hasnt been much fact checking by those who disagree in an attempt to soothe my opinion. Theres alot of posturing though. Mostly by the ones employed by the company I critique. And thats expected, but it also makes these people biased. I'm not biased, I'm not working for a company who would want this contract. I'm just a shareholder as an ontario taxpayer who wants my money spent wisely. As I've said before, as long as the cost justifies the end product, I'm willing to pay up and man up. But I still dont see that as the case here. Open the process, remove the sole sourcing of Ornge, and let the bidding process begin. It will either win, or fail but at least the options were explored. "The only time any Canadian government should be taking work away from the private sector is when it's established that the private sector is unable to provide the service, after due diligence, on the part of the government procurement section, having produced a statement of requirement issued by whatever department."
  14. in 2016, the date of that document, you're saying those are CHL supplied numbers???
  15. https://www.ornge.ca/Media/Ornge/Documents/Governance/Compensation/2016-NM-Salary-Disclosure-List.pdf
  16. that was close https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/video-close-call-for-one-helicopter-flying-over-niagara-falls
  17. I also believe with an RFP, there has to be an independent review of some sort especially with government contracts. They themselves cited high fuel costs and complexity of the aircraft as reasons to consider other aircraft. Fuel hasnt gotten cheaper and the only saving grace is the engineers learn over time. If the RFP is completely done in house, it lends fact that it can remain biased and in this case to protect the shady choices and the people involved to begin with. There's no doubt more high profile people were involved than just Mazza. They had their fall guy, no need to let more heads roll. Imagine the further embarassment, as they are trying to recover from all the previous bruhaha under Mazza that the best choice actually wasn't their first choice with the 139. We all know the purchase went to Agusta because of the kickbacks and whatnot. No wonder other aircraft weren't considered. The other manufacturers wouldn't play ball. Be a hard pill to swallow to admit further defeat.
  18. does it bring better service for the money paid? then bring it on. BTW - whatever happened to the 7 million dollar man was a long time coming, and he never should have made that salary to begin with. you cannot argue that fact. So in essence, to stop the bleeding, the arm had to be cut off. Consider how many more years that leach could have run the company and stole taxpayers money compared to the final payout that stopped it. I would like to see where the 200 million quote came from, can you offer a link?
  19. these guys have said it already, cost is no object and the orange budget is minuscule compared to the whole medical budget, so who cares at this point. That attitude is probably why I'm critical of Ornge. I have no problem paying more for a service that actually delivers and is run in a cost effective manner. Too many government entities don't fit that category This is my beef. I dont feel it is the best bang for my buck. When I call a taxi, would I be happy to have a Greyhound show up and bill me double or triple of what i expected? would anyone be happy about that? So I vote for better coverage with more aircraft that cost less to run individually. including managing out of control wages. Who wants to be the one, or have a family member who gets declined because the limited fleet is busy? I'd rather see a smaller twins dotted in every major city across the whole province than some oversized cadillac model in only a few. Thats money well spent if its managed right. thats not selfish of me is it? Its not for me to decide this though. So I hope our government see's this too and adds this to their list of things to clean up. Its why I voted for them.
  20. the question was about the high volume area and pouplation of southern ontario. Yeah I'm quite aware of how big Ontario is. Whats the population and requirement for trauma patients up there? dont dazzle me with numbers for patient taxi services either.
  21. you could always offer the facts, or the correction of the things I get wrong. That is if you know them. I'm not an arrogant *** who thinks my opinion is the only one out there. Opinions are based an what a person knows at the time. and surprisingly enough are always debatable. So go ahead, I'll wait.
  22. Ornge got new ground ambulances because they turned a profit and had to spend the money somehow.
  23. Bottom line Heliian, is i have an opinion, it's mine and you have your's. you wont convince me to think that Ornge is perfect as they are. they are not. I wont convince you they need to be changed. You seem to like the whole scenario as is. But if you want to call me stupid and lower your standards and be one of those guys, go right ahead. I wont let my feeling get hurt, I'm alot more confident in myself then you think.
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