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  1. maybe we should get the opinions of some unionized helicopter people. perhaps some ont hydro or MNR pilots and maintenance personnel , would tell us how they would gladly give up their lousy old unions and how lazy and incompetent they have become since they are now represented by a union. I have been on many jobs where the only non union trades are the aviation personnel (and usually the lowest paid, with no benefits, longest rotations). These jobs seem to get completely on time, budget, etc. funny how that is
  2. dont count on HAC to push the hiring of canadian pilots. this letter should be posted on every helicopter training companies website or doorway so when the next kid who wants to blow 100k knows where he stands. I would hope that every training operator who is member of HAC would make there opposition to this policy known to Mr Jones Honourable Jason Kenny Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism 325 East Block House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Honourable Minister: The Helicopter Association of Canada’s members collectively operate over 80% of the commercial helicopters in Canada today. The Association has been watching with interest the discussion relating to the use of temporary foreign workers in Canada, and prospective changes to the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion process under discussion and, we feel that you should be aware of the importance of temporary foreign workers to our industry segment. The Canadian helicopter industry depends on highly skilled seasonal foreign workers to supplement the growing shortage of experienced helicopter pilots in Canada. The global shortage of experienced helicopter flight crews has drawn many experienced Canadian pilots to international locales both in support of Canadian companies working internationally, but also to work for foreign companies. Experienced Canadian helicopter pilots and Maintenance Engineers are sought-after around the world, and during the busy summer months, many of our members have difficulty finding qualified Canadians to meet their needs. The recognition of foreign aircraft maintenance qualifications makes temporary access by foreign maintenance personnel even more complicated. Sincerely, Fred L. Jones BA LLB President and CEO Helicopter Association of Canada “Bringing the Industry Together” 130 Albert Street, Suite 500 Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G4 Office: (613) 231-1110 x239 Cell: (613) 884-1422 Fax: (613) 369-5097 Website: http://www.h-a-c.ca
  3. below you will find a couple of links on the avcanda forum site pertaining to this issue. One link is for the list of companies that have applied for pilots. You would be surprised as to which companies are on the list and the personnel they are looking for.. eg Wood buffalo looking for a 1000hr pilot for ft Mac,CHC looking for pool pilots for Goose Bay. These are pretty stantard flying positions and they cannot find canadian pilots for these positions. Perhaps if these companies would upgrade Canadian pilots they would not need to go outside the country. At one time these positions were for new pilot (100hr) . there is no shortgae of pilots in canada, We have thousands of unemployed commercial pilots and the flight schools are turning them out by the hundreds every year. What we need is an industry and government commitment to get these kids workiing. We should be taking care if our own first. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/105225711/LMO%20Pilot%20applications%202013.pdf http://www.avcanada.ca/forums2/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=94314
  4. I guess the govt only cares if you are taking away jobs at Mcdonalds
  5. Foreign workers are one problem, the other problem is foreign students doing their training in canada and automatically getting a work visa when their training is done. These students generally have parents with deep pockets, and they will work virtually for free. (seems to happening in quebec) They should go home and apply just like any other immigrant. I am sure we have no shortage of low time canadian pilots. just out of flight school.
  6. anyone know of a jetranger maintenance type course being held in the near future. Either refresher or initial. please p.m.
  7. they are also provincially regulated
  8. it will be comforting to know that the next time i am in camp for six weeks that i am on vacation and not working. But i digress. If one is to follow this logic a sales clerk in a store should only get paid when she interacts with customers. The job description entails delivering the customer to their location and waiting for them. Perhaps the pilot should fly back and wait at home if he is not considered on the job. I know of several pilots who have appealed hours of work for Employment insurance purposes to include the full duty day and were successful It seems the rules change depending on the govt agency or program
  9. I came across the Notice of the passing of Richard Huisson in Timmins Daily Press yesterday. I pass this on to all in our industry with my deepest synmpathies to the Huission family. AS many you may know Dick was an industry pioneer and the owner of Huission Helicopters. Obituary for Richard Huisson HUISSON, Richard 1931-2011 Peacefully, on Thursday February 10th, 2011, Richard (Dick) Huisson passed away at the Golden Manor at the age of 79 years. He leaves behind his caring wife, Ingrid, and his nine children; Heidi (Derek), Pamela, Craig (Cindy), Deborah (Wayne), Kimberly, Alain (Katy), Andrea (Kevin), Evan and Victoria. He is survived by his sister Beatrix (John) and many wonderful grandchildren. Born Sept. 14, 1931 in the Netherlands, Dick served in the Royal Dutch Navy as a pilot with the Dutch Commando Special Forces. He emigrated to Canada in 1953 and worked as a pilot in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Ontario. He arrived in Timmins in 1965 and founded Huisson Aviation in 1968, a company that provided helicopter charter services to the mining, exploration, and natural resource industries of Northern Canada for over twenty years. Throughout his tenure in Timmins, Dick was very active in the community with sponsoring team sports, leading the Timmins Porcupine Figure Skating Club, and participating with the Chamber of Commerce. Father, husband, entrepreneur, pilot, farmer, and role model; he will be missed by all. The family wishes to express their thanks to the dedicated staff of the Special Care unit of the Golden Manor. Remembrance donations made to the House of Kin would be appreciated. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday February 15, 2011 from the MIRON-WILSON FUNERAL HOME Chapel. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 12 p.m. (noon) until the time of the service at the MIRON-WILSON FUNERAL HOME, 150 Balsam St. S., Timmins. To light a memorial candle, make a donation or a condolence, please visit www.mironwilson.com
  10. I have read this thread with great interest. I have been banging awqy in this industry for over 30yrs. The problem with this industry is one step forward two steps back. When the economy is booming working condition and pay pick up. Recession comes around and we revert back. I too have been told by DOMs that they have a stack of resumes and can get engineers for 25/hr.(not even labour's wage on most construction sites). A couple of years ago you could name your own rotation, now back to long tours. It is prety easy to see why after each recession there are less engineers coming back. Internet in camps is an improvement but it is still a tent camp. Apprentices take a second look what they go to a remote mine and the mine employees rotate every 2 or 3 weeks and they are expected to stay in at least 4wks and most likely longer. I can remeber going to James Bay and being the lowest paid person in the camp and I doubt if it has changed much. People outside the industry just shake their heads when you explain the pay and working conditions for the amount of responsility it entails. Dont get me wrong, I have had lot of good times, and met alot of great people, but it is still jus a job. The love of aviation is great but it still has to fee you and your family and provide decent lifstyle. If this industry can ever get beyond "the love of aviation syndrome" and become like other industries we won't be having this discussion every recession.
  11. I have know a few pilots that kept their licence while convicted of a DUI. Last one about 5yrs ago. Seems the provincal (quebec) and feds databases are not connected. If you dont tell them they may not find out.
  12. Planning on going to the HAI convention for the first time. Just looking for any tips from anyone who has been there before. i.e where to stay, what to see, what to skip, etc. thanks
  13. cofirmed on cbc radio. crash between elk lake and gogama. 2 fatalities. Reported to be a helicopter owned by Essential Helicopters out of North Bay, Our condolences to all
  14. construction unions have existed for years. employees work out of a central hiring hall and go to work for whatever company needs them. The union runs the benefit package and pension. the companies know they have a pool of highly skilled and qualified people, to draw from at pre-determined wage packgage they have the right to name hire a certain amount of personnel. this helps with contuniity and allows them to retain a core number of people. There are many parallels between the construction industry and the helicopter industry, such as seasonal work, jobs in different towns, etc. If it can work for the construction industry with its many different employers in different areas. why not our industry. It would certainly allow for a decent and fair wage, pension and benefit package which this industry certainly needs.
  15. not looking to get into an R44vs 206 debate. Just looking for real world operating costs please.
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