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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 helicopter
  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 n
  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 o
  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
  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
  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
  15. not looking to get into an R44vs 206 debate. Just looking for real world operating costs please.
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