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  1. I kinda think they gotta get the loads per hour up a touch to be effective. 24000 lbs in an hour with a KMax??? 5-6 loads. They are going to need a lot of them to replace a good medium driver.
  2. Sad to lose one of the really good guys in this world and industry. Gonna miss ya Leo. My heartfelt condolences to his family for their loss. DJ
  3. Thanks for all your input guys. Cheers hd
  4. Check that your ejector pumps are not clogged. Also the flapper valves in the fuel tank are installed correctly and not staying open allowing the fuel to flow forward while in cruise flight and flow back into the aft cell when level or on the ground. Good luck. hd
  5. If you were asked if you had production experience, what does this mean? How much experience do you need to be considered a "production pilot"?
  6. Rainman maybe you should ask for a raise!!!!! Or at least get to fly JTH or one of the other machines that has one installed already.
  7. Hey pottsy how the h#ll are ya man? I have been just on here and reading about this tail rotor thing. I'll definitely give ya a call when I get back out there. Mugsy was the engineer with me on that fateful day west of Pickle. Lucky for me it was a 204 with that long tailboom that saved my a$$ and learning what Bill Abbott was teaching on how to deal with tail rotor emergencies way back then. Anyways I still have that chain in my memorabilia box. Talk to ya sometime dave As to the sim stuff, I think any realistic or close to realistic training on procedures definitely help with your emergency analysis and reactions. Any emergencies I have dealt with in my career have been on the "fly" (no pun intended) reactions. Most reactions to the emergency were to avoid hurting ground personal working in the danger zone. The sim allows one the chance to figure it out with no risk to persons or aircraft. In training pilots on the sim I have been able to watch how guys work through the emergency from recognition to figuring out what to do and then executing the procedures. Each year there is progress in the pilot's skills in dealing with emergencies. You can see their confidence and it is great to see when they use their knowledge to make good decisions in the field regarding risk management. They and myself included approach the job knowing that if something happens we have the knowledge and the skills to deal with the emergency and give ourselves the greatest chance of survival. Even the recognition of a no win emergency, the job then is to then get on the ground and survive or as I have been told to "crash as elegantly as possible" (Right Jerry?)
  8. The world's most dangerous job ....... is flying the drill crew to the seismic line Saturday morning. Especially to the top of the hill. UGGGGLY!
  9. It has to be the S61!! Great machine to work in. Good all round machine for any kind of work. I sure miss it. But flying the 212 is still loads of fun too!
  10. totally agree H56:up: :up: hd
  11. Buy a helmet! I personally know guys that are around today because the helmet saved their noodle and their lives. Also have save my noodle from a hard hit from an external load coming off the hook on a powerline construction job. You will find them quieter and that helps with the fatigue level during the long days of flying.
  12. I'll buy in to having the people affected to be able to voice their concerns. Let me know when and where HEPA needs the cheque for membership. Cheers hd
  13. I wish that I was on the back side of my career, but unfortunately I am destined to be in this for awhile yet. What you have said about the operators and their low-balling to get the volume of work is what holds us all back. The operators that work on cashflow business models and especially those that work on a deficit cashflow model are the ones holding the industry in the dark ages. The only way they can make money is to pay less, take shortcuts on maintenance, reduce rotations (make shifts longer), fewer benefits, etc. They make their profit margin on what they don't pay or give their employees. We need operators that are in business to make money. The customer is not without blame either. The largest customers with the bulk of the work greedily pit the operators against each other to get the cost of helicopters down to a level that increases their bonuses. Oil companies especially are making record profits yet hire helicopters in Canada at prices reflecting back at least 10 years. The cost of heli-portable seismic is ridiculous. The trickle down of the profit leaves the seismic companies to grind the helicopter companies to levels that I don't know how they expect companies to stay in business and supply the experience and expertise needed. Yet they demand the best machines and pilots for the lowest cost. That's how they make their money. Forestry expects companies to ferry all over the country for free. They also want aircrew to have a certain level of experience before they can work. Training costs money. Maybe a standard minimum rate for each type of helicopter needs to be implemented so at least maintenance standards aren't compromised. If HAC does take over the H-AOC there has to be some representation from the front line; The pilots AND engineers! The pilots and engineers are forced to make professional and operational decisions that are constrained by the lack of management support to do the job safely. Management's attitude is to get the job done as we need the work, if not we'll get someone to do it that won't complain. We get forced to do long tours with no rotations or very little time off. The crews would do better with representation in this process, which is looming large in all our futures. In Canada we have a hard working pool of very talented engineers and pilots. They all deserve to have some say in how operational environment develops. If left to the HAC(operators), say hello to what we have now and maybe worse. They will have their own interests at heart because they aren't out in the north country swatting at bugs and eating fire line food for 42 days at a time. There I said my mind. We as pilots and engineers need a voice and if HEPAC is to be that voice, I'm in! Cheers d
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