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    TSB news letter

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    AS 350 Hourbuilding

    Austria, my mistake.
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    AS 350 Hourbuilding

    I messaged the guy with no answer. I think they are in turkey. So I am guessing it isnt business hours.
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    New CHPL to Instructor Rating question

    Take a ground job with a company, they will get you flying eventually.
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    Hard to find guys

    Perhaps its salty attitudes and not the companies. I have worked for some terrible companies and I was always treated well and considered it a good job. I'm working, I'm useful, just because I work with some half-wits doesnt make me one of them, at least I would hope not. EDIT: I could be wrong. I lack experience in this industry.
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    Hard to find guys

    I'm not trying to change the world. I am just trying to remain as positive as humanly possible. And I may indeed fail, but if I do I will do it with a smile on my face, trying my hardest.
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    Hard to find guys

    You are quite right, but sometimes we tend to over complicate what our needs are. I am very thankful to have incredibly supportive people in my life. Thankfully I do not have a huge debt load over my head, that is probably how I am able to keep it simple. A life away from family causes incredible stress, however I do believe that it is possible to find the balance. In my personal experience once you have an excellent reputation within any industry I believe it is much easier to direct where it will take you. Sometimes that means uprooting your life and relocating and other times opportunities can be created very close to home. Either option will require careful consideration and sacrifice. The goal should be happiness for you your family and friends.
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    Hard to find guys

    Perhaps when the love is gone it is time to move on, either to another industry or something closer to home. Myself I have never made my career choices based on money, the money is just a tool, and if used incorrectly can lead to a pit of despair. I have noticed many people fall into the trap of "if I was compensated for my crap" mentality and it never ends well. It normally ends with the never enough thought pattern. Honestly at that point I think its time to reassess where and what you are doing. Money doesnt solve problems of happiness it only amplifies them. In my experience at times like this you must look for and find what is going to make things better. If you are working away too much, then perhaps attempt to negotiate a better work schedule, and if that doesnt work than perhaps its time to find a job that will suit yours and your family's needs. And one thing I know with 100% certainty is there is no perfect job. However if done correctly a balance can be found. Now that all being said I am very new to the Helicopter industry. I am currently searching for where I am going to work and how that life is going to look. However I do come from another industry that is also very difficult on families and takes advantage of hard working people, thats the trucking industry. I recently sold my company to pursue my passion for helicopters. I understand it will be very hard on my personal life and relationships, but I am hopeful. After 15 years in the trucking industry I learned a lot of lessons about work-life balance. I worked for companies that would work a guy to end of the string. Kept myself and my coworkers away from my friends and family, In the end I started my own company to better dictate my own life. However even the fact that I was able to work locally and "run my own show" so to speak, there were still challenges that I had to work through. Thats life! Pursue your dreams, and find ways to create happiness within your dreams. Never make it about the money. Thanks for listening.
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    Hard to find guys

    People need to invest in the companies and the companies need to invest in the people. In the past I have worked for some terrible companies, outside of the helicopter industry, and I have put a lot of my own hard work and dedication into helping make the company better and I was rewarded for my efforts. This is not always the case, because I have also had my dedication taken advantage of, at least at the end of the day I have always been able to walk away and say that I did a good job.
  10. Its a valid question, I've always wanted to take a look at a sas system and find out in more detail how it works.
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    Certified Mountain course

    Beautiful. Very nice photos!
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    Certified Mountain course

    The best advice!
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    Certified Mountain course

    That is a crazy story
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    Certified Mountain course

    I have put a lot of consideration into a mountain course and I honestly cannot justify the money. I think a persons head space and personal judgement goes a long way, if your in the mountains and it doesnt feel good or your not comfortable, just dont do it. I would rather say no to an area or find an alternate and get home alive.
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    Certified Mountain course

    Interesting. Chinook in Abbotsford puts on a HAC and BC forestry approved course and it's 20hrs. Perhaps it's the maximum length and it's up to the instructor when the pilot is proficient.