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  1. Recurrent training ain't all that bad, and maybe even fun? Rising cost of living vs stagnating wages in the Canadian rotor industry aren't helping the numbers. It's a tough proposition for someone looking to get into it; probably live somewhere undesirable that's now become relatively expensive, while make close to minimum wage for year(s) with the hopes of breaking mid 5 figures once you actually get going. Pair that stress with seeing headlines of fairly serious accidents semi-frequently and it's no wonder why people aren't flocking to the industry. All that being said once yo
  2. There's a guy in Banff that sells TYT radios which are very similar to the BaoFeng. I've been using a TYT UV-98 with a custom antenna and it's been decent so far. His company is called Mountain Parameters www.mparam.com
  3. this just went up today https://www.jsfirm.com/job/Pilot-Rotary+Wing/AS350+Pilots/Fort+St+John-British+Columbia/jobID_670694
  4. Seems like the industry has warmed up to lower time pilots a bit more over the last couple years. You see the odd ad online for a low time gigs, which always surprises me because you’d think they’d have stacks of resumes from upstanding guys and gals who did the traditional road trip. I’m a rookie sitting shy of 500hrs and so far I’ve been treated pretty well. Definitely not the case for everyone, out of my class of ~12 I think only 2 others have flown commercially. Year round work is also hard to come by, I’m on contract for 3-4 months a year and then I’m back to my other job, and
  5. Off the top of my head Highland, Yellowhead, Canadian, Aurora, Alpine, Universal and Coldstream have employment pages on their websites that get updated from time to time.
  6. Ordered mine from helmetfx.com, it took a while to ship to Canada but there were no surprises. I echo the sentiment that they're not worth the money, feels cheap and after 200 hrs the dial for the inner visor is broken. Might try replacing the hardware with Gallet bits as time goes on.
  7. I had a good experience there. It's an already big school that's growing rapidly so there won't be as much hand holding as other places. Great instructors when I was there too. If you take initiative you can learn a lot beyond what's in your course syllabus by being nice to the engineers and tagging along with other students doing mountain courses, endorsements etc. They have a good reputation among operators it seems but you're still going to graduate as another 100hr liability and will be treated as such.
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