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  1. Good day out there. I am an AME thats been in the business for a while and am considering starting a company and going contract. So what I am hoping for is some of those who have been there to share their experience and perhaps offer some advice. what kind of company is best? Tax advantages? headaches? Thanks in advance.
  2. Just wondering how everyone is finding this season shaping up so far. Is anybody out there finding it very busy?
  3. It has been a long time coming and I am sure is yet to be some time. It will however bring a higher level of safety which I think we can all agree is a good thing. I find the older I get the more fatigue impacts me. By about 2am I'm not sure of anything I am doing.
  4. This is the reference I was looking for. Thankyou. Had a tech rep send me Open 350 ref 10.00.00.301 which has a table #2 which gives L= 600mm or 23.6" and then paragraph 3.1.1 says L=10cm which matches splitvision ref. It would be nice if the mod instructions were more clear than "tighten to desired tension"
  5. Does anyone out there know of the correct procedure for how secure the blades using the eurocopter tie down kit 350-700414 with rods, ropes, and pulleys. The manual only covers the socks and ropes around skid gear. The chart says to pull the rope about 24" for the B3 which seems extreme. You read down a little further and it says 10mm if droop ring installed, which makes more sense. Eurocopter is telling me to pull tie down rope from snug-24" which on the nose tie down I dont think is physically possible and on the side ones would put one heck of a load on the blades. Just want to advise pilots of correct procedure but cant seem to find one. Tie down STC says to tighten. Doesnt say how much. I know how I do it, but cant put "how engineer does it" in ops manual. Thanks in advance.
  6. I am sure this is on here somewhere, but I will ask anyways. I am trying to find out the operating cost for a Bell 206 thank you Helidoug
  7. Thank you helidude. Some good information there but I notice that its all from 2009. So issues noted hopefully have been adressed. This is like buying a very expensive car without being able to really test drive it or even go to a dealership. I must say I like what is said about going paperless and 100% electronic. How is that working out to date? Thanks again for the reply
  8. I am looking for some solid information on AMS systems from anyone who knows them well. AMMS, CAlM, etc... So many options, so very expensive and so little information sometimes. Any help or direction to go in would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to PM me.
  9. Thats close to what I am getting for mediums, with multiple endorsements and over a decade of experience. Where do I sign up?????
  10. I am going to start with WOW REALLY your unable to find people? I have been in this business for about 14 years now. I have been very dismayed in the last year, during the "recession" that my wages have been cut by approx $150.00 per day, and there has been a daily reminder that there is a stack of hundreds of resumes on the DOM's desk of guys desperate for work. I also note that operators all want you to move to their hanger/company location for the job. Unfortunately my experience has been that moving in the spring for that permanent full time job can result in the winter layoff or sudden change in the company attitude. As an apprentice I moved to Peace River and was lucky enough to get hired on by Peace Helicopters. Great people great company and fair pay with few surprises. Apprentices are young and can tend to make poor choices. Lord knows I made a few, and I wasnt even that young. So yes they come cheap and will move to timbucktoo, but you do get what you pay for. Another item of note I have recently discovered is many operators advertising jobs, but are actually just putting a list of possible hires together. While I am told this is not new, its new to me. I used to call around to companies and get straight answers and was able to negotiate a fair rate for the services of a good engineer. I dont find it like that anymore. Honestly Helian if you really are a fair company looking for reliable loyal people I dont think there is a shortage, and an engineer or apprentice would be lucky to work for you. I personally would love to see this industry become about operators valueing the employees and employees being greatful and appreciative to good employers. Well thats my two cents worth. PS...there isnt really a mile high stack of resumes on every desk?????
  11. Can anyone tell me if these courses are for someone already in a QA position, or for someone wishing to move into a QA position?
  12. helidoug

    H369d

    My mother used to tell me that if I have nothing nice to say, that I should not say anything at all.
  13. helidoug

    M1/m2

    I recently discovered getting M2 rating takes much more than just a medium endorsement. You must get your ATA's signed out in your log book, just like M1 and apply to transport to have it added to your liscence. Its odd. I can sign out the 100hr inspection on a 212 but I have to have another AME sign my log book that I am capable of carrying out the task??
  14. thanks for the replies I appreciate the input. Not looking to make big bucks as I realize things are pretty slow. I'm sitting at home not hired yet so am very aware of lack of work these days. Just curious where rates are.
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