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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?



    Thanks in advance.

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  2. STC says "Tighten the rope to the desired tension". Classic.


    There is a strict warning not to use above 40 KTS, and there is even an inspection to be performed if they were used above 40 KTS. These style tie downs DO pull the ends of the blades out, the ECL blade shop HATES this modification.


    I would use the maintenance manual info for these however (using the sock style procedure). 10-10-00, 3-2, 5. install them and just pull the slack out of the line "tighten without force". Then mark the line, and tighten 100 mm (3.94"). That sounds pretty reasonable to me.


    This is the reference I was looking for. Thankyou. Had a tech rep send me Open 350 ref 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"

  3. 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.

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  4. Go to page four and check out the thread "Maintenance Tracking Software", a lot of your questions are probably already answered.


    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

  5. I have seen the same thing AH1 but I'm hoping that this is not the case.


    I would still like to beleive that there are some people out there with a sense of adventure, who want to go out and explore the unexplored. The things that have changed in 30 years are the pay and working conditions. The pay is way better and the conditions are pretty good, even the most remote camps have internet, phone and TV.


    Speaking of pay, how does 300/day plus 25/hr flight pay sound to you guys? This would be for one light/intermediate machine. I don't want to know how much you're making now, I just want suggestions as to what kind of rates would be considered average and what you would expect to be making these days.


    Thanks again for your help.


    Thats close to what I am getting for mediums, with multiple endorsements and over a decade of experience. Where do I sign up?????

  6. 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?????

  7. I believe that HAC are organizing one immediately before their Convention in Vancouver on March 23-24, 2011.


    Further details from HAC.


    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?

  8. are you really an AME? or some pilot in disguise trying to do maintenance?


    How can being told the line if 'hard plastic' help immensely ? that doesn't even tell you what material it is, like you we're originally inquiring about. furthermore can you not tell the difference between plastic, aluminum, stainless or braided steel?


    you scare me breeeeeh


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

  9. Anyone out there have your M1 and M2? I was wondering in what ways has it helped you with your past or current employment. Has anyone used the E or S license privilege that comes attached with having both licenses?


    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??

  10. Well I see threads like this popping up again so I might as well jump in with my own question.


    I might be going contract this season and am wondering what some of the contract rates for engineers are in these not so great times. I am 212 and A Star endorsed with lots of years in the business. I know that its up to each guy to make his own deal, so am just looking for ballpark figures.


    I cant help but think that it would be good to have a place where people could post what the going rates for pilots and engineers are. Anyone have any thoughts as to how we could do this?


    Anyways thanks in advance for any help.

  11. The intent of HEPAC was meant to be a "representative" for its members in the association, to deal with things like funding for education, training, and mentoring. In time (with support,) it was to get life insurance, dental and extended health benefits also for its members.


    It was disappointing to see the lack of support for something that had a lot of promise for the industry.


    Perhaps in the future some others will try again.


    I always felt that "speaking for others" in regards to the above mentioned goals would be a benefit....."not" trying to undermine anyones position or beliefs.


    This HEPAC sounded like it was an excellent idea. does anyone know who it was that tried to start it? Perhaps the future is here.

  12. This appears to be somewhat of a touchy subject. I have been in this industry for about 14 years now and have worked for a couple of operators, during good times and bad.


    While I am not a big proponent of unions, I do not agree that they are just there to keep lazy, poor employees working. It is the responsibility of management to document and correctly retrain, or through progressive discipline straighten the employee out. It allows the employee a chance to rectify the situation and become a better more productive person. Should they choose not to get it together they can then be dismissed. The beauty is that it also protects all of us, good or bad, from being fired just cause the boss is pissed off, or in a ****** mood.


    I personally dont want to see the industry unionized, but I would like to see pilots and engineers work collectively to set out some standards, and should people need support, then it would be nice to see us all support each other.


    Well thats just my opinion.



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