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  1. Howdy, One of our Astars is equipped with all bose headsets that are powered through the aircrafts electrical system. Our headset jack are the LEMO type jacks for these AC powered headsets. Its a bit of a pain in the arse because now I can't use my helmet when I fly the Astar as my helmet has the standard helicopter jack. Does anyone know of any sort of LEMO/helicopter jack adapter?
  2. i just picked up one of those SPOT personal satellite trackers last week.....its not aircraft specific, lots of hikers,pilots and such are using it....i first heard about it at oshkosh this july......its pretty neat...costs $170 for the unit and about $100 a year for the service subscription...it basically uses gps satellites to track your flight/hike/what have you.....who ever your person responsible for flight watch is can look on google earth and see your exact track for the entire trip...it also has a couple different functions that can send messages to your flight watch or 911 if you require some assistance.....i figured it would be a good investment for me when im flying privately in my "spare" time. cheers, TM
  3. Taylor.....nice to see a newer member in the industry that actually shows some concern and thinks about others. The relevent point I want to make here is not so much about aircraft improvments, but the people that operate them. As aircraft developed, they have, become more reliable (safer)........as the industry grew, demands on the aircraft and its flight crews became more complex and demanding. Statistics show that its rarely a fault of the aircraft if an accident occurs, but it's the "human factor" that is the cause. Crew resource management, pilot decision making courses, education and training, are things that help mitigate and reduce accidents/incidents. Wise investments, to go along with those helicopters that we all love so much eh ! i couldn't agree more helilog....correct me if im wrong but last i heard the statistics were a shocking # somewhere in the neighborhood of 70% of all accidents are a direct or indirect result of human error while the remaining 30% were mechanical failures, etc... Its as easy as not checking a fuel drum for water and debris before fuelling up the A/C while in a rush that can lead to a catastrophic failure..... That is exactly all of our beloved abbreviations such as HF,PDM,HPIM,CRM,SMS,etc.. along with some "thinking ahead of the aircraft" tactics and common sense come into play and could ultimately save a life. Cheers, TM
  4. my final response to fuel tank thread ....no reply necessary whew! fellas, fellas......we're all supposed to be on the same team here......i appreciate the support here aswell as everyones seperate views regarding the matter and believe it or not...i agree with all of them..........this topic is very much a personal matter for me as i had a buddy pass away in a firey car wreck a few years back, and to think about "going" while stuck in a burning helicopter and possibly still concious is an unbearable thought for me to comprehend. As i am understanding here, this is most likely a personal subject for Blackmac aswell due to his close encounter and im happy that hes still here with us today. I am also under the impression that this is a personal subject for everyone else here because im sure (due to the small industry that we live and work in) we unfortunately know or know of someone who has tragically died under these circumstances. The emotions are running high here! I've been in this industry for a year now and i have LOVED every second of it. Regardless of what the outcome is regarding this topic...i will get my pilots license after i finish my ame apprenticeship and i will fly my pants off......im well aware of the lifestyle and the risks involved in this industry and i am more than willing and prepared to face these risks because................i LOVE helicopters.......i definately agree with twisted spar in regards to even making small changes whether it be mandating helmets, reducing the clutter in the cabin, fire extinguishing systems, what have you ( and i can assure you...the day i leave for my first job...i will have nomex garmets with me regardless of how many people stare at me funny ). These small changes can and will also save lives. As i learned in a fun filled human factors course, the only way to prevent an accident (or in better terms, a fatality) is to break one or more links in the chain of events. Any one of these suggestions listed above will assist in breaking these links and ultimately will lead to saving lives. Again...a personal opinion..i feel that these fuel tanks are the biggest link in the chain and are not only the first link but the last link aswell (if that makes any sense)...In response to airbags in cars, etc... i think that even though there may not be a law mandating airbags (although something tells me there has to be some sort of law) every car manufacturer today uses airbags. The reasoning for this is the demand from the public....millions of people drive cars everyday and unfortunately hundreds of people are killed due to car accidents.....people became feeling uneasy and demanded that car manufactrers install airbags..soon enough...the manufacturers couldnt say no and ended up installing the bags....its all about demand for safety and i believe that the aviation industry will (unfortunately) act the same way. With the way TC seems to treat this...they will wait until enough people die and there is enough industry demand to mandate these safety regulations... And that is the whole point to my argument......as someone concerned for not only my own safety but for the safety of my fellow pilots and users of helicopters (if that is grammatically correct?) We as an industy need to stop and think about what can and will happen if something isnt done and get off our arses, be proactive and do something to rectify the problem! I see myself as an optimistic, and positive person and that is the attitude that i am trying to bring to the table here. Regardless of what a realistic outcome is..i want to be optomistic for a good outcome...if everyone starts thinking this way its only a matter of time before good changes come. I hope i covered everything I appologize for my long rant but im speaking my mind and hopefully everyone can see what im geting at. thanks for taking the time to read this. P.S. TC hasnt emailed me back yet Fly safe, Sincerely, Taylor Morrison
  5. i sent an email to TC ...i dont expect this one email from a kid to make a huge difference but im curious to see what their response is to this matter....if anything it just gives me a sense of well being knowing that i asked the question to the minister of transport canada civil aviation, hello, name is Taylor M. Im an 18 year old commercially licensed fixed wing pilot,helicopter AME apprentice, and aspiring commercial helicopter pilot. A great concern within the helicopter industry regarding the safety of helicopter crews and passengers in respect with post crash fires has been rumbling over the last month (more so than has been since the first ever post helicopter crash fire). Over the last month (as im sure you are well aware of) there have been 2 crashes in canada and one in the US that have involved post crash fires. Sadly, Both of the crashes in canada have taken a total of 5 lives (all most likely due to post crash fires). Luckily, the US crew managed to escape their blazing machine. These are definately a small percentage of helicopter crashes that have taken lives that most likely resulted from post crash fires. The problem that is being greatly discussed is the fact that todays fuel tanks and bladders in helicopters do not stand up at all in crashes and everyone is asking, " how many more lives have to be taken before TC mandates the use of self sealing or rupture/puncture resistant fuel tanks". I know they are available, yet operators choose to spare the $5,000 or $10,000 in fuel tank upgrades over the safety of thier employees and customers. My question to you sir/madame is, Why doesnt TC mandate the use of these tanks or even take any action in preventing or reducing the risk of these post crash fires? How many more lives hve to tragically be taken before TC becomes proactive in this matter? If you have a few minutes in the coming days would you please take the time to look on www.verticalmag.com/forums , look under the canadian helicopter operation sections, and read through the threads titled "self sealing tanks" aswell as "another bird down". If you could also take a minute and respond to this e-mail that would be greatly appreciated. This isnt meant to be an agressive letter to TC but an inquiry from a concerned canadian citizen and aspiring pilot. Thank-you, Sincerely, TM
  6. Im assuming hes talking about good old Abbotsford BC........maybe?!?
  7. G'day, i dont know how many of you have air drills in their box but i have a question for those who do. Im looking to get an air drill and was wondering what some of your opinions are as to which drills would be a wise choice to get....im basically looking for something small,compact,variable speed, and reversable. Thanks in advance. Cheers, TM :punk:
  8. thanks for your input.......i checked out the website....it looks like some nice stuff....the only bummer is the warranty....one year cheers, TM
  9. Hey gang, one of the AME's from the AMO that im apprenticing at came back from HAI in Huston last month with some new tools from a company called Pan Amercian Tool Corporation. I believe the company is based out of florida. I was wondering if anyone else has heard of this company or has used any of these tools and if you have any feedback as to the quality of them?!? Cheers, Taylor.
  10. excuse my ignorance, my lack of knowledge and being off topic, but what is a "pool" pilot? Cheers, TM.
  11. im not a huge fan of craftsman...ive had to replace most of it.....mastercraft has done me fairly well but honestly......if your going to make a career out of this industry......consider buying tools as an investment.......dont cheap out....buy a well known name with a lifetime warranty....i know snap-on is expensive but theyre one of, if not THE best brand going and the warranty service is outstanding.......as the saying goes..."buy quality, buy once" my 2 cents TM
  12. www.heliproducts.com b2 and sd2 build ups and soloy conversions are their specialty :up:
  13. i had a similar problem going for my medical.....in the beginning...TC gave me a restricted medical....i ended up going to my regular eye doctor for some tests and he ended up sending tC a letter saying that my eyesight met TC requirements...2 weeks later i got an unrestricted medical in the mail.. :up:
  14. lineworker, i bought a David Clack x11 ANR headset last year when I started flying. The active cancellation is awsome, it mutes out quite a bit of the engine noise. The problem with most ANR headsets is that they have very little passive cancellation. As you were saying, yes the ANR is basically shifting/matching the sound wave frequency to make it seem to your ears that all is quiet. The down side to ANr, which I am just beginning to notice, is that the harmful waves are still getting to my ears, (whether you can hear it or not) and I can now notice a bit of a hearing problem developing due to the inadequate hearing protection provided by my ANR set. Im kicking myself now for not getting a headset with more passive cancellation. Basically what im trying to say is that even though all seems well with the ANR, the passive cancellation provided is insufficient to properly protect my hearing. hopefully some of that made sense.....i kinda started to ramble Cheers, TM
  15. Principles of helicopter flight by WJ Wagtendonk is pretty good. I also personally think getting a hold of a copy of the jeppesen helicopter maintenence book is a wise idea. Just my thoughts. Both of these books are available at aviation world. Cheers TM
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