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  1. I have recently been told about this place called Professional Pilot Insurance Plan in Okotoks. It has by far the best rate to cover you while flying if it's legit. Anyone have any experience with them? http://www.ppip.ca/ I have talked to multiple insurance brokers, including ones that use Sunlife and as soon as they find out your a pilot landing off airport at unprepared sites the rates go through the roof. If you never got an aviation questionnaire with your life insurance I would have a good read over the underwriting on your plan.
  2. Check this out. http://www.volunteerheli.com/home.html
  3. Try Parallels desktop 9. Download the trial and see if it works.
  4. If you don’t like the pay then don’t except it, but the “I love aviation and will do what it takes” it not the way to make this industry better. Have you looked around to compare industries taking in consideration wages vs. risk? I use to run heavy equipment and I was making 6-750 a day when working away from home. My one buddy who is a welder is making over 200k a year. Now look at the risk of those jobs. Not much to worry about compared to flying. How about engineers I have heard their wages are comparable to a small engines mechanic. I highly doubt a guy fixing weed whackers goes home and w
  5. LOL, Really? I think any smart business person would agree which way will generate more money. Look back a couple posts and learn something. The only people coming out ahead are flight schools ripping new pilots off by charging them on the ground otherwise all it does is drive operation costs up for commercial operators. Which also most likely but not necessarily (company dependant) creates pilots being paid a lower wage because the company isn't generating the potential income. Oh and I will come out with more money at the end of my tour if I time out...
  6. So in other words recording the time in between multiple flights even thou the helicopter is still running is wrong IMO.
  7. Winnie, Wikipedia’s definition of flight Flight is the process by which an object moves, through an atmosphere (especially the air) or beyond it (as in the case of spaceflight), by generating aerodynamic lift, propulsive thrust, aerostatically using buoyancy, or by ballistic movement, without direct support from any surface. Cars definition of flight time "flight time" - means the time from the moment an aircraft first moves under its own power for the purpose of taking off until the moment it comes to rest at the end of the flight; (temps de vol) CARS definition of airtime
  8. But how does a skid helicopter move when it can't until its in the air?? The way you should word it is "When a component of the helicopter starts to move (ie. Blades spinning), not the whole helicopter itself." lol
  9. To keep things equal for operators you have to take in consideration of operating costs. An operator who uses the method of what goes into the aircraft JLB goes into your personal will be lower then one that uses the other method. Pilots will be timing out faster creating that operator to have a larger staff, more frequent crew changes and so on to do the same job. There is a lot more to it then just pilots benefitting to getting more hours.
  10. 3) from first lift off to last landing (CAIRS responses from Director standards and confirmed by Yves Lemieux) Look at Yves Lemieux interpretation of carried on luggage. I think we could all agree that doesn’t work for heli ops or if he’s right I guess there will be a huge change to our operations. For the above reason and a few others is why we should be going to a skills based assessment for determining if someone can do a certain job like landing in a gas lease, fighting fire, hover exit, etc.. It for the most part takes padding your logbook out of the equation. Hours rea
  11. Maybe the hour requirements keep going up because pilots with the required hours can't do the job because they are logging time sitting on the ground???
  12. So Flight time and airtime for planes I believe works as. Flight time - the moment the brakes are released and the airplane moves under its own power. (Taxiing) Air time - the moment the tires come off the ground to when they touch again. Running on the ground getting T&P’s in the green is not considered flight time. A skid equipped helicopter, cannot move under it’s own power unless its in the air. So flight time and airtime would be considered the same. A helicopter with wheels I guess could fall into the same category as an airplane for air time and flight time. I
  13. Yes there is more to PILOTING then flying, but writing time in your logbook of you sitting on the ground with a machine running is wrong IMO. Piloting is dealing with customers, taking responsibility for the aircraft and equipment, checking weather and making sure the A/C is within limits and operated within limits, making sure the loads are rigged properly, rigging gear is safe, admitting when you go over a limit or do something wrong, being HONEST…. If you feel that putting time into your logbook while sitting on the ground is going to make you a better pilot in finding the wind, determi
  14. Exactly so a guy sitting on the ground shouldn't be logging the time! YOUR DOING NOTHING. Skids up to skids down, what goes into the aircraft journey logbook should go into your personal logbook. This is probably why so many people that come around saying they have 1000hrs still flying like they have 300hrs because they are logging every second they are in the machine. I guess all the 100hr guys should get checked out to do all the maintenance ground runs so they can log the time to meet customers requirements.... $h!t even throw the longline on and they can say they have longline time! haha
  15. According to this company form I better add a lot of time to my personal logbook. Wow have I been ripping myself off! So while I'm hot refuelling and still have my longline on I guess I can keep logging it as "longline time"?? LMAO!
  16. Mitch Reynolds President, Life Guard Insurance www.LifeGuardInsurance.ca Cell (403) 680-7730 Office (403) 262-7715 He was good to deal with. Canada Life had the lowest rate a few years ago.
  17. Personally the 42 is too long and should be capped at 30 days with 14 days off. Hours changed to 150hrs in 20 days and if you time out you need to take 14 days off and if you don't time out then 200hrs in 30 days with 14 days off with an annual cap of 1600hrs. Lowering the annual to 1000hrs just restricts the amount of money to be made. Fatigue comes from sitting around doing nothing waiting to fly. Keeps it simple and a person can potentially make a sh!t load of money if they could find a job to fly 1600hrs a year. If you can't handle flying 6.6hrs a day for 30 days then speak up or
  18. I've been told the mining season isn't looking so good this summer again?!? Last year I was told it was going to be a good year and that took a quick turn. Anyone else hearing the same?
  19. ATR is a POS, springs in the gates always break or get weak and wont fully close, you have to tap twice on the ball to make sure you have it, magnets always get covered, the rod some times doesn't slide all the way down so the magnets don't always come all the way out, the rod breaks, it has two release levers which seem to screw up all the time, and it's a heavy. I could go on about the problems with it. Basically there are too many moving parts. Once you learn how to use the MR T or Rupert's land you will never want to use another picker. You can tip the cone over flip it back, if the pi
  20. If I remember correctly it's only one month if the optometrist gives you the okay. Get the PRK done if you can, best money I have spent!!
  21. Had the same problem with the internal battery on the mother board with my 296. To make it find the satellites quick on the sat page push menu and then select New location and then Automatic. Then your satellites should come in right away. I replace the internal battery and it's been good ever since.
  22. Here is the 250 and the 350 side by side. People that have switch from the 250 to the 350 seem to prefer the 350.
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