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  1. Anyone want to give one of those Griffon guys a job?! - back in Canuckland and still looking!!
  2. If it makes you feel better you can keep the word "operational", the point being they don't deploy on anything except the odd domestic op and are used as feeder units for the three "primary manoeuvre units". Hence the reason they are mainly reservist units and often considered for demobilization. Sorry - didn't get my coffee this morning
  3. Here you go: http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/1w-1e/sqn...s/index-eng.asp
  4. The Afghan mission is definately stretching things thin, but if you are posted to an operational squadron (like 408) you are kept busy doing your own training as well as training the army for their missions. That means supporting exercises in Wainwright, Suffield, Shilo etc etc. If you go full time then I would expect at least 4-5 months away spread over the year. There are two full time reserve squadrons 400 and 438 that are mostly reservist and non-operational. They still do alot of support but they don't deploy as squadrons.
  5. BTW - this should probably move into the coast guard / military thread...
  6. Hopefully this thread won't degenerate into a military vs civie thread - there's enough of those. If you decide to go full time reservist (or reg force), for me anyways, it basically is a trade-off with what you value at the time. In the military you get good pay, good job security and get to do some pretty cool stuff. But... you forefit the ability to choose where you live, you will be away from home - alot (6-8 months a year is not uncommon) and you no longer have the option of saying no if you don't like the mission/job. If you're an hours hog then you will definately get m
  7. It's a good move... as long as you have the right motivation. The reserve helicopter program has been abused in the past by guys just joining until they have the muti-engine rating and/or instrument rating then leaving. There's nothing that pisses off the reg force pilots more than someone taking up all helicopter time, training and resources then contributing nothing back. And by contributing I hope you plan on going to Afghanistan, because that's where 408 is right now. That said there have been a few reservists who bring value to the squadrons and go on missions, taskings, deploy
  8. Helos hepling out with a SAR that end up pushing the Wx "because it's a SAR" If someones missing, usually the Wx is dodgy in the first place. Nothing worse than another machine having to set down or go missing and adding to the problem.
  9. Best of luck to the Chinook and Griffon drivers. Stay safe and good hunting. http://news.gc.ca/web/view/en/index.jsp?ar...y=News+Releases
  10. Good luck and good hunting 408. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/sto...y/politics/home
  11. My understanding was that the "Aero course", was for the ATPL in general and they did not run a specific course for the helicopter rating. That would mean about 25% of the content would not be applicable ie - high level airspace, fixed wing aerodynamics, fixed wing weight and balance etc. Has this been your experience? Thanks for the info.
  12. Anyone attended either the "aero course" or "accelerated aviation" ATPL(H) ground school? I'm looking to attend one prior to writting my exams. I find I'm more motivated to study when I've got a course coming up and need a kick in the a@# to get into the books sometimes... But since these courses run $400-$600 plus airfare and time off, best to get some opinions prior to signing the cheque. Cheers.
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