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  1. Do you need a hug? You sound like you need a hug. We know hugs are tough right now but perhaps you could wrap your arms around yourself, squeeze tight, pucker up and kiss yourself soundly in the mirror. In your own delusion you're a beautiful unique individual with the right to blurt out whatever inane comment comes to mind over this meaningless, highly trivial medium of communication that you choose to troll. However, it reflects poorly upon you as it is all rather negative, demeaning and just a wee bit nasty. As a 15 year flying expert helicopter veteran (not a lot really) you really should consider yoga or meditation to work out your insecurities and jealousy against other people who are simply trying as hard as they can to succeed in this business. You are probably wondering why (in your own testimony) you have worked for a lot of people and when pilots get toxic (as you appear) the really good jobs go to other people who don't import the cancer of negativity into every workplace they end up in. Trolling is a horrible habit so have a grown-up attitude and call the HV directly to voice your position and in the future...just be kind.
  2. If the Performance Section of the FM says you're too heavy for where you're going. You probably are. Saves a lot of teeth grinding and puts you ahead of the curve so you don't need to use your superior pilot mojo...
  3. I haven't seen a new one appear, so I'm doing the paperwork now. It's all a pain in the proverbial and I wonder if anyone has used their old Document as supporting documentation? After all it is "other government issued identification" and God knows it costs a lot to get one...
  4. +7500hrs TT BC Mountain Course and everything you need for BC Fires etc. Bell 412 PPC current. Typed on AS350, BH04/05/06/07/12/214/412, BK117 etc. Sorry - only have 6 spare days and commitments on the 26th August I can't miss. Open to helping out anyone who needs a guy with good references.
  5. Who do I have to marry to get the 'companion rate'? It's taken me 20 mins to work out which section I am in but it looks like $675 buys me 3 days? I understand economy of scale but HAI is only $280 USD for 3 days. HAC seems to be $325 CND for one day. HAC Operator Employee #1, #2 & # 3 HAC Associates, Customers & Individual Supporters CAN CAN $525 each CAN $575 each *Operators Only Employee #4 and more CAN $300 each Non Member CAN $675 each Day Registration - HAC Member Companies Only Indicate Day Attending Friday Saturday Sunday CAN $325 each **Companion Registration (must accompany HAC Operator, Associate, Customer or Individual) CAN $300 each ***Student Registration CAN $250 each 2015-2016 HAC dues must be paid in full to receive member rate. * 4 and more discounted rate applies to HAC Operator Company Employees ONLY – This rate is not valid for guests, customers or participants from other companies ** Companion is someone not employed with your company or affiliated with any other HAC members. (Must accompany HAC Operator, Associate, Customer or Individual) ***Students age 16 and older are eligible to register at the student rate. Proper identification is required. The following are accepted forms of identification: School ID card, Letter on school letterhead signed by the student’s advisor or an instructor, Receipt for tuition.
  6. I was a TFR who dragged his family to Canada and built a life at the turn of the century. It really erks me the rudeness of some people around here who know beggar all about being an immigrant. It certainly wasn't my experience of life in Canada. If there had been that much racism voiced at me - we would've left. It can only be because you can hide on the internet that one is so brave. I became a PR then a citizen and like Winnie and all the others ["the Rab"] and my mates - we invested a lot to chase the Canadian dream. Because we had good work ethic, we got ahead and it is as simple as that. Doesn't matter where you are from - work hard and Canada rewards. I left Canada for family issues in 2008 but got a call from Buzzer in 2010 to see if I could help launch the NWS program. I arrived back in Canada in 24 hrs at my own expense and went straight to training. Never worked for HTS previously but they paid me a fair day rate and the money arrived every month. The gear I flew was in top condition. I contracted to them and did about 8 months at Hall Beach listening to all the ex-CHL pilots ***** about the situation. Eventually they all pretty much left and the lack of whining was nice. Most of them must be kicking themselves now. They were so institutionalized and did so little for the money they made, that if they had just hung on they would be back with the re-branded NEW ZEALAND company HNZ who have gone in and bid with old decrepid 212's and S61's. Drag out that old flight suit... I flew the first ex-Jap Coast Guard Bell 212 into Hall Beach. I had some great help from a good old Canadian Engineer to arrive two weeks ahead of any other ship into the North. He was outstanding as an engineer and everyone I worked with at HTS [besides a few who would be incompetent anywhere] was as good as anyone I've flown with. It was a good time but I wouldn't want to be the copilot/capt living in Hall Beach now. Its not designed for that. In 2010 I delivered the first Bell 214ST into Iqaluit and sold the program and new aircraft to NWS there. I think we did a great job and I would be happy flying an ST for the rest of my life. The ST outperformed the geriatric 61 all day every day and as I said before - I am stunned that they are back using that old an aircraft. For HTS [who are a collection of pretty decent people with some outstandingly good pilots and engineers] it is a shame this chapter is done for now. While talking with Denis recently it occurred to me that they might lose this contract if CHL or someone came along with better gear. Perhaps an AW139 or S92 to support the north... but no - back to the old cheap technology. HTS should be pleased with their contribution to history. The 214ST was a gamble that radically changed the dynamic of the NWS contract in Iqaluit and I can only imagine the moaning from the client when it leaves and the old bus lumbers over the horizon. That aircraft is outstanding and a good place to spend a day. I had some memorable events that have added a lot of flavor to life. On this occasion I recognized a voice from the past and escorted a friend ferrying an S92 home to Iqaluit. You couldn't plan that! The ST set the HUMS alight.... I hope the HTS guys get a shot with HNZ, they need to feed their families and are the obvious choice. Best to just get on and embrace change guys. As most of US Canadians know - Kiwi's ain't so bad but if you think HNZ are going to up the pay rate and kiss you on the dick, then you are misguided. You'll likely work harder for less.
  7. "real nice!" Are you guys drinking meths up there? Get back on the Laphroig ASAP.
  8. Nothing new here - secret deals done between some pilots and management and we all wonder why when the snow fly's some of us are EI. Why not just post what you make as someone else if you are worried. I'm a bit out of the loop too but $200 an hour on the Medium with 3 hr mins was the norm. IFR with HTSC I was $110,000 which was pretty light but it was the recession and only had to work 6 months of the year and the gear was excellent and I had a bar in town...
  9. Did I have a "man look" and miss the Bell 212 rate? I agree the rates are low but absorb it by flying slower, lifting less and charging engine ON not SKIDS UP. Simple stuff - don't work to put the fire out and encourage all the decisions to light a back burn at 1600hrs...
  10. Been there done that in Northern BC at 6000ft. Amazing how quickly it accrued. Took about 4 sec's to throw the blades out of balance and force a shutdown from idle. That was visiting a radio repeater also.... bloody things.
  11. I tried all the above and then found the 'Underarmour' skull caps worn by the NFL players. Available at most sports shops and much more superior to all the other options. Mine are over 5yrs old now and going strong. Get the black one... the white one makes you look like a *****.
  12. Our engineers are in Antarctica supporting the AS350B3 which is standing by to get to the site as of 0700hrs here in New Zealand. I've worked around those KB guys in the Arctic and they do know their stuff. I hope the guys come out OK. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=523046884383526&set=a.219936934694524.61130.131130550241830&type=1&theater
  13. I love winter time in Canada... nothing to do but get on the forums Amen to all comments above and I think they should have mandatory eye masks and ear plugs for camp. I prefer to take my batman on camp with me and be greeted with a warm cup of tea a 0600hrs...
  14. Opportunities exists for 3-6 month temporary engineering positions in New Zealand/Australia/PNG and the Pacific. Those who know me, know that I am involved with a couple of major companies "down under" and constantly finding opportunity for seasonal work to offset the winter shortfall. Engineers with Light/Intermediate and Medium experience are required and it is a great opportunity to have a working holiday (exclude PNG) or experience some distinctly different cultures (include all...) It would be easier if you were under the age of 31 but that isn't a deal breaker. For those remotely interested please reply in complete confidence to: [email protected]
  15. I for one think that having a couple less NZ'ers and definitely one less Aussie flying mediums this season, has raised the professionalism bar exponentially. When you see the K1W1's and Ockkers bailing out of VFR into IFR - sit up and take heed Canada... things must be ****** and ya'll are a low $hit system. Insightful as ever my friend. Enjoyed the read. Glad to hear all my good mates made it through another year with some remuneration firmly in hand. Come to NZ for a flying sabbatical and get ready to write. I doubt there is enough bandwidth to describe the gong show happening around here. Note all Canadians: There is one kiwi/canuk riding the Auckland motorway daily with a decent sized flag of CANADA jammed in the backpack and creating quite a bit of parasite drag at 130km/hr. It's great to see the patriotism for the Rugby World Cup but the maple leaf is overwhelmed by the thousands of flags of Tonga (which happen to be Red and White too) and I am sure some people are ignorant to be thinking "gosh... that's a white looking Tongan?!" Go Canada GO.
  16. Hi Guys, We have just brought four BO105's of which I am really looking forward to flying. We have one heading out to support a non-profit off a ship in the south pacific and everyone turned to me for advice on operations of the type off ships. The last one I saw was slinging off a CG vessel in Frobisher Bay last year and completes my resume of experience between BO105's and boats. The CG is the world expert in operating this type off a vessel, can anyone send my way information, advice, checklists(?) that I can relay to our pilot flying off the boat? Your time is valued. Regards, Steve
  17. Richard... of course. I did an IFR PPC with him in Ottawa a few years ago. Stellar guy. Cheers guys. Steve
  18. I tried selling those before HNZ was brought by CHL. That is a Classic and SP model. Great to see they are assembled and breathing Canadian air. They were both dismantled here at our facility in Auckland and sent up last month. I'm sure they will never be seen down this part of the world again.
  19. Here's to Mr Andrew's for doing a professionals job & saving his aircraft and crew. Here's to P&W for building a fantastic donk to give Mr Andrew's the support he needed. #### hot Canada... Kudos buddy.
  20. Hi Guys, We have just brought four BO105's of which I am really looking forward to flying. We have one heading out to support a non-profit off a ship in the south pacific and everyone turned to me for advice on operations of the type off ships. The last one I saw was slinging off a CG vessel in Frobisher Bay last year and completes my resume of experience between BO105's and boats. The CG is the world expert in operating this type off a vessel, can anyone send my way information, advice, checklists(?) that I can relay to our pilot flying off the boat? Your time is valued. Regards, Steve
  21. It is a damning report by the NTSB. Can someone better explain the 'Public' helicopters and the orphan analogy? The US fire service operations are highly scrutinized in comparison to the Canadian industry. Regards.
  22. How the **** did a surrogate Kiwi Kanuk get in there? :) Have fun boy's - I guess that means some employment at Skyline this summer?
  23. Couple of questions: Is CHL completely out of the picture with the delivery of the AW139? How is that relationship working? Considering the capability of the AW139 in icing conditions, will ORNGE expand the mission envelope to accomodate flight into known icing or is it just an enhanced safety tool?
  24. I can't believed I survived 1800hrs in Longrangers after reading all this... everybody calm the fark down. The fuel system is a no-brainer. Read the Flight Manual and listen for fuel transfer by removing the cap and hearing the splashing = good airmanship. Don't beep your NR down - like the boys above said: it reduces your TR effectiveness DRAMATICALLY ON ANY AIRCRAFT and is totally un-necessary = poor airmanship. Like it was said - its a machine you massage around the sky, its not a 407 or Astar but it is 1000% reliable, stoic and dependable. TR authority isn't an issue. I've driven them beyond 15,000ft (won't say more) and landed the L3 at 13,500ft, longlined with 200ft plus in 38 degrees and 75% humidity, flogged on around the interior and coastal mountains at max AUW and trusted it with my butt. It will teach you to fly. You will jump into an Astar or 407 next and marvel at the amount of collective you can pull.
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