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Gary Watson

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  1. You might find that you are too late for SAIT as the courses usually fill up by May. And re electrical training is much more advanced than the Heathkit era mentioned above.Also they have two Robbie's and Al just ran the first R66 type course
  2. A proper fitted respirator/mask is essential or you will end up looking and acting like some of the painters who used hang out around Jimmy the Greek's Bar in Calgary.
  3. The con's people can get caught up in making money and some end up letting things slide. My biggest issue is that the snags on a aircraft that has been operating great for the pilot when you asked him how things are going, suddenly has multiple problems that appear just before or shortly after a crew change. Or you arrive with a big box of parts that were ordered a week before the crew change. A con for the base guys is they end up fixing a machine for the field guy to take away and make flight pay on it. I worked up north for a large oil company and every one received northern allowance pay, there was no flight pay issue. Yet, at the end of a tour, the departing pilots would ALWAYS fill the logbook up with snags instead of reporting them all on a daily basis. This made the AMES look they were doing nothing to keep the machines flying and despite our complaining to the "grownups", the practise continued for the 6 years I was there. So flight pay isn't the only reason for "goin home day snags"
  4. Drinking and working on aircraft is certainly less prevelant than years ago. In the 70s and 80s It was normal to leave your job and go for a semi-liquid lunch at the Airliner then the Port O Call in YYC. The bar would be full of your fellow workers having a beer and burger. No one thought anything of it. There was notable exceptions, my boss for a few years, would leave the hangar at 10 - heading for the Port shaking like a 1/2 bladed helicopter. If we were lucky he stayed over there for a couple days. If not he would come back to work all pissed up and start growling at people. Sr. managment knew all about him but did nothing - no counseling - no firing.Didn't recall working veryoften with anyone that was drunk - did experience working with guys having some bad hangovers. there were a few pilots around who were notorious drunks even in the corporate and airline world. By the 90s there seemed to be a change in that fewer people were going to the Port (maybe somewhere else?) for a liquid lunch. Also the big, after-work "few drinks with the boys" seems to have lessened to just Friday nights, if at all. Perhaps my age group was the last of the era from a booze point of view. I did partake in some lunches over the years but found that the biggest problem I had was staying awake in the afternoon Drugs - never had anything to do with them anywhere but I know there have been some incidents in Calgary as some companies have drug-testing due to their customers being from the US
  5. Good luck Fred I will always remember the fun times in Ft Smith and YYC
  6. Doesn't look like a grounding just additional inspections and a new life limit on the blades due to cracks
  7. Just flew in a Harvard a couple days ago
  8. :punk: :punk: Good News From Ottawa - sounds like an Oxymoron anything good coming from Ottawa I know, but as of now,the designation ROYAL has been reinstated in our name and the Canadian Air Force is once again the RCAF Maybe not a big deal to some of you but to us that were there, great day and yes I know I posted in the wrong place
  9. I find it somewhat disturbing that some of the comments on here are so anti-police when even a picture brings up negative comments. Particularily quoting racist rap music to make some sort of anti-police statement.These seem to be the ones that are anti law enforcement no matter what and will search to find somethng negative in anything police related. 2 nights ago the Calgary Police Service in HAWC One flew a father from Calgary to Red Deer to be beside his dying 5 year old son - reaching the hospital a few moment before the drowning victim passed away. I am sure some of the commenters here will think of something negative to say about this.
  10. Incredible website Elvis, there is a ton of infomation laid out in a very understandable manner.
  11. This just dosen't happen only in the rotary world. An airline pilot for a Canadian company was fired not too long ago for falsifying his logbook. Last I heard he was also facing criminal charges
  12. Better than the R-Cumps paying you a visit
  13. Just a couple comments from my point of view as I have attended a lot of shows in the past decades. Having HAC in the fall means it must compete with the NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) who have the prime time in the fall locked up. The NBAA convention, for anyone who hasn't been to it, is huge. By far the largest aviation convention in North America. I am gusssing 3-4 times bigger than HAI with 25,000 attendees. It started out as just corporate aviation but has morphed into all aspects with all the large RW OEMs in attendence. Also all the suppliers (1,700ish). This event is very expensive for exhibitors and 99% of their new products are introduced at the show. The exhibitors determine the show and the attendees determine the value for a company to attend. Add in all the other larger and smaller shows, in Canada, NATA, CBAA, ATAC,AME Symposiums; internationally HAI, ALEA, AEA,AAAA, Paris, Farnborough, Berlin, Dubai,Singapore, Santiago etc etc. Exhibiting at shows is a very expensive proposition. On the El-gigantic side of OEMs I recall talking to the public affairs VP at Airbus and he said the Paris show cost the company upwards of $25 million when you add in all the lost time by the executives. You can just imagine the annual budget for Bell or Eurocopter or even the smaller OEMS such as NAT or Technisonic to cover shows. When you look at HAC with 750 attendees I give them credit for snagging the number and quality of suppliers that they do get for such a small show when compared to some of the other ones that the suppiers can chose from with their advertising budget. I think it would be difficult to hold HAC in smaller centres due to the lack of hotels with sufficent space for exhibitors and rooms for attendees and the exhibitors' staff.
  14. I remember Ralph from Calgary before he moved west. He had a number of helicopters that he owned and leased. I did a lot of avionics work for him in those days. The most memorable client of his that I recalled was Wild Bill who was living in Hay River at the time and had an A-II that I believe was owned by Ralph. The other was the day that he ran out of gas in a Cessna 337 on his way back from BC just west of Calgary and was initially found by the traffic helicopter of the day which was a B47 with Freddy Wiskar flying, then the guys at Canwest picked him and his family up with their gazelle. Luckily with no injuries. Too bad as it sounds like his last years were not very good.
  15. I don't know HJ's SOP for rotor brake operation and the last time I saw one starting and stopping was in Courtenay last summer and I didn't watch what they did with regard to rotor brake operation. After working on 76s a few years back I know the rotor brake puts a lot of strain on the dynamic components when being engaged. This is all well and swell on a offshore platform to ensure pax safety and speed up a crew change. However if you don't need to have the brake grinding way all the time why use it if you don't have to? The same on startup but maybe not as much stress. HJ probably has decided that the their procedure is the best for their operation. Assuming of course that the crew was following SOPs
  16. The potential for flight crew contamination I assume would be somewhat mitigated by wearinf some type of NBCW suit and limiting the time each crew spent over the reactors. That being said, what will happen to the helicopters? I would not like to be the engineer working on any of these aircraft every day or even five years from now and being unknowingly exposed to all the radioactive dust contamination secreted in every corner of the airframe
  17. I worked at the Muni for a short period of time in 1969 -(yikes 42 years ago) and they were talking about it closing it then so don't expect any smart politicians in Edmonton except the ones who own land in Nisku. "Alberta is not big enough in population for even one hub but the oil &gas HQs in Calgary have created the necessity for one," Don Carty when CEO of American. Edmonton will always be a has-been airport due to its location and the forementioned remark. If Edmonton had made Namao the commercial airport then at least they would have had an airport within a reasonable distance of downtown
  18. After the Pan Arctic Electra CFIT crash in 1975 near Rae Point, The oil companys started a clothing policy from the begining of September until May for anyone travelling north on their aircraft. I was at Dome Petroleum in the 80s and our daily 737 from Calgary to Tuk was full of passengers wearing parkas, mukluks etc. The offshore pax added a Mustang Floater coat complete with beaver tail for the first few season when going out to the drillships. This was replaced by a full immersion suit in later years Of course prior to all those rules I had been as far north as Ammond Ringes Island in September on the long way to Yellowknife from Calgary wearing jeans, workboots and a jacket. Learned my lesson really quick.
  19. RW -47 in Tuk 1983 Dome Pete, our S61 flew but was too cold for S76, DHC6 and 737 also flew FW -63 in Whitehorse 1974 Int'l Jetair. Departed our L188 Electra to Inuvik.
  20. There has never been a conflict without civilian support. Not only in the past 200 years but I am sure that Alexander had numerous civilian support companies supplying his forces.
  21. Amazing photography. I just finished reading a book about a Brit Unit deployed out of Bastion to a FOB and there was mention of the halo when they were landing at the FOB. I can see now how vulnerable the helicopter is to ground fire with the bright corona discharge serving as an aiming point. The radios probably also crap out due to all the static discharge
  22. Just to give you younger guys an idea of how long this has been going on. In 1969 when I got into civil aviation in Alberta, there was a great flurry of people setting up charter companies to take advantage of the pipelinr project. Anyone remeber Keir Air, Mackensie Air, Gateway, Jetair, etc etc etc. All had hoped to make their fortune on supporting the project. One aviation analyst I knew said that there would be enough work for one DC3 to fly daily up and down the line doing nothing but delivering garbage bags. Bump ahead to the 80s; once again the northern pipeline projects were almost ready to be reality. Oil from the Mackenzie Valley, gas from the delta and Ice-breaking LNG tankers from Tuk and the Arctic islands. Ooops oil went to $9 per bbl in 86, end of that pipe dream. Now, 25 years later everything seems to be a go or as Eddy Aman once said "It's party time"! Don't you believe it. I agree with the comment from hybrid about the 2 year old being able to get work on it. If that 2 year old had been around in 1969 they would be 44 today.................................
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