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  1. Hello Heliian! I can tell you that there is a shortage globally. Whether this applies to Canada today is not so clearly defined. Anyone entertaining the idea of being an AME should consider obtaining their EASA, CASA, FAA equivalents while things are still fresh in their mind as well and be willing to really travel. This is where more of the action appears to be. Granted an AME with a good reputation should always find a job in Canada, as long as the ones doing the hiring are still helicopter people and not bookworms with a useless university degree. What I have seen is a reluctance by the
  2. What's with the 429's hoola hoop tail rotor guard? I can see this thing cracking and taking a few things with it as it departs the helicopter. Is this another beancounter mandated design?
  3. Interesting comment, and you could probably include a company like CHC/Heli-One which recently laid off some very good people while retaining some really bad ones. If a company wants to position itself for future growth wouldn't it be wise to keep those that will make it happen when the economy turns around instead of keeping the deadwood that put you in dire straights to begin with? One of the dangers in laying off some really good employees is that the ones that are left are probably not going to wait for the next round of layoffs as all bets will be off. This appears to be where they are he
  4. Just heard of a few major players being taken down at CHC headquarters today. It looks as if the firings are becoming more focused. Also a letter has gone out apparently inviting people to leave if they so wish...not sure on the terminology used, but it looks as if they're looking for volunteers to leave the company. I would presume they're offering some form of a severance package. If anyone has more details, please update this forum. I have also heard that major layoffs are happening at their base in Aberdeen and that Bristow might be picking up the good ones.
  5. Here you go. They've owned CHC/Heli-One for about a year and are starting to clean it up. It's their first adventure owning a helicopter company. (copy the whole link on one line or look for First Reserve in Google) http://www.firstreserve.com/go.asp?Go=!...PL=HomePage.htm
  6. You're right on, they're not redundancies. Some very smart and efficient people were let go here. One person told me this could have been completely avoided if years ago some understood that this company operated helicopters and not an airline and as a result understood the different dynamics of such an operation. The old Ok crews sure did, so what went wrong here ?. As the new American owners begin uncovering all the deadwood, assuming the new owners find the remaining deadwood soon enough CHC might just come out of it. It will take a couple more flushes to clean the place out. Hopefully good
  7. It's not a rumour! Over fifty people were let go today at Heli-One. More to follow tomorrow in YVR...
  8. Also, they hate to be scratched. Some have scratch limits as low as 0.001". You must use the tools they call for. They also don't like flexing too much as strange as that might sound. In otherwords, that's why the 222 still uses greased driveshafts. And yes, they are expensive.
  9. Glad you found your snag. A servo acting up is nothing to take lightly. Take care!
  10. I'll second was DGP is saying. I'm assuming you have the older mast on your 407. If your shudder appears to come and go whenever it feels like it in flight, then it's pretty much a given that the split cones aren't sitting properly around the mast. I'm afraid that this isn't a quick fix as it will involve lifting the head and repositioning it on the cones, once again assuming you don't bump them while lowering your head back down. The new mast has the "split cones" shape built in so that set-up is much better.
  11. Thanks Splitpin for reading the e-mail through. The reactions to my diatribe to a new guy looking at getting in our business have been interesting to say the least. I would have indeed quit in a heart beat if I didn't like the machines we call helicopters. By the way, I've been doing this for over thirty years. I started on 47's, just after the wooden blades were replaced with metal ones. He's right, it took me about twenty years to see the light.
  12. You might not like to hear this, but I would recommend you stick to automotive work. While you might think that it is better "on the other side of the fence", the aviation world as seen from an AME point of view is not something that should be recommended to anyone. While we have come a long way through the years and developped thick skins, AME's are still the most abused people in the industry. For one, there are corporate sponsored societies like CAMC trying to take control of licensing away from Transport Canada. Basically this will mean that your license would be under the hands of b
  13. A couple of things are coming out of the latest Pamea Symposium. CAMC and a few others want to take control of your licence. Watch TC hand this over within five years from now. THIS IS A VERY BAD IDEA. Support PAMEA first. At least they have engineers in their midst and they may now wake up and smell the bacon. CAMC is NOT qualified to deal with us and will work against you with the companies funding them for back-up. There IS a shortage out there, and it is serious. Don't waste your time with the likes of Acro or Heli-One, they just don't pay. You will make far more over the s
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