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cyclic monkey

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  1. This is a great discussion, but I think it would be more useful on the Military forum so that it at least has some connection to it's topic......(or maybe on a 9-11 Conspiracy website).
  2. This is a funny industry. On one side we have huge lay-offs and closures....and on the other side we are told to run away from those that remain. What's a guy to do?? I don't know the answer, (and fortunately my employer doesn't fall into either of these groups) but it is always interesting to read this stuff. Does the secret to most Operator's survival lie in treating their staff like shxt? I hope not.
  3. Skidz, thank you for once again scouring the CADORS reports just so that you can spread the news of other people's misfortune. However, unless there is some rare nugget of information in these brief preliminary reports that we could all benefit from, maybe it would be better if these reports were left where they belong until a full report is prepared. Thanks.
  4. Imagine flying only 7 or 8 hours per day, with a maximum of 36 hours in 6 days...and 2 days off in every 14. Presently that is how it is in the US. Now, I do NOT support all of the new Canadian regulations, or even those in the US...however we must all realise (crews, owners AND customers) that the rules will be getting tighter. Petitions like this will probably (hopefully) ease the change....but the change IS coming.
  5. I love that part about the oxygen tank...... "We would just vaporize. The plane would just explode." Maybe the flare was fired by a local commercial operator that was pxssed-off about this guy ' donating' flights. So much of our industry floats between tragically sad and ridiculously funny.
  6. Crass??? Ha ha. Considering who who wrote the question, that's about as good as you'll get from him. At least he spelt long dog correctly....that must be because of all his university edumication!!!
  7. That sounds better than.... " Blimey! I'm all outta fags....can I bum one off ya'?".
  8. We would love to have a teenager help us in Alberta this summer. Because of the nature of our crazy industry, the guy/girl is required to have 1). No hesitation to get dirty, 2). Ability to keep a good attitude and a smile while working long and irregular hours, 3). An Australian Passport. (chuckle, chuckle)
  9. Jim, just in case you are doing this only for the membership card...you can also get one by joining the Communist Party of Canada, or the BC Pekingese and Shih-tzu Dog Owners Club. Oh my Gawd, choices, choices.
  10. No-one at the controls!! Cool. We've been having those sort of flights for years in Canada, and now other countries are copying us by building Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and drones....(though they seem to have demonstrated better control and a lower accident rate than us). The good news is that having no-one at the controls means that some Aussie hasn't stolen your job, and as in this case, nobody gets hurt. Now if we can just get our helicopters to fly a little more reliably and then return when they need fuel, the pilot will already be there waiting at the pump....with his hose in his hand (pardon the pun).
  11. I was visiting a helicopter hangar recently and saw one engineer taking off an engine cowling, and a few minutes later another engineer put it back on. So I asked what they were doing. They replied, "We're a union shop, and it's my job to take the cowling off, and Bob's job to adjust the fuel control, and then Steve's job to put the cowling back on....but Bobs off work sick today".
  12. Skidz,please stay on topic!! This thread is titled Skyline Rumours. By posting links to actual facts from the party concerned, you have devalued several pages of gossip, speculation and conjecture. Without that, we don't have much left!! Next rumour please. He He.
  13. Progressives are not great for vertical reference, or work that requires a lot of peripheral vision i.e. heli-skiing. How bad is your reading vision? Can you still read the instruments, but have a little trouble with a VNC chart ? Maybe you could try contact lenses. Yes, they are difficult at first....but so were glasses when I first tried them......welcome to the golden years. (Remember some guys have had poor vision since they were little kids. You are lucky). I use contacts (without any reading correction) and still pass the MOT and FAA medicals. Just don't hold the fine-print test too close to your face. Optometrists usually give you a trial pair and introduction lesson for free. It's worth a try. I only fly without contacts now. Cost works out to about $1 per day. (and I carry a spare pair of old glasses in my helmet bag in case I lose a lens or something...though it hasn't happened yet). Note, some of the ideas above sound good (and very effective) but remember that your Medical Validation will clearly state "Corrective Lenses Required". Do the remedies mentioned above meet that definition? Those wide FOV progressives mentioned above sound like they would be worth trying. Good luck.
  14. I suggest the 2 inch high cushion. Measure the seat you are going to use it on for size. You don't want it too wide or long. I think mine is 15" x 15". I love Roho. I have used them for 10 years now. Worth every penny. As 407D said.....mention the back pain to your doctor, and he will write you a prescription that will qualify you for a claim on extended medical, if you have it.
  15. WOW....... I'll bet Bell takes that as a real kick in the cruche!!
  16. I haven't heard anything that can be considered factual, but I can take a guess. Gold is priced below $1600 per ounce, there is a glut of easy-to-refine (cheap) oil coming out of South Dakota, and there is a world-wide over-supply of natural gas. Proposed pipelines are fighting environmental challenges and are in pre-established and/or road-accessible routes. I don't expect too many dollars being spent on new mines/exploration this summer. A war between the 3rd and 4th biggest oil producers in the world (US and Iran) would completely change this scenario, but let's not hope for that option to save our summer. A busy fire season would be a better thing to hope for.
  17. OOPS, OOPS, OOPS this site also seems to have a st-st-st-stutter
  18. Please choose the Answer to this topic which you think is most appropriate.... 1). There is a computer glitch that doesn't record new replies. 2). It's really quiet around here.... 3). It's so quiet around here that the Administrators don't even come here to notice (or care) that no-one is replying. 4). The Administrators are deciding which replies are worthy of being recorded as a reply (I'll bet this one doesn't make it). 5). zzzzz.....huh?.....what?.....WTF???......oh I dunno'........zzzzzz
  19. Please choose the Answer to this topic which you think is most appropriate.... 1). There is a computer glitch that doesn't record new replies. 2). It's really quiet around here.... 3). It's so quiet around here that the Administrators don't even come here to notice (or care) that no-one is replying. 4). The Administrators are deciding which replies are worthy of being recorded as a reply (I'll bet this one doesn't make it). 5). zzzzz.....huh?.....what?.....WTF???......oh I dunno'........zzzzzz
  20. Please choose the Answer to this topic which you think is most appropriate.... 1). There is a computer glitch that doesn't record new replies. 2). It's really quiet around here.... 3). It's so quiet around here that the Administrators don't even come here to notice (or care) that no-one is replying. 4). The Administrators are deciding which replies are worthy of being recorded as a reply (I'll bet this one doesn't make it). 5). zzzzz.....huh?.....what?.....WTF???......oh I dunno'........zzzzzz
  21. It is difficult (and unwise) to try to count the seconds per distance that you are flying during poor visibility conditions. So here is an easy way to test your skills at assessing what a 1/2 mile should look like......(even high-time old dogs should try this). On a good visibility day, pick an object in the distance and fly towards it at 60mph (52 knots). It will take 30 seconds to reach the object if it was 1/2 mile away. How did you do? I suggest 60 mph not because it is easy to do the maths (i.e. 1 mile per minute), but because 60 mph is a good speed to use when flying in poor visibility. If you have to fly slower than that, the weather is less than 1/2 mile; and if you are flying faster than that, the weather is quite good....or you are pushing your luck!! Assessing 1/2 mile is not hard. Being comfortable with telling your customers or boss that you have reached that limit can be harder. So set your limit, and announce professionally and politely when you have reached it. Then turn around. That's easy. A wishy-washy pilot with 'flexible' limits will get walked-on until something tragic happens. All pilots will have different comfort levels and personal flying 'limits', depending on many factors. For your personal reduced visibility limit, why not just use the limit in the CARs, and your Ops Manual?............1/2 mile!
  22. P5, You have often entertained us over the years with your pompous ideas about post-secondary education for pilots, and the "morons' in our industry that don't have a university degree.... and yet you do all of that with appalling spelling and grammar. Your latest rant takes the proverbial cake, especially... "the anals of human thinking" If you want your posts to have some credibility, especially on the subject of education, please learn to spell. As you would say, your a classik ! Thanks for the laughs. Yours truly, Professor C. Monkey
  23. You too can be a helicopter pilot if you are dedicated enough to stay in school for 4 months!!
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