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  1. to wrench on, hands down the astar, excluding the books, very open and simple. But for a Bell the 407 is great. better than a 206. Never worked on the Koala, but with the quick look I had, i see a lot of 206 influence. The cockpit doors look very A model 206. Could have changed, been a few years since I looked.

  2. This is not the first attempt to mate helicopters with a blimp. It was done some time ago by mating 4 S55's on the corners of a framework without tail rotors with a helium blimp in between. It unfortunatly met with disasterous and fatal results. I am trying to find a link to this.

  3. I wrote the Aussy air regs last year, it is very similar to CAR's. You can find all the info at http://www.casa.gov.au/ There is a section under Licenses and registrations where you will find Aircraft maintenance Engineer license. In there it explains how to get a CTC assesment going for a Overseas license. I did hear, from a pilot friend of mine, that there is no exams required now. There are in dire need for engineers and I have also heard (from a fellow engineer) that they have opend the door wide for citizenship, for the same reasons. Hope this helps.

  4. I think the idea of an EPC as Feniston called it would be to see how the engineer uses his time and knowledge to handle a problem competently and efficiently. How do you know a person will be able to do the job, you could call his previous boss, his friends, but would you get an unbisased answer. The only way know, is to hire the individual, throw them into the workforce and hope all goes well, and the aircraft continues flying.

    Time constraints, yes, they are there and always will be (unless you work in the military during peacetime). No matter were you work in the civilian aviation world, you work against time.

    Your last sentence, 212wrench, I would change only one thing: replace "become" with "are". When you think you know it all, the word complacency comes into play.

  5. "Would it be out of line during a job interview to hand the guy a snag defect from a pilot and watch over his shoulder with a stop watch and time his progress to completion? Kinda like an EPC (engineer proficiency check) "


    This would be very interesting to see. I can see its merrits

  6. $100000/year is $555 a day for 180 days, not far off the rates put up in some other treads in this forum. I have heard $400/ day $50/ hour from an Ab company, $300+/day $50/hr 3 hr garanteed from BC, another $375/day, $50/hr from another BC company and it was listed in this forum. So $500/ day is not very far out there.

    I have 26years wrenching, the last 5 exclusive on the 212. I still learn something every day, but after 5 years one should know enough that any snag that shows up, he can deal with competently. He has the time invested in the industry to be mature enough to do the job, that is what a DOM should be looking for, so yes, he should get top dollar. It is the guys with 5 years that will be filling the older guys (like me) positions in the near future.

  7. As you now know, 2 were killed in the avalanche here, a Japanese Photographer and a young woman. The 3 others are ok, only one is still in hospital for observation. The guide was beaten up, but his ABS ballon saved his life.

    The young woman was an extremly well liked member of the Last Frontier Helisking staff, and a lot of tears have been shed here in the last 36hours, and lots more are sure to come. She was loved by all at Bell 2 and all the Tasman staff who have had the pleasure of sharing a joke and a laugh with her this winter season. She will be truly missed, a vibrant life taken too soon and too early, but she went doing something she loved to do. I will remember my last memory of her laughing and joking with the others as she climbed into the 407 that fateful morning.

  8. My sister-in-law has similar problems along with MS in the spine and fibromyalgia, and only this year decided to stop work. Mainly for stress reasons, she is still active around the house, and wants to work again. She has used a little BC bud to help with the pain and her doctor has told her, If it works for you, keep doing it. Not trying to push anything on you, but living on Vancouver Island has opened my eyes to the medical benifits of it. If i was in the same situation, I would consider it. Good luck, keep up the good spirits

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