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  1. The Stephan/h website lists these flight suits as mostly made from nylon & polyester, not very fire retardant. My advice would be to read about the British navy personnel who had nylon underwear when their ship caught fire during the falklands war, then buy a fire retardant or cotton flight suit.
  2. Last year I upgraded my 22 year old SPH5 to an ASPIDA with lightspeed ANR fitted. I bought the carbon fibre model & took all of the visor assembly off so I could fit a peak(found a motorbike helmet peak which fits great). I love the ANR, I don’t know how I went so long without it & the helmet is so light I don’t even notice that I’m wearing it. Im not sure where you’d buy one in Canada, check them out here - paracletelifesupport.com
  3. I’m currently working on Fires in Australia with a few Canadian machines & 4 Canadian Pilots, & that’s just 1 fire region. We’re all getting on great & making the most of the work while it’s here. Just sayin’.
  4. ......And good news for operators already on the list & obviously doing a good job!
  5. If you can get access to a Bose or light speed headset with ANR you could try before you buy. After 22 years in an SPH5 I recently upgraded to an “Aspida” ( made by Paraclete USA) carbon fibre with light speed Zulu installed, absolutely love it! Very light. I’ve heard stories of buffeting when longlining with the door off but I haven’t experienced that, works fine for me.
  6. I would like to see that as well. The reason their are cycle limits on turbine engines is because the manufacturer has dertermined the the rapid & significant temperature change to the internal components during a start has the potential to reduce the reliability of those parts. The parts don’t know, nor do they care, if you are starting it for a maintenance flight, revenue flight, or just to hear the cool sound it makes so you can record a ring tone. I don’t want to wish my life away, but I do look forward to the day when all helicopters have VEMD/FADEC so all of this counting is done for us. Some dodgy operators will need to review their rates then!
  7. ......& if it had a flat floor like a B3 you might even be able to use some of that capacity!
  8. I spent 20 years flying piston & turbine helicopters with a standard helmet & recently upgraded to a helmet with Lightspeed ANR - Absolutely love it. Do your ears a favour & get the best you can afford, lightspeed & Bose are 2 that I've tried & they're great. I've read lots of different opinions about being able to hear background noises but I have never had an issue. Regardless if you fly an A380, space shuttle or a Cessna everyone's ears are different, but overall these products seem to work for the majority as they are very popular around the world.
  9. I’d appreciate some feedback on what the industry average rates are for a contract engineer. My situation is that although I’m not able to sign off on the maintenance carried out in the journey log on the particular machines I’m fixing (DOM does that) I’m also a line pilot on 1 of the machines. (Yes, that does mean I’m lucky enough to be fixing things when the other pilots are sitting around, lucky me.) Is the standard a day rate or an hourly rate, & how much?
  10. There’s no shortcuts to gaining experience, so if you want to sidestep sweeping the hangar floor you could try focussing on a full time accounting job with a company & hope to get a few flights occasionally as opposed to a full time flying job & doing accounting on the side. Eventually you’ll have enough time & might be able to shuffle onto the flight line. Whatever you do, don’t run the budget on what it will cost you financially to leave a well paid professional occupation & chase flying, it will demoralise you. If you really want to do it then go for it, by the time you have invested enough to get your licence you’ll have a lot more information on which to base your decision on.
  11. Haha!! Good pick up, at least I’d have some firewood with me at all times!
  12. Maybe mine were a size too big, I had black bunny boots & always had cold toes!
  13. Cabelas snow suit - toasty warm at minus 30 in a 40 knot wind, too hot above minus 10 though. i had bunny boots but my toes were always burning, I have Baffin boots with the inserts now so I’ll see how that goes. I second the thin wooden gloves under leather to keep the fingers warm, but I’ve never found a solution for keeping warm fingers & maintain the ability to use radio switches etc.
  14. What about renting a small digger for the weekend to dig a hole at home, I pay for the whole day but I only have it running for a few hours so maybe the government should regulate that as well. I know, instead of unlimited klms for a hire car why doesn’t the government make sure I’m only charged for the klms I drive? I had an electrician around last weekend & I saw him talking on the phone about another job, damned government shouldn’t allow him to charge me For the whole hour while he’s on the phone to someone else. sarcastic comments as I am a passionate believer that as soon as you get the regulators involved in what clients are invoiced the whole industry is doomed. It’s up to me to check how much the electrician charged me vs how long he was on the job for & argue my case if I’m not happy, not the government. Likewise if a company charges twice as many hours for a helicopter than it actually flew it’s up to the representative who signs the flight ticket to ensure its correct. If they are happy to pay twice as much as the machine flew then so be it, they’re responsible for their budget, not the Operator. Continued abuse of this trust would no doubt see the operator sitting on the bench while everyone else got the work, so honesty pays off in the end. If Blakmac wants the government involved in everything I’d suggest he would me more comfortable in China. I keep repeating myself - time in service is regulated as it is an airworthiness requirement from the manufacturer which the regulator has passed into law, there are no options but to comply. How businesses structure their invoicing is between the customer(buyer beware) & the business.
  15. So if your on 4 hour minimums & only fly 1 hour you can’t invoice 4 hours? Invoices are not legislated, aircraft & pilot flight times are. The tech log, pilots log book & journey log should all match perfectly, invoicing is irrelevant. The question is which time does a pilot enter into their logbook, & after 65 pages I’m still no wiser. I guess I’ll just put in whatever time the Chief Pilot of the company says to & leave it at that.
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