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  1. So your flying over water and you have a engine failure or engine fire. You enter an autorotation and carry out the best auto of your life and are now sitting on top of the water all proud. But which way would you roll the aircraft? Would you roll it onto your side or onto the passengers side? Had an interesting discussion about this and I am curious as to other people's opinion and the reasons why.
  2. This was posted on the AvCanada forums by Clive Scott a rep from the College of Professional Pilots and explains a little more as to what they hope to achieve and provide for pilots with the in the industry. His post was in response to concerns and worries that fix wing pilots had expressed within the AvCanada forum. My name is Clive Scott and I am a board member and Western Regional Director for the College of Professional Pilots of Canada. I have been in the business for 28 years, spending the last 10 years at Westjet and have experience in charter, training, and ag operations. First. let me apologize for taking so long to answer your questions. Like most of the other members, I fly full time and do not spend a great deal of time on the forums. I will try and answer as many concerns and questions as I can. 1) The College was founded with the intent of providing a unified voice to government, industry, and the public for all professional pilots in Canada. Concerns leading to the founding of the College included the precedent set by the Mark Tayfel case, the general erosion of authority of the PIC, the increasing liability borne solely by flight crew, the lack of benefits, assistance, and support available to those pilots in the industry with no formal support or representation. 2) The College currently exists as a corporate entity with an appointed board and executive. As membership grows the College by-laws dictate that the current appointed board will be dissolved and an elected board from the membership will take its place. We are under no illusion that the College will be a success without the majority of Canadian pilots buying in to the vision. All the work to date has been to simply get us to the point where we can go to the pilots of this country with something concrete to offer. 3) Hidden agendas - all the members of the board have made a formal commitment that no corporate, union, or association agenda will play any part in the business of College. The college in NOT a union. We have no mandate to negotiate pay or working conditions, or to dictate to any operator how they conduct their business. At this stage the College has no legislated or delegated authority and will be primarily a unified voice for the pilots of Canada should they so choose. The mission and goals of the College are available for all to view at collegeofpilots.ca 4) Funding - ACPA, ALPA , WJPA and other associations have provided one time seed capital for the College. It has been made clear to these associations that they have absolutely no say in the conduct of College business. 5) "Elitist airline pilots" it is somewhat ironic that many of the benefits and services proposed by the College will benefit those in the non airline aviation world more so than those already represented by unions or pilot associations. All of the current college board are non-paid volunteers, and many of us will be retired before the full benefits of the College come into play. We believe that such things as affordable health benefits and legal representation, loss of income and/or medical insurance, pilot and family assistance programs, and technical and safety support can only benefit the entire industry not just those in the airlines. Another example is the RAIC pass - we believe that any holder of a red pass should be eligable for jump seat travel as a professional courtesy. 6) Educational Standards - in discussions regarding minimum educational standards it has never been proposed that a college or university degree would be mandatory to become a pilot. In closing let me thank you for your patience - we wil try to get as much information out to the general pilot population as soon as possible (including the Aviation Safety Newsletter). There is a contact page on the College website. If any wish me to come and speak to a pilot group, company, or association please call me direct at 780-983-0888 or pm on this site. I will be flying for the next few days but will try and return any messages as soon as possible. Clive Scott College of Professional Pilots of Canada
  3. I was passed on this organizations name ( http://www.collegeofpilots.ca/Home.aspx ) by my fixed wing cousin, who mentioned that they are looking for rotor wing pilots to represent the rotary side of aviation. I have email addresses for one of the organizors as well as the Western Regional Representative, if you would like them then please pm and I will pass them on. I realize that it alot of it is related more towards the fix wing side of operations. Having talked to one of the organizers when the first started setting up the organization. He did talk about trying to represent the rotary side as well, but said it would be difficult as he little knowledge of our side of the business. So if anyone is interested give them shout.
  4. I too have to honor my wife. When we meet I was already flying, and she was willing to accept that I would be away for long periods during our marriage. But she made a big sacrifice because a week after we got married she quit her job, moved to Canada and then I left for work the next day. Leaving her in a new country with no friends and a new job, and not once did she complain. (She does use it against me every now and then when I p*** her off!! But that fairs! ) Thanks for being an understanding wife.
  5. Just saw the news announced on BBC as well. Hoping that it turns out well. Thoughts with all involved.
  6. HappyChappy (name altered to protect the identity of those involved) rumbling up to apply for the job as it is a job for a canadian. :punk:
  7. Thats because all of us foreigns (Kiwis, Aussies, Brits), who normal take all the jobs, can't play hockey. :o
  8. "looking for contract pilot for 09 season, experience 206b, as315b,MBB bo 105ls , should have,firearms PAC certificate,have held a hunting and fishing license in the past 3 years and play hockey, all considered an asset. opportunity to invest in aircraft may be dicussed ...." Great to see some of the priorities for this job are Hunting license and Hockey. Now that is a true Canadian job.
  9. Where in Quebec are you starting? I have complete the route several times in the last couple of years. The two routes I have used depending on the weather has either been via Val D'Or - Timmins - geraldton - dryden - kenora and then to Winni or around the great lake if the weather is not too bad. North bay around the lake to thunder bay (at either wawa or marthon they did have self serve fuel) and then there is a small airport after thunder bay before winni (I have a memory of a sieve) but the guy there was awesome, i think it was Atikan or something Also what are you flying because that makes a huge difference on the legs, especially from an Astar to a 205! Alex
  10. (Un)Happyguy Thought you would like to know but Old Bull is a landed immigrant in this country, as I am. I have found that getting a job here and keeping it takes; hard work, getting on with the job in some sh1tty conditions and making sure that the job you do is done to the best of your ability. Some times you have to work with people you don't get on with or feel should not be doing the job, but it better to get on with the job and be professional then become known as a whinner. I have yet to be told to "Go Home Foreigner" by anyone I have worked with or met anyone who has a problem with me being here working. As for immigrating here, as ToTall said you try. My brother has been told it will be over 4 years to go through the process. WN
  11. Seismic is supposed to busy this winter. I know that Veritas will be running 10 crews through some of the winter which is more than they usually do and they are bring guys from the states to help out. My neighbor is project manager for a seismic company and he mentioned that everybody that he knew in the industry said they were very busy this winter. Some drill companies have gone from flying the drills to using track drills as all their work is accessible by the vehicles. I think we have been very fortunate with the industry over the last few years with the amount of work we have had. I don't think that we will all be sitting on our ***** this winter, but I reckon that the diamond drill and seismic areas will be the most active. Hopefully we can all make our pennies this winter and no-one has to sit at home. WN
  12. The pro-rate I got was $120 for $500,000 from AMA through Manulife, but when I went to Manulife direct they quoted $480 for the same amount Not sure how that works!!!
  13. I looked for six months to try and find non pro-rated insurance, the only way they would not pro-rate me is by not covering my flying :shock: . Even now the insurance will not cover me for any training towards a license. But the best rate I got was through AMA and it was $120 per month compared to $450 by the next best offer. Its alot but when you have a family its worth it.
  14. It has been commented on that Canadian Immigration are issuing visas to people for pilot specific work. Unless the pilot has a skill that no other Canadian or resident has, only then will a visa be granted. What happens in most cases with pilots is that they come over on a Working Holiday Visa valid for a year. They find a job and then if the company likes them, when the visa expires, the company can ask for the visa to be extended for an other year. At the same time the same number of holiday visas are issued to canadians to go to that country and work. So say while 10,000 visas are issued to the brits, 10,000 are issued to the canuks to go there. A fair program I say. I came to Canada on that program, found a job and then worked hard (and not for free or cheap). The company sposered me for an other 2 years while my residency went through, and now I am a permanent resident. You could always look at the other extreme, in that if us Johnny Foreigners weren't here some companies may not have survived with the lack of pilots and then there would fewer companies for the low time guys to get a start with. :punk:
  15. Blackmac, I cannot remember if you are associated with either HAC or HEPAC or even none, but I was hoping that one of the associations may be looking into putting forward a proposal. As we know CBAA got such great marks in their last audit!!!!! :shock: So not an organization that I want running the licensing. If we are going to end up with four different organizations (one for fix-wing, one for helicopters, one ame fix-wing and one for ame helicopter) running different sides it could be a nightmare for we people trying to transfer between them. But if we could get say HAC or HEPAC working with a fix wing group to make one organization running the licensing that seems more sensible. The only reason I bring this topic up is that I am in discussion with TC about accepting my military time towards another rating, but it seems whoever I talk to in TC I get a different answer. That coupled with my friends mentioning that they are putting a proposal together, for this change it made me wonder what it would be like in the future for someone trying to convert their licenses.
  16. So in 2009, the mighty fine Transport Canada relinquish control of licensing, but to who? :shock: Over a few beers last night with a couple of fix-wings boys, it came up that they are putting together a package for TC to became the authority in charge of licensing (they are some executives with a pilots union). Do we have anyone that is thinking of approaching TC for the rotary side, or even teaming up with the fix wing guys and make a joint effort. Or is our licensing going to control by a group, that may have the best intentions but not have full understanding of the rotary side. As it seems to me that we need some input into the process at some point.
  17. Shock to hear the news, having just been told a friend was killed in helicopter crash in LA yesterday. Condolences to all, its always sad news to hear of events like this.
  18. I was wondering which companies specialize in long-lining. I know that Heliqwest, Mustang and Skyline. Anyone else?
  19. Went east for fires and mineral work and discovered two paradises in Quebec Salluit, in the very north Parent somewhere in the middle
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