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  1. A fundraising campaign, organized by the Moosonee paramedics, is being undertaken to help raise money to support the families of those that died in the Ornge helicopter crash. Monies raised, through the sale of Ornge t-shirts and sweater, are going towards the families of: Captain Don Filliter First Officer Jacques Dupuy Primary Flight Paramedic Dustin Dagenais Primary Flight Paramedic Chris Snowball The money raised will be split evenly between the four families of those that were killed. Please help support the families by visiting http://teespring.com/7793
  2. You're right, it is laughable on many levels. Last year I dealt with lawyers on three occasions due to the forums where I had to identify people due to misinformation that was being posted. As I said, the original post, in my opinion, was a simple question. But that question is up to interpretation by the company involved. And let's all be honest, the thread would have gone down hill quickly. I'm sure you would all agree that it is rare for us to pull down entire threads. And we can all agree that it's laughable for us to do it in this case. But at the end of the day it is me that has to deal with the company(s) and try to defend the forums for what they are...it is a very hard balancing act. But sometimes it is just in everyone's best interests to submit than to fight. Mike
  3. Sorry for the late response to the posts. I am away on March Break. It is infortunate that many feel that this is about advertising dollars. Couldn't be further from the truth. The post that was made is up to interpretation. How I interpreted it is not the same way that the operator in question interpreted it, nor many of the people on this forum. So, do I want to fight this out with a lawyer after I have been threatened with one? No. What I am trying to do is protect EVERYONE from having to deal with this because I tell you what, if a lawyer is coming after me, he's coming after who ever made the post as well. Those of you that know me personally know that we would not put the interests of the advertiser first in a case like. I did this in the best interest of the person that made the post. It is as simple as that. I had some long conversations with people at HeliExpo about the forums, the positives and the negatives. Yes it is a public forum, and we do our best to control the Threads. We are definatley not perfect. But we try our best. Dealing with forum issues is not as simple as one thinks. Being threatened with legal action is a regular concern for us. I'm just trying to mitigate those that are making the posts from getting involved. I'm not doing this because of the advertiser. Mike
  4. I just removed a post in regards to the closing down of an operator. This is false! Unless you know for certain that a company has closed its doors, do not make any posts of any kind about the company. This is misleading information, and goes against our forum rules of conduct. Should the said operator want the identity of the person spreading the misinformation, we will be obliged to provide it to them. So, it is in everyone's best interest to refrain from spreading misinformation here on the forums. Please feel free to contact me directly should anyone require further information regarding our rules of conduct. Thank you. Mike Reyno [email protected] Publisher Vertical Magazine
  5. As many of you know, we have been dealing with website issues for the past several weeks. Much of this has to do with malicious attacks that were being made on the site. In an effort to mitigate further attacks in the future the website will be offline, starting at approximately 1AM (eastern) for several hours as we move to a new server. This not only means better security features, but also a site that will be much faster. We expect that if all goes well, we should be live within a few hours. I appreciate everyone's patience as we continue to work at resolving issues with the website. Again, if anyone has any comments or complaints, please feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] Thank you! Mike Reyno Publisher.
  6. After a very long delay, I am happy to announce that our forums are FINALLY back in operation. As some of you are aware, the Vertical website was compromised about a month ago. After weeks of investigating, we discovered several vulnerabilities in the software that was being used for the forums. It was those vulnerabilities that allowed hackers to infiltrate the Vertical site. But it wasn't just Vertical they hit. Hackers managed to infiltrate thousands of websites around the world using the same software. Not only have we changed the software that we are using for the forums, we have also been able to implement additional security features that will ensure that this does not happen again in the future. This obviously took much longer to implement within the Vertical website than what we had originally planned for. But, we wanted to be sure that we were able to mitigate from future cyber attacks on the site. I apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused our forum members. But it was a necessary inconvenience in order to ensure the continued security of the Vertical website. Your patience is greatly appreciated. Should anyone wish to contact me, or have questions, please feel free to send me a PM or email me at [email protected] Mike Reyno Publisher
  7. As some of you may already now, the Vertical website was compromised a few weeks back. We have been working as quickly as possible to get the site back 100 percent to what it was prior to being compromised. This is taking a bit longer than we thought. We are about 95 percent completed, but it is that 5 percent that is proving to be a bit difficult, which includes the forums. We hope to have this rectified as soon as possible. In the coming week or so, we will be shutting down the website for maintenance for approximately six hours. Included with this maintenance work will be new security measures. I will let everyone know about this when it happens. I apologize for the delays that we are experiencing. But, I appreciate everyone's patience as we work to solve this problem. Thank you! Mike Reyno Publisher
  8. A few Heli-Expos ago, I met a wonderful father and daughter who have their own helicopter operation. Sadly, we lost their info. Does anyone know of the helicopter company that I'm speaking about? I believe they were in Nortern BC. Thanks for your help! Mike
  9. When you register just to discredit a company, I have a problem with that. If you wish to discredit National Helicopters, then use your real name or your original pseudonym . I suggest that "Flameout" reads the rules of conduct again. Once you write something as fact, you can be held accountable by the company if they allegations are proven to be false. Earlier this year we were required to provide the identity of a few members that crossed the line. I'm trying to avoid the same thing from happening to "Flameout". Mike
  10. Please keep the thread on topic, and the insults down or it will be deleted! Mike
  11. In the next issue of Vertical, we are running a story on the fires that have been going on in Canada and the US. This means we are on the hunt for pictures of helicopters in action over the fires, pictures of AMEs working on the machines, machines sitting at the base camps - anything that would show the level of helicopter activity on the fires. Some of you have the best pictures out there, from the field and as it's happening. If anyone is interested in contributing images of helicopters working on the fires, please email them to me directly at [email protected] Thanks. Mike Reyno Publisher Vertical and Vertical 911
  12. Good point! I'm sure with every new helicopter type there will be teething pains for a while. I know weight is an issue with these 139s, but It is nice to see some new equipment after flying the S-76As for as long as they have. Mike
  13. I saw an Ornge AW139 fly by my window here in Kitchener the other day noticeably faster than the S-76A. Besides the increased speed, is the 139 working out as advertised for Ornge? Mike
  14. An interesting way to get into the offshore sector. But a long way to go in order to do it.
  15. More info on the Helicopters NZ acquisition, including financial statements. CHL Announcement We will be following up on this one, including what this means for Cougar. I think it's fair to say that CHL is finding that it can do better on the international scene then in the VFR market here in Canada.
  16. The attendance numbers for HAC's show in Vancouver came out yesterday. There were 750 people that attended this year's show despite it being held in Vancouver, which tends to usually attract more people. What does HAC have to do in order to attract more people to this Canadian show? What are the missing elements? Should it be held in the fall? Is there a a perception that HAC is for owners and management only? And before someone asks, no I'm not posting this thread on behalf of HAC. Mike
  17. With talk of the Yukon being the busiest it has been in recent memory for helicopter operators (over 50 helicopters reportedly on contract), and other northern operators talking about their entire helicopter fleets being under contract for the next six months, do you feel that the industry in general across Canada is finally on the re-bound? Is anyone seeing signs of recovery in other sectors? Mike
  18. I’m confused. 14 pages back, Roo was looking for some feedback on using the EC 130B4 as a heli-ski ship. Nothing more; it was just a simple question. After I got through reading the last 14 pages, I’m left scratching my head wondering how this thread spun out of control? Can someone please enlighten me? I thought we were ALL supposed to be professionals here? But after reading through the pages this is clearly not the case. For those of you that have provided some good discussion and information for Roo, thank you. As for the others? I have no problem in asking you to go check out another forum. In fact, I encourage you to go elsewhere where you can beat each other up with personal attacks and insults. It wasn’t so long ago that there were great discussions on these forums. But over the past few years those that were making excellent contributions have left one by one as this forum has been overtaken by individuals that are less then professional (I’m being kind in my description). I will apologize now to those that continue to make great contributions to this forum - you know who you are. For those that don’t – you know who you are too! Leave, or go start your own forum. Old Dog…you single out our editor-in-chief Elan Head that SHE needs to get her ##### together in order to keeps these forums alive. Just to be clear, Elan has tried on so MANY occasions to help clean up this forum, but to no avail! For a period there wasn’t a day that went by when we weren’t discussing how to clean up the latest thread. But why would it be Elan’s or anyone else’s responsibility from Vertical to clean these forums up? When it comes down to it, it’s up to everyone on this forum to clean it up! I thought that we were all professionals? People complain that the forums continue to go down hill, and yet those very same people are the ones that continue to make personal attacks and banter back and forth on something that has absolutely nothing to do with the original posting. It’s easy when you can hide behind a username. This morning my three kids were bickering back and forth before we headed out the door for the day. The only way I could make them stop was to threaten them by taking away some of the things that they enjoy in life. Funny, the bickering stopped immediately. “Sorry daddy.” Is this what we have to do with these forums? When we switched the forums over to the new style, we said that we would be more heavy-handed with the moderating. I think you will all agree when I say that I have failed in ensuring that these forums don’t spin out of control like they have. Starting today, I will begin banning those that continue to post what I consider to be unprofessional comments or posts. You can go to another forum. We are only interested in professionals in this industry that want to educate and share good information. Sure, we can all have disagreements. But there is no place here for insults and such. In an effort to help clean the forums up, I am looking for additional moderators. Allot of you are complaining about how the forums have gone down hill. BUt, we need your help to get them back to what they used to be. I invite any of you to PM or email me [email protected] with any suggestions or concerns that you have with the forums. I will continue to leave this thread open. But, I will shut it down if it spirals into a black hole. Regards, Mike Reyno Publisher/Owner Vertical
  19. Sudden Stop, The thread that was deleted was in relation to a civilian company that is flying unarmed helicopters in a war zone. The military on the other-hand is flying armed CH-146 Griffons and armed CH-147 Chinooks. Personnel are also suitably armed, unlike their friends that are flying commercial helicopters that are thumping around Afghanistan. There is no double-standard whatsoever. And, the entire Afghan supplement was sanctioned by the Air Force. The only information that was released is the information that they would allow even though our team was privy to so much more. You will also notice that there were no images that would identify personnel, which again, was another requirement in order for us to visit the Air Wing in Afghanistan. We are trying to play by everyone's rules. We played by the rules that were spelled out by the Air Force, and I am playing into those concerns expressed to me by civilian crews that are flying in Afghanistan right now. Again, not all information that I have been privy to has been posted. I think those posting on the forums would know that I would not arbitrarily delete a post if there was not a good reason for it. Mike
  20. AV8, You are right, there is further information that has been provided that I will not share here on the forums. It was because of this information that was cause enough for me to delete the thread, and I stand behind it - right or wrong. Mike
  21. I appreciate the comments - good and bad. To Don...I want to be clear...there were no outside influences from any company management whatsoever. I have never been influenced by a company and never will be. I have taken many of them on due to these forums with threats of lawsuits. And, while you may think that I have been influenced by HAC and advertising companies in the past, this is simply not the case. Have you ever seen me personally delete any post that had to do with either? No! In fact, I took HAC head-on several years ago, and would not buckle to pressure despite the threat of lawsuits from the past president. And I can tell you that the current relationship is not all roses. So, I do take exception to the comment. I can't do anything about perceptions, but this is simply not the case. I have even had a long-term advertiser, and friend, ask to have a thread removed, and I have not. To those that have emailed me, I appreciate the positive feedback, criticisms and suggestions to help make this a better forum. It is only through feedback can we make improvements. Mike
  22. Last October, CHL sent a press release out that stated ORNGE would not be renewing their Services Contract beyond March 31, 2012. So, right now the ORNGE ships are piloted and maintained by CHL, but ORNGE will take over completely by March 31 2012. So will end CHL's 34 year history of providing air medical services to the province of Ontario.
  23. Splitpin, You are incorrect in your assumption that a certain helicopter company was upset and contacted me over the postings. I have, however, had several emails in recent weeks over this thread, and some directly from the people flying helicopters in Afghanistan (civil and military), including one that is a close friend. This has nothing to do over protecting a company, it has to do with protecting the safety of those that are flying and fixing helicopters in this region. And yes, the chances are pretty slim that the insurgents are watching this thread, but this is a public forum and I'm not taking the risk of exposing any company or personnel. In this day and age nothing surprises me anymore. On another note, I find it interesting that you have voiced concerns about how the forum has gone down hill. I couldn't agree with you more! This is a debate that I have had many times with colleagues in the industry. We have tried to take steps to ensure quality discussions on this forum, but it has almost been to no avail. We have tried different things, but there is nothing but a backlash, which has included personal insults. There are certain things that we can control (like the thread in question). But, we cannot control the level of discussion unless everyone is willing to participate and play nice. We have lost MANY helicopter professionals that were regular posters over the past few years because of the lack of respect and professionalism that is often reflected on this forum. But, we are making strong attempts to bring them back. If that means losing some of the people that take up our time through moderation, so be it. Over the past few months, I have been emailed and sent PMs by a number of posters in regards to the forums. Some have voiced concerns over the forums and lack of professionalism, while others have made suggestions on how to try and clean it up. I have had other well-respected people in the industry willing to lend a hand and guest moderate and provide blogs. So, what we are doing first is to clean the forums up - it's a long process. And I know that not all people will agree - no one likes change. The professionals will come back to join the others that are on here, but it won't be overnight. Only once we have improved the level of professionalism on the forums can we open the doors to guest moderators and bloggers. So, we can all complain on how the forums have gone downhill and do nothing about it, or those that are serious about this forum can help work towards improving the level and quality of discussion for the betterment of the industry. If ANYONE has any suggestions or comments (good and bad) over the forums or the deletion of the thread, please feel free to PM or email me directly [email protected] Mike
  24. Due to security concerns, I have removed the thread on Afghan helicopter ops. Please refrain from making any posts that names helicopter companies or locations that they are based in Afghanistan. This is an open forum, which means it is accessible to all. Please respect the security concerns of those flying in Afghanistan. Thank You. Mike
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