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Fred Lewis

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  1. This is already the practise in the USA and will be in Canada soon.
  2. Whatever the odds of improving the CARS regarding FDT under the conservatives, I do believe they are much improved under the Liberals. My sense was that pre-election we would see a reduction in the length of the duty tour to 30 or even 21 days and a reduction of the duty day to 12 hours. The Minister of Transportation acted quickly to ban jet traffic from Billy Bishop airport out of consideration for those who live near it, an indication that his concern for the average man is real. It should also be noted that in 2006, just before Commandant Harper assumed his throne, the Liberals completed the Federal Labour Standards Review entitled Fairness at Work. This recommends numerous changes of Part III of the Canada Labour Code in a manner which appears to benefit helicopter pilots. It is likely that the Liberals will revisit this review and may revise the CLC.
  3. I do believe that many are interested but no one seems to find enough motivation to be enthusiastic. I have tried several times to get something going with no results. I think a main reason for this is that many pilots feel that their employers will be greatly prejudiced against them if they join an association or worse, a union. This is contrary to the fact that the employees of several aviation companies have unionized and benefited from it. I constantly lobby TC officials and members of parliament to persuade them to my point of view. This sort of thing is demonstrably effective and all pilots should vigourously follow suit. When a politician receives a letter from an individual, he or she is certain that there are likely many others who share the opinion. Perhaps this is the most effective course of action. HAC has an obvious agenda and this can work against them. They publish this agenda exposing their strategy and their tactics whereas the agenda of a group of pilots expressing their views individually and has no detectable agenda. This makes such an agenda difficult to oppose. I urge all pilots to forcefully speak. I will make sure that when the proposed changes to the FDT regulations appear for public comment in the Canada Gazette that everyone knows about it.
  4. Attached are two communications from TC officials proving that TC pays attention to the concerns of the solitary, ordinary person. The submissions that lead to these communications are quite long but if anyone wants to read them, I will make them available. The issue of the FDT regulations has yet to be settled. The proposed changes to the regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette Part I and the public will have the opportunity to comment. Every pilot who has an interest in seeing the FDT regs revised is urged to write to as many influential individuals as possible. These include the Ministers of Labour and Transport, the opposition critics of these two departments, local MP's and the Director General of TC. All indications are that your concerns will be given careful consideration. FDT&Wghts.pdf
  5. Hopefully, several pilots will get enthusiastic about this. The results might be quite useful. Submitted data and calculations derived therefrom will be posted on the web site. A complete description can be found at Raging Man.
  6. I meant also to add that any information supplied by anyone to the CAHEPIAS website has been expunged everywhere.
  7. The forum that was part CAHEPIAS was overwhelmed with bogus members. After many days of finding two or three phoney new members, on two consecutive days there were more that 150 bogus registrations and as many bogus posts each day. It took more time than I could spare to clean the mess up and forum was removed. In any event, the objective was to provide a voice for helicopter pilots primarily to comment on the proposed Flight and Duty Time Regulations. The issue was played out on this forum and CARAC produced a proposal for revision of the FDT regs, a version of which will eventually become the law. The result will hopefully be a considerably different new set of rules. In spite of the protestations of the helicopter establishment, the world will not come to an end. I can only see the situation improving for all concerned, even the operators and especially the pilots. The information that was the CAHEPIAS site is still available at http://www.ragingman.com/pilots/. Also available are the results of the survey I conducted on the sentiments of all concerned surrounding the FDT debate. By all accounts, this survey had an influence in the deliberations. Any pilot or other person who has an interest in the revision of the FDT regs are urged to email the Minister of Transport or any other government official with their support.
  8. Atlas Shrugged is a work of fiction, figments of Ayn Rand's imagination.
  9. I have written CARAC with my support, the extensive argument for which can be examined at http://www.ragingman.com/pilots/.
  10. Engineers and pilots face many of the same issues in the helicopter industry. It is appropriate that any association include them both. The Helicopter Engineer and Pilots Association of Canada (HEPAC), which unfortunately is no longer with us, recognized the importance of the input that engineers can provide. Those interested can register here.
  11. This is not an attempt to form a union. It is intended to be a vehicle through which holders of Canadian helicopter pilots licenses can debate issues important to them, reach a consensus on these issues and take whatever action the group determines to be appropriate. The internet is a fantastic tool for this sort of thing. Essentially, a meeting of the CHPA has begun and it can be continued indefinitely. The posts are an accurate record of proceedings. No minutes need be recorded. There seems to be no need for fees, an executive or a constitution. All members enjoy an equal status. While the legitimacy of any points of view advanced by CHPA "members" is contingent on them being bona fide helicopter pilots, it is equally important that all helicopter pilots participate regardless of their opinions. Even Helicopter Jim. The Canadian Helicopter Pilots Association Forum
  12. The College of Professionial Pilots of Canada has been in existance for some years and is perfectly capable of representing helicopter pilots in the manner that these pilots wish. It makes little sense to create another association of helicopter pilots which would only consume time and cost money. The board of the College consists of educated and sophisticated men and women with a great deal of experience in aviation. I believe that membership is a very reasonable $60 a year.
  13. This association and its companion forum are intended for the holders of a Canadian helicopter pilots license. The association is unincorporated, has no fees, no executive and no association. Action will be taken on issues on which a consensus has been reached as the group sees fit. The format of the CHPA is a flexible arrangement whichs allows for the rapid declaration of the opinions of the membership and the delivery of those opinions to government officials and industry stakeholders who may have an interest in them. The internet is a fantastic tool for this sort of thing. Groups of like-minded individuals can simply declare their intention to voice their sentiments on issues important to them. The structure and direction of these groups can rapidly evolve. There is no need for a constitution, the taking of minutes, the aquisition and maintenance of bank accounts, meetings of executives or members. These sorts of things just slow down the objective of any association which ultimately is to do something its membership. The meeting of the CHPA has begun. It may never be adjourned. Membership is free. Canadian Helicopter Pilots Association Forum
  14. In January of 2013 a survey was completed that summarized the feelings of some pilots on issues like tour duty lengths. This survey can be examined at www.ragingman.com/pilots. The consensus seems to be that pilots want to work 20 days followed by 15 days off.
  15. Be very careful if you are asked to sign one of these. As written, they favour the Company with all the advantages and the Employee with very few. Attached is an amended version of the HAC contract for permanent employees. Hopefully this will give you some ideas. It all depends on what each individual wants. If the contract as written does not suit, you must bargain, an activity at which few are really good. On the other hand, employers are often savvy businessmen with considerable bargaining experience. The danger of the wolf eating the sheep is great. When you sign a contract you must keep your end of the deal. If you don't, you could be in for a whole heap of trouble. Get proper legal advice from a lawyer, preferably one expert in employment law. If you can afford it, ask the lawyer to bargain for you. HACEmployment.doc
  16. This is precisely the sort of thing that the College of Professional Pilots of Canada may be able to address. I do not think it has any unionization aspirations. They want to elevate commercial pilots to the status of professionals. Join.
  17. Whoever has provoked men to rage against him has always gained a party in his favor, too. Friedrich Nietzche
  18. The College offers pretty well all of the advantages and services that HEPAC wanted to. It is the opportunity for all of us to acquire some political clout. Join.
  19. With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in men, than any other association of men. Clarence Darrow If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves. Lane Kirkland Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if Labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Abraham Lincoln You can't do it unless you organize. Samuel Gompers If capitalism is fair then unionism must be. If men have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources of their country, then that implies the right of men to capitalize their labor. Frank Lloyd Wright The model of ownership, in a society organized round mass consumption, is addiction. Christopher Lasch The term 'free market' is really a euphemism. What the far right actually means by this term is 'lawless market.' In a lawless market, entrepreneurs can get away with privatizing the benefits of the market (profits), while socializing its costs (like pollution). Steve Kangas These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people. Abraham Lincoln Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts. Molly Ivins Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. Confucius If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion. George Bernard Shaw
  20. Please post this recording so we may all hear it.
  21. Every pilot who holds a license and every chief pilot, operations manager and accountable executive has, by virtue of the certificates they hold and the positions they occupy, a moral obligation to uphold and obey the law. The rules regarding the restraint of cargo have been on the books for decades before the the CARs were enacted. It is likely that every pilot in this country, myself included, has flown a countless number of times with cargo unsecured and that every operator has condoned the practice. No argument can justify this. We must resolve to never do it again. We live in a civilized society. We cannot chose which rules we obey and which we do not. We may not like the rules and if so, we can work to change them. In the meantime, we must conform. To do otherwise is to be a boy, not a man. Some of the replies to this topic are not only irrational, they are rude, disrespectful and verge on bullying. Members of the general public who read this forum must have serious reservations about helicopter culture and the people who compose it.
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