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  1. It's not a negative attitude that brings me to these conclusions it's experience and it's the reality for the vast majority of rotor wing pilots who fly in Canada, just look at the ratio on this post. Most continue to fly in an effort to get back the huge investment they have made and then they are gone. Onto something with a future. Not a lot of older pilots out there in their 40's / 50's, at least not the type of guys you'd want your sister to marry, and there's a reason for that.....
  2. Spend your money on an education that will provide you and your family with a future. If you feel a need to hear wolves and watch sun sets on glaciers then take a vacation to NWT and let guys like Iceman work for you as your tour guide / chauffer. Look, nothing against Iceman...I know lottsa Neanderthals who fly helicopters......I'm just not one of them, and don't want to be. But, if you just gotta fly then join the military....
  3. You are going to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on a career that can be a lot of fun and full of adventure, for a couple of years.... when you're 27..... but it has no future. You are almost guaranteed not to get any sort of rewarding job, gumption or not, and if by some miracle you do find work flying (not sweeping) it will most likely be poorly paid in a remote corner of the country.....and don't think you are going to make huge money....YOU WON"T If it's about the money do something else.....anything else. You need to be totally consumed by aviation to persue this "trade"....it isn't a profession and you won't be treated like a professional. If you "need" to fly helicopters join the military. The training is awesome, the equipment well maintained, you ARE treated like a professional in a career that offers secure pay, clean living conditions a family life a pension and when you do retire in 20 years @ 47 you will be a multi thousand hour pilot on medium and heavy A/C with IFR ATPL NVG winch, multi engine etc. etc. You will be a professional and can work for any of the large offshore companies or even better.... corporate. Or better yet, if you've got a brain in your head, go to university, get a buisness degree, become a successful buisnessman and BUY yourself a machine, I did...go back to university that is... which is why I'm a Happyguy. There is a very limited future for you as a commercial helicopter pilot in this country. Poor pay, poor conditions, no family life, no pension and constantly trying to avoid the snakes who are all over this industry and are very good at taking advantage of people and situations. But that's just my opinion.....and I'M SURE there will be those who disagree. This advice comes to you from someone who has had a CPL(H) since the 70's and has a couple of hours.
  4. I heard there was a little more to it then the helicopter was "set on fire" . I was told that the crew woke up to gun fire and the machine burst into flames !! If that is the case then this is pretty serious stuff.......who's to say that the next time the "growers" open fire the machine maybe in the air ! Sure do hope the mounties get their man this time.
  5. Anybody know who the crew was on the 76 ?
  6. Koalaa119 you are soooo on the mark with your comments. Professionalism is a rare attribute possessed by few pilots, particuliary in the rotor wing industry......and that can generally be placed squarely on the shoulders of the operators who talk the talk but never, with rare exception, walk the walk. They don't train you as a professional and they won't pay you as a professional. They have little respect for the individual as a person and think of them the same way they consider the expense of a 100 hr inspection....unavoidable....and if they could get by without it 80% of them would. Most of them hold their pilots in total contempt.....and that is true from the BC fishing lodge operator to the Ontario tour operator. I had one operator ask me, after I discovered a crack in a 206 blade grip, who bad was it and could I move the machine from the bush camp to an airport....WHAT ???? And then there was the phone conversation (short) I had with another operator, made after spending 3 days in the bush with 2 clients and the object of a large SAR event, the first words out of his mouth was ".....how is the machine?" I took that kinda personal. How can you expect an individual to conduct himself as a professional, and I'm talking about someone who has all the qualification and training to be considered a professional, ATPL, IFR etc. etc. ( and I'm not talking about police, corporate or instructors) who on a daily basis has peoples lives in his hands, when they receive no respect or support from their company either in pay or conditions. Look at the pay scale paid by a well known Vancouver based operator to their S76 FO's. It's insulting and if that operator could pay less he would....and they're not alone. In my 30+ years around this industry I have seen numerous good professional calibre people leave rotor wing flying because it is such an unregulated business run by cowboys and full of contradictions. I have flown in Australia, Africa and UK and find that Canadian , non-airline "bush" pilots, in particuliar helicopter pilots, are the most unprofessional bunch (just read the replies to this post for proof) who have no idea what the word professionalism even means. But then, being treated like a piece of crap most of your "career" will do that to you and all the good intentioned articles in the Aviation Safety Letter written by correspondents who have never been in the bush long enough to know the truth, aren't going to change that.
  7. It seems that 99% of the jobs listed on "jsfirm "are in the US or beyond, but not in Canada. How does that help Canadian pilots on a Canadian forum?
  8. .....when you're on a horse chasing cows!.....BOY!
  9. I flew a 500C for Quasar when it was new and shortly after Dan started it up, back in the 70's.....yikes! http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2009-10/134...6%20%288%29.jpg
  10. The updates on the Bell FADEC should be free 'cause the system still has several bugs, not the least of which is recording erroneous and incorrect exceedances requiring unecessary maintenance intervention. Also, there is no redundancy. The MGT limits at high OAT remind me of the C18 vs C20, a step backwards. The B3 is by far the better machine which is one reason why they are back ordered. The other reason, besides perfomance and relability is the customers prefer them !! But of course there is the L4.......still prefer the B3.
  11. I used to land the 500 behind the FoodMart in Houston BC, Did the camp shopping then back to Emerald Lake. Good fun.
  12. Andrew, you must have seen most of the pilot resumes out there by now and obviously none have met your experience requirements. Ever consider training one of the many excellent applicants to long line or heli-ski rather than waitng for someone else to do it for you? Just wondering ....
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