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  1. And just to clarify, the DEW line was disbanded in 1993, some of us work on the North Warning System or NWS.

     

    If you want info on he contract/bid google "North Warning System Rotary Wing Airlift Contract". May find it interesting reading.

     

    It has all the info on what the contract entails, and the companies/managers that went to the actual information meeting in Toronto last summer. The companies include (but I am sure not limited to):

    -Ocean Software

    -Erickson Aircrane

    -CHL

    -Skylink Aviation

    -Strategic Aviation

    -MAG

    -GSH

    -HTS.

     

    I won't post who went. but the info is there if you are curious.

     

    AS far as the pay goes, it isn't bad, I am sure it could be better, but I am happy where I am. I am flying somewhat sophisticated machinery that is well maintained, no penny pinched on that part of the operation, and as was said, the whiners, if they don't like it, why don't they move on??

     

    Back to the contract, the fixed wing portion was awarded on friday to Kenn Borek, who used to have 3 out of 5 zones, they now have everything.

     

    It has been said previous that the contract will be split again, this is not the case, the bid is for 9 helicopters to cover year round operations and maintenance, 5 machines, summer supplemental work, 2 machines and fuel haul 2 machines.

     

    Cheers

    H.

    Thx H, some very interesting reading

    SOB

  2. As previously posted

    SOB

     

     

    First 5 years pay, (cost of living review and adjustment every 2 years);

     

    $92,293

    $98,459

    $101,000

    $104,000

    $107,000

     

    then $110,000 at yr 10 and $113,000 in yr 15.

     

     

    Does anyone have information regarding the pay scale at STARS ?? I understand they were revamped a couple of years ago as they expanded... Sorry if this has been asked before, I can't find the thread if it has...

    Cheers, VTA

  3. I was just starting out when Wayne was starting up in Helmet, he even let me fly his a/c from time to time up there. Tough on the company and personal. Worked side by side with Bailey when I was with Highland in Ft St John, can be a very unforgiving industry we work in. Tough especially on Wayne who also lost his son some years back. Take a moment and re-fleck, say a prayer and go on. That is the best way to honor the one's we have lost in our chosen profession.

    SOB

    Tony

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  4. I'm curious why we are hearing blade fracture down here in the States and nothing up here on the Canada board, AirEvac lost a crew a few years ago and a little bird is telling me there was a run of blades made by a vendor for Bell that was suspect, coincidence? More to come.

    Very sad, I spent a few years flying that area years ago and enjoyed if very much.

    RIP fellow flyers.

    Life can be short

    SOB

  5. Just wondering if anyone has heard back from Stars as of yet. They have been recruiting for over six months for their new bases in Saskatoon and Regina and now we read that they will be going into Manitoba. I did get a e-mail from them requesting further info and if I was interested but that was four months ago. My current contract ends at the end of Aug and I will be sadly unemployed. Having flown HEMS in Canada and the USA I feel I have all the qualifications that the require. Any comments would be appreciated.

     

    SOB

  6. well that's all 3 EMS operators in the country...so reverse the order for top to bottom :)

    I'm not sure on the captain's scale.....but I do know FO's are higher at CHL..don't be so quick to throw them at the bottom (think post unionization CHL)

     

    Read the post. Chl pays the highest (post union) then HeliJet then Stars

  7. STARS Regina....

     

    First 5 years pay, (cost of living review and adjustment every 2 years);

     

    $92,293

    $98,459

    $101,000

    $104,000

    $107,000

     

    then $110,000 at yr 10 and $113,000 in yr 15.

     

    RRSP match 5% in the 1st year, up to 8% in year 3, or thereabouts.

     

    Wow, guess that would piss off the boys in Alberta considering there pay is no where near those numbers listed. We all know Stars EMS is one of or is the lowest paying ems positions in the Country, CHL first, HeliJet second and Stars brings up the rear.

    SOB

  8. What's up with Stars, they have posted on most of the major job sites for pilots and engineers. Last I heard they were having a hard time getting pilots for Grande Prairie. Anyone have the skinny on what's up? Would touring be an option for some of there bases?

    Thx

    SOB

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