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  1. What was I thinking?? I forgot for a moment where I was. Vertical forums, where your opinion matters, as long as you have the requisite posts, and you belong to the clique. And don’t say anything too controversial, or the bleating sheep will gather around and put you in your place, via the local self appointed den mother. Sorry girl, I think that matters of a professional association are really none of your business, unless of course you possess a license of some type. Skidz very graciously put it out there for anyone to ask a question, or express an opinion, and as a person who very str
  2. Looks like I touched a nerve there... Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, I rest my case!! I know it makes for good TV, but I don't know how you guys put up with this nonsense. Anybody with half a brain would know that a union would not work in the 702/703 industry. No amount of typing from me will convince a certain person that I was NEVER for a union.
  3. There is nothing new under the sun... I think it would be helpful for everybody to go back, all the way back, and read the heated debates that occurred before HEPAC, before many of you even knew of this place, and you will see that nothing has changed. Same old rut, and a worthy pursuit being pushed to the lunatic fringe. If you go back, you will see that the original question posed by D.M. was whether or not an association would be useful. There was much interest, debate, skepticism, and the end result was HEPAC. The huge mistake I made was mis-interpreting the original question, thin
  4. I gave this much thought, as I didn’t want to wade back into this issue, given my previous experience. I am no longer directly involved in helicopters but still feel strongly about the value of this issue. Keep asking the question, but you need to ask it correctly. Helicopter types are wary, as self preservation dictates. You are all familiar with turning a sows ear into a silk purse, and most of the time you get away with it, but is it professional? The industry seems to be trying to say “no”, but there are still too many who think flying skill is directly proportional to the size of th
  5. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends. Very sad.
  6. I've just started watching F1, and have become hooked!!! It beats the sh$$ out of watching them moonshiners going around in circles with the chevy's and dodges. How much longer can m. schumacker and the Ferrari's dominate like that? Anyways, I've mentioned this before. What would you guys think about tricking out a couple of 500's and having mile long drags? Rich man's sport of course. :down: Bet people would pay to see that. :up: Also, amongst all the types of machines, which one would you guys pick to come out on top in a mile long drag - respecting limits of course!!!
  7. O.K, I've composed myself after a serious laughing jag.... ummmmmmm.......ahhhhhhhhhhh........ummmmm.....let's see... Nope, don't quite know what to say about that one..... The only real problem I can foresee is the possibility of the gown getting caught up in the pedals. SBTSB bb
  8. Jetbox: No worries. I don't know if I can explain exactly what that means, but here goes. The way I interpreted those comments was that some people like to to see a pilot dressed like a pilot - whatever that means. I guess that's why I asked the question. It doesn't matter to me, I like to wear whatever is comfortable and appropriate for the moment. As I mentioned earlier, my current "flightsuit" is a pair of functional bib overalls - something allot of maintenance guys wear. Other than my over-sized head, an outsider might not be able to tell that I was a pilot. Actually, now th
  9. The light weight version would be better called thread bare!! I liked the way you could tell the wind direction and speed by the way they bellowed around. During the dog days of summer a guy has to try his best to keep cool, but the most extreme was the picture I saw of a driver who's name escapes me now, but he was sitting in a long ranger with nothing on but cowboy boots, shorts, and a head set. Looked comfortable, but slightly out of place. It takes all kinds I guess. .....oh yeah, and the machine was running!! bbutt
  10. What about you engineers? What got you interested in working on helicopters as opposed to fixed wing? Was it the fact that as a helicopter engineer you need more in your toolbox than just a hammer? Apologies to any fixed wing guys browsing on here! bb
  11. I should clarify my time line. I did not empty my piggy bank untill 1990. I did grow up around the industry and got to meet some of the guys who are now veterans. I watched Bruce Risteau perform one of the biggest hairy a$$ flares I ever saw while training at Al Engst's flight school. Later that year Al burned up his beautifully over-hauled 58 in a grass fire started by it's exhaust. Hung around with Fred Kueber's kids and was allowed to get close to Buffalo's Allouette II's and gazelle. Fred Funk, Charlie Smith, Dave Reid, Doug Bryerly (sp?) Met an engineer by the name of Paul
  12. I have a little time in the 120. Interesting bird to fly. Very very fast. It also has a very decent range, better than the 206, but memory does not allow me to provide an exact number. Nice interior, but the crashworthy seat design prohibits storage under them. Huge rear cargo that can take allot of stuff and weights up to 900 lbs (I think). You can even put a lift of 8ft 2x4's right inside, if you don't like to sling. Very quiet inside - once had a customer use a small hand held sat phone in flight, and talked with a normal voice! As it currently sits, it has a ways to go to displa
  13. No sh!!? Man, that is going to be a tough one. Do you think you will be able to completely stay away, as I assume you have many flying years left in you, or will end up pulling a Michael Jordan, and come out of retirement for a lucrative offer? Congrats on having a long and diverse career, and one in which you get to go home to momma bear at the end of the day with all your fingers and toes!!! Bottoms up!! bb p.s: I guess I could spring for donairs. :up:
  14. I have been on both sides of the fence. I have worn the "custom-made" dark blue flight suits, and have also looked like the typical helicopter bush pilot i.e: jeans, jacket, hiking boots, truckers wallet, and company ball cap. Does a flight suit look more professional, or should it be left up to the comfort level of the individual? I guess there are certain safety issues such as nomex vs. cotton etc. Lately I have been wearing carhart bib overalls that make me look like a farmer, but they sure are comfortable and don't seem to mind Jet B as much as my tight fitting $60 designer jeans!
  15. Do you guys remember what it was that first got you interested in helicopters - other than chicks and big watches. For me, it was one summer when I was an EFF (emergency fire fighter). It was 1979, apparently a very bad year for fires - some of you were probably out working some of those fires. During a stay at a fire camp I got talking to a pilot who offered to take me for a very short ride when he had to re-position his machine accross a small stream. I will never forget the feeling of going vertical and slowly flying over the trees, and then gently touching down on the other side
  16. So what's wrong with boiled pork chops? No wonder we are such a hard bunch to please. What if they are boiled in beer? Ya see, sounds better already!!
  17. A similar method would be the use of "fractionals", something that is becoming increasingly common south of the border. I'm not 100% sure how they work, but it seems that a group of individuals get together and purchase or lease an A/C and then divide the usage up accordingly. I don't know if this is a common pracitise in this country, or what the possible implications for the helicopter industry might be. O.K, last post I swear! I'm supposed to be out doing yard work.
  18. Yes, maybe there are more creative ways to increase the rates, instead of the one price for the complete package. Why not take it to the next step? Customer X who is looking for operators to provide 1500 + hrs experienced pilots to do routine flying. Maybe operators could start charging for that experience. :up: I agree that some customers are running their budgets to the max just to utilise helicopters for a certain job. That doesn't justify giving the thing away! As elitist as this sounds, maybe those types of customers should not be encouraged. It is a luxury, and should be tre
  19. I just checked, and the current exchange is 1.36. That works out to $1632/hr for a 206. I realize that some companies feel that they can afford to low-ball because the equipment is paid for. Maybe those companies have DOC's and other costs that add up to $500/hr (my number). Now, rather than low-ball and maybe break even, how about commanding $1632/hr. What would you do with the remaining $1132. That is no doubt an un-realistic profit margin, or is it? In my simple little economic black hole, what would a 212 be making a day on a campaign fire? Maybe then I could afford that Valkyri
  20. I was just wondering what you guys think the rates should be in a perfect world? A certain amount of profit has been factored in, but this profit margin seems to have the competitions rates in mind. Take a 206 for example. What should the ideal rate be? Within reason of course. I had friends return from the US saying that a 206 was going for $1200 USD/hr. At a middle of the road exchange of say 1.4, that would be $1680 CD/hr!!!!!!!Can we compare rates like that or is there something I don't understand - no, seriously. Could a brave soul in the know give us a generic breakdown of the
  21. Apparently the flight manual recommends leaving your pants and underwear at home to keep the pilots drycleaning costs down! I imagine the sound of puckering you-know-whats drowns out the sound of the engine - in 212 proportions!!
  22. There are I'm sure some fine people on here who are passionate about flying and who also own or operate a helicopter business. These people appreciate and understand that this is a very specialized and expensive service we provide. For nameless others, helicopters are nothing more than a tool that gets rented out by the hour. These same people have business/accounting backgrounds, or rely heavily on specialists with those skills. Yes, it's a business, but for many others this is a way of life!! This industry it seems to me is very quickly approaching the point where some are prepared to r
  23. Early in my flying career, after the basic long line intro, I had a very good chief pilot suggest putting on the line at every opportunity to get used to the thing. This usually meant making perfectly round drums square! The result is that I am embarrassed/proud? to say that I don't know how to short-line, and in fact find the notion very uncomfortable. The article in question puts forward some very questionable methods about working with a long line from an operational perspective, however there is an under-lying theme that has me concerned. One that I have been thinking about a great d
  24. You are too close when: You look over at the fire boss and he has big crocodile tears streaming down his cheeks!! I did some flying on the crown fire experiments a few years ago. Russians, Americans, Canadians, everybody was there. I was in the IR jet box over the fire at 1500 AGL, and one of the companies 204's was fitted with a bunch of vacuum sensors provided by NASA. Long story short is that the 204 was tasked with flying as close as possible to the fire in order to get the best readings while the fire was crowning. I think they were shooting for 60 mph. Other than the ex
  25. See, I told you guys I could get CTD to say something!! Hey CTD, if your still watching. Give a shout the next time you are near CYXD and I will take you out for a real hungry man's donair. Your treat of course. :up: bb
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