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  1. Ya, I suppose yer correct. That's just normal operations 🙂 for us true Canadians! I have a few more that may only be tales of normal operations, but I'll see if there's any of them that may qualify as "rough maintenance conditions". Even if they don't, they still may make for interesting reading??
  2. You bet that was and still is an AME! 😊 And meat servos (AKA Pilots) are still needed! Some (AME's and/or Pilots) will make it alright, some will be abused (or let themselves be abused), some will find balance/contentment, others not so much. We're all people and have much variety which makes this whole thing somewhat interesting.
  3. Well I've had a few adventures in maintenance come to mind...here's a NSTIW tale from back in 1980 when we just did what we had to do...prior to any cell/sat/gps etc. High Arctic Cat Camp Ice sampling etch out on the ice somewhere west of Axel Heiburg Island with a Bell 206B at -40 most of the time; Flippo Bleed Air Heater and a Janitrol Combustion Heater which for those in the know if both were working you could sort of think you were warm. I think I had all the switches on the Janitrol bypassed and the combustion blower motor pukes...that one was the spare of course! Making a long sto
  4. Ahh the life! It's all great stuff eh DGP? Grizz country? Try that (or similar challenging tasks on a B212) in active Polar Bear country, no generator. mini-mag light taped to my balaclava or clamped by my now chipped teeth (headlights weren't quite here yet). Without an Eskimo "Bear Monitor"...of course shotgun was kept close by. As an AME I truly loved the challenges, even when it wasn't so much fun sometimes. There aren't many that can say they've actually done that kind of stuff, been in those kind of places, and got paid too! Ya, not as much pay as the other guys in camp but hey
  5. Only if it's not in the generator shack where it's warm!
  6. Makes a person wonder if the "specialized equipment" aka "precision tool" had met the "calibrated to a national standard" standard! If that even exists in the expected "QA Program" the medical field should have; similar or better than what we're required to have in aviation!
  7. I remember an old saying... Buying QUALITY is like buying hay. If you want nice, clean, fresh hay, you must pay a fair price. However if you can be satisfied with hay that has already been through the cow...well now THAT COMES A LITTLE CHEAPER.
  8. Sure! It just takes a bit of time and money to do the STC 😏.
  9. There used to be awesome fishing at the Paint Lakes too!
  10. That's a known problem from time to time. The key trigger to note is the engine oil level dropping and the transmission oil level increasing.
  11. There are many Pilots that have been there and done that. I don't know that they were "laughed off the face of the planet", they likely didn't tell too many of their buddies how little they were making as the general population think its all big bucks in this industry, which it may be after some time, but not in the beginning. It all depends on how badly / how much you really want to fly helicopters and make a living at it...after some time.
  12. Ok, sorry for offending somebody who worships emperor von whatever somebodies hero thought I said...🙄
  13. You must be talking about trooodope!
  14. Wasn't it Mr. Dobbin with the old Canadian banner buying Sealand and then buying Okanagan (or combining them?). I was with Associated Helicopters at that time which was owned by Okanagan during the initial western assimilations. When Ranger was being assimilated we were checking over some of their machines bringing them into the western operations. That became a pandemic of it's own sorts eh?
  15. That makes sense re VIH. Re the other outfit..."Resistance was futile, they were assimilated" to use a version of a quote from a series on tv. And yup, a mess it became. Sad...
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