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KnuckleDragger

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KnuckleDragger last won the day on October 24 2012

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  1. Loyalty is what seems to be lacking the most in this industry. I believe those that spend all their time chasing money become known for it. Why hire/ rehire/ blah blah the same people over and ver, dump training time into them, and watch them cut and run every time there s a bump in the road. I'm not saying you need to find happiness in slavery either. I've been a loyal employee and as such my boss has been loyal to me. If he wasn't I'd be long down the road. Remember just because the grass is green on the other side doesn't mean it won't still need mowing and a solid business relationship is better than a quick buck. Try to find a boss you can be honest with without fear of reprisal. These people are out there and employees will follow these individuals even if they leave a company. I've seen a lot of entitlement from younger folk feeling that they deserve automatic respect and the old timers somehow need to earn it from them. Be a good person and a good worker and you'll get it, but not a second before. Expect nothing you don't work for.
  2. Forgive my ignorance but isn't there a way to have a seperate doctor and keep your medication private? Are they really piss testing for prozac these days? I understand the need for honesty and integrity but I'd rather fly with a chemically balanced pilot then a twitchy time bomb.
  3. I would never share a story. Just offering a perspective not native to this industry but noticeable. Sharing the story wouldn't help anyone.
  4. Beware most of those that have been the managerial darlings when their managerial protectors leave them behind and move on. That is when the parasites feel most vulnerable and will attempt to steer all attention away from their own incompetence and point out every mistake of other employees. You can only hope the new managers will see through the facade.
  5. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/01/22/pol-airline-safety-sms-porter-lawsuit-transport-canada.html Enjoy!
  6. BHV is a long ranger. Engine failure was on approach. Successful autorotation carried out onto gravel bar. Pilot and passenger walked away from machine under their own power with no injuries. Machine did not overturn.
  7. A big thumbs down to ICS. To me you end up starting in the industry before you are ready. There's just no way to prepare unless you are in a hands on College. You end up lagging behind the other apprentices and then bitter when they make advances ahead of you. A hands on college gives you a starting background and a foundation to build on. Completing the book and practical work shows your employer you are dedicated to starting and finishing something in a given amount of time- something the ICS background apprentices I've worked with seem to have a problem with. I took my schooling out east but the majority of successful candidates I work with came out of NLC. Definitely take the college route, it saves time on your apprenticeship and you'll have the tools to achieve.
  8. Power checks are rarely entered on a regular basis. The charts in the flight manual are overused and riddled with dots. Most pilots either don't even understand wether they have passed or failed. An app will make all this a little simpler to deal with. I really don't know why people want to force a paper and ruler on those who already use this as an excuse for not doing it. You want info and participation then make it easy and convenient. Sorry I don't want to wait for my car to warm up, drive downtown, stand in line, fumble with envelopes and deposit slips, I just pick up my phone and pay all my bills in a couple of minutes. Convenience is key. Why fight human nature? Maybe we should still walk wherever we go rather than fly?
  9. I would love to see a power check calculator app for multiple helicopters. I would pay well for such an app and I hope you would pm me when and if you develop it. Don't worry about the naysayers squabbling about an "approved" program. All that needs to be approved and current is the data you are using within the program. They can't tell you what pencil, ruler, or calculator to use on the chart. Same with the app. And in my opinion an app would be more accurate then some of the pencil crayon power check charts i've seen.
  10. Depends on engine, material, debris. If you are scraping debris and not blade then no problem. There are procedures in some books for dressing out nicks on blades. Bottom line is just take the time to read all applicable documentation including SB, ASB, SI, and SL etc. Being told to go away does not constitute an error on their part but maybe a repeat attitude of judgement without education on yours. Sometimes engineers are busy.
  11. A lot of folks do their di in the morning. I would suggest doing it at night. Engineers usually work at night when the machine is on the ground. If a problem is found they show up faster and nicer when already awake after actually sleeping. It's also best not to keep a customer waiting on a problem you could have found the night before.
  12. Doesn't work at all if your strobe light is burnt out. :shock:
  13. Keeps them from wrecking the doors too.
  14. Although I enjoyed the comments that follow, what I meant was in reference to large company airline pilots who simply walk off the plane and onto the next gig or end of day. They don't have a machine to wipe down or ops gear to maintain. I've just always been curious how different folks run their duty day. Does it start when you get to work or when you get up? I've had pilots use a duty day explanation for 'no time to wipe down the machine' and found them in the bar later. Not trying to call anyone out here, just curious how folks run it.
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