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Everything posted by lefttoelow

  1. Also at HAI in Atlanta. I took it a few years, learnt a few things for sure. But it's pricey for what you get out of it. Cheers and good luck!
  2. The R22 was never designed with training in mind. It was built for personal transport use only. Why is it so popular at FTU's? Cost of course. As long as it continues to be used for training there will always be accidents. The "T" style cyclic set up when duals installed is far less than ideal for training/transfer of control and follow through techniques. I read somewhere once, that one has roughly 0.9 of a second to reduce to flat pitch post engine failure before potential catastrophic NR decay occurs. Just ask any instructor how much they enjoy doing autos in an R22....? Wrong aircraft for
  3. Sorry, no copies as they just showed me them on their iphone.......
  4. When I used to leave a machine overnight in a remote "unsecured location" I would always carry some simple every day magic tape (the opaque stuff that goes on clear when applied) I would use it on doors, gas cap and engine cowls. You could at least tell if something was opened so you could have a more thorough look if required. The worst incident I remember was back in my early days flying sight seeing tours at fairs in a long ranger where we slept right beside the machine in campers. Later the next day two passengers (female) showed me naked pictures of themselves sitting on the dog hous
  5. There have been several times that I wished my machine had a "horn" or PA to warn someone. As goofy as it sounds, there have been many times it would have been super handy to get someone's immediate attention!
  6. Where I work it's a little different as the person writing the cheque is the public (or Government) and it happens to be a world class training facility. All emergencies here are done to touch down/full on. That includes stuck pedals, left/right or neutral, hydraulics off to landing, hover and taxi engine failures and auto's to touch down. we do straight ahead, 180's, 360's zero speed, range variations and low level from 250' both turning and straight. I even got to do a couple form skids clear of ground ( maybe a meter or so...) at 100 kts! to full on touch down ( I didn't even know it was po
  7. I honestly think that the Canadian industry as a hole is in the dark ages when it comes to both pay and what is expected from us or what has become the norm in Canada. I work with a bunch of guys that now have permanent residency but come from the same industry just different parts of the world. They are in complete awe when it come to bush work in Canada and what is expected or the norm and when they see the pay involved they just roll their eyes. Now, most of these guys are very high time qualified IFR multi engine, off shore, actual IMC , testing officer, instructor and military background
  8. There was a good artical last week on Vertical Mag on exactly this topic. Worth a read.
  9. I too had a similar experience to "Skidz" On a ferry flight to our next gig in an L1 around 8 years ago. Two on board, me (low time guy) in the right seat another higher time guy in the left. Thing was no dual controls. It was getting late, it was raining and we were GPS scud running maybe 75 to 100' above trees (ceiling was another 200' above but vis was better where we were). Stupidity (one of them anyway...) was.... the terrain ahead was (as Skidz scenario) rising and we were balls to the wall trying to make skids down before dark. Flew right into the goo! Complete loss of reference...... g
  10. Me too please! If one surfaces I been more than willing to have copies made for others.
  11. If the first point of contact is properly managed or under control (level attitude)......... tings tend to work out for the best. I'd take the trees 'cause I don't know too many places in the Great White North where the water doesn't offer some kind of gasp reflex....regardless the time of year. 2cents
  12. Too true...... I am in a similar situation. A Canadian Pilot at a very specialized position here in Canada finding out there is going to be a contract change and foreign Pilots will be replacing us as the only $$ available to continue the program needs to come from another source......a foreign exchange program..... or as I would say another pocket of $$...... bloody government contracts!!! What am I doing about it......, writing my MP...... may or may not help but it's all I can honestly do unfortunately.
  13. Great point Helilog56. I would agree completely, however, I have witnessed first hand a prominent school out east with high time working instructors and respected industry recognition provide less than ideal training..... My best guess would be two fold...... they were pre-occupied running other venues of interest or simply forgot what is was like to learn?....... a momentary lapse in reason maybe......? unfortunately at the expense of their main customer........ the student. 2cents
  14. Flying Helicopters is the single coolest job on the planet......period!.........,however,....... It must consume you.......you must eat it, breath it and s*#t is a daily basis, not recently but from when you are young. You think it, dream it and share it constantly. You rent all the movies just because there is one on the jacket........You know all the makes and models, the latest and greatest..... and you know at least someone that is a Pilot. He/she is your hero. You must learn, you need to know what they know. It's your purpose and you fully understand complacency does not exist here.
  15. If Rotars are turning it's log able plain and simple............. otherwise stick a capable checked out Monkey at the controls. Us pilots just show up when it's time to pull some pitch!?!?!?!?!??!!? Give me a break! I've always argued this...... how do think most Young Pilots starting out built their time........ Maintenance/ground runs....that's how...... breaking skids or not. I can almost guarantee every guy out there has these early hours logged. Are there any engineers out there today in Canada that are checked out to do ground runs and their insurance company is aware of this? I
  16. Man....... Sunrise has been having some tough luck in the past few years..... Anyone know who the pilot was? .... I may know him? Flew C-GUIK many years back. Altimeter setting yesterday in Southern Manitoba was 29.69, calm winds and humidex of +38 C at one point. Nice to hear they walked away.....!
  17. If you choose not to go the AME route and are determined to fly, I would look only at reputable schools that have a Charter operations as well, not just flight training. If you have the right attitude, maturity, skill and work ethics, you never know they may have "something" for you after you finish...... what ever that might be? Best......
  18. Do your research! Keep in mind that this industry is tough to say the least. Very tough!! What is that statistic....? something like only 10% of graduates actually fly for a living. That's huge when it comes to investing that much money into something.I know I wouldn't enjoy paying such a loan off for something I'll never use again. Flying helicopters is a lifestyle, something you can't be without. Most hired are because of who they are and the passion they possess. A lot is based on personality in my experience. Don't forget.. schools are a business and they will talk the talk to get
  19. Just putting out a feeler to see if there are any unemployed TC instructors out there in Canada? If you hold a current class III or higher rating, I know of at least 3 maybe 4 companies looking to fill positions. One of the companies may/has taken foreigners but position is greatly based on personality and believe a 1000 hr minimum but not certain. I believe for the most part though if your are instructor in Canada you are likely employed already? Just wondering? Cheers If interested in the names of companies please PM me. Also some or one may have been filled recen
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