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Black Mike

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  1. Hybrid, They could have, I don't know, just being cheap. (customer is one of the wealthiest people in Canada, I now know why!!)I have 2 wall tents and heaters etc. at home, we just didn't know when we headed north. Next time, we will travel complete! Good flying job though, many days of pure wet misery with a few unbelievable nice weather days in the Yukon that made it all worth while. Dawson city is very cool place too! I would do it again in a minute, but will bring my own tent. B.M.
  2. Hybrid, The pup tent did suck, and you probably do know the client, there is only one like him that I know of! As for the employer, he was in the next tent over, for the full 2 months (less some mandatory days of) There were several other companies ready to jump on this contract if we decided to leave,(and no, our rates and minimums were not in the toilet) food was excellent, second pilot was happy to make $1000. plus per day on the worst fire season in B.C. history. He was welcome to leave anytime, if he wanted to, but is still with us today, flying a nice new 407.
  3. The day helicopter pilots are unionized is the day I sell out and leave the country, I can also speak for some of the other small companies. If you are doing a good job, you don't need one! I spent 2 months in a pup tent in the Yukon a couple years ago, just had to suck it up as there were no fires in B.C. that summer. Still met the payroll,had our pilot quit mid contract, (after 16 days flying on the job) he didn't like the pup tent, paid him 2 weeks severance pay, holiday pay, picked up another good pilot who is still with us. Jim, you have good attitude, keep it up, hope to see you here next summer. B.M.
  4. Zishelix, That is HF or Single Sideband antenna base. I bought a Sun Air HF radio and antenna from Ron Jeffrey from Finning's Gazelle in 1979, installed it on our Bell 47G3B1, C-FWBK (old Transwest 1965 Ltd. heli)I had a double whip on the end, 2- 16 inch or so whips pointing 10:00 and 2:00. 4.441 MHZ was standard GSC frequency, ours was 4.455 MHZ. I remember talking to a buddy in a cargo DC 8 over Iceland from our Bell 47 when we were flying around one day. 4681 was Bob Holt frequency I think (Cariboo Chilcotin Helicopters) Faye was on the radio all the time for check ins when no one was at our base. Had a VIH machine stop over one day, our bull got pissed off with this Jetranger, had a stareout with it, then charged to the front, tossed his head around, HF antenna snapped off and went flying up in the air! B.M.
  5. Thirsty Bob was a great fellow, we had him up here helping us on a drill job in the Chilcotin, early 1980's. Between him and Bob Holt, you couldn't get any better entertainment! (unless Transport Canada inspectors entered the room!!)
  6. Old school dead, no more Bush Pilots??? I am still here, still flying steady for 35 years now, just have a bigger drawer full of paperwork!! Landing at 12,000 feet on a hot windy day is still the same as it was 35 years ago, just have a little more horsepower now. No manuals to read or exams to pass on final approach up there!
  7. People might want to wait for a better flying year before any of this is brought up, or there may be allot of unemployed pilots. Maybe the overseas pilots were busy, but I don't hear of any overworked pilots in Canada this summer. Lots of pilot applications for work though! You going to HAC this nov. Jim? B.M.
  8. I had a good one, medevac at Taseko Lake, patient was going to throw a stick of dynamite at back of the out house to scare his buddy, due to excess tequila consumption (10:00 am) he held the stick too long. Blew his hand and face off. We showed up with kids and a wailing woman running to the Jetranger (low gear) hands in the air, I jumped out and tackled the woman knocked her to the ground. Would have been 3 hands laying on the ground after this episode. (one was in miniature pieces) Sherwood was the dynamite dummies name, several jokes came from this, "Sherwood like to have my hand back!!" They did sow his face back on. B.M.
  9. Thanks guys, main thing was the Chief Pilot part and setting up the ride before heading south to warmer climates for a bit. Just a coordination issue, nothing Uisdean cannot fix!! B.M.
  10. Anyone know the status of PPC and PCC, or what is coming down the pipe? I have a couple questions, 1) Does the Chief Pilot have to do a PPC ride with Transport Canada designated examiner, or can he appoint a company pilot, and have him do all the rides for their staff pilots, including the Chief Pilot himself. If so, can he be a summer contract pilot. 2) If the new rules come into place, or are they changing to PPC only, can you do PPC on each other within the company, if your PPC is still valid from last year, or still need Transport Canada designated examiner? 3) Any changes with company training pilot still cannot do PPC rides with staff pilots? It still has to be a different person? I have found that asking Transport Canada inspectors just confuses you, and they will just give you their opinion only, which is different from Region to Region, so lets have a few other opinions. Thanks, B.M.
  11. By the way guys, the ice core sat in our freezer for 4 months before we used it. I agree, the drinking and flying should never be mixed, this should be obvious, we are just having a bit of fun.
  12. gwk, The Dalwhinney is excellent, don't have much time for the blended ones, too boring, however in a pinch, they pull through! I meant "girly Scotch" as it seems easier to convince the ladies for a drink of this, over the smokey Lagavulin and such! I remember the K2 shoot well, spending the night on the glacier with 2 Canadian 212's and my Jetranger engine full of ice. Thankful that wardrobe fellow, flaming Keith lended me his hair dryer to thaw the engine out. (with no consequences) Had to dig a hole in the snow for the tail rotor to spin in. Won't do that again!! All still looks the same up their, just a little easier flying with the 407! KPM, our old Jetranger, is in Langley in Alpen hangar, still looks like new last time I saw it. B.M.
  13. Ben, You are right, I had a rescue for a "last lift" for a 212 rollover on our heliski tenure. Text book example, all turned out O.K. all safe at home by the end of the day.
  14. Whisky, Can't remember the silt, just the bubbles. We must have drank too fast! The University guys were checking volcanic ash and pollen from years ago, I guess we just got pollenated, and vulcanized. I found that when drinking glacier water or ice, make sure the out house is near by!! B.M.
  15. Good one 3BX2, I don't have too much heliski experience, but have 35 years flying in the mountains, summer and winter, and picked up a few pointers from your post. We also signed up all our (3) pilots for the mountain flying course in H.A.I. next month. You never know when someone comes up with a better way to do something.
  16. Just for your info, I am the Safety Officer for our company. Last year I flew up to a 10,000 foot mountain glacier, picked up an ice core sample from 700 feet deep from the drillers, took it home, filled a glass (my boot was too stinky) with a shot of Dalwhinnie, (I know this is girly Scotch but it still tastes good) watched the bubbles rise from this 2000 year old ice, and drank it. No big deal, no arguing, thats just what happened! I did fill out a hazardous occurence report though, as we did run out of Scotch and my bro was still thirsty! B.M.
  17. Thanks for organizing this Corey. As we all know, this new system will not work for heli operations, especially small companies like ours. In our remote location, it is hard enough to get an experienced mountain pilot to come out here to work for the summer, and now send him home twice as much as we have been??? So much for fires. Once your days are due, you can kiss that fire goodbye as you will be replaced and probably not be returning. Camp jobs??? Expensive crew shifts?? Everything will cost so much more and pilots will be spending more time going home and returning to work than actually working. We spent time 350 miles northeast of Yellowknife last summer, I can't imagine how we would do crew change to and from Tatla Lake B.C. from this location! (we did miss you in Yellowknife, maybe next time we will stop for a visit). Pat and I both happily signed the petition, if there is anything else we can do, let me know, Mike King, President and Chief Pilot, White Saddle Air Services Ltd.
  18. Sorry to hear of the loss, I didn't know any of the crew, but it is always sad. Condolences to all involved. I have always heard that Bailey runs a good safe operation. Have a couple good buddies that work there. Fly safe everyone, season is just starting. Mike
  19. And we know what happened when Bob got mad!! I worked with a fellow in late 1970's named Art Plunkett that said he worked for Kaman as a test pilot. Anyone heard where Art ended up. He had some interesting Huskie stories, radial engine model the most interesting one!
  20. All the best of the holiday season to everyone from the sunny Chilcotin. Hope the sun holds through to next summer! B.M.
  21. Freddie, I am happy to say we just hit the valve on the new Pelton Wheel tonight- ours (1898 model original Pelton) was destroyed in the flood in june and we just installed one we had sent up from Washington, turned it on this afternoon. Up to 38 KW from this new unit. We now have power and water. Pat just headed up to check the belt. By the way, I did spend 7 weeks in a pup tent in the Yukon this summer- no water or power up there (except Ortell Lake) Haven't left home for a flying job since 1980. Nice area to spend a summer. Have a new Nambotin 300cc Gasser for sale at the bike shop hangar!! Drop by anytime, bring your checkbook!!
  22. Saifan, Personally I hope you make a bundle of money, anything related to the helicopter business that a person can make by not hanging out the door moving drills etc. I wish them the best. I will take a few copies, L-4 and 407 (if there is one for this), also instructions on how to turn on the computer- we just barely got electricity here last week and computers are a little out of my league. I like the colours- even I can figure this out. B.M.
  23. Saifan, Personally I hope you make a bundle of money, anything related to the helicopter business that a person can make by not hanging out the door moving drills etc. I wish them the best. I will take a few copies, L-4 and 407 (if there is one for this), also instructions on how to turn on the computer- we just barely got electricity here last week and computers are a little out of my league. I like the colours- even I can figure this out. B.M.
  24. Maybe I can help with the L-4 question- We operate 2 L-4's (actually sold one last month in the Yukon) and find it the perfect aircraft for lots of jobs. Our High Alt tailrotor machine can haul gross weight to 12,000 feet, just have to get used to the pedals. Takes 100 hours or so. We put 4000 hours on the aircraft since we bought them new and no major troubles, just the regular oil leaks and trans mounts- after the "Bell Bugs" were sorted out- (first 500 hours of **** on each machine and then all is O.K). Lost a tailrotor controller in the Yukon on H.A. tailrotor machine, and then fly it like a regular L-4. This is the only snag we had in 2 months of flying- 2 machines. Took a week to fix, 6 hours or so for Ian to change the actuator that they hid in the back. Warranty is a great thing. Resale price is excellent if this is one of your concerns. No it cannot lift what a B-3 does, can't lift what a Vertol lifts, doesn't cost as much to run either. Lots of parts around too- including engine parts. Good support from R.R., you just need to know who to talk to. Going to try a 407 next- good idea??? ask me in a couple years. Don't know. Have one coming next month. Bell has been great to deal with, new attitude with them these days. Can't say anything about Astars- never flown one. Black Mike P.S. If anyone wants to argue with me, don't bother- I will just shut the computer off again for 6 months or so!!
  25. Hi Steve, I often think of Bob- every time I jack up our truck, with the jackall especially. Things here are the same as when you were here last- maybe just a few more motorbikes in the hangar. The L-4 needs time to get the feel as it doesn't have the horsepower as some machines. I have about 3000 hours on both regular tailrotor and H.A. t/r. We do I.A. with no basket as everything fits inside, we are on low gear too. For the record, our machines weighed with survival kit and all pilot accessories, maps, bill books, radios, spare oil, and sat phones. (put these behind the pilot and copilot seat and eliminated the lead in the nose) tool kit by the co-pilot right toe, machines are 2505, and 2525 lbs- weighed on VIH's new scales, I did the calculations myself. Make sure you have the wind figured out or you may be in trouble. If it doesn't feel right, do 2 trips to the ridge or mountaintop- I still do this after 34 years of flying, all the time- I don't feel bad about it either. (we are paid by the hour aren't we) Mike
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