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  1. Sorry for those involved and now their loved ones. Thoughts are with you.
  2. Steve, Thanks for the validation. It was busy but we had our first child two months later so it could have been MUCH busier. I am working now flying charter work in the same machines I trained on so am quite fortunate. Good luck. 100ft
  3. I did a 115hr course from 2002-09-09 to 2003-01-31 while working 4 on 4 off. To do this I "pre-schooled" myself over the summer of 2002 in air law, nav, wx and theory of flight using a couple of manuals and a local fixed wing school for the odd (paid) sit down with specific questions that arose. This enabled me to miss the odd hour or two of heli ground school to get to my nightshifts on time. The school was flexible and supportive of me using this approach which was also needed. 100ft
  4. xr, Commercial pilot license training in Canada is recognized by the CRA as post-secondary tuition. You're on the right track in that regard. 100ft
  5. So my buddy and I took a last minute seat sale to Brazil where you can rent piston helicopters dirt cheap. We got just blottoed and signed out a 300c for an hour before going on the donkey ride tour of a seaside canyon. I threw up all over my new yellow shirt halfway into the donkey ride. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjYUMXcHIZ4 Good times......good times.
  6. oh and the RCMP completely self-insures. Carry on with the what-if scenarios.
  7. A few points if you don’t mind: The RCMP does not generally install armour beneath its vehicles The RCMP minimum for internally hired regular member pilots was 1000 hrs PIC The RCMP policy to self-insure results in a massive saving to tax payers every year. Kelowna RCMP just took delivery of their first AS350 in late 2005. No low time pilot has been or likely will be near it, much less attempting to start it. The RCMP does not have Special Constables. All air crew are civilian employees. The remaining grandfathered regular member hired pilots are now classifie
  8. There are periodic negative references to so-called "puppy mills" in the discussions on this forum. I have however yet to see any attempt to define this term and am curious as to the perspectives out there on this topic. These perspectives can be from within or outside of the flight training profession. I suspect that it could become akin to comparing apples and oranges to define flight training units outside Canada so I limit my inquiry to Canadian flight schools (rotary or fixed) alone. Without naming particular schools (or even hinting at any): 1) What do you think
  9. 412 and Cole, To follow-up, thank you for posts numbered 17 and 20 respectively. I won't make any drastic changes to my routine. Bang on Jane. 100'
  10. 412 and Cole. I have never (yet) been advised by any pilot to "stay away" from the Robinson 22. I, like a large number of pilots at Airborne Energy Solutions, fly one weekly in a commercial setting. Please ellaborate on the reasons you were given to avoid this type. Any additional info you could post here would be helpful. Thanks, 100'
  11. 2be, I won't disagree with tonka. I too happen to live in Vernon and did train with OMH (formerly Airborne Flight Training) in 2002. I have no regrets and am among seven of eight in my class who were flying in the industry within a year of completing their 115 hour program. It has been and continues to be a very positive experience. Of course, CHL's flight training unit in Penticton is world renowned for its products. 100'
  12. I agree. That degree of precision flight handling is overkill in most operations.
  13. Thank you WPP. Ya just need to ask the right people!
  14. I was flying down the Okanagan valley today and noted two Convairs, an Alpine (Westbank) machine and a Penticton CHL machine apparently deployed to the same fire reportedly 40 odd nm north. What's the story on this one?
  15. Good advice from 412 indeed. 'Nuff said.
  16. My CPL-H training retailed at $52K After I claimed all of it as post-secondary tuition I received an attributed income tax return of $13K The PPSEC (now under a new name and acronym) has nothing to do with this tuition deduction. That school designation only gives tha student the opportunity to finance some of their training from a student loan and therefore later write-off some loan interest. All commercial aviation training programs are considered post secondary education in Canada. 100'
  17. I think the reluctance to get together for a meet-and-greet stems from a fear that when we met we would see that most of us are not the balding, overweight, cheesy-eating, hairy-backed, sweaty, middle-aged folk we profess to be. Instead we would see a disppointing collection of 19 year old, curious, hormone-driven hardbodies and all future interest in communicating would vanish; thus destroying this website.
  18. I was with downwash from his first comment on this one (he had me at "hello"). This is tragic but it had better not have been too avoidable. Our industry doesn't need any more wrecks than we get under normal ops. It must have been quite challenging for the pilot to navigate at that hour in such a high-gravity area to begin with. On that note, and before judging any pilot from any one accident, I wonder how many accidents over a typical year occur without regs violations included in the chain of events.
  19. I was thinking of this one (found with the search engine): http://www.caaviation.com/forums/index.php...wtopic=1649&hl= Was there something planned for last year too?
  20. Should I assume that this previously discussed proposed conference is not going to happen by November of this year? 100'
  21. As with the others Ryan. That's pretty close to home for you. Our thoughts with those affected the most.
  22. Thanks Skidz. Any info on the one that nearly got away (off the pad) a few years ago?
  23. Why did HeliJet get rid of their own 61 a few years back? Was their market just not ready to support it then? I heard that the prev 61 almost slid off the Vanc pad on one occasion and was saved only by a calm crew and a brave ramp worker who managed to unsnag a wheel from a safety net above the water. It seems to me that this incident may have been the final straw for the last 61 program but surely that wasn't the only reason.
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