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  1. But your wife's union, and by default she, agreed to the averaging though right? It wasn't imposed on them as part of their job description. Is her averaging agreement something like this: ARTICLE 9 - Hours of Work and Overtime 9.1 Unless otherwise provided, employees who are regularly assigned to work 40 hours per week will not be required to work in excess of 8 hours in a 24-hour period nor more than 40 hours in a week. Any hours worked in excess of 8 hours in a 24-hour period or 40 hours in a week will be paid for at the rate of time and one-half. 9.2 Employees who are n
  2. Hey if you had a union and a contract then you'd be paid overtime when you exceed 2080 at work....oh no not the "hey let's all unionise" mantra again Q: Why do heli pilots have to wait until they get to offshore or EMS before they get one? Every pilot that flew EMS @ CHL got / gets paid overtime. And Gray I've done nothing but provide facts, in fact the only one to provide actual, if historical, figures. I would assume the government did a cost analysis before they changed providers BUT I don't know, and neither I assume does anyone, apart from the politicians involved who will ne
  3. Sorry for my bad phraseology Gray. I'm not sure if you work for CHL now and hence the confusion. As heliian said: I'm saying those salaries listed in your link are merely a historical continuation of salaries originally paid by CHL. They were carried over by Ornge directly and haven't kept up with the CPI (cost of living) ever since. Fact; in 2009 CHL paid Captains with an ATPL and IR up to $98k, FOs $67k, plus overtime and benefits. In 2016 (your link) Ornge was paying $106 / 72k plus overtime. That's an increase of just 1.2% annually - Hardly spending gone mad!? It just g
  4. or STARs or Cougar or CHL or Phoenix or any on this list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_ambulances_in_Canada Most experienced commercial pilots would be upset with a lesser salary... So as robottxt says "show me the money" - but no one will It will either show pilots are underpaid elsewhere or complete hipocrisy Or as 18speed stated 'crewing is one of the biggest costs in any operation', especially a 24/7 IFR one Plus the list linked is only for salaries over $100k, in line with public disclosure rules, and not for all of the pilots/AMEs. And, as a side note, those s
  5. Maybe Hydro One contracts out some of its' line work to keep down costs, when work outweighs their fleet? They operate their own Astars for the majority of their own line work and maintenance. Same as the OMNR contract out their Fire work when their fleet is outweighed by their needs. Both of which is surely financially responsible of them, which goes against your original premise doesn't it?? Aviation is expensive period. SMS is a voluntary system to audit safety and training. It doesn't stop pilots and companies having accidents,it just creates a paper trail to find root cause
  6. Another committee, I thought you were trying to lower government spending? Your wording "that can be turned over...and long term contracts" subtly implies that all aviation is better done by the private sector? Maybe the military should be privatised too.....again no figures for how much you'd charge - just 'it's not fair' MOH, Hydro and Ornge are all 3rd party audited and insured by private sector but paid for through taxes? (I know people who work for the other 2) Are you seriously saying that if Hydro had outsourced flying to another private company the accident wouldn't have happ
  7. RFPs and RFIs are done for everything at Ornge, it's a requirement of the MOHLTC and Provincial government.....and audited. www.rfp.ca is just one public website you can go look at. I'm glad that both you and blackmac bring these questions out in semi-public forums and aren't just complaining at the bar. It helps all of us to learn what others think and solutions that may be better or at least worth considering. But there needs to be numbers and verifiable facts... If we don't evolve we die. Don't be part of the problem be part of the solution.
  8. Gray, 18Speed reckoned on around 8-10million per Ac for the question I asked - does that seem reasonable for an IFR Ac. Ornge has 11 Ac so that's 88-110 mill just for the RW; is 18Speed way off the mark?? [just by way of background info - one of our regular routes is 1h5 @ 145kts each way or a 4-5hr drive by land ambulance] Would your idea of light twins in each city be able to carry the equipment required by the MOHLTC? I would guess only the H145, in the lt twin market, would have the capability of going to the H1 pads in the GTA. An H145 is US$9.7 mill new or 8 used......CHL must have
  9. Here's a question: How much would you actually charge per year for 1 helicopter; Must be available at 15 minutes notice Must be available 24/7/365 IFR & NVG equipped and capable 150nm service area with no commercial fuel locations in between Staffed 24/7/365 Capt: ATPL IR FO: CPL IR 2 medics: Critical care paramedics Nothing too crazy, just throw out a rough number.......
  10. Ooh look, I got Google too and my map's 4 times bigger than yours....
  11. Hi Gray I assume ( bad word i know) that this was written by someone at Ornge who doesn't fly and is just suggesting an 'ideal' site for someone else who doesn't know. There are numerous pictures out there of Ornge 139s perched on the sides of rocks in parks, belly deep in snow and various other places. The one thing against us is size; approx 55ft dia for just the aircraft so we're not getting in to every tight hole - but hey it's a helicopter so we can just go somewhere else . Anything much smaller and we wouldn't be able to get the medical equipment, stretcher(s), survival gear, Oxygen
  12. Ego!? - I think you're just fishing for a bite here I just tried to correct a few errors and open honest discussion (crazy I know right)???.... I am an expert only in the fact I fly the 139 for Ornge - that's it and neither did i think i stated anything different. However kind sir, some of your points are either wrong or un-researched; most of which have been corrected by other members, but: The 139 lands almost anywhere a skidded aircraft might, summer or winter. The other aircraft you suggested are great aircraft but as far as i know, and again i only know what i know, the
  13. That Northwall looks very interesting. Who's the N American dealer? Also looking for a new lid in the near future, but needs to be NVG mountable too. Was thinking of switching from my Gallet 250 to an Alpha Eagle (Gentex), mainly for the extra adjustment straps with NVG use.
  14. Isn't Hydro One already a private company? And don't OMNR contract out for services every fire season? https://nupge.ca/content/doug-ford-unintentionally-reminds-people-privatizing-hydro-one-was-bad-idea
  15. Hey BlackMac I currently work for Ornge and disagree with most of the Sudbury article. Just 2 points below, happy to discuss the rest. 1. He compared apples to carrots from the ' good ol days' $180 million is a lot of money, I totally agree. Buts it's a tiny number when you look at the 'Ambulance' part and insignificant when you look at the total budget of MOHLTC. It works out to about $11 per person per year to have a 24/7 RW/FW/Land ambulance service covering 1 million sqkm. Also the $50 mill number was just for the RW side of the business with Canadian; which is only abo
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