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Everything posted by Jamhands

  1. Oh good, a business model built around not paying the aircrew. That sure helps us all... Brutal. No pilot, low time or otherwise should be volunteering. If you do, you are screwing us all over.
  2. I have written a letter to Hon. Jason Kenney and my MP stating my opposition to Mr. Jones' letter. I hope others will do the same as I find Fred Jones' position disgusting considering what is actually going on in the industry. I don't have a problem with TFWs filling holes that may legitimately be there but it is my personal opinion of the canadian market that there probably isn't. In fairness I don't know every detail of the industry. From what I have seen though I am willing to bet the majority of companies using the TFW program are not training Canadians to replace TFWs or working to e
  3. To this I have the same response to anyone who makes that statement including my own mother. "The only way my job is dangerous is if I'm not doing it properly" That can include saying no and just not doing it. Also part of my job.
  4. On further research fishtail air's own website states Moro was the pilot. Sorry for adding confusion.
  5. According to a pprune forum regular flying in Nepal with same company, Pilot of rescue flight was Maurizio Folini. (Mentioned in the article linked above)
  6. So I'll take the bait, apparently it's all tall order to ask for a bit of helpful advice here anymore. Pretty green in the heli-ski world myself but seeing as its all fresh ill share what I've learned as I'm eternally grateful to those that have been helping me out lately: -learn your area inside and out, make mental and GPS (in that order) landmarks of bad weather routes and your outs to fuel caches, lodges or pickups. The weather WILL get bad and having a mental map in your head goes a long way. -make approaches with options to break off and try again. 3 strikes is a good rule, af
  7. It seems clear that the WG proposal is not suited to VFR helicopter work and thus we should all appreciate the work being done to voice our concern. I didn't get the impression from the survey or from discussion here that we are choosing to remain at the status quo, but that we cannot accept regulations suited for one facet of the industry. Thats why I signed the petition.
  8. Apologies to rotorspeed. Green Arc is the one that should be doing his own homework when it comes to statistics.
  9. Rotorspeed, "nearly 90% of all new commercially licensed helicopter pilots never find gainful employment in the industry in Canada" I have an especially hard time believing this statistic and it doesn't come as a surprise that although you are quoting it, you can't back it up. I have personnaly seen Richard and Paul's records that track the hiring rate out of the school and it isn't BS. If you want to state statistics, maybe you should do your research and find out if they are in fact true before trying to support your argument. Asking the rest of the forum to do your homework for you
  10. Non-heli related tid bit regarding ipads in the cockpit...According to my old man at Air Canada they are phasing in Ipads as electronic flight bags starting with the A320 fleet. Currently the 777 fleet has been a "paperless cockpit" since day one at AC albeit a factory installation. Hopefully we won't be too far behind the fixed wing world, if AC can figure it out, garaunteed it can't be that complicated... A VNC on an Ipad sounds awesome to me, still would carry paper copies myself though.
  11. One of the gripes I have with this whole scenario is in fact what the flight manual's procedures are. To summarize it states: If oil pressure is low or nil....apply autorotational procedure. This "autorotation procedure" can be found on a previous page (which is not specified in the Oil Pressure loss section BTW) under the heading of "Engine Flame Out In Cruise Flight" Apparently one is supposed to assume this is the procedure they intend you to perform. Item # 3 in the list of appropriate actions is "Twist Grip to shut off detent" This is clearly a description of an engine fai
  12. Company received a service letter from Eurocopter pertaining to an incident involving a loss of engine oil pressure in an EC 120 in flight. (See Below) The point of the letter was to reiterate the flight manual's procedure for a loss of oil pressure in flight. This simply states the pilot should apply the autorotational procedure described for an ENGINE FLAME OUT which includes rolling the throttle to the shut off detent. Any ambiguity about whether a loss of oil pressure should be taken slightly differently than a loss of oil pressure has been straightened out by this service letter from
  13. Agreed. Thanks Pilot 5 for being a complete dink to a guy who set out to find out how to solve the problems that you yourself have suffered. I hate the fact that I may have to work with customers with on a chip on their shoulder against pilots after reading the things you say on here.
  14. In my understanding of unions, especially pilot unions, the intent is to represent pilots as a group and negotiate labour contracts with the management of the company they work for. Now I apologize for another "my old man says..." story, but being the son of an airline pilot I've been force fed a lot of the union doctrine. What I've determined, is that it polarizes the entired company into an us vs. them scenario which at the end of the day seems to hurt everybody. Furthermore, ASRD is not the management of a company we work for. They are a customer, and as a customer, does it not mean if
  15. "In some situations it is OK to run from your helicopter, but never run to your helicopter. Slow down because some day you are going to forget something that will make you look like an *** or worse." Rush up -> #### up Some of the best advice from my first employer. My tidbit of advice for new pilots especially if you're young or look young when faced with sceptical pax (I am well experienced in this department) is give a detailed and accurate pax briefing and make sure the ship looks good. Before they hop in it's just about the only way you can prove you know what you're doing
  16. I don't know much about fighting fire as I'm pretty green to it however I did watch ASRD throw everything they had at the fire south west of town and subsequently move everything to the second fire South East for a day and half during winds of up to 100 km/h yesterday. The second fire that started within 5 miles of the townsite is what burnt half the townsite to the ground. Not sure about ignorant but there was no lack of effort from what I saw. Watching the town be incinerated from the air was very disturbing. Slave Lake is devastated and I think all of the residents respect the efforts of ev
  17. Two fires within 10 Miles of town of Slave Lake. Communities to the East of the town are being evacuated and watching quite an airshow from the deck of the crew house here.
  18. I was also completely unaware of the proposed changes taking place in regards to FDT. Maybe I'm living under a rock (or in camp) but I do think it's pretty important because if changes are made they WILL affect all of us. It's clear we need some kind voice and HAC may be doing a great job attempting to do that but let's face it, working against some of the biggest unions in the country like ACPA isn't going to be easy if that is in fact the challenge. So a broader unified voice could go a long way. There's been some good debate about whether the changes are good for us or not but I think m
  19. Glad I'm not the only one that thought this.
  20. Working in Northern Alberta. Signed on to be a pilot/operator to keep working when things started slowing down at my previous job. Been in the industry for 3 years but current salary is based on being an operator and not neccessarily a pilot so I don't know if I can properly answer the second part of your question.
  21. I tend to think the only cool part about Edmonton is the fact that they have an airport downtown. What really drives me nuts about the whole thing is driving around the Chuck seeing billboards about how I should "beat the Calgary habit" and fly out of YEG. Maybe if they had kept the Muni open to commercial traffic instead of making everyone drive 50 mins out of town I might consider it! You're already 1/3 of the way to Calgary by the time you get to YEG anyway. More importantly, anyone know what the plan is for all the medevac traffic in and out of there. Is being flown into Leduc really
  22. Peeling and orange if you are sitting and waiting deters some bugs and usually you end up with orange juice on your hands which they don't like either. But in my experience peeling a banana tends to attract them. In my tree planting days I found using little or no shampoo at the end of the day also makes you less of a target but for some not living in camp that may not be a viable option. Otherwise, stay in wind, and keep moving. Nowadays I'm pilot/operating and call me crazy but I think my grubby coveralls splashed with lube oil, bitumen and chemical tends to keep them away. Mind you de
  23. Big pat on the back to the crew of this story. I've often worried/wondered about the outcome of any kind of emergency while doing Night VFR over the city during the few months I was doing it. Large dark fields often left me wondering if that would really be a good idea due the mentioned power lines and light posts. Even with the odd wide open spaces within the city the urban pilot (and the bush pilot for that matter) are still left with very few options. The best mitigation of risk I was ever able to come up with was to maintain sufficient height AGL to give the most options. (not trying to i
  24. Mountainview Helicopters Flight School in Springbank AB does not charge for ground school under the following conditions: 1. you do your flight training with them. 2. you do the ground school in the class format with the other students and not one on one with an instructor. The ground school costs are covered in the hourly cost of the helicopter. The Classroom course runs 3 times a year. Next class would be starting around Jan 15. Runs Monday to Thursday 8:00 - 12:00. Takes 4 - 6 weeks to complete the 80 hours for commercial so the 40 hours for Private license would be a week or tw
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