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  1. I know nothing about the B4, any info and is it competitive with 407. True on that aux fuel it takes up some room that could otherwise be used for gear.
  2. The idea of dual hydraulics I like, it's the As350 weak spot. DOM, if the the fellow still has that B3 send me PM with contact.Appreciated. The L4 is the same price as a 407 almost, there a few for sale in Ireland. It's great machine form what I have been told and cheap to run. Won't lift as much as the 407 though. It's a really tough call to get a all round everything.
  3. Thanks for the info DOM. We looked at the B3 but considering the bargain basement rates these days we cannot justify the extra $500K+ for the B3. The likely outcome will be the 407. Thanks for all the information.
  4. So for high and hot the FX2 will do the same job as a 407?. Anybody working a FX2 in the Rockies, on fires?I would sure appreciate any feedback. What I did notice about the B2 is that over 5000' at high temps it's a dud. Does the FX2 come with duel hydraulic system like the B3? Thanks for the input!
  5. What I hear is rebuilding or doing engine work on the Ariel can be a big cost surprise! This is not good. On the other hand Allison seems to be a little more cost known. Correct me if I am wrong! Thanks for the input!
  6. Hello I know the subject of the 407 vs the 350B2 has come up before. Interested in knowing from those who operate either, the deal with engine overhaul and general running costs. Hearing mixed views on engine overhaul costs.. can anyone with practical experience provide some insight? The purchase cost of the 407 is more at prices from 1.8m to 2.5 million. So is this additional cost worth it? Thanks a bunch
  7. What I do know is that the guy who runs it is so slippery he could slide under a door! Then some!
  8. HTS is looking for 212 pilots? Could be that HTS is intending on doing this work?
  9. Thanks for the PM's all ! The overall review is good! If they are just collecting resumes, good on'em for keeping the hope alive, and maintaining an optimistic view of future requirements. :up: Now would somebody please get Dimit some beer! It seems as though the poor lad will say just about anything for a sip!
  10. Yes this is true! Could this be due to the takeover of Omega? Anybody know exactly how great the benefits and retirement plan are? I guess this company must be expanding if nobody ever leaves and turnover is low. I was under the distinct impression that the economy and Heli industry was in a down turn? Must say, am a little confused.
  11. Was thinking about making an application to Blackcomb. Would like any input from anybody that has or does work there. Seems like they are looking for staff every few months so would like any inside view on the turn over, money and how staff are treated. Thanks in advance.
  12. You are right! The very matter that there is more than one problem points a clear line in the direction of poorly designed system. Bell did a better job. Fail safe on! Really nicely engineered engines in the 350 though, expensive, but nicely engineered, Guess the engineers at EC where hungover or something the day they started drafting up the schematics for the hydraulics .Dunno??
  13. Felt it a few times, the best way out of it is not to be there in the first place and overload the hydraulic system. Surprised the french military, when the machine first came out didn't do something about the transparency problem or ask for a design change. The hydraulic system on the 350 is my only complaint. Easy on maneuvering and you will never have the experience. If you do get that "skippy stick", don't move it and it will stop. It can be induced not just during hard overs, but any repetitive maneuvering that loads or unloads G's .
  14. The work for heli's in the resource based side will begin to show improvement when the junior mining companies will again be able to access credit, so this is a function of the difficulty to access credit and the credit market, that has affected seismic work and mining.Higher prices for oil,and base minerals will also directly affect future work. Logging is affected by these factors as well but more by the base price of wood for export and regulations. I don't think there is a clear cut answer, with so many factors. 2011 perhaps?
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