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rocksteady

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  1. Don't leave SLAL... Known you for a lot of years, not like you to close shop and turn tail. You clarified your comments, cleared the air that it was not regarding your employer, no one called B.S.... You are golden...
  2. Reading the story, don't think it was Bighorn ,,, they have YIP not YAP... But I could be wrong..
  3. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/07/12/north-wind-factor-yukon-helicopter-crash.html?cmp=rss Pilots name released...
  4. Looks like the weather here in BC has finally turned around and is becoming "summer"... Fires are starting, let's all be safe, so that we can ALL be back on the site in December, saying "i was on that fire in....."...
  5. Gave you another -1 for asking for help, landsalot.... HeHe !!!!
  6. Condolences to the family, friends and co-workers. Such a horrible day.
  7. Condolences to the family, friends and family within the police community... RIP...You will be missed...
  8. I do not believe that TC "made" it public, I think that the Greivor appealed it to a court and once concluded, the information is public, if you look deep enough on the net...Just my opinion though... I could be wrong, but I think most court cases are able to be located, if you look in the right spot...
  9. Condolences to the friends and family of those lost in this tragedy.
  10. I still have a clunker that the gov gave me to use.....SAme ones as you see the pilots on "Dust up" wear...Also in the market for something nicer and safer, just got to get the bosses to buy in....
  11. Fair enough.......As long as you can stay focused with all the chatter to do your best, I say thanks.....For me, even after a few days the nonstop buzz in the headset was crazy.... I too just left the Bit Complex....First rotation I was "torch 1" and this time I was FBAN... Which machine wre you flying??? You can PM me, if you wish....
  12. We agree to disagree.....Fair enough.... I, with all due respect (no insult intended, implied or meant), hope that our travels never put us in the same aircraft, as we probably won't get along ...... However, I do wish you safe flying.... Cheers !!!
  13. First of all P5, I take offence to your first line of response here.....I am not a self appointed expert on aviation expertise...BUT If I see unsafe actions I act on them (Whatever level of action that may be).....If you wish for me to turn a blind eye and not deal with the issue, I can do that...But what would that solve??? I am not a ladder climber as you seem to think. I want everyone on the fires, including pilots to be able to go home at the end of the day..... My point of stress and chaos, which you seem to have missed, is that doing a slinging job (for example) with one aircraft for a client in a solitary location, is not comparable (in my non-pilot opinion) to doing the same operation in a huge fire complex where there are dozens of machines on few air channels, with limited visibility. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure that out just from the radio chatter..... I believe we are both on the same side here, we want safe operations on fires, we are just have 2 different solutions. Don't read between the lines here all, If I see/observe a safety issue I do not terminate or black list the pilot, that is not my job. It goes to an aviation specialist, which will do an investigation. The result of the investigation would identify solutions. The issue that Pilot 5 had in Ontario, I don't feel was well handled at all, but don't be painting all of us FS guys with the same brush. Alphadog reports that he admits he is a sub par long liner...Good on him, he admits it and that gives us the ability to put him in a role/position that he is still working as part of the team, but not in a task that he admits he is a little rusty. Right tool (A/C) with the right operator to do the right job.... I did not respond to your posts right away as I feel it is a good discussion, but did not want it to go sideways into a name calling pissing match. I am all for civil discussions of the issues....
  14. Since you think you kow who I am splitpin, let's take it to PM's so I can discuss.....Since you ar cautioning all to "apply with caution gets me a little pissed...
  15. The point I was trying to get to is on the major fire complexs, multi aircraft, super high stress....maybe thats not the place to be "learning to longline"... In those scenarios, I want the competent,experienced pilots who have all the skills...ONES WHO CAN HANDLE THE STRESS AND CHAOS...
  16. You pilots, as professionals, also need to step up to the plate to get the way-sub-par pilots ousted from the fires.....The poor pilots are just as much of a hazard to you folks being safe as they are to me.....Maybe even more....Talk to your air-co (please......) There are a lot of geat pilots out there, however some of them cna not handle the stress and chaos of fires......Maybe they should be flying ***/trash missions for overheads, or better off, doing sight seeing tours at their home base... Safe flying gents and ladies, keep it safe and don't be afraind to speak out if staff or other pilots ar putting your safety at risk PS....Yes I am from the BCFS....30 yars of doing this job and not afaid to speak out about a poor pilot/cook/cat operator/fire fighter/what ever the job....
  17. Wow... I have seen threads on other boards I post on go sideways, but to go from "pilot/client relations" to "grammar and spelling 101" in less than 10 pages, that's almost a record for me to observe....
  18. P5...So by reading between the lines here, maybe right or wrong....It would appear that a passenger (customer) had an issue of some sorts had an issue with a pilot/aircraft/carrier and rather than just working it out, they went straight to the top and stirred the poo pot... Not a great way to establish a good working relationship between players on the same team.... I agree with you on the discussions between pilots and customers before going to the carrier head office...
  19. An opinion from the other side of the fence here.... As a "customer" of the helicopter industry, when utilizing aircraft in fire fighting operations, I expect the concept of a "professional pilot"....I am NOT a pilot, so I am not going to tell you how to do your job...I may ask you to do a certain task, but if it is too hazardous, from your perspective....SAY SO !!!! Safety starts with you having the ability so say no to a mission. You are the "pilot in command"...to me that means you make the ultimate decision. End of story....Don't continue with the mission if its making your *** pucker..Shut it down and have a face to face with the supervisor (helco, air branch director, whatever).... Believe it or not, we like to work as a team with the pilots and rely on their knowledge, skills and abilities to get the job done..... Since you are not speaking in details, I can't respond to your concerns, however I am definitely interested in knowing them, so that I can take the concerns/learnables back to BC to my organization, as well as just for my own knowledge, how to better manage aircraft, and keep pilots and carriers safe and happy...... This is my 2nd tour on the Fort Mac Fire and want to say that I have flown with a slew of pilots here and have had no issues. They have been accomodating/professional/co-operative and most have been great to share the **** pit with..... Sorry to hear you had issues, but I can't see where a union would make it any better...Your carrier CEO/OPS chief could always have a coffee and a chat with the provincial air co-ordinator to see about getting some issues resolved......Just my opinion, riding in the seat beside the driver... Good job guys/gals...We do appreciate you....Maybe just don't tell you enough...
  20. Hangar fire overnite of May 11, 2010 no one home at the time, owner was in Calgary at the time. Within the city Fire Protection area, however once the fire started, it was too late except for hosing down the foundation.... Have not talked to Brian, not sure if he is gonna replace and get back in business or not.... Damned shame, those birds were workhorses for fire fighting..... Hope he gets another...
  21. I am sorry if this was taken offensively. It was not intended that way. What I was getting at that it was instantaneous passing. With the amount of time that it took to get Search and Rescue into the actual site (over 1 day), it would have been worse if the 2 gents were alive and requiring medical attention... Once again, sorry if I have offended anyone....
  22. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/...t-identity.html The names have now been released. From the pictures on CBC earlier today of the crash site, I highly doubt that they suffered. At least one good thing occurred. ONce again, condolences to the families.... RIP, may all your future missions be succesful and turbulent free. You will be missed, not only by your family but the Air Tanker and Fire Fighting family.
  23. According to the news on CBC world, Conair has confirmed that both pilot and co-pilot have passed away . Condolences to all of the families, friends and co-workers affected by this tragedy. RIP Gentlemen.
  24. From the Firefighting personnel, as compared to the heli community on here, we are also very glad to see that this turned out to be a good outcome..... Whether you want to admit it or not, us fire guys sort of like you pilots Safe flying to all
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