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  1. The hatred displayed against naturalised Canadians also irritates me. I am one of those former TFW's that came here and became a citizen and i upgraded my qualifications here at my own expense and have been successful in life here. It takes a huge effort to do so. Those who have not done it have no idea of the effort. I addition i have worked for HTS since 2009 and found their machines to be in good order and no late paychecks. Wages have been ok, could have been better at times but i have done well most years with the work they had. You may not like them but they are well ahead of some companies i have had the experience of working for. I have yet to meet pilots who dislike me for being a bloody foreigner but maybe they just don't say anything to my face. Not that i am intimidating in the least. I have met a lot of whiners and complainers though, who don't realise the great job/position they are in. I love this country and i will be here for life! Get used to it.
  2. I rarely comment on these forums but i have to make a point here. When i came here as a TFW 9 years ago, i brought with me a certain skill level that was required here in Canada. I had to convert my very foreign licence and adapt to the hugely different temperatures, terrain and people here. I did so successfully and became a citizen. I love this country but if my country had continued to work properly, i would have liked to visit but would have stayed at home. Others come and go. There are Canadians living and working in other countries, they could be said to be taking other people's jobs but the reality is they are bringing a skill and contributing to that foreign economy. The problem is not the TFW's or the companies, the problem is a system that churns out 100 hr pilots with no stepping stones or hardly any way to acquire the hours to go up the ladder! Companies will always take advantage of this. It is up to us to become proficient and skilled enough to be able to force them to pay a better wage or move on. A union would certainly force this issue but it would have to be a national one rather than company by company. As for wages, i have always done fine with HTS and like the fact that they pay on time, keep their machines in good shape and have work. I have worked for a few other companies and there is always something not to your taste but as someone who wants year round work with variety, this works very well for me. Obviously i want HTS to win the contract. An oft quoted saying,"United we stand, divided we fall" applies here. We should stick together for better conditions for sure. However, another saying also applies," Aluta Continua", the struggle continues! Good luck to us all and stay safe out there ?
  3. PS My name is Tristan. Dave will recognise my name.Dave, your training sticks with me, you did a good job mate. I know i frustrated you a bit with my slow pick up Everytime i do an approach, i recite " the three things you need for an approach" Fly well everybody
  4. Hi, i wish to comment on both Dave and Alphadogs posts. They are both valid comments and i just want to add to them. Getting a twin rating is not necessary but most definitely helps! Speaking from experience, Dave did my first twin IFR training and he's correct in that it is a steep learning curve, however it can be done. For VFR pilots it is a big mindset change. Dave was used to the well polished IFR skill set of military pilots. VFR guys are harder work to train. However i continued and now have my ATPL(H) . Working for the air ambulance improved my IFR skills tremendously as did flying in the arctic at night doing instrument take offs, etc. Ornge, Canadian and HTSC all offer a way into the twin IFR market. Alphadogs comments on the reaction of ex military pilots also is true but cannot be used to paint them all with the same attitude. I think they appreciate the tremendous skill set the VFR pilot comes to them with but only after having to do the VFR jobs themselves, then it sinks home that their own skill set is missing something! To me, the chief pilots need to be flexible and able to feed new pilots into a system designed to bring them up to a captain level over time. I feel this industry has forgotten what it is like to start as a low timer. Business has a cost, pilot training and retention needs to be planned for. As a foreign pilot i filled a gap in the Canadian market but i see that there needs to be more opportunities to go up the ladder! Keep fighting! Aluta Continua!
  5. I did my IFR, ATPL(H) and night at Heli-College Canada in Langley, they are very good! They also used Pro-IFR's book which i found to be very good as a refresher. I still use my copy 4 years later along with the Capgen.
  6. I have to make a comment here. I came from Zimbabwe and converted my licence to Canadian. I had to jump through a lot of hoops, etc to get here. I was paid the same as everyone, no more, no less. I did have some experience which was required. I became a landed immigrant within a year. I will be applying for citizenship this year. I think foreign pilots helped in the boom times and i have seen much less foreign pilots the last couple of years. We have a place in Canada, keeping the industry going. However, i have noticed that for the low timer, it is extremely tough, there are few stepping stones jobs to build hours here. I had to put up with politics in Zim, waiting two years to get licenced because of the shenanigans. However, i never gave up! Anyone in this industry has to be determined! The process whittles out those who are not! Many are not suited for it. If Canadians can work internationally, then the reverse has to be true too, it's only fair! This country provides opportunity for those with ambition, it only requires someone to take them and maximise it! The western world has become full of ambitionless, entitled people. Foreigners tend to come from countries that are harder to live and work in and that fact equips them with a different mentality, which enables them to persevere. I support the idea of locals first in any country but where foreign pilots can help, then they should be allowed to as well.
  7. Heli-College, Lyle Watts,Langley. That's all you need to know. He will give you good training and you do a lot of the IFR training next door at the fixed wing school, which is very well equpped. I'm not sure of the US licence, but i would point out that Canadian instructors have more experience under their belt to start off with and that is going to have a bearing on your training. I think that as long as you get a good school, you will be fine and if you add the FAA licence to your arsenal, then it's a bonus.
  8. I went to Heli-College in Langley, that is a good place to start and they are very organized. Get the Canadian IFR if you want good training, but you do have to do an IFR ppc as captain on multi crew IFR machine if you want to get your ATPL. And that is required within two years of writing the exam. I had no multi time, but i got on a job and was given the rating. There is no way i could afford it myself and no reason to either, your IFR rating is more important than ME rating as it is harder to get. Make a plan and stick with it, ignore the naysayers. If i can do it, anyone can, just persevere! Look at Stars and Ornge. Heli jet pays badly, but you get a lot of good IFR flying and the experience also seems to count for off shore. Also look at HTSC as they have IFR 212's and they always need co-pilots. Good luck
  9. Sadly, two fellow pilots who i had worked with in the past were on board. Both very nice guys and one in particular, a very experienced and skilled individual who taught me how to long line on the Astar. They will be sorely missed! So sad, condolences to all at Bailey Helicopters and family members. RIP
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