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Jet B last won the day on September 13 2011

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  1. From what I have read the reason you don't see Jet B so much these days is because the US military decided to go away from JP-4(Jet-B ) in the 90's due to it's more volatile nature in a crash. Even though it's supposedly better for aircraft with afterburners. (Jet B is kerosene cut with gasoline and naptha). Jp-5 (Jet A) is much less explosive because of the lack of gasoline and naptha but that also makes it not quite as good as a cold weather fuel. If the US military isn't buying it, then naturally you won't see as much being produced from the refineries and the price will be higher. I
  2. Flying bags is fun, rigs are even more fun. Sometimes there is too much drama and BS but that can come with most jobs. It's good winter work to fill in the year between fire seasons.
  3. If you want a guaranteed Bell 212 job then maybe contact Campbell Helicopters. I have never worked for them and I'm not saying they are the best company to work for, do so at your own risk. I know people who have gone there for the stepping stone into mediums. You will likely have to commit to 2 summers for the endorsement. The pay isn't bad if it ends up being a good fire season and I know they would probably jump on the chance to get their hooks on a good long line guy for 2 summers. Hope that helps. It's maybe not the prettiest solution, but it is a guaranteed medium seat.
  4. Just have someone chuck some pump and hose out after and we could use those folks for initial attack... Awesome! Makes my job easier.
  5. Actually, I just used an Aera 500 Garmin for my last tour and I like it more than the 296 now. At first, it's a bit annoying because you think it takes more button pushing. But once I realized that it's the bomb for entering and editing waypoints names etc. I really started to like it. Having a touchscreen keypad to enter a waypoint name is just way faster and easier than the old way. There is a menu button with a little D-> symbol in the corner of it. Once I figured out that touching and holding it down was the same as pushing the D-> button on the 296 and just tapping it i
  6. Just use the airplane definitions. When wings are moving through the air under their own power we have flight time. When the skids/wheels leave the ground, we have air time. When a helicopters blades start moving under engine power, we have wings moving through the air under their own power thus flight time. When your skids leave the ground you have air time. Works for me. But, it seems like nothing is ever simple.
  7. Looks like they are having trouble finding experienced pilots too...
  8. I just got tired of pooping in an outhouse so I'm taking a break and going to chase fires on 212's this summer. Sorry.
  9. I have never heard of a job that 'required' you to be able to carry a firearm out west here. I have been on many jobs that will not allow anyone to have a gun on the job. Moving seismic rigs for Veritas, not even the guys on the ground are allowed guns. Big oil company safety policies such as they are. I was nervous going for walks in the woods in the evenings with no gun though. As for my drillers on the ground, I did have to chase a grizzly off the line when he didn't smell my coordinator who was running up the line to land my rig. A noisy 205 with a 3000 lb. rig swinging at his ***
  10. They probably just don't want us riff-raff actually living in their home town...
  11. I have never worked for them, but I have met Fred and I thought he was a good guy. I have never heard anyone speak badly about him. You will find that most companies that focus on seismic and hire 100 hour pilots as ground crew will end up working you for several years before you get a shot at flying. I'm not sure what really ends up being the deciding factor on who and when get a drivers seat. It might have something to do with personality, pilot turn over, and just what type of seismic they do. (moving bags with a 50 foot line in the prairies during the summer is great for low-timers
  12. I really agree with this. I guess I have always felt safer longlining because I'm better able to control that 85% of the equation. This could be true for anyone doing whatever work they are most experienced or comfortable with. A twin would be great if it didn't add all the other factors of complexity and if it was actually able to maintain the load with only one engine. But that doesn't seem to be cost effective or common to see out there. I also agree with Skullcaps comment that if the clients are really concerned with safety, dropping the max loads to 75% of capacity would have a muc
  13. The industry definitely does seem to be bouncing back. There seems to be an upturn in the mineral exploration sector and probably other areas too. I know seismic (recording crews) has picked up a bit, but I still haven't heard much about seismic rigs in Canada yet. I can tell things are different this year just because I have had 5 job offers in the last month. That kind of thing hasn't happened for several years. Things are looking good! :up:
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