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Everything posted by bluethunder

  1. Len McTaggart has got to be 90 years old??? Maybe he just looked older than he was when I worked around him 40 years ago 😉
  2. Thanks freck and 88is. I have found two options, Avialta and AOG. Like anything in Aviation, nothing is cheap 😉 . 3-5k depending on what they find. Cheers.
  3. Recently, my torque gauge is very dim when I first start up. Seems more noticeable in cooler temperatures. It always comes back with brighter LED's in about 10 minutes. It's probably not limited to a torque gauge problem, but probably inherent on all similar gauges. I've reached out to AOG services for an exchange unit. Any other sources you would recommend? Thanks.
  4. Thanks for that update. My trip a few weeks back got postponed (fuel leak in the boat). I head out on the 5th of Sept. I was still a bit concerned about getting through, but hopefully it's cleared up.....although this doesn't help all the pilots out there......
  5. Thanks a bunch. It sure looks like a great stop!
  6. Thanks Bif, most helpful. I got word that my buddy’s fishing boat got a fuel leak, so we’re pushing this back a bit. Great info everyone. Thx.
  7. Awesome Big Sky. Got it loaded to my Foreflight. Question, does it automatically update the fires once downloaded or do you kind of download the latest the day you are traveling? Thanks
  8. I'm taking a trip to Port Hardy next week (from Calgary) and have been watching the fires pretty closely. Are most of the helicopters fighting †here fires on 126.7? I'm betting they are communicating amongst themselves on another frequency, but I thought I would check what would be the most applicable frequency to monitor when getting nearer to the fires. Obviously we are not going to encroach the work areas, and we'll be checking notams etc. Thanks, and good luck on those fires.
  9. Amen to that Shakey! The chopper doesn't run on fairy dust 😉
  10. I have a message in to Lund and Painter's Lodge! A couple of us did stop by the Crow and Gate last year. I totally forgot about it. Thanks for the feedback.
  11. We are headed out from Calgary to Eagle Nook Lodge, south of Tofino for some fishing with clients. We will stop in Vernon for fuel, and have lunch at the Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon. I'm looking for some ideas to 'over-night' on the coast somewhere. Maybe a helicopter friendly hotel, or just an interesting place to stay for some scenery, good food and a couple beers. We don't check in to Eagle's Nook until noon the following day. Gibsons, Seashelt, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Qualicum Beach are all on the flight path. With the hot weather, we have plenty of time that day. I've always wan
  12. Aside from the Pacific Rim National Park thing (I got caught there once before too, that's another story), anyone ever land Downtown Calgary before. I have probably done so 50 times or more. On a warm evening, there can be 100 joggers, pedestrians, cyclists that hang around there watching me take off directly overhead as they stare. It doesn't matter if you depart east or west. I always laugh and tell my passengers as I spool up to wait and watch. The hats fly away and the skirts lift.
  13. Someone sent me this clip. How can you resist a nice beach 😉. https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/helicopter-landing-on-tofino-beach-probed-1.24161059?fbclid=IwAR0kYc_ZqGFHp21bTldHAKx00AtfubhhE4oDPIFA_JiZvKpCi3oGbVaZvLA
  14. The Jim Boyd that I worked for did retire from Ontario Hydro. I think he's still living in NB.
  15. I think Wcobra is pretty close here. I came from the Lakeland camp, then buying Ranger then buying Northstar era, only to go bust and then gobbled up by Canadian.
  16. My first gig out of Canadore was with Lakeland Helicopters, originally owned by Bob Garah. Decent guy, died quite a few years back. I'm not sure how the stars aligned, but Bob got involved with both Don Plaunt (Ramsay Airways) and a fellow named Jim Boyd (Jameson Helicopters). Don's family had money, owning the Sudbury Wolves and a local radio station. Don was a criminal lawyer as well as a flaming Homosexual. His "MO" was to get young boys out of legal trouble and make them 'dock boys'. You can't make this sh*t up. Just to give a little credibility to my story, many years after I left
  17. Rich, when did you work for Lakeland? I worked for them as well in the early 80's. Bob Garah was a decent guy, but the strings were pulled by Don Plaunt by the time I came on board. We went from 3 helicopters to about 23 in 1983 or 4.......then it all hit the fan, I went through flight school with Craig Huisson as well. Sorry to take away from the loss of a colleague here. RIP Rob.
  18. I just got word today that another Canadore classmate passed away after a short illness. A short while ago we lost our classmate Hugh Andrews, this morning it was Herb Johnston. Here is a note his wife sent me today. Herb could make us laugh like no other in college. It's pretty evident his son Brook has the same sense of humour as the old man!: "Hello, this is Angella . We have some sad news to share about Herb... He passed away early this morning . I have attached the lovely note our son Brook composed to honour Herb's memory. Herb Johnston passed in his hometown of Alm
  19. I was doing the same kind of work in 1984 (inertial nav), my last gig in the business. I was wrenching with Lakeland back in those days. I got to work all night since the chopper flew from sun up to sun down. A 500D on the Prairies. Some 'big-***' gyro operated box in the rear compartment that use to take an hour to get spinning before you could lift off. I'm betting an iPhone could do the job of all those gyros now
  20. Then I might have met you coming through Regina in the early 80's with a 500D (Lakeland). You worked for Trans Canada?
  21. Canadore Bush Camp, White Lake. 1984..........some good times had there as well.
  22. I finally found this shot from our Canadore days back in '83/84. RIP Hubert!
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