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Winnie

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  1. Take offs and landings are just that, the registration of the aircraft matters not, as it is not a licensing issue. Just currency/recency.
  2. Custom in Manitoba has been around more than 40 years...
  3. I think Provincial came out of TJ Helicopters, I can't remember at the moment. I worked there for a while. Lambair was Tom Lamb's company, fixed and heli. That was a company with some interesting history. Tom Lamb was a pioneer in the 20s and 30s with the "REAL BUSH" bushflying with open cockpits in some pretty insane conditions.
  4. Jim Gray is still around indeed. Retired, last was the chief pilot at Kississing Helicopters, who were sort of absorbed into Custom a year or so back, but he was already retired by then. A Class act indeed, did my PPC's a couple years in a row at Provincial.
  5. Just wanted to say something on this. The standards that the USFS use are actually straight out of the US Army manuals, and these numbers are what Gentex helmets are based on. So whilst it may be true that gentex is shouting loudly, the US Army set the limits for what helmets are approved and which aren't. I personally find it funny that the french air force is going away from Gallet helmets in helicopters, and using the Alpha series instead, which seem to have been purchased by Gentex... Anyway, for my work, involving NVG's the SPH-5 is good, the Alpha Eagle is superb and the Gallet is also good. Too bad the Eagle is so much money... Cheers H.
  6. Foreflight seem to filter out irrelevant ones, but they seem to be local area only and not enroute, but I may be wrong. Cheers H.
  7. Saw someone mention Paraclet up here somewhere, my recommendation is to RUN AWAY! We got a few for our NVG Program and they are poor copies of Gentex SPH=5s with a ****** liner that does not fit a head at all. out of 4 helmets and 8 crew guys 1 wears the Paraclet, with little issues, 1 with migraine issues, everyone else got their own. I'd rather weatr my heavy old SPH-5 that the Paraclet garbage...
  8. Do not even THINK of mentioning to the CBP that you are "looking" for employment, you'll get an automatic 5 year ban... There are a few websites you can search for that do help with the Visa or even green card applications, but in general you need a job offer to get a visa, and the employer has to prove you are the only one that can actually do the job. So getting a visa is very difficult. The green card option could be easier, but depending on where you are from. If you are Canadian, it is tougher than say Scandinavian for some reason. And Pilots are not considered "Skilled Workers" in most situations, so the visa process is tough... But visit various companies and ask, the worst they can say is no.
  9. We use Cirro, I find it less than stellar and still requires foreflight as the nav model lacks a lot... It is also clutzy to use, and require a separate nav log for accurate timekeeping.
  10. If you are civilian, you have to pass a controlled goods assessment, which is not in itself a security clearance. You have to provide a Enhanced Police Record, detailing everything within the past 10 years I believe, and solid financial records, Then a company person who has been vetted by the government can approve you under the Controlled Goods Act. This will allow for the use and also for transporting the goggles. Cheers W.
  11. I'm sure the windows are the same on the 737-8 max... Not an engineer, but... from a stability standpoint, could you really do any better? local base, with usually a fairly fixed schedule? Now obviously none of that matters if the pay sucks, but that goes into bargaining.
  12. n general the purpose of the per diem payment (or the deduction of expenses when inadequate reimbursements are provided) is to alleviate the burden on taxpayers whose business or employment travel creates duplicated expenses. That is straight from the CRA. Most per diems today are not even close to what the government allows, yet this is tax deductible and can be included in the rate for the aircraft in a per hour basis anyway. At $40 which seems to be the lowest rate today, is 11 dollars short of what CRA considers standard, and does NOT include incidentals. CRA today considers MEAL allowance only to be $90.10 CAD with an additional $17.50 for incidentals. It has nothing to do with supplementing income, but getting businesses into the 21st Century. How many here are issued cellphones from the company? Lap Top Computers? Do you use your own for anything related to the business? hence the increased per diems. $51 + incidentals seem to be the lowest they should be today, unless you feed me on site, then I can accept ONLY incidentals, but if I have to use anything of my own, I should get the current rate at a minimum.
  13. Your latest was wonderful! loved it!
  14. A friend hired a machine in Sweden, for 30 minutes, full cabin on a 206B, $2000+... 30 mins... So we are most decidedly behind the times.
  15. OK, I am trying to argue new rates of Per Diems, but seem to run against a wall of "they are generous enough,,," Any of you fine chaps and chapesses willing to cough up what is the going rate these days? I have had $46 ( 6 years ago), $52 2 years ago, and currently at less than those. Any inuts and arguments are welcomed, even in private. So post here to share, or send a PM so I can do a "survey" to convince the guy in charge we deserve and need more... Cheers W.
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