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  1. Custom is owned by the group that owns Provincial airlines and Innu Mikun the twin otter operator in Labrador. Logical move. They’ve had machines in Labrador in the past short term.
  2. I’m sure the employees (some being there for over 30 years) who received an email at 06:00 in the morning would of loved some empathy as well. It’s not humiliation it’s the truth! People that hold these positions should be responsible for their actions as it affects not just what was once a well managed company but many families as well.
  3. Generic email, how cowardly is that, you would think with all the colorful adds in the employment section from CT he could of helped SC out in that dept. Make you wonder what was told to the board and how gullible they were. Cant imagine the amount of bullshit they were fed to allow it to get that bad. Sad this had to happen to such a history rich company they held on for 57 years or so and all the great employees that have been there forever. Most started there career there as junior pilots and apprentices.
  4. I spent 10 years with the old UHNL before it was sold, some of the best days of my career! Sad to hear the news today. End of an era! PW (lady K 😉) and later GG knew how to run an aviation business and what worked. The new management ran it into the ground with horrible decisions, wasting money in useless places and chasing international pipe dreams that did nothing but cost money they didn’t have while the little bit of local work that was still left got the cold shoulder. I feel bad for the guys and gals that were left behind. Lots of good people in there.
  5. Yes you got that right, I suspect there are a few that are still alive that are shaking their heads. Not the same place now. Far from it. Been slowly sinking since it was sold by Steele
  6. Yes Universal. Last time I was talking to my buddy over there I was told they kept two pilots in Labrador, one is the CP and two in Newfoundland and one of those is the ops manager. Sad, must be the first time in the 50 odd years they been around that there were layoffs for full time employees. There still doing a bit of work in the states. Be interesting to see what Polar Shelf does this spring if anything.
  7. One company here in the East let pretty much let everyone go with the exception of the management.
  8. And the first or second storm when you really need/want it you'll find it half sunk in the lake with everyone saying what horrible idea the shelter is...... Personally I think its a great idea and design I've been on lots of jobs where something like this would have made life a lot easier and more comfortable for the engineers. Like Blackmac said any one that has worked on the Polar Shelf project and has changed an engine under a parachute on the ice would appreciate one of these, now clearly you wouldn't fly one around for that purpose but you get the point.
  9. I enjoy it. With the right guy on the gun and good communication its no more dangerous than any of the other foolish jobs we do with a helicopter on a regular basis. I think power line work is probably worst. Everything there wants to kill you and your exposure time is a lot longer. Net gun your exposure time is pretty short when you look at a whole day of it. Most of the day is spent locating the animal, on the ground doing what ever it was they wanted to do with the animal in the first place and then untangling the dam net and so on. A couple min persuading it to go where you want it and get it in the net then its all over till the next one.
  10. I have never seen the log book time and the invoiced time match ever.
  11. My wife and one of her coworkers have the pants and say that there great. Seem to be top quality.
  12. Don't use ATF for an additive contary to what a lot of old timers will say. One time they use to say it was good for cleaning injectors. It has friction modifiers in it and is designed not to burn. Basic non detergent 2 stroke oil is one of your cheapest and best lube options from the tests I've read in my research. Ive burned lots of Jet A with 2 stroke oil trouble free in a common rail cummins. Also use to add some power service as well to boost the cetane #'s as jet fuel is low in cetane.One thing to think about jet fuel though and new diesels with emission systems like exhaust filters is jet fuel contains a lot of sulphur that would clog emissions crap. I wouldn't run Jet B in my truck though to get back to the original question.
  13. What's the process with getting custom plugs at costco? Did you need to order another cable to use or did the originals with the foam tips work? Sorry not trying to hijack. Call Rob at Merriet, a wealth of info and can help you out with the ANR,
  14. Thanks RDM good to see ya back on here. Never know what the future can bring!!
  15. One of my JI favourites "I can teach a monkey to fly, but can't teach it to think" or "better to fly on a good night than a bad day"
  16. Call Rob at Merit Apparel **** help ya out. Great guy.
  17. Just look at the submarine disaster. Im scared when the military says it buying "new" gear. Griffin will get replaced with Hueys
  18. Not entirely true. Ive worked on union jobs without being in the union.
  19. Its not just the linesman on the rope. The ones on the skid or in the bucket all make more. And don't even start on a crane operator. I one made that comment on a job about the difference in pay between the two after a discussion with a crane operator the guy looked at me and said well just look at the responsibility a crane operator has i looked at him with a blank stare and he responded ya disregard that one. Its a good thing I do this for the enjoyment as once I get my self through the BS I still really do enjoy flying after 16 years. Ive also been luck enough to maintain full time good paying employment.But the industry is far from paying enough to justify what the risks and responsibility is let alone the legal BS thats breathing down our necks waiting for us to slip. Why do i enjoy this again
  20. 85,000 got to be a record! So judging on that definition I'd say 95% of Canadian pilots came out of flight school with less than the 100 hour requirement unless they went over the 100 hour minimum for one reason or another. On top of that which would really piss people off is every time you timed out on your 150 on a good job and got crewed out you could of stayed longer flew more and made more money cause the journey log book and your CPR should match according to the "definition" but who actually charges the customer what gets put in the JL I don't know any that do. Then if they really want to get sticky the whole system is foolish anyway cause every machine has the hobbs wired different so its all at the "discretion of pilot" what gets put in the log book so any lawyer could have a field day with that. How many AC have you flown that the book and the hobbs match? I know of 1. All comes back to the whole helicopter industry being a [email protected]#$ show (but i love it) from what we get payed compared to our responsibility right down to the complete inconsistency across the TC regions from one end of Canada to the other all comes down to who you ask and you won't get the same answer twice. The fact that this thread is still on going just proves this and that there is no straight answer. Freewheel I have no idea who you are or what company you own or work for but seems from this thread and the other one about the carry on baggage TC in your area likes to give you home work. My hat is off to you for putting in the time trying to figure out the "right way" if it even exists. In the end if you get in legal trouble its going to come down to who got the better lawyer.
  21. Which is how every pilot I know and companies I've ever worked for charge. If the blades are turning I'm getting payed for the extra responsibility. As for the 15 hour duty day if I'm going to charge/fly/get flight pay for more than 8 hours well I'm not going to do the 15 hour duty day then simple as that. And again thats what goes on the flight ticket and my personal log book. This been going on that long I can't even remember why this question was being asked lol
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