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  1. Many moons ago....landed in the median of the Alaska Hwy, in the middle of Ft St John. Shut down and walked over to the McDonalds to buy a hot lunch to bring back to my wireline crew across the Peace River. As I was walking back to the machine with my hands full with bags of burgers and fries a cop pulled up. Asked me what the heck I was doing? I said: "hitting the fly thru".... He laughed out loud then said: "get the heck outta here and don't do that again!" It paid to fly Santa for the cops every year... 😉
  2. Yes, pilot ok but with a sore back is the latest I heard. The vis was very poor in that area last week but don't know if that played a part or not.
  3. F@#k.... 😣 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/wildfire-helicopter-crash-1.6083936
  4. Pilot banged up but alive. Tough start to the season. Be vigilant boys and girls! This season is just getting started....
  5. I second that.... that engineer running towards a smoking aircraft. Didn't hesitate. Hero in my book...
  6. I have been away for a while as well. I got tired of reading stupid things that cowards would say as they hide in anonymity. I say keep the forums but as Dan said, you post, you post under your real name. This can be a useful and informative place as well as a good place to keep in touch with friends. 412driver aka Rob Dyck
  7. I have been away for a while...mainly because, sadly, the integrity has really degraded. Thought I would pop in and have a look around.... sigh....
  8. Call Delta in St Albert. I think they may still be looking as well. 204/205
  9. Another favourite at Helijet was when I was flying across the Georgia Straight at 4500'. Getting close to YVR and I see a Shorts aircraft lifting off 08R, in the right turn and headed my way..... Vancouver Center: Helijet 712, There is a Shorts in the climb , your 2 o'clock low, AS WELL AS, a floatplane at your 11 o'clock. Me: Roger Center, I have the Shorts down low.....Beaver in sight!!!
  10. Flying for Helijet around 1999-2000. Sitting on the pad ready to go. Me: Harbour tower, Helijet 711 ready to go. Tower: Helijet 711, standby. I wait 2 minutes and call again. Once again I am told to standby. During this time it was very busy in the airspace. Lots of floatplanes coming and going and the Lady in the tower was getting stressed. I wait another 2 minutes and now I am getting antsy because we are on a schedule and leaving 5 minutes late meant a bit of paperwork. Me: Tower, Helijet 711, I am on a schedule here....let's go! Tower (now she sounded angry and st
  11. I have a miniPad that I suction cup to the windshield of my medium utilizing an Ram "X" holder. Never had an issue. Trick is to check that it is not loose before you fire up. I also velcro a battery pack on the dash to keep it powered because Foreflight sucks ALOT of battery power!
  12. THIS....was flying bags! One pic at the top of the Ramparts near Norman Wells, The other taken near Cambridge Bay NWT.
  13. Heard a EC130 went down in BC? Pilot injured and medicated to hospital. Anyone know more?
  14. I am insured with PPIP. The requirement is to be holding an ATPL licence. I have $250K coverage for $55.00 a month. Excellent plan.
  15. Wow...this is sad. Dave was there when I first started in this business. He was always encouraging to the "low-timer". God speed Dave....RIP
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