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412driver

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  1. 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....
  2. Call Delta in St Albert. I think they may still be looking as well. 204/205
  3. 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!!!
  4. 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 stressed): Helijet 711, just let me get this Beaver going and I will get you off! Me: Tower.....ok.... for THAT, I will wait..... 30 seconds of complete silence on the radio..... Tower: Helijet 711, you are cleared for take off....get out of my airspace!!!! Me: Thank you Tower....Have a nice day!
  5. 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!
  6. THIS....was flying bags! One pic at the top of the Ramparts near Norman Wells, The other taken near Cambridge Bay NWT.
  7. Heard a EC130 went down in BC? Pilot injured and medicated to hospital. Anyone know more?
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. You can do an instructor ride with Cathy at Chinook in Abbotsford. Right up to a Class 1 ride.
  11. I always like to quote a good buddy of mine (and agree ) ..... "I don't get out of bed for less than $1500.00 a day!" I don't give out my rates as they are between me and the company but I will say this: "don't sell yourself short"!
  12. My 196 started to act up this spring. If I was plugged in it was fine but it would shut down as soon as I went to battery. My engineer opened it up yesterday and surprise surprise.... I had a screw loose!!!! See attached picture.... I guess over the years the vibration ect let the screw back out. My engineer tightened it all down and it is working great! Just thought I would pass this along should anyone have an issue in the future. Cheers!
  13. I used the trial version of Foreflight. Loved it but it uses an incredible amount of battery. 1% per minute on my iPhone :0 Are you on battery or do you plug in through the a/c? I am interested in going the iPad mini route (almost did) but it is the power issue that holds me back....
  14. I fly with a GoPro. So that IF the SHTF, I can prove I was doing my job properly! To date, none of my bosses have had issues. Keeps me honest. I too watched those vids and cringed. Nothing like giving an opposing lawyer ammo if you are doing something stupid and something goes wrong.
  15. I'm sure some of the other instructors (Canadian) here can relate to this. I have had this conversation in the cockpit numerous times with flight instructors (with up to 3500hrs PIC) from the USA coming up to Canada for their conversions: Me: Ok _________, when we get over the infield, you can show me a full on autorotation to the (spot picked on infield). Student: Full on? you mean with a power recovery right? Me: Uh no, I mean full on to the ground.... crickets...... Student: Uh, I have never done one of those... Me: Never???? Student: Well one, for my instructor flight test. Me: You mean of all your instruction hours, you guys never did a full on autorotation? Student: Nope, it wasn't allowed Me: Well, we are going to do one now... You get what you pay for in this world. And further to the comments previously made about flight schools. There are bad ones and there are good ones. YOU NEED to go visit them and make an informed decision. If you walk into a flight school and are immediately impressed with what you see, then there is a reason for that. Good schools are successful for a reason. Finally, the comment about them not being Job Placement Agencies is true. They teach. Now that being said, Where I teach on the off season, they have an excellent placement because we do in fact get calls from companies looking for low time pilots. So always remember what I tell my students on day one.... your career starts TODAY. Act, train, work, behave accordingly because you may want a reference in the future and every school wants to be able to give you that.....
  16. The army hand out I found interesting and after taking ditching training twice....I would head for the trees.... Like previously mentioned, I can hold my breath and all that in a controlled environment but what if a crack against the helmet renders me unconscious even for a few seconds underwater.... My 2 pesos worth....
  17. The common sense approach to safety will produce better results. nuff said.....
  18. Thanks. It was crazy time that's for sure.... How is the flying going?

  19. Like Steve, I met Blake as a young pilot in 1992 when I moved to Ft St John also to work for NMH. It is true that Blake truly loved his kids. Also, I agree, he was an excellent engineer that caught EVERYTHING! I will share my Blake story wherein I learned a valuable lesson: One morning after Blake had completed an inspection on my helicopter, he took me to the side for a private talk. "Stop doing hammerheads" he said. "Whaaaat... I ....uh....um...I don't do hammerheads...." I stammered. (I was young and immortal back then.) He held up a bearing and asked: "See this? If this goes then so do YOU, and this wears out when you do hammerheads...so stop doing hammerheads." He had me and I knew it and so did he. "Listen" he said "nobody knows but me and it ends here but never, and I mean never, try to hide something from your engineer because we see everything!" I can honestly say from that day forward to this day, I have always been truthful to my engineers. I have deep respect for Blake as he was a man of his word and an excellent engineer. And yes, a private Kokanee fine was paid. Blake, you will be missed. Rest in Peace Amigo, may God grant you and your family His perfect peace! Rob Dyck
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