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  1. Do you have issues with me?


    1. Harmonic_Vibe


      I remember you in the english pub off pizza street

    2. sirlandsalot


      Whatever that is supposed to mean.  I am surprised you can remember anything from pizza street. 

  2. I don’t come here very often because the quality of conversation is low, or so it seems. I have returned just because a couple dozen people told me I should. Reaper whatever the #### your name is, please call me or identify yourself... and your idiot friend, please call me or identify yourself. Otherwise #### off. My number is 1 403 584 7190 Both of you please post numbers to discuss your moral superiority... I await your calls HV
  3. Holy crap that is terrible. Ol' Eddy was one of those characters unique to our industry... the kind of guy who would have been home on a ship raiding Spanish galleons in the 1600's. He deserved much better and should have retired into a comfortable chair to reflect on all he'd accomplished, and not against small odds. RIP HV
  4. I found a stack of old Okanagan newsletters in a filing cabinet... absolutely incredible to read them.. and the picturesI I got my first job in aviation in 1989 and reading these things makes me feel like a baby... I cannot tip my hat enough to the pioneers who actually managed to fly aircraft with climb rates of less than 500 FPM in the mountains! And then teach others how to do the same... amazing... Anyway, here are a few pics... there are hundreds but I limited it to people I actually know... Terry Dixon with hair is priceless! HV Collection_of_Pics_from_RotorTal
  5. Horrible news. I assumed he'd be in Vancouver for the events over the next few days and was absolutely stunned to hear he wasn't going to make it. A sad and tragic passing and all condolences for family and friends. HV
  6. Oops... I literally thought almost everything I wrote would be censored... but since it's not, I hope the point still come across. It's not as funny as I planned with the actual words on display! But I stand behind every one. HV
  7. Sir Lands, please do not feel I'm picking on you, just using your post, which I think is fairly stated and to the point, as a good example. Do we work in private enterprise or are we State Owned? If an operator does most of their work in the winter and is able to allocate no fixed costs to their aircraft in the summer, the opposite of most, are we able to make a reasoned argument of unfairness, or are we just bee-atching (notice my clever workaround for these filters on this site that disable words like #### for no reason) because we don't benefit? As an Operator and in Management, I can
  8. When we say customer service reps, that is a very broad topic. People in the Philippines working from a call center under sweat shop conditions are often on the other end of the phone. It's frustrating when they have trouble understanding you and I am always amazed at how polite they are!! Offshoring that type of thing is what you should protest, not the seeming lack of help you sometimes receive. There is little doubt they're working hard. If we're talking about service reps in the Canadian helicopter industry, such as Bell or Safran or Rolls, etc, then I must take exception with anyone
  9. Holy cow, just read this. Best wishes for full recovery! HV
  10. I used "argue" in the sense it used to have, "give reasons or cite evidence in support of an idea, action, or theory, typically with the aim of persuading others to share one's view", rather than what we usually think of today... raised voices, spilled beer, followed by a head butt and yet another ruined shirt from rolling around on the floor! I have zero doubt, based on many calculations, that a 400 hour year for a B2 requires somewhere from 1800 to 2000 an hour. It varies because of geography, industry sector (pilots get paid more to move diamond drills in the mountains than they do to
  11. Good morning, I see you were up early checking your stocks! Now not wanting to argue (ok, I actually do), I feel the need to point out some material differences from US Corporate and Canadian Utility. I have attached "B2 Variable" so you can see the breakdown of variable costs. I have zeroed labour because we, as an industry, employ engineers full time and it's not that useful to assign an hourly labour cost to a single aircraft, without knowing a lot more factors. ConklinDedecker says it's $108 USD per hour flown in maintenance labour and a corporate aircraft, always hangared, using an A
  12. I feel like I have to point out that the vast majority of the flying we do is for clients of the private type. Fires are great and since we all pay taxes it's good to get some of that back. However, on an average annual basis the industry, as a whole, spends 65% of its time flying for oil and gas or mineral exploration clients. All the other stuff we do is captured in that approximately 35% slice. The reason I bring this up is because when I read the posts it sometimes sounds like operators are a bunch of idiots with no idea how to run their business - and this is often true! But lots of
  13. What a terrible thing to have happen just before Christmas. Of course there is no time this would not be awful, but especially with families coming together and looking to regroup and strengthen their relationships the timing could not be worse. Sincere condolences to all those concerned. So very sad.
  14. Anyone have a basket that can be mounted on the left hand side of an Astar with quick disconnect fittings they'd like to sell? Doesn't have to be mint but needs to be serviceable at a minimum! Thanks all and regards, HV
  15. NMH had a bunch of those and I hated them because there was no inertial reel. I was told they were the cheapest option available at the time, so possibly they were LSTC'd? As in they won't pass conformity perhaps? Not sure how helpful that was! HV
  16. Hi guys, there used to be a lot of guys available for ferry flights but perhaps there isn't too much in the way of ferrying these days... especially with all that BC smoke! Anyone interested in picking up a 205 in Calgary and taking it down towards Hollywood? Maybe a night at the Whisky A Go Go? What happens in LA stays in LA! It's N registered so I think it requires a US license but not 100% sure sop if anyone knows please share! Good luck on the fires! HV
  17. Chris Fyfe at MNP in Nanaimo... has a few pilots that he works with... he's used to how awful the records are! HV
  18. So incredibly sad. Bruce was a really great guy who was never without a massive grin. Cheered me up just to see him walking my way. Very tough year this 2016 and a very sad thing to have happen on top of the industry malaise. RIP Bruce HV
  19. Immediate need for a set of Astar floats for a couple weeks. In this rainy and uncertain season maybe somebody can make some bucks on their floats if not their whole heli... Please advise! HV
  20. On Friday last week a good friend called me and asked if Heli-One (i.e. Heli Zero) were any good because they had the best overhaul price on a B3 engine... I called around and confirmed that Heli-One is probably the worst MRO in the western hemisphere,IF NOT the WORLD... AVOID HELI-ZERO!!!!!!!!!!! Our colleagues are sticking with Turbomeca, an outfit that knows a few things about overhauls! The day they (Heli-Zero) get an overhaul from us from this point forward is the day we decide we've run out of options!.... Blowfan Gleeson has been replaced by Feather Lacey (or something like tha
  21. It sounds like you have a holistic views of things Mr. Thunder, which is what I've always tried to achieve, although to what measure of success I am not sure. I have been the guy signing the front of the cheque as well as the back and there are benefits and drawbacks to both. Faced with cost cutting measures a sympathetic and decent management team will spend their Christmas holidays attempting to move bricks from hole to hole with a mind to find the least painful measures for the greatest number of people, in a sort of Benthamite approach. Unfortunately people tend to have a narrow focus that
  22. One would hope! But I can attest (from personal experience) that oftentimes there are only one or two people (the ones with the $$$ in the outfit) who know what's going on and are involved with "the deal". Then one day everyone is gathered together in the office and the news breaks... And all the rumours that have been denied turn out to be true.. and life either gets better or worse but nothing will ever be the same... Best wishes that regardless of rumour the situation swings to the "better" for all involved! Which is not to say that anything is wrong with any particular outfit at this
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