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John Deer

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  1. I just found out the Phoenix hangar survived the night. I do not know about any other hangars.
  2. Does anyone working in cymm have any details of which buildings at the airport have burned? Tonight I read the Nova hotel was burning and the old terminal was also burning? It would be good to hear from someone who has seen it first hand. Have any of the helicopter hangars burned?
  3. This season I was aware of work in lights, $200 per hr, 4 hr mins if hired. Another company was paying $225 per hr, 2 hr mins in intermediates.
  4. I have been flying for a few years now, I earn your "industry average". I am used to doing a four and two shift. I think that works out to 238 days a year away from home?. Sure is hard on the family and has cost me a divorce. We need to ask ourselves, do we want to be a workaholic, is the time away from home vs the money worth it. lawyers are expensive, and I don't think your employer will help pay that bill. That being said, I do expect to extend a little in the summer and have more time off in the winter. Anything longer than four weeks should be a unanticipated extension, not a scheduled shift. Just speaking for myself, Day 21 is when I have had enough and start getting grumpy. I think we all should be pushing for a three and three shift.
  5. I always enjoyed talking with you in my early years at Peace River and Fort St John. Take care, I hope all goes well !!!
  6. What a great thread!! Lots of good info. Especially for this time in the season!!
  7. From my experience, I have seen many operators are not interested in training the newer pilots interested in this work. Sure their are always exceptions, but this is the bottom line. I knew one astar pilot (with minimal LL time) was asked (out of desperation) to do a class D test. No training, right after a few months off…. Good for him he pulled it off! but the remainder of his time with that employer he did not get many LL jobs? One of my employers do their recurrent training in northern Alb, the LL component was minimal. All I ever did was one circuit, set the load, done! To be fair, they also do some in-house training in southern B.C., it is much better. Seems to me that only a few companies take the time to upgrade their pilots skills to the "drill move" level. As an industry if we don't plan (and train) for our future, who's fault is that?
  8. As a transportation employee (pilot), I have been able to claim some expenses. The tax man has audited me and been ok with my claims! - aviation medicals - transport process fees - meal expense, but only what is not paid by the employer. If I am flying off base for more than eight hours that day, I do claim a meal. The tax man has been ok with this.
  9. Anyone have any advice about what to watch out for flying longrangers (L3). I do have 206 and 350 time but im new to these this season.
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