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206Rookie

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  1. Lots of people are making calls today and not much action in the shop.
  2. Accidental discharge on a US Airways flight. http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/...discharged.html
  3. I don't understand how asking a question implies that I'd be dangerous gun owner. I'm just trying to build an auxiliary skill set that would make me a better candidate than the next low time pilot.
  4. I didn't catch the show, but the way Discovery's web site is selling it... "Airborne Extreme" As a veteran of the skies since the Vietnam War, the Bell 206 Helicopter has come burn the image of just what a helicopter can do into the minds of the masses. Tough, dependable and sleek - the Bell 206 is the leader in the civilian market as the most popular turbine commercial helicopter ever - however Peter Anderson and his crew will be put to the test, as Richard Airlie and his green Eurocopter are on the move to steal the hot seat in the race for commercial success. Backed by air bust techn
  5. This might seem a little off-topic as far as helicopter operations go, but I was wondering if knowledge of firearms is practical for a bush pilot? Simply for self defense against wildlife of course. I've worked a bit in the bush (Northern Ontario and James Bay, Quebec) and rarely saw any fauna; a few moose on logging roads, a wolf or two and black bears which ran off pretty quickly. The noise of a helicopter seems to frighten everything away, except for flies :angry: But what if you're shut down for a long period of time? Just wondering if it's a valuable skill.
  6. Since we've drifted a bit I thought I could post this picture. Bell's plant in Fort Worth, Texas. I've counted about forty (40) ships in each row. Our boss gave us this a year ago...I think we were complaining about lack of space in our workplace :-)
  7. Hi helimechanic, Sorry for the long delay, I had a busy work week! I was thinking about a hydraulic off situation and figured that little u-joint wasn't going to handle the stress. I took inspiration from that motorcycle grip and here's what I came up with. The finger in green is the ball lock attached to your cuff (brown). It's now in-line with your forearm which aught to reduce the shear loads. The light blue pipe represents a short cable as would be used in a bicycle hand brake system. The cable would pull up the locking pin (not shown) inside the finger to release the
  8. Chopperman, I worked as loadmaster for a company last summer that got a new 206L4 and was operating it in Northern Quebec. They're still being sold, but most are going south of the border. As for the 407, there are talks of a 407B. Most of what I've heard concerns updated avionics: getting rid of the LCD dials and putting in a PFD screen.
  9. There will be new models based on the 429 airframe. Lighter (single engine) and heavier versions. Also heard rumours of a new medium to possibly replace the 205/210/212/412 airframe. Don't think we'll see any more two bladed models comming from Bell.
  10. Twistedspar, you've got a great point there. I hadn't though of what would happen in the worse of all cases, which naturally is the one that should be considered first! That motorcylce grip looks pretty promising helimechanic.
  11. Hey helimechanic, Yeah, reorient the mount, the receptacle and the universal joint in a manner that will be most comfortable for you. The dimensions and angles I used were pretty much just for ease of drawing and proportions sake. I'm stoked you like the idea! I was thinking of a few improvements last night: On my key chain I have a quick disconnect which is actuated by depressing a piston which releases the tension on a ball-lock mechanism. The balls lock in a shallow channel in the receptacle. It's very simple and allows for limitless rotation around the longitudinal axis. It
  12. Wicked challenge helimechanic, here's what I came up with. Please note that this is a paper napkin scetch...I just ran out of napkins and had to use a CATIA workstation :-) The first picture should give you an overall view of the adaptor. The pink pipe represents the cyclic just below the grip. The yellow gold ring could be hinged to allow swapping from one ship to another or it could be simply two cresents and screwed together. The brown cup represents the cuff for your arm. The green stem would be connected to the cuff via a universal joint (blue). The green
  13. I've ferried 206s, a 407, a 430 and a 412. The most fun was certainly the 407 while tree-top flying to Kingston! But I'll be in a 205 next week...I'm guessing I'll have a new favorite.
  14. There's talk at Mirabel about a 407B. Composite tail and possibly new avionics. I haven't heard of a new powerplant being mentioned.
  15. As a low timer (170 hrs) grad from a puppy mill, I've got to agree with Rob. My school told me I could look forward to mopping floors and washing aircrafts, but no mention of the kind of work I'd be doing on the ground in the bush. The school was concerned with training students to fly safely, and they did that well, but it would be wise of a large operator with a flight school to train their students (read: potential employees) to be useful labourers as well. That said, FTU's can't be expected to mold ideal crew from raw clay! A lot depends on the 100 hr wonder's work ethic, willi
  16. Well if anyone needs a French speaking pilot they can give me a shout.
  17. For physiological reasons (limited left wrist extension) I did my license on a 206. When I talk to employers they are surprised, but I don't think I get any greater consideration because of the type I've flown. Attitude, work ethic and ancillary skills seem to be the determining factors. Over the past weekend I've asked the test pilots at work and some operators if an endorsement or rating would make me a more viable employee vis-à-vis my 170hrs. The general advice was "stick with what you know". Build up time on what you're current; once an operator hires you they'll help you out with yo
  18. Bryan, I got my CPL(H) from Canadian in Buttonville four years ago, most of my time is on a 206. I liked the people there, although they may have all left by now. The airport is busy; there's a few fixed wing schools and several private flyers. You'll learn your radio calls quickly! As far as the "we hire our students" policy; don't bet on it. Some of the people I trained with got hired by Canadian, but it's no guarantee. When I've called and paid visits at the Eastern office near Montreal they're always "full-up" for low timers and foresee no openings. I know they're a big company,
  19. I'm 6'3" and managed to fold myself into a R22, and I was weighing in at 220lbs then. No fun. I did 90% of my flight training in a Bell 206, roomier but since my left arm is pretty short I got a left sided slump while flying. I've not had the opportunity to fly long hours (probably a 2.5 hr cross country was the longest) since I'm not working as a pilot right now. Once someone is inclined to hire me ( an enthusiastic 100 hour wonder ) I'll be sure to let you know how I feel after some of those long days :up:
  20. Does anyone know what the arrangements are this year for heli ops during the F1 weekend in Montreal? I've worked that weekend for the past few years, selling T-shirts :down: I remember three years ago CHL seemed to have the run of the place. The next year anyone with a ship came in. And last year was almost dead because NavCan wasn't controlling the commings and goings on the island (or so is my understanding as to why it was so quiet). In any case I'd like to know if some of you will be flying in since I'll probably be working in one of the kiosks near the rowing basin. Drop by
  21. SAR I came back from a week long trip in Alberta last week looking for anything I could get my hands on. No dice. Be sure to call ahead and get an appointment before you leave for your trip. I didn't do so. I just called ahead asking if they would have time for me if I showed up. At this time of year many of the CP were too busy. All I got were offers to drop off my resume and suggested to call back at a later date to see if any openings were available. The few people I did see were kind. But it's a real pain to drive hours and spend all that money when a postage stamp or a fax would have
  22. Hey Toro. I was in a similar situation as your's two years ago when I was inquiring about the TC medical. Due to a birth defect I was born without thumbs and without a left radius (the longer bone in the forearm). After several operations as a child I now have opposable digits (very handy) and my left arm is about 2.5 inches shorter than my right. My wrists lack some extension though. I met with the medical head honcho in Dorval two years ago and all he could offer me was that I would have to do a check ride with a TC examiner before they would ok a class one medical...getting the st
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