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  1. I worked for a number of years with out a helmet. About 4 years ago , I went out and purchased a helmet for the same reasons you have listed. I have found wearing it works great for slinging operations as well. As Icewind has pointed out after a long day I wasn't as fatigued as I normally was. I would highly recommend any engineer get a helmet.
  2. In my career as ame, I have only seen one person that was able to do both jobs effectively. When he was a pilot he was a pilot he didn't tell the engineer how to do things, but he was able to supply the engineer with all the information so he could properly troubleshoot a snag and guide him back in the correct direction if he went off on a tangent. He would upon request provide all sorts of information on how to do a job.. When working as a engineer he went about fixing and servicing the aircraft in a very methodical manner. He is very professional in both jobs. Other pilot/engineers I have worked with in the past have had trouble differentiating between the roles at times. I think most guys that are dual qualified end up focusing on one profession or the other.
  3. I have worked with Mike many times in the past he will be missed
  4. Thats a hard question to answer. I have found many a chaffed line, small crack(s), weeping seal,etc by cleaning or wiping down the aircraft as I do my DI or inspection. So I prefer to call this maintenance. External cleaning; While I prefer to have a nice clean ship. I have let that slide for a bit to get some maintenance done. There are other factors I consider before I wash the ship such Water availability so I can get a proper rinse to make sure all the soap is gone. Is there a day in near future where I can wash it. Is there a crew change coming up???? ( Just Kidding) Although I swear that has happened to me before. LOL
  5. Not knowing Rob but having friends who have worked for the goverment, some successfully and some others who had a hard time making the transition. Not all in in avaition but some similarites with their experiences can be drawn here. It looks like he just had a hard time adjusting to the regulations that are put upon people who work in the goverment sector. We as Rotarywing Pilots/Engineers are taught and it is demanded of us to become self sufficent in the course of our duties. While in the goverment this is frowned upon as there are polices in place to govern how things are done. It looks like in my opinion that he was just going about things the way we know how. Do we in the field call to the homebase to get overtime authorized, when and where to stay, how to get to the job site or for the most part are we given autonomy over these things and figure it out for our self.
  6. If you don't like the answer don't be afaid to call a different office. Sometimes two people will have a different opinion on how to do things especially within the ranks of Transport Canada.
  7. This a great question. From a engineering standpoint I can see both pro's and con's to this system. The pro's you are getting compensated for the amount of work you are doing. The field guy is making a little extra for having to work away from a base in a remote location. The con's people can get caught up in making money and some end up letting things slide. My biggest issue is that the snags on a aircraft that has been operating great for the pilot when you asked him how things are going, suddenly has multiple problems that appear just before or shortly after a crew change. Or you arrive with a big box of parts that were ordered a week before the crew change. A con for the base guys is they end up fixing a machine for the field guy to take away and make flight pay on it.
  8. While I agree with your statement about not being familiar with the equipment can cause you a bunch of grief. It also is up to the individual to take it upon themselves when they are realize that they are in over their head and ask for help be it from a experienced pilot or another AME . I also agree It can be frustrating to watch somebody learn on your time. I can also attest to hours spent chasing a snag due to a pilot not being familiar with an aircraft and or equipment. I still stand by my statement it is best to go out there and figure stuff on there own, you learn much better. It has worked well for me and each time I spent chasing my tail it helped me for future decisions in similar situations. Red Rag well I guess I can say I left myself open to that one.
  9. Hi while I haven't any experience with the 407. I have lot's of experiance with the 500 and multi bladed systems. My best advice is to fill the thing full of fuel throw a ladder in the back of the machine and get away from the maintenance base and follow your instincts. Maybe talk to a few trusted people and yes even a experienced pilot on type can help you out a bit. But most importantly follow your head and don't allways believe that the blades have to be in track to give you the smoothest ride. You will remember much better when you actually do it not the guys at the hanger giving you the advice.
  10. When they are refering to dual screen VEMD'S in the brochure are you sure they are not refering the the standard configuration in all B3's and some B2's with 1 VEMD having 2 screens (lanes) incorperated into 1 VEMD. With the TBO increase on the Engine to 4000hrs from 3500hrs this will be more appealing to the operators.
  11. I completly understand the "just another thing to lug around concept" as that was one of the biggest things that ever prevented me from getting one. Although it sure would have been nice to have when I was chasing fires and such. As you said it would have helped reduce fatigue on those long ferry flights. It still is an idea that I am kicking around though and was just curious to see if helmets are becoming more common amongst engineers.
  12. Do you wear the helmet when you are in the maintenance role or only as a pilot?
  13. Just curious to see how many engineers have and or would consider wearing a flight helmet.
  14. Sorry for the double post I am new at this
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