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Everything posted by hawthorn

  1. Nothing's worse than garbage accommadations. I have seen very few company housing situations that were appealing. Unfortunately it's dollars and cents here. To call it a taxable benefit though sounds like a bit of a stretch. Maybe companies should pass on part of the financial benefit of company housing to the employees who use it to make it a bit more palatable. Fortunately I haven't had to be in said siituation for a number of years but I can still feel the pain. ha
  2. ABS bags go in the ski basket. Once they've popped they can ride in the cabin:-)
  3. The fact that this is endorsed by Fred Lewis makes it a bit suspect to me. The expressed intent sounds sort of good, but as stated, it is primarily fixed wing pilots working in situations vastly different from ours. On the other hand, promoting professionalism within the industry should be encouraged. Tough to get any group of helicopter types to agree on anything long enough to keep an association in place though, so we're back to Helicopter Jim's solution of regulate yourself.
  4. James put it very well. The mind is a fragile organ not completely understood. This can happen in any profession and has nothing to do with p5's negative hobby horses and hurt feelings. Give the poor guy some privacy and compassion now, cause it could be any one of us looking dumb for a thousand different reasons on any given day. Hopefully he has a personal support network that get help him get through this. nuff said
  5. Well said KnuckleDragger! Pay, good rotations, steady work, and mutual respect have kept me loyal long term with my employer. I think of the saying "Happiness isn't having what you want, but wanting what you have." The industry is not as harsh as some here make it out to be. Keep your head down and mouth shut and let your work speak for itself. If you still don't get respect, move on, there's better out there.
  6. Way to go Jim. Now you've started a mild war
  7. I agree with Batiskaf here. Our job as pilots is minimizing risk. Study and organize your maps beforehand. Study your CFS and write down important frequencies etc so you don't have to fumble with stuff in the cockpit in who knows what weather. Think about what you are about to do or are doing, and always have a plan B and C in mind. We only have so much ram upstairs so when our flying situation is going south due to a a nasty light or whatever, and we're already multitasking ie texting, I suspect our reactions will be less than stellar. Speaking from experience, some time ago I was trying to
  8. After doing my US commercial ride, the FAA examiner commented on the quality of training he sees in Canadian applicants and wished they could do a better job of it down there. Interesting in light of the previous Red Eagle discussions etc.
  9. 212 EP is a sales gimick by a 212 operator that gives everyone else a bit of a chuckle and head shake.
  10. I certainly don't agree with all of Fred Lewis's opinions, but shorter tours for me have certainly been the key to enjoying this industry a whole lot more. My worst experience was back to back 42s with 2 of the 5 days off travel days. For the last 6 yrs, 2 and 2 have been a delight. I don't mind big hours and long days knowing I'm out of there in two weeks or less! My 2 cents
  11. I have always assumed it's because European made engines have traditionally turned the opposite direction of North American made ones.
  12. Got to concur with Jim here. Did the accident report say what the actual vis was? I suspect that an accident of this nature was in less than 1/2 mile vis. We don't need to change the rules, just adhere to those in place. I guess they should have plotted out a risk matrix eh?
  13. OTR, That is a very well articulated response which pretty much covers it.
  14. I would concur with Kilo Mike and 412Driver. I have great tours(2 and 2), good quality equipment, and good work. After 20 years in helicopters I honestly couldn't be happier. Sometimes it's a conscious decision to try and be satisfied with your present gig regardles of the flaws and sometimes you fall into a really good gig. I have the latter. Good luck finding your sweet spot.
  15. I use Alpine's tilting seat and find it works great for me. I keep both shoulder harnesses on while longlining which is a nice alternative to just having a lap belt on somewhat loosely.
  16. One item not yet mentioned that I've carried for years is a "Ford" wrench. It's compact but good for larger fittings. Can also serve as an emergency bung wrench. I've also made good use of a small pocket mulimeter.
  17. I have to concur with sirlandsalot and helicopterjim on this one. There is absolutely no reason one would need a pilot's licence and 20 years of experience to distinguish those who are performing in an effective manner in their work. Rocksteady sounds like one of the many professionals we have the pleasure of working with in BC as pilots. The forestry agency is the customer and has the perogative to cull the pilots and companies they choose. If you are a competent professional working for a solid company there should be few problems. Keep in mind some days won't go your way, than go out and ha
  18. Roo With over 10,000 hrs in a wide variety of tasks over the years I would have to say it's different. Up to 100 take-offs and landings in a day of production group skiing sets it apart somewhat. Over Talk articulated it quite well in his post. For those that don't do it or have never done it, restrain youselves from making uninformed posts. You simply lose credibility.
  19. An excellent response dimit. I feel all of us in the the industry could improve on our professionalism. If we don't work for an employer who encourages that, than perhaps we should dig a little inside ourselves. Maybe professionalism is an individual's responsibility rather than waiting for it to come from management/ tca etc. Having said that, I am very happy to be working for a company with lots of professionals and class acts in the management. Cheers, RH
  20. Jon You would do very well to pay close attention to the last two posts. Attempting to provide instruction in the mountains there with 300 hours is a fools game that has huge risk involved. Flying mountains fixed wing doesn't provide much useful skills to your rotary side. I've got lots of time in both. Fly how you will, but don't take some unsuspecting low timer down the garden path.
  21. Great job GSH. Palindrome, I recommend you persue another vocation and let the rest of us go to work and get the job done.
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