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  1. I can't speak for the Yukon and the Alaska side, but you do have some other fuel options for the Fort Simpson to Inuvik corridor: GSH and Canadian both have drummed Jet A in Wrigley, Tulita and Fort Good Hope. Speaking to their ops departments you may be able to buy fuel from them. Alternatively, instead of Wrigley to Norman Wells, you could go Wrigley to Deline in which they have commercial cardlock for Jet A available. As for your AvGas requirement, Norman Wells should be no problem as lots of piston based aircraft still use that airport, namely North Wright and if memory serves, North Wright has a few drums of AvGas along that corridor as well for their Cessna aircraft. Send me a PM if you want some names and contacts and I'll do what I can for you. Otherwise, it sounds like an amazing trip!
  2. I did my conversion this spring. Exam wasn't a big challenge if you're prepared. Dauntless and Sheppard Air have great study guides specifically made for the CCH exam. Once the exam is complete, do your interview with the FAA and I had my temp airman license right away and they mail you the card at a later date. Best of luck!
  3. This is confirmed. Seems like Costco Canada doesn't do it anymore. That said, most hearing clinics do it for cheap (less than a $100). I had Oto's made up with the CEP inserts recently in Calgary and they were ready within a week.
  4. Yep, it can be. About an hour's worth of work to install. I had the help of a friendly avionics guy who worked for beer. My beef with the CEPs is that the tips get dirty pretty fast, so a molded plug would be better. They take a little longer to install into the ears then don the helmet so for short flights I don't use it. However, long flights they're glorious and my ears don't ring. Well worth the money in my opinion if you don't have the cash to drop on a Bose kit.
  5. It's pretty straight forward these days. No more flight test for the commercial. You need: Unrestricted Canadian CPL (night rating) FAA Class 2 Medical, Class 1 if you're an ATPL (your TC and FAA medical can be done at the same time at an approved TC/FAA medical doc) File your paperwork via: https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/foreign_license_verification/ Write the FAA Exam (and pass). Lots of study material out there . The ASA and Dauntless seem to be the most common. Sheppard Air is a good one too. Make an appointment at an FSDO, in which you'll have to bring your logbook, medical, authenticity letter, etc.) http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/ Pending all that is in order, the guy at the FSDO should be able to issue you your FAA CPL right away and then they'll mail you the actual card. It should be noted, however, you'll still need a work visa to work in the USA or valid citizenship, but the CPL does give you non-revenue capability to fly N-registered ships. Good luck!
  6. The link for those who want to read it.
  7. I'm curious as to who uses blue blocker glasses and how you like them? I've done a few trips into the barrens this spring and I keep telling myself that I'm going to get a proper set of blue blockers for the flat light days. I don't have the yellow visor for my helmet, but due to my height, I've removed them anyway and just use my sunglasses. I've heard good things about BlueTech lenses but I'm curious as to what the masses have to say on the issue. Cheers!
  8. Tis the season. https://youtu.be/u9Te0V0TVm4
  9. I have a job coming up where the customer has required me to have a 12-gauge shotgun. I'm taking a company issued one but it got me thinking, what does everyone else carry in the field when flying in very remote areas? Any thoughts on types, makes, folding stocks, airport issues, etc. are welcome. Thanks, M
  10. I use an iPad mini with the Lifeproof Fre case and the Lifeproof cradle. Looking at their website, they have similar setups for the full size iPad air. Case: http://www.lifeproof.com/shop/us_en/ipad-air/ipad-air-fre-case/?color=Black+%2F+Black Cradle: http://www.lifeproof.com/shop/us_en/ipad-air/ipad-air-case-cradle/ The cradle supports a RAM ball mount on the rear for universal mounting. Here is a post with my setup specifics that I posted a while ago (including picture) http://forums.verticalmag.com/index.php?showtopic=22141&page=2#entry150140
  11. Hey Putz, I've been using my iPad mini for almost a year now, I typed up a post last summer with my thoughts. Here is a link to it: http://forums.verticalmag.com/index.php?showtopic=22141&p=150140
  12. For those of you wondering about the RAM mount, etc for the iPad mini, I went with a 64GB mini 3G with the retina display in a life proof Fre case. I then purchased the Lifepoof cradle which has a provision for a RAM ball at the back. I've been flying with it now for about a month and these are my initial thoughts. I get about 10-15% per hour of battery life. Depending on screen brightness and how much I use the data feature, in my setup I placed a SIM card into it and have it sharing my data plan that my wife and I already share. With the data plan, I only use between 5-10MB/day while flying if I'm heavily referencing weather and airport information. If you buy the 3G version, don't waste your money on buying an external GPS. The internal cellular GPS is more than efficient on finding birds, even when powering on in non-cellular areas. Case in point, I ran it on a recent flight from Edmonton to Yellowknife on Westjet, I had an aisle seat and it locked onto location in about 20 seconds from a cold start with no cell service at 40,000'. At Costco, I found a laptop hard drive sized external battery pack. I have that velcro'd to the back of my lifeproof cradle, and then the USB cable powering the iPad mini. My battery pack is 8000mAh, which means I get around 2-3 full charges out of the ipad with it; not to mention it's a great bush power pack to keep your phone or other devices charged when waiting for the customer and you've drained your battery playing Angry Birds. The Costco pack also came with a 12-24v USB cigarette lighter unit that runs off the tail that I've created that plugs into AC power, and thus can actually power the iPad during flight. I still use my 496 religiously and update the NavData about once a year. I wouldn't fly the iPad solely, (even though I'm confident I could), I purely use it as my backup navigation/map/CFS device, which it does flawless. I'm still a low-timer in the grande scheme of things, and my company mainly has me doing ferry flights between AS350 an BH06 products. Having the moving VNC/VTA ability is amazing from a ferry point of perspective, however if you're within 10 miles of camp the whole time moving a drill, I don't see it being beneficial. Here are the cases and cradle that I bought: Case: http://www.lifeproof.com/shop/us_en/ipad-mini-retina/ipad-mini-retina-fre-case/?color=Black+%2F+Black Cradle: http://www.lifeproof.com/shop/us_en/lifeproof-cradle-for-the-ipad-mini-nuud-and-fre/ Finally, as for window mounting the unit in the window, the mini fits perfectly for me right near the door pillar where the window is near flat on both the AS350 and the BH06. I've gone through rough turbulence and hot days and no issue with the setup. Attached is a picture of what the cockpit looked like while on a recent Long Ranger trip. If any of you have any questions, please feel free to let me know. I'll be happy to share my experiences with it thus far. Cheers!
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