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  1. I would have to go with the destroy lift method. I pulled a Beaver out of the bush a few years ago and strapped a same length tree along the top span of each wing then choked it from one end. Worked great, no swing and could go as fast as I wanted. Plus lots of long line and I did the speed increase slowly watching all the time. I think the tree weighed as much as the wing too but it was worth the effort.
  2. Windslapper; be patient, mine is BH47 and BH06 too. And so close to 6000 that I will tip over this winter. Plus FW private and M1 (used to be FW- turbine to 12500 and RW-BH06, the new rating designators are different) So many years and so little ratings......
  3. Cap: you should see 'said "goalie" climbing in my jet box around a ski basket....tee hee! But the job gets done....!
  4. That certainly had an effect on my departing the last job. Flying a base, then pulling wrenches on three machines. Evenings and weekends, still wasn't enough for that boss. I work a base by myself, which works well for the P/E thing though I am rusty on the wrenching. But it has bailed me out of a few snags to keep the old girl on line.
  5. Same crap when I bought Life Insurance. I had to do this questionaire that boiled down to if you fly commercially then your rate goes up. Stuff like working fires (check), landing in unprepared areas (check)and external loads (check). Pretty much everything we do in our daily operations. It still burns me when we start comparing relative risks with more mundane things like driving....Ten minutes on the highway each day and I get the *&%$ scared out of me once or twice a week.Way safer chugging around in the Jetbox every day.
  6. Thank you for the stories, it appears that you have seen more of the world than most plus done it in a remakable way. I keep thinking that my little boy most likely won't see a Canso flying or hear the sweet thunder of a DC6 taking off with a full load. Thanks again for the insight.
  7. HL-56, don't be forgetting the ALL important JetRangers now...
  8. "Father Time" also known as "Big Al" to many of us who suffered(?) the swinging intercom button in the old '47. Father Time seems more appropriate at this stage in his career!
  9. 407- You couldn't possibly need all that horsepower for one little torch? Good job anyway!
  10. Our management is sitting on the fence and apparently issuing tents. Non-support for staff when the question was raised. Wouldn't want to rock the boat...... It is interesting how different standards are between tanker and helicopter flight crews. I really like the clauses that suggest staying in tents for up to so many days at their designation of an emergency. At the end of the day we all want to do a good (safe) job. Is it not unreasonable to ask for decent accomadation and regular meals? The hygene issue aside, I stopped counting the number of meals the came out of the hatr
  11. Skids Up- did you chase your grass fires properly equipped with company-issued, bug and bear proof high quality portable pilot accomadations? Don't let BCFS get the same idea for here!
  12. But wasn't it more fun with the donut-sugar and cafine sparking really unpredictable mood swings? We just can't have normal managers "AS THE ROTOR TURNS" Kind of takes all the fun out.
  13. Kinda brings back memories of the JJ Chief Engineer days....
  14. It can be done, just depends on your attitude. I started a similar question on the heli-site a few months ago as we were expecting our first little one. Base or tours? each has ups and downs. BUT there is no reason not to have a career in this industry at the cost of a marrige. I always figure that a different job is easier to find than a new family. And the new liitle guy is doing well!
  15. Glad he's OK, Kind of wondered what happened when they had to use a Kamov to get the '12 back to civilization !?(- is Avola civilization?)
  16. Started with Mr. 12 after seeing a Griz on the snow east of Tuk in March. Have carried something since depending on the trip, since help could be hours away even if you get out on a radio. Just way too much curiosity in some of those critters when sitting and waiting for the customers. Figure it's boy-scout insurance.
  17. Skidz; most assured volume of both. 407; Thank you......
  18. " What are pilots looking for?" Having done base work for 10 years (!) now it seems the always-on-call thing gets tiring the most. Just when you make plans to spend quality time the phone rings and off you go. Without meaning it your family suddenly takes second place to your job. But the job is to be avalible all the time and we know that going in. The up-side, running the show without justifying every decision to a supervisor. And much simpler shopping for real estate with a helicopter. Also knowing the work area and the players involved makes things easier. I think multiple
  19. To reply to Hover-pig, thanks for the ethical replies from the other side of the fence. Yes I agree there are questionable civil operators out there (who I chose not to work for) as there are unprofesional military crews. My bias is based on a very poor experience with some of our CAF. The DI thing, I couldn't believe the Lab crew threw the covers on and headed for the bar after a 5-6 hour day. They' ll look at it in the morning....nope, off go the covers and up,up and away. As you say apples and oranges, but I still wonder if that method leads to problems becoming larger when not caught
  20. I wonder of some of the reliabilty has something to do with not much DI and not draining the fuel? I had a Lab and a Griffon O/N a few years ago. I spent more time on the Jetbox doing daily stuff than both crews put in on both machines combined! The fuel thing? I was concerned about spillage on the grass, offered pails to drain in and was refused since they didn't do that. Would I ride in one of our military helicopters? No Way. And they wonder about reliability.....
  21. Phil, I picked one up from Emergco 604 980 8411 sveral years ago. Good to deal with.
  22. Airdawg, I thought you were a little further west, you apparently do similar stuff to a guy out of YRV I've met up with a couple of times. Buy ya a coffee anyway....Take care.
  23. 15 gal on the Jetranger and I drained it when I first got the machine and refilled checking the gauge. Having the same machine all the time (base) helps this. Plus I still compare fuel use with the clock. As turbulence increases so does minimum fuel too.
  24. Wheels?!, Stop first then land. None of this landing at warp 2 and tring to get the whole thing stopped before the end of terra-flat! My vote for high gear, used both but have the option with this company and use high. Though harder to land for shutdown in snow the trade is WHEN skiers do something stupid there is a little extra clearance for mama over their head. Also I find I can toe on slightly steeper ground than low but thats a pretty fine line. The other issue is being vertically challenged like the Sask. engineer, low gear puts me on my knees to dung out the back seat at the
  25. I may suggest that helicopter accidents cause injury not only in the initial impact similar to fixed wing but generally have a higher potential for rotating parts to whack people on the coconut after the event, before eveything gets stopped. I've heard of someone crawling out of a wreck in a daze only to get smacked by a still rotating blade. Helmet wins, no helmet - lose after surviving the first fall. I always used to take mine as carry-on luggage and figured to put it on in-event-of.... Airdawg, I think we've met a couple of times, flown over the bee's nest lately?
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