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  1. “One **** of a ride” is an interesting read. More of a “how to borrow money to keep from going bankrupt and try to take over the world at the same time” book than anything but it sorts it all out. I have it here on my bookshelf but read it many years ago now and don’t remember all the details.
  2. We use it mostly for the scheduler which I think it does well. We also use the W+B which works really well now that they have ironed out the bugs we asked them to. The people who hate it most tend to have greyish hair and have their iPhone font turned up to max size. Just sayin'. If I don't like something with it I email them and they usually have a fix for me within a day or two. Great guys to work with for sure. In our industry, with so many "my way is the only way" personalities, it would be impossible to fit software that works for everyone perfectly. I think that is why there is so many pieces of software out there that are SO painful to use as they are infinitely customizable and therefore infinitely frustrating to work with.
  3. Ya that seems all sorts of strange. It would be interesting to know what office reviewed for the licence as my inspector laid it out for me the way others have suggested. If you do your apprenticeship on an Normal Cat Heli then you get an M1. At least that is what I thought...
  4. This you 2007? https://www.univision.com/univision-news/latin-america/flying-for-a-kingpin-the-revelations-of-el-chapo-guzmans-personal-pilot 🤣
  5. When you graduate you can work wherever, for whomever, on whatever you want. As you start filling in your logbook that is what decides what license you end up with. Example 1: You get hired out of school and go to work for Westjet. You will end up with an M2. Example 2: You leave school and go to work for Billy Bob's flight school and his impressive fleet of Cessna 150s. You fill out your logbook as you go and you end up with an M1. Example 3: You leave school and go work for a helicopter company that has both Jetrangers and S61s. You buy two logbooks, fill them both out as you go. Jetranger stuff in one, S61 in the other. Then when you write the test you end up with M1 AND M2. So basically there is no rules. Graduate and go work where you want to. Big planes, small planes, big helicopters, or small helicopters. It's all up to you.
  6. Yup the new seals are good. Expensive, but good. The other plus on 254 is that if your turbine is prone to N2 lockup while running Jet II then the 254 will usually cure it. It did on two different C20 powered machines we recently acquired. And lastly, 254 glows bright green when you shine a ultraviolet light on it. So if you are leaking just dim the lights and buy yourself a cheap ultraviolet flashlight and follow the bright green trail.
  7. You are not completely wrong as GrayHorizons said. It wasn't a credit class but the sentiment during those first 1.5 years is that pilots are the enemy blah blah blah. I came out of school and worked in a place that had a terrible pilot/mechanic atmosphere. Zero, and I mean zero, face to face communication. But they wanted to be an airline where everyone where white shirts. I didn't last there and came to a place where pilots and engineers buy each other beer. Not because they ****** up anything but because we all just work together. In the last 10 years I have worked with one or two pilots who had the "pilots vs. engineers" mentality and they don't last long. Even pilots don't want to be associated with an engineer basher. LOL. I do work with a couple engineers still who default to the "your just a dumb pilot" sometimes but I am quick to tell them to check themselves. It is wasted breath. We are all on the same team.
  8. I am an engineer and got a set of custom plugs made at a local hearing testing place for about $100. Totally worth it. I put them on under my peltors. The only problem I have with them is you have to lube em up as they are a tad dry sometimes. When I had them made you get to choose different noise cancelling levels (they drill tiny holes in them I think if you don't want max protection) and you can choose your colour and your restraint style (tied together on a string, little handles on each, etc etc).
  9. You figured out the whole "offset" (plus or minus)? Instead of typing in the Tx you need to do math and figure out what the Tx offset is for all repeater freqs.
  10. Yup sounds about right Helikenny. 5 more years of experience and doing 6-12 weeks away each year and and 90-100 sounds reasonable. What do you mean by the 300-400 hrs OT? As in 300-400 hrs including the whole crew? 300 for one guy would be out of control for one year.
  11. 81K seems a bit high even. Most guys with that kinda gig would be 70-75 I would bet. 70k and 10k in flight pay maybe? Sounds close I guess. Not gonna see much more than that without touring. It is a strange business that we are in though. If you do tours (and therefor work less hours usually) taking care of one or two machines you seem to get paid more than the guy who is at a base working every day of the year (my gig is almost the same as yours) and taking care of 3+ machines. "Your reward is being at home" they say. Yes... But not having any days off for most of Jun-Sep while you hear of the guys getting two weeks off a couple times a summer touring sounds good. Anyways I digress. 81k? 5 years in? Lights on a base? Sounds about right.
  12. That is about as broad a question as you can get... Years working? Endorsements? In the city or in the sticks? Camp rotation or Mon-Fri? Contract or employee? Lights? Mediums? Heavies? West coast or east coast or northern? One machine to yourself or three? Crew chief of 3 other guys or just you? Too many variables.
  13. When I loaded TOPO onto the 512 years ago there was only enough room for about a province worth of maps, maybe 1.5 provinces. Not sure if that is a pre-loaded chip, but I used the CDs and had to select the area I wanted without "overfilling" the card.
  14. Most guys' who have them at our company did what Bif said and get a doctor's note for lower back pain or whatever they need and then claim it at a physio store.
  15. How does FlightOffice charge? Per person or per month or per aircraft/company size? We have been looking at options too but everyone is very secretive with how they charge until you sign up and I am not interested in getting bamboozled into some junk because of a greasy contract.
  16. I program mine with my Macbook air and it is just as easy as on a PC. Same program. Gotta love freeware! Programming "on the fly" is easy once you get it. If you are programming a repeater channel then familiarity with "offset" (requires some math) and programming tones gets a bit more complicated but not too too bad.
  17. The major hospitals on the mid/north island went to H1 a few years ago. It is stupid. Comox, Nanaimo, and Campbell River all have easy to access non-rooftop pads (well, CR is going to be rooftop when they complete the new hospital). For our company and all local operators it has been a thorn. Most guys were landing at these pads for 20 years and now TC decided you can't unless you are in a Cat A twin. If you see a 355NP on the float barge slinging chokers and setting crews on the hill at $3000/hr maybe it's because the contractor didn't want to risk waiting for Helijet to come get them if shiz went south. More likely we will continue landing at the hospital if it is "life or death" as directed by the paramedic on board. Deal with the fallout later. The paramedics are just as frustrated with it.
  18. Some of them are doing it HeliRico but like whippersnapper says, their price points are impossible not to choke at (if they will tell you what i actually is going to cost you). I have talked to one of them and did a webinar on another, and they all look great, but when compared to FlightDuty and our current software we run (which the old guys are comfortable with, which is a biggy), it would be a HUGE expenditure to not only get off the ground and integrated, but weeks of training and headaches converting everyone over.
  19. Yup those handset's had issues in all most of our machines. Complete black magic and it depended on where you placed it or which way the cord was coiled. The rack mounted head units don't seem to have the same issues.
  20. Some of our latitude handsets had interference issues with the intercom and some radios. Lots of different solutions were tried but nothing that really solved them all for good.
  21. Whippersnapper is correct. Jeff is the guy. Good operator. He just showed up and installed it, even brings his own tools if memory serves me. I just signed it out when he was done.
  22. I have a business card in my office for a guy who runs a camera around the west coast of the continent. I will check tomorrow morning. Uses the single pole STC for the AStar which lets you bolt on any camera. Super easy to install as long as you have a hole cut for a Tyler mount etc. If you don't.... well you will now....
  23. It's like they heard you guys or something!: http://www.airbushelicopters.ca/switzerlands-air-zermatt-receives-the-first-airbus-helicopters-h130-configured-for-aerial-work/
  24. Correct it works fine. Just like taking your iPhone into the bush, it has no cell reception but the gps antenna works fine. Apple's GPS antenna is integral to the CELL antenna. So if you have one you have both. If you specifically are looking for an iPad for GPS capabilities, then you might as well buy the CELL version for the extra $100, because most of the external GPS antennas you can buy to make your WIFI only iPad work cost about that anyways. And the downside is that you will probably have to charge that new antenna (if it is blue toothed) or you have to plug it into the bottom which takes up more space.
  25. Buy a an iPad mini with cellular/3G. I assume if you are VFR then you are flying lights/intermediates/mediums so not a ton of room to mount a full size tablet on the window. You do not have to get a monthly cellular plan on it, but you need to buy it because the GPS antenna is integrated with the cellular antenna/chip.
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