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redliner

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  1. I would join , but I don't fly airplanes. They are boring.
  2. Hard times for some I guess. I thought there were lots of jobs out there right now. Keep your chin up P5.
  3. No kidding. Up to 6000 ft a 407 kicks a b2's butt and not far off a b3. Not to mention accurracy and production are far greater as you can see the world out the 407's door. I have longlined with both and the 407 is far superior. Best intermediate ever(for the non-Everest longline pilots)
  4. Where does HAC stand on the acquisition, application and use of drones?..............Hey , easy , I am a drone. Or I sure feel like one sometimes.
  5. This is a good point. It is easier to demand more rest when you have more experience. I think rather than legislate change to the regulations , we need to train and educate pilots on the effects of fatigue. More mentoring of young pilots. An updated mandatory section on fatigue in the annual PDM course. It's funny to me though as most jobs have a right to refuse unsafe work policy. I have not ever been too tired to work, but certainly if I felt I was , I could pull the safety card at any time with no questions asked. I found the one mention of nurses a valid comparison. Nurses and doctors
  6. The Ruperts land and Mr T are great. I like the Mr T the best but some like the Ruperts better. Both use the same pin system so you can have both on the same job. The magnetic picker is a bit of a pain as you can drop the ball off of the magnet easily and the magnets pick up dirt so they need cleaning all the time.
  7. I can see where you are coming from Seeker because I have seen guys use the 8 hours bottle to throttle rule in the past. It is a serious issue that should not be taken lightly. At the same time , the add is "trying" to be humorous, but is a bit off the mark. I personally think common sense should dictate how much one can drink the night before flying and be legal. I do not drink and do not think pilots should be drinking on shift but the rules are the rules. One should not encourage drinking on the job, but with some it is a culture that is hard to change without new rules. Until the rules cha
  8. I don't think anyone is terrified about an association. We would welcome one that truly represents the pilots in this country. It would be nice to have a body that voiced the opinions of pilots and engineers. The owners certainly do not like the word "union" and that is not the answer but a group that represented the issues could be appropriate. The problem is most pilots are underachievers who play way too hard on there time off. I nominate HV to be president of ,"The Rotary Wing and Engineers Committee of Canada".
  9. I agree with HV about you Fred. I don't think you have ever stayed in a camp or longlined in your life. The Canadian Helicopter Pilots Association you are affiliated with makes it obvious as you describe how crazy physically demanding longlining is. You want to restrict the amount of "sectors" flown in a day. Who is going to enforce this? I could imagine telling my clients, " sorry I have done 30 sectors today , I cannot pick you up from the bush until tomorrow." The Canadian Helicopter Association has no place in our industry as it is not trying to help the average pilot but for some reason
  10. Canadian Helicopter Pilot's Association? Who are the clowns who set this up? Obviously not a pilot. And how is this association working for the pilot's best interest? The most ridiculous read I have had in a while. If it was up to the CHPA I would do three "sectors" a day and go home. Then the next 7 pilots behind me could get the drill moved. Or the next 75 pilots could get the seismic grid layed out. Crazy.
  11. Canadian Helicopter Pilot's Association? Who are the clowns who set this up? Obviously not a pilot. And how is this association working for the pilot's best interest? The most ridiculous read I have had in a while. If it was up to the CHPA I would do three "sectors" a day and go home. Then the next 7 pilots behind me could get the drill moved. Or the next 75 pilots could get the seismic grid layed out. Crazy.
  12. This is a great tool. I dislike using the power check charts. This is sure easier. Thanks a lot.
  13. Touche. I guess it was pretty vague as to who was buying who at the start of the thread. Discovery Air did however buy Northern Air support. Also Discovery owns Great Slave, so in a way Great Slave owns Northern Air Support although they are separate entities and Northern is free to go about its business. A good partner to have though I think. Time will tell.
  14. What does that have to do with VIH selling off machines? LOL. And for the record, accusing someone of pulling the guts out of a machine is not very professional and goes against the code of conduct on these forums. And who doesnt fly in some fog in Stewart? Nobody would get to work if we didn't. Its just common sense to not push it when you have no outs or are unfamiliar with the area. Having your low vis routes is part of the game up there. I wish Mustang well with their new investment.
  15. If you get a degree you can become an officer in the military and go through their training program. Although there is no guarantee you will fly helicopters. Not the easiest way to go and the hours might not pile up in a hurry, but if you have a degree already it might be an option if you are young and willing to serve your country.
  16. I don't know too many people in Canada who spray who have taken formal training in it. I met a couple of guys who took a course a couple of decades ago but you are going to need at least 20 hours of training to be safe and proficient. A pretty pricey proposition. Even if you get training for spray you are going to enter the real world of spray and will learn a lot in a hurry. Flying low level has its obvious level of risk as every spray pilot has had a close call with a snag or other obstacle. The main thing is to start slow and not worry about production right away. It will also take a while
  17. I totally agree cab driver. I just flew 6 hours today, done by 3 o'clock. No pax. Life could be a lot worse.
  18. OK seismic is not "awesome", but I would like to know what job in the industry is. It's just flying , not rocket science. I guess if you are heli-skiing a bunch of super models all day and hangin with them all night that would be considered awesome. Every job is a bit of a #### show. Listen Wildrose, you don't know until you try it I guess. Some people like it and some don't. It's a challenge and I don't see too many guys timing out in January.
  19. Seismic is "awesome". Better than the goon show of fighting fires. Just you and your bags and no passengers usually. Just brief the juggies well if you do front end work. You stay in oil camps or hotels. Not as bad as some would have you believe. Its good practice for drill moves in the summer.
  20. Coast to Coast , Heli-Inter, and Mustang are all owned by the same company. They are not going anywhere.
  21. I use the old Garmin 196 which is the 296 without the colour screen so the battery last about 12 hours when not plugged in. Costs a lot less than a 296. If I was going to buy a GPS for under a 1000 bucks I would go for the AV Map. Not a touch screen, standard butons, colour, accepts standard data cards and lots of other features. Here's the link. Not too many people are even aware they exist......http://www.avmap.us/products/aero/geopilot_ii_plus-309/introduction
  22. What's wrong with wanting to know what's going on in the industry? VIH closing its doors would open a lot work up for a lot of smaller companies.Also, if you were working there wouldn't you want to know if they were shutting down? No need to be such a douche about it. Thats what I "suggest" to you.
  23. I have seen whole crews take the "swab test" and a lot of them were obvious smokers. They all passed with flying colours. Those tests are useless if you know how to beat them.
  24. It's always a good idea to keep your resume up to date and polished!
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