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  1. So how did they do this under night IFC? The DG slowly slaves off. I would be pretty uncomfortable using heading and time as the obscuring Ice Crystals and BR very quickly obscure the lights of stations and towns.
  2. Yes...I am on that contract. Yes, the SAR community is totally aware that "we" WWW.HTSC.CA is the NWS service provider. HTSC is not a DND asset; they are a provider of a contracted service to DND. Therefore, my boss (owner) could get a call if someone was in need of immediate SAR assets and there is a possibility we could be first responders to a situation since no-one else is up here. RCC often use civilian assets in remote locations as it may take some time to get the military assets in position. If it is safe and within our range, we will not be leaving any one out there in distress. However, you could be out there for awhile as the weather and lack of alternates and fuel are key factors so bundle up. If an aircraft can't show up, just hope for a guy in an orange jump suit to fall from the sky; he will give you medical aid, shelter and survivability for days/weeks if necessary.
  3. I've done it twice. 1998 and recently. I flew as a civilian pilot for 2 years (98-00); and just started again now as I retired from the CF. 1st: It will be different. If you have a work ethic and don't mind getting dirty you shouldn't have too many problems. If you were an administrative burden in the CF; the civilian market will find out even sooner and you won't make it. If you want to work 6 hours a day and sluff off, you'll starve. 2nd - skills: You have skills but the majority of the market isn't suited for you unless you get someone to give you a chance. Your not going to start at Captain 10 pay either. Find out what you want to do and find an employer who is willing to show you the ropes (there are allot of them) and train you in the specialty you want (fires, seismic, drilling, coning...etc). Remember that there are many VFR longline guys out there all searching for the few jobs in the industry -- they know the job, the customer and have the specific skills - you have the fundamental skills - you just need a chance to get the technical skills. However, the industry appears to be picking up so maybe there might be a chance for you to prove yourself as guys start TXing (4-6 weeks after the season starts). 3rd: Your market. You are a crew oriented, IFR, NVG, Training pilot (most likely). This is where your foundations lie so find employers that need these skills. Offshore, medivac, North Warning, etc...This can be a well paying good lifestyle as well; often with equal time off rotations. 4th: Season: Companies generally hire on short notice and in the spring (Feb-Apr). Civilian VFR companies do the annual training and PPCs at this time and then put you on standby. If you are going into an IFR world, it could be at any time of the year but it will most likely be short notice. Both of my jumps into the industry occurred in a period of about 2-3 weeks from call to being online. My point is make a departure plan and financially be prepared for the transition. 5th: Education. There is allot of information to learn. The CFP100 (BGA 100), CAD Os, SMM, BFOs, Wing Os, 204, etc....all have there civilian equivalencies. In addition to this, you will be expected to know how to action the company Flt Safety System (SMS) not just attend day briefs. You'll be expected to actually "do" DIs and elementary maintenance not just have an annual walk through. Most companies have online learning for their training. Expect 2 weeks of 3-4 hours every night of homework to get oriented (on your own time). I hope this is what you were looking for. Good luck.
  4. I agree totally. Apparently there will be another sovereignty exercise this summer near Resolute. I think they need to do some exercises in the winter as well just so these crews no what they are getting into and how to mitigate the risk in winter, dark, whiteout conditions. Rescues in the summer aren't nearly as bad with 24 hours of daylight and good contrast. maybe we need to start rattling the cages of our MPs about the northern SAR issue...2 cents.
  5. Just to throw in a comparison for guys starting out. (not to get into the best/worst company to start out with debate/rant) I started flying 25 years ago through the military route. I was an Officer Cadet. They are currently paid $1487/month. From my pay they deducted room and board and taxes, etc... (I remember having about 450$/month disposable income which paid for my car and weekend beer.) At that time it took 2 years to finish my training (about 100 hours on a 206), then I got to be a copilot, and I got a raise. I then was obligated to serve a minimum of 5 years to pay back my training cost debt (now its 7 years). Most of the pilots attain about 1500 hours after that 7 years which is barely employable by many companies today. After about year 4 the pay is now equivalent to about 75K/yr about 95K at the option to get out point (7 years on duty). You get stability, IFR and equipment paid for BUT you don't get vertical reference, seismic, fire revenue chasing experiences nor allot of hours like they use to in the 80s early 90s. I throw that out for reference only.
  6. I guess I don't understand the context of the "excluding...foreign national pilots" in this new agreement. That is what I was referring to. Perhaps you can expand on what this means; appreciated. Thanks.
  7. I thought these images would illustrate flying in VFR conditions in the arctic. Both are VFR. One is a not bad day, the other is whiteout conditions: ice crystals and overcast. They are both almost the same photos looking at the same area but on different days.
  8. That's cool. Thanks. I just did a test: (10 am) = 15Z x 15 = 225 - 81LONG = 144 degrees true to sun. Its pretty darn close. However, it didn't work very well last night when I flew back here. lol.
  9. Agreed... Let's get way back on topic. We got some guys with some arctic experience and it has crossed into the SAR and operator survivability area - that's great, 1. lets stay on this. Or 2. any other tips and experiences that guys/gals can gain from working in high arctic conditions is useful. Any personal beefs with each other can go through the 1 on 1 personal messaging please. signed Steve, the guy who started this topic...aka moderator. expanding number 2. I had a message from someone asking about what kit you need in the arctic. I gave him my list (its only a few seasons in development), perhaps someone has some suggestions of the not so obvious items that may help????
  10. Maybe if they augmented the unit with chinooks, they would have a better rescue capability.
  11. Why is the motto "He who protects the Saguenay" when the unit is in Yellowknife? lol Just a just a rhetorical jab...no answer required.
  12. Additionally, it depends on the type of cover. The thin nylon ones will leak thru then you could get them frozen to the blade. We use some thick insulated ones that are a pain to get on but they won't stick if they get wet (not too wet anyway). Last time deployed outside we did not use the covers just the head blanket...it was -20ish and the blades were covered in hoar frost, but that just falls off. There was no precipitation or significant weather changes forecast. I guess what I am saying is you'll have to use your judgement based on the conditions and type of covers you have. NEVER mix glycol and rubbery stuff (like elastomerics); it'll wreck your machine.
  13. I like Mr. Layton's idea (Corner gas huck-tooee) of using the chinooks in the Stan for arctic sovereignty. Stick them in existing infrastructure...or make new infrastructure in places like Iqaluit, Hall Beach, Cambridge Bay or Inuvik. They could support DND Rangers, DFO, Indian Affairs, Exploration companies. The visibility on arctic resources is growing and people are coming here; the Canadian Government needs to put itself in a position of visibility and control. Why not use SAR and sovereignty as the excuse to use some of these already available assets? Just my 2 cents... BONDS? I like the post a bond idea for the thrill seekers potentially wasting tax payer money. It could help pay for the above service. back on topic....Weather changes rapidly. Yup. The forecast conditions for the arctic blizzard last week happened 6-8 hours before it was suppose to. The NOWcaster(as opposed to FORE) was even slow on making amendments. I haven't seen SKC P6SM happen yet even though it says it will. Be careful. How's that? 3 topics in 1.
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