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  1. That particular beach is within the Pacific Rim National Park
  2. Has anyone heard what measures Alberta/BC forestry are taking or how they are planning on dealing with this season differently considering everything going on?
  3. www.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dzf67PSdpwMU&token=AQAAI0b3XFs1BY438grDhy8259FuIhceEBXkjgR3X9OULjsfZtFj&app_name=desktop2x&user_id=14063714
  4. Talked with a pilot that flies a 214 in Australia on fires. He says they work no more than 8-9 hour days with a set schedule and days off. What makes the helicopter industry in Canada special?
  5. That depends on the company. Some may keep dangling that carrot but have no intent on getting you flying. Or can only offer you maintenance and ferry flights, which will take many, many years to build any valuable time that way. Took me almost 5 years of ground crew work before getting a seat. Your best bet is tourism or one of the news helicopters. Instructing isn't really a time building opportunity up here, unlike the States. Vast majority of instructors up here have thousands of hours and many years of operational flying under their belts before moving into instructing.
  6. Heard of more than one company that had aircraft parked because they couldn't fill seats this season out West.
  7. Considering getting out and into a trade myself.
  8. This forum is mostly Canadians. With 700 hours you should be able to find something. I know several people who had less than 1000 hours this Spring that got hired at various companies.
  9. http://www.bladeslapper.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13608&p=80070#p80070
  10. http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/2/cadors-screaq/rd.aspx?cno%3d%26dtef%3d2017-09-27%26dtet%3d2017-10-04%26otp%3d-1%26ftop%3d%3e%3d%26ftno%3d0%26ijop%3d%3e%3d%26ijno%3d0%26olc%3d%26prv%3d-1%26rgn%3d-1%26tsbno%3d%26tsbi%3d-1%26arno%3d%26ocatno%3d%26ocatop%3d1%26oevtno%3d%26oevtop%3d1%26evtacoc%3d3%26fltno%3d%26fltr%3d-1%26cars%3d-1%26acat%3d2%26nar%3d%26aiddl%3d-1%26aidxt%3d%26optdl%3d-1%26optcomt%3d%26optseq%3d%26optxt%3d%26opdlxt%3dResults%2bwill%2bappear%2bin%2bthis%2blist%26mkdl%3d-1%26mkxt%3d%26mdldl%3d-1%26mdlxt%3d%26cmkdl%3dC%26cmkxt%3d%26rt%3dQR%26hypl%3dy%26cnum%3d2017P1941
  11. So you admit you hire TFW's? Maybe you can't get 3 years out of Canadian pilots because you are not paying a fair wage and only TFW's that come here to gain experience think what you're paying them is acceptable. You are part of the problem. Stop hiring foreigners and pay a fair wage.. The Canadians will follow and stay!
  12. Pretty sure their use of force guidelines wouldn't allow them to shoot at a "fleeing felon".
  13. Tourism is basically the only option these days. Two major ones in Alberta that hire low time for ground crew and at least one of them will move them up to flying positions.
  14. Guardian Protective also does flight suits out of Calgary. http://www.guardianprotective.com/ProductDetail.aspx?id=8&ind=all
  15. Pretty sure it's LR Helicopters that runs the operations in Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton.
  16. Found this posted on HeliOps Facebook page. RIP Bob "It is with much sorrow and sadness that I am posting today to advise that Bob Kellie died peacefully at home on Monday, January 18, 2016 due to cancer. Bob lived his life on his own terms and felt fortunate to be able to fulfill his passion of flying as a commercial helicopter pilot. He loved to give back to the aviation industry and took advantage of his spare time to encourage and teach students who also shared that passion. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies....It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.” (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451) Near the end he reflected back and realized how fortunate he had been to have had a very full and varied life; his only real regret was that it had to end too soon. Many of you on Facebook are fellow pilots, prior students and friends who came into Bob’s life at various times. Bob was very thankful for all of you who were a part of his journey and he wanted me to express his wish for you, that you realize the importance of enjoying every moment of your journey and appreciate where you are now, rather than focusing on how far you have to go, as one never knows when it could all be taken away. “A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” I sincerely hope that Bob left you with many wonderful memories that will continue into the future. Debbie"
  17. Anyone have any info on this company? Have seen jobs advertised on JobBank, but don't know anything about them.
  18. Jason Kenney apparently introducing new rules for the TFW program. Which will include paying those TFW's more than Canadians. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/jason-kenney-set-to-introduce-new-temporary-foreign-worker-rules-1.2644440
  19. I did the same quite some time ago and got this lengthy reply: On behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, I am responding to your email, which the office of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honourable Chris Alexander, forwarded to him on February 5, 2014. You wrote concerning the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and foreign helicopter pilots. I regret the delay in replying. The TFWP is legislated through the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations and is jointly administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). ESDC reviews applications from employers who wish to hire temporary foreign workers and issues an opinion on the likely impact these workers would have on the Canadian labour market. Meanwhile, CIC reviews applications from temporary foreign workers, issues visas and authorizes work permits. The TFWP assists employers in filling their genuine labour requirements when qualified Canadians and permanent residents are not available. The Program is driven by employer demand and is an option of last resort for employers to address immediate skills and labour needs on a temporary basis. In fact, employers who wish to use the TFWP must comply with strict program criteria to ensure that the entry of a temporary foreign worker will not have an adverse effect on the Canadian labour market. As part of the labour market opinion (LMO) assessment process, ESDC looks at available labour market information for the region and for the occupation, and considers the following: · the efforts made by an employer to recruit or train Canadians or permanent residents; · whether hiring a foreign worker will result in transferring skills or knowledge to Canadians, or in creating or retaining employment for Canadians; · whether a temporary foreign worker is likely to fill a labour shortage; · whether the wages and working conditions are in accordance with the norms for the occupation; · whether the employment of a foreign national is likely to adversely affect the settlement of any labour dispute that may be in progress; and · whether an employer-employee relationship exists in which the foreign worker agrees to work full time for an employer for a specific wage or salary. A negative LMO will be issued if an assessment indicates that hiring a temporary foreign worker will have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market or if an employer has not complied with TFWP policies. The LMOs and work permits are issued for specific durations, and workers are expected to return to their home countries once their work permits have expired. Over the last several months, ESDC and CIC have been doing a comprehensive review of the TFWP in order to ensure that Canadians and permanent residents are first in line for available jobs, and that the Program is aligned with today’s labour market needs. As part of the review, the Government announced several changes, which include: · requiring employers to pay temporary foreign workers at the prevailing wage by removing the existing wage flexibility; · temporarily suspending the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion process; · increasing the Government’s authority to revoke work permits and suspend, revoke and refuse to process LMOs; · ensuring that employers who rely on temporary foreign workers have a firm plan in place for a transition to a Canadian work force over time through the LMO process; · introducing a $275 processing fee for each temporary foreign worker position that an employer requests through an LMO so that taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the costs; · restricting employers from requiring languages other than English and French as a job requirement, unless they can demonstrate that another language is a bona fide requirement for the job; · adding questions on the LMO application form to ensure that the TFWP is not used to facilitate the outsourcing of Canadian jobs; · modifying the advertising requirements, to almost double the length and reach of employers’ advertising efforts; and · amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations to strengthen program integrity by providing enhanced inspection powers to verify employer compliance with the program requirements. These amendments came into force on December 31, 2013. The results of these changes will strengthen and improve the TFWP to support Canada’s economic recovery and growth, and ensure that more employers hire and train available Canadians before turning to temporary foreign workers. ESDC takes the integrity of the TFWP very seriously. Under theImmigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, the Government of Canada has the authority to review the actions of employers. Let me assure you that the Department is following up on your concerns to the full extent of its authorities. I hope that this information is helpful in addressing your concerns. Thank you for writing and for sharing this information. Yours sincerely, Alexis Conrad Director General Temporary Foreign Worker Directorate Skills and Employment Branch Employment and Social Development Canada
  20. I don't think he posts here, but found this in the AvCanada forums: I got a response today from ESDC. I had asked for all LMO applications received by ESDC for pilots in the course of 2013. Because they received my request on Oct 25, 2013, the applications received after that date in 2013 will not appear here. In short, several Canadian helicopter companies imported foreign helicopter pilots in Canada during the course of 2013. Canadian Helicopters Limited Construction Helicopters Inc. (a US company which needed pilots for work in Newfoundland) Niagara Helicopters Ltd Prism Helicopters Ltd Trinity Helicopters Heli Source Ltd Quest Helicopters Ltd Aurora Helicopters Ltd Fast Trucking Services Ltd Valhalia Helicopters Ltd TCF Van Productions Coulson Aircrane Ltd Pacific Western Helicopters Ltd London Air Services Ltd I might have missed a few. The file is large and I don't have time right now. In essence: CANADIAN HELICOPTER PILOTS ARE GETTING SCREWED BIG TIME. Get your act together guys and gals and defend your profession. I won't do it for you. But I will help whomever decides to stand up. Gilles Hudicourt (Edit: I had to remove the document temporarily. It will be back on line soon)
  21. Hoping for a copy of an L3 manual in PDF. Thanks!
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