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  1. I heard it from one of the crew yesterday..... Not sure on all the details, but as stated above, it came from management. Lets hope nobody gets laid off or loses their jobs. It's all just iron and a change in paint colour. Plenty of work out there to keep them all busy and fires haven't started yet either. Carry on
  2. Yes, snark, it's all experience for sure.... but proper prep is also very important. Without the prep, you could come into work the next day and find all that expensive paint you worked so hard to apply laying on the spray booth floor like the shed skin of a snake. And that wouldn't be very funny at all.
  3. There are some good companies in PNG.. However, Pacific isn't one of them. The PNG licencing system is a mix of Aus and NZ so you need a lot of documentation to 'prove' your experience and training. Also, The Aussies and Kiwis that work in PNG resent the **** out of Canadians going there to 'steal' their work, as it were. The owner of Pacific is also the Governor of the province they have their head office...and he is as crooked as ****. Best to steer well clear of Pacific. PNG, on the other hand is a very interesting place. I'd go back again anytime. Best coffee on the planet too.
  4. A very sad day indeed. Some of the best people I've worked with in the industry I worked with @ Campbell. They were lie family.
  5. G0D **** it! Campbell has some really great people these days. I am very sad. Condolences to the Pilot's family and to the crew and management that has worked so hard over the years to keep their machines getting better and better. Campbell is a good outfit. A truly sad day indeed.
  6. There have been a few individuals who have 'graced' Campbell Helicopters over the years that left on bad terms, but as Splitpin has said, if you did your job, you had no issues with Bruce. B.C can be a crusty and grumpy guy but there is a few legends of his compassion floating around that few would believe if they heard about them. He was sometimes difficult to read and was a hard-as$ with some things, but he is also one of the few operators that still makes money year after year. I very much enjoyed working with the long-term crew that has been there over the years. The CP, for
  7. I think the only way to save YXD is for the people of Edmonton to elect counselors who understand how important the airport is. 20-30 jet flights a day may not be appropriate now, but the small stuff is very important economically to the business world every single day. They need to wake-up.. Once that airport is gone, it will be too late.
  8. Wow... just wow! TC is now qualified to be MD's. Somebody needs to reign them in a bit. A Dr. is qualified to make medical diagnosis... TC inspectors not so much. Time for a letter campaign to the minister, don't ya think?
  9. ....against all odds, yes., all ok.
  10. A tower in poor viz? That sucks big-time. There are so many cell towers going in all the time... are they getting them listed with TC and being put onto topo maps? It would seem an impossible task to keep current with them for map printing purposes. A sad day indeed.
  11. I'm in Val D'or. I just arrived.. I'll look into it ASAP Thanks for the head's up. I hope everybody is safe and sound.
  12. I'll take that as being correct, as I have no experience with a 412. I'm guess that is a feature fairly unique however, as I think the 'typical' method is still engine oil pressure. Maybe the newer machines, akam AB139, 119 B4, EC145 ect have moved away from the old methods. I'm not at liberty to say. Until recently things have been pretty similar.
  13. I recall hearing from a few different sources that a 204B "can lift more than it can fly with" The explanation for that I'll leave to the experts, but it must have some basis in fact. Why you'd want to lift something you can't go anywhere with is a mystery to me. My understanding is that the rotor can lift it.. but the T/R cant steer it. seems kinda pointless. As for the statement from GWK, he is correct. However, the number of 205's in Canada with original blades is very small. Most have the 212 rotor system. A 212 rotor blade is a very different animal than a 204 blade
  14. Dick, a very noble effort and thanks. You are a class act all the way around. I used to work for a fellow a couple of years back that was on the TC advisory group that was consulted for the new rules on AME duty day. From what he told me, and from his perspective(AMO shop owner) he didn't really understand the issue for us bush-types. He sleeps in his own bed every night and picks his own hours. Not exactly the type of person who TC should be consulting with to get a proper measure of the situation, IMHO. Either way, a duty day for AME's will create chaos in ways we can't even
  15. The other thing I've run into was the way they licence their engineers. We have M1 M2... covers everything with the requirement to have a type course ... NZ and Aus have lots of different (not sure the exact number) licence classifications.. as a crude example(not real) They will have a M5 which is Avionics class 3... with that you can change an igniter-plug but not the exciter box... for that you need an M6 which is avionics class 2. ect. You get the idea. To sign out an entire helicopter of one type, you'd need 3-5 different licence ratings. Anybody out there have anyth
  16. OMG! I cannot believe you said that your 'parts guy' can't find (fill in the blanks) Are you Mad? I KNOW your parts guy.. He can find anything! He can have it delivered , next day to Mars, AOG Bell parts, that are from Indonesia. I've seen it! Fed-ex air-drop over Baffin Island, before you hang up the phone. Its a known fact! Don't tell me that P.H. can't get them. I suspect he hasn't been persuaded to get them. Molson Canadian, I think, is his beer of choice. T, buddy, he is capable of near-anything. The un-sung hero of the Aviation Biz. Just ask him.. he'll tell you. (ok
  17. Chopterlol.. you poor misguided soul. Mac is the poop. "Can a 'decent pc run the Mac OS?" No. But as other's have said, you can run Windows on a Mac.. Do I need to talk really S-L-O-W so you can understand computers? I run the advantex (sp?) Bell manuals on my Mac with the regular CD-Rom and can open them with Adobe reader(which is free btw) and they work fine. A Mac operating system can't compute any file extension with an .exe so that is where the partitioned hard drive comes in if you are really stuck, as with the Open 350 for A-Stars. But a Mac will do both easily
  18. I recall a very shapely female pilot telling me that as she was doing her post-flight paperwork on a 204, she happened to look up and out the LH sling-bubble to see a Black bear scratch the window... sure'nough there were 4 deep scratches in the plastic when I looked the next day. I didn't know where the bear went or how is hung around, but she wasn't too spooked.. she had the starter button under finger the whole time...lol
  19. they love to chew on rubber. Outfitters always come back to their camps in the summer to find the tires and seats of their quads torn to shreds by bears.
  20. ya, if you look on google or somewhere, there are pics of a jetbox with half the front of the helicopter 'removed' by a polar bear up near the James Bay area. It was an OMNR machine and the poor buggers had to repair it where it was... the whole frontend was gone, both front windows and half the instrument panel... quite the pics to be sure.
  21. From my limited experience with boroscopes.... smaller is better. the guide tool helps you get the scope in the vicinity,, but video quality suffers. If you can get the bigger diameter scope to fit and suit all other boroscopes needs, then the bigger diameter will give better visual results. What happens down the road when they want you to scope some other internal guts the bigger probe doesn't fit? These scopes are spendy. so picking the one with the most options may be the better choice. It's a tough call S... but my money would be on the smaller size 'just in case ' Qualit
  22. Good news on the smoking front, J, I am doing well in that regard too. Now i have more money for junk food and beer. I out-grew 3 sizes of jeans this winter. not good Good luck in Sask. I will look you up if In that neck of the woods. We can swap stories of our Fav eng, at team yellow... E.H. all the best.
  23. You were around back in the days of the 'death hoist'?
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