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  1. I'd suggest asking on a US forum. Not many Canadians working Florida
  2. https://skyeavionics.com/products/northwall-helmets/ That said, the official northwall page looks to be offline now. SO not sure if they still exist.
  3. At the end of the day the fires are going to need to burn during business hours only, self extinguish for weekends and gently smolder on stat holidays. It's not that hard to interpret.
  4. Where in Canada are you renting? As far as I know your only options are paying $600/hour at a flying school or paying someone who owns a machine privately to take out their toy. I know you used to be able to go stateside and pay Hobbs without mins
  5. Run away unless you have the money to buy your own helicopter. This industry eats it's young. They all have the same requirements, so in theory they teach the same stuff. A school with an in-house examiner will be more inclined to pass anyone to maintain their status/right to self examine. Too many failed flight tests = lost flight training credentials. BC/Alberta have the more challenging terrain so look for schools out there, they'll prepare you for the most broad range of conditions. Train in Canada and it's a tax deduction, US is cheaper, but no tax breaks.
  6. I applaud your opposition to foreign pilots. That being said, do you take an active role in getting Canadian pilots to 2000 hours? So many companies refuse to train low-timers citing a fear of someone else poaching them once they have hours. Train some new talent, treat them fairly and make it an industry standard. A company that doesn't create 2000 hour pilots should have no expectation of employing them. Not aimed at any specific person/company, just an opinion.
  7. That's definitely MY situation. Seems that perseverance doesn't count for much either. After 5+ years 'paying dues', I'm starting to think it's being held against me that so many companies just won't fly their ground guys. If anyone has pull, I'd love to finally find a company with the integrity to reward loyalty and hard work with some stick time.
  8. Our industry is suffering from a bad case of price fixing. Unfortunately, unlike the energy companies that we so often cater to, heli companies have a gentleman's agreement in place to keep prices low. If heli would gouge on a level more akin to your local gas station, the owners would see improved profits, pilots would see improved wages and clients would see improved morale in their service providers.
  9. I'm a low-time (well beyond 100 hours now) that can't even get a reply to applications. I'm not a 20 something, meaning that I'm chasing stability, not the money. Money comes with time served, I just can't get a stable employer. Feel free to tell your employers you know a guy.
  10. Maybe it means that it's time for every operator to step up and start training low-time guys and gals so they don't have an excuse to recruit from overseas because they 'suddenly' can't find experienced Canadians
  11. PM your email. Pretty sure I have one
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