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  1. Koala if your wondering why your still in the industry and you have forgot what you love about it when you started, must be time to move on. LOL

    Stay positive heliguy44 there must be low time jobs out there I know 3 of them that have been called into numerous companies for check rides and interviews, they are out there because there is always a company that is willing to take on a keen low timer then a winnie high timer. light 'er up.

  2. Get a pair of sorels that are a size to big, get you wife or granny to knit up a pair of wool slippers, slip them on when you put your boots on and you'll not feel the cold anymore, I have been doing this for about 10 yrs now and my feet never get cold. you get some pretty funny looks when people see you slipping them on, but it is not about fashion out there in the cold it's about keeping warm.

  3. no offence to anyone but, i'm working in the mineing section in the states right now, and the american pilots really lack alot of skills, most are 2000-3000hr pilots with no bush experience. meet one guy with 2000hr, and has never, had a lone line on, done a toe in, oh and your going to love this, landed in a confined!!

    all trafic watch, airport to airport. the US guys are good at, Punching loads off, getting the machine into LTE, and spreading #### all over the hill side.


    what i think i'm trying to say is Canada is where it's at


    Now lets not start a just helicopters forum bashing here. I have worked both sides of the border. There are a lot of good U.S pilots out there. I guess nobody in Canada has ever punched off a load or got into LTE. We have a lot of pilots in Canada that should not be flying and are unsafe, it goes both ways. Don't make it sound like all U.S pilots are bad.


  4. That is the first I heard of it, It might be some Client companies requirement like Shell in the past has required 212's for that work, but for the most part unless things have taken a turn in that direction Lately, I believe anything goes single or twin, I'm sure there are some folks here that will answer that quustion for you that are working in that department at this time.

  5. You gotta be careful flying around the guests with camera what they think is cool may be something that cuts your throat and you do end up talking to the CP. if the wrong person gets ahold of it. I dont think that landing is as hairy as it looks, with the angle of the hills behind it and the flare combined with the turn. yes I'm sure it isnt the way we all learnt it in Flight school.

  6. Jetbox obviously you are bitter about it for a reason, lets put it this way, lets say B.C had alot of work, good fire season, logging everything is booming for the helicopters. Alberta is dead no fires, no sieismic, the Alberta company you work for decides to head west and try and pick up some work their.

    Would you disagree then. I'm sure you would be the first one through the door..

    Alpine's bases employ full time Alberta employees on there bases and last I heard those employees pay Alberta taxes.

    Next we will hear that no out of province pilots should be able to fly for a out of province operator. Sorry I really disagree. That why this is a forum no offence Jetbox.

  7. Deep throat I knwo what you meant, the whole point of your topic was missed what you were talking about where the operators really dont have a established base and just a phone number and call it a base.

    As for Alpine's Hinton base they shut that down to let the locals that pay taxes in Alberta have a run at it, I guess guilt must have got the best of them. :D

  8. If you dont have a base and it is just a phone line that is forwarded then that is wrong, but if I have a well established base in Alberta and operates 1 or 2 machines out of it on a continuous basis, Then call in some bigger Iron and have a few mediums on contract in that province but are not from that base or that province, what is the deal, are we then to say if that aircraft doesnt normally work in that province it shouldnt be able to work there.

  9. Hey 407too,

    I believe that 412 was not hoping for houses to be involved in fires, I think that goes with out saying, we all know what he meant by his comment.

    Unfortunalty houses have been invovled more and more as people flee the cities for the more forested area to enjoy the good life, Nobody wants anybody to lose there home to forest fires. Give the man a break.

    Plus up in the fort st john area there isnt much for population in the muskeg.

    I'm with you 412driver

  10. 2open100% So it is alright for Canadians to go to other countries. but not the other way around? You dont think that the individuals hired in Canada from other countries have anything to offer to us here? Do you have any idea how many Canadians work over seas out of there own Country. It leaves a void in Canada for postions and sometimes those are filled with individuals from other Countries.

    I welcome them here as I hope I'm welcome in another country.

    I find it Hipicritical of you thinking the way you do, HERE ARE YOUR QUOTES.

    I guess the door only swings one way for you. :wacko:



    "Rather than continually poaching other country's talent why don't we spend a little time developing the talent we have right here?"


    QUOTE- 2

    Canadian crews operate overseas simply because we bring a level of expertise demanded by the client or host country.

  11. Any 212 ski pilot,

    As you know Most of these take-offs are from valley bottoms and you know flying a 212 skiing, some times it requires a down wind take off because of down flowing air, You can't climb straight out because the terrain climbs up faster then you can climb,so you do a peddle turn it feels good you start forward and it starts settling enough to get your full attention, I know we all have done it, all it takes is to catch one off guard and not to go through translation fast enough. Yes, the right answer is to split your load if there is any question. So easy for all of us to sit and judge. How many times have we got away with just getting a tight A-hole and a OH S@$^!

    Keep your heads up and be safe.

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