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  1. As grotesque as it may sound, I know of one high altitude, Class D, mountain rescue pilot who had to strip his machine down to bare bones and design a "treble hook" in order to try to retrieve a deceased fallen climber at a location over 15,000 ft so that the family could gain closure. In the end, the retrieval was not successful on that particular mission.
  2. I disagree entirely with your statement and do not think it is a fair or accurate description of what "Helicopter Companies" are doing. In an operating environment / region that is very difficult to utilize a lower time pilot due to customer demands, the nature of the highly skilled specialty work and the mountainous terrain and dangerous weather and winds (Yukon is home to some of the most rugged glacial embedded and highest mountains in Canada); we ARE in fact dedicated to "raising our own". As a matter of fact, the local Yukon Operators have only just completed about 18 months of working group meetings and lobbying all the way to the Ministerial level of Gov't, to the end that we have successfully "educated" them enough to have them lower their pilot hourly minimums to 600 hours and 100 hours of mountain flying in order to introduce capable pilots to entry level government work. This has been a long tedious process with dedication and contribution from both sides; and ultimately we were successful. What this meant for us, is that we are now able to use a lower-time Yukon pilot on some of these jobs and get him the additional time he needs to broaden his experience and make him more versatile in our type of operations. The reason he is even approaching the new criteria of 600 hours is because we have been dedicated in utilizing him on every single ferry flight, test flight and job that we were able to over the past 2 and a half years. We have also been very proactive in exposing him to the maintenance side of things as his responsibilities include working closely with the maintenance department when not flying. Included in the flight time he has accumulated (aside from his initial training of 100 hours) we have put just over an additional 21 hours of individual flight training (airtime) into him to prepare him for the flights we have been able to use him on. We have PPC'd him 3 times over the past 3 seasons..... So again, I disagree with your statement that "Helicopter Companies always take the cheapest solution instead of working with and developing young talent which could lead to a dedicated employee."..... Let me ask, what have you done to help get lower-time Canadian pilots working?
  3. www.tntaheli.com/employment.htm This ad has been on our Company website for at least 2 years and been advertised continuously in both the "Vertical" and "Helicopters" magazines as well. Both of those magazines are considered to be the best avenue in Canada for reaching the target employment pool, yet we have some difficulty in filling these positions. If there are any qualified pilots out there with the desired personal skills (ie: are flexible and adaptable, are great with customers, possesses good communication and team work skills, has a strong work ethic, is professional and faces the day with a positive attitude...) AND are interested in relocating to the Yukon, working fulltime and has the aptitude and desire to run a base; now would be a good time to get in touch and send a resume. We would like nothing more than to be able to hire a Canadian person to fill these positions and not be burdened with the excessive heaps of paperwork which comes with having to hire foreign workers through this, or any other, program. With wages and flight pay being the same (as per company pay structure), there is certainly no financial advantage to us having to go outside of our country to find employees, as some here have suggested, and being forced to do that is a pain in the butt we certainly don't need. It is a different lifestyle up here and certainly not suited for everyone. However, if you are a helicopter pilot who loves the outdoors, the mountains and everything that goes along with them, wants variety in your work in a challenging environment and wants to live in the north, there is no better place to be. Keep in mind, with only 35,000 people in the whole territory (25,000 of them in the city of Whitehorse alone) the Yukon is remote, with a lot of real estate between towns and the only Starbucks, McDonalds and Walmart that can be found, is in the capital city of Whitehorse. We look forward to hearing from potential candidates, Clint Walker
  4. Good luck getting the stuff. We're looking at a 1 year waiting period on some parts for 206 head; maybe its because they've re-focused their efforts on pumping out personal apparel instead....
  5. Who cares? Is there something to be gained by spreading information like that? Is it in the interest of making the industry safer, learning from others mistakes, learning better maintenance practices, or just airing dirty laundry?????? Obviously you've got something against an operator who sounds like they had a bad day, which seems to make your day better..... I shake my head at the uselessness of some of these posts on here....... PS: More breaking news: Did you hear Ernie dropped his lunchbox in the coffee room this morning????
  6. No joke! True story!!!!!!!! Both Federally and Provincially. There is enough money on the tree for everyone!
  7. Once the NDP get back in, there will be no more fire fighting. Instead, all the Greenies will be given free granola bars in exchange for licking leaves to keep the fire hazard down.... The granola bars will be paid for with money from the money trees found in Disney Land which is where dreams come true and the NDP call home........
  8. Black Mike, While using ice from 700 feet deep is possibly less risky than smashing a chunk off of the exposed glacier as I have done for my whisky many times, I imagine similarities do exist even though the age difference would be +/- 5000 years..... With that in mind, I do have to ask "Did your nice, blue, 700 foot deep, glacial ice also leave a beachfront worth of sand in the bottom of your cup as my surface ice does??? Haha. To protect those like myself who are not smart enough to drink their glacial chilled whisky through a filtering device, perhaps a "Safety Officer" type person could keep the rest of us safe by mitigating the inherent risk of injesting silt, which accompanies the foolish activity of using glacial ice in our whisky, by developing the SOP (as suggested in another post)............... Funny ad HV, well done......
  9. Most "Safety Officers" don't really understand much about the "Real World", so it isn't too surprising...............
  10. If I could figure out how to upload an attachment I'd give you the excel spreadsheet for Alberta but I'm apparently retarded in that regard. BC uses your submitted rate (Tariff if you are smart) and Alberta uses a published rate sheet. Call this guy if you really want one. Mathew Christie, RPFT Rotor Wing Management Specialist Sustainable Resource Development - Wildfire Management Branch 10th Floor, 9920-108 Street Great West Life Building Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2M4 Email [email protected] Direct Phone 780-644-5524
  11. Looking for work for the 2012 season? Have 2000 hours of vertical line and mountain experience? AStar, 206 and / or 500? www.tntaheli.com Talk to the Chief Pilot, Stephen Soubliere. Also looking for a permanent pilot wishing to live in the Whitehorse area year round.
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