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  1. TREE TOP has an excellent post that is very applicable to the current times in this industry in the employment section. Unfortunitely you cannot reply in that section so I'm reactivating it in this section to see what the opinions of others may be..I believe the situation he is describing is more common in this industry in the current times than any of us wish to admit.. My situation is such that I had a secondary career throughout my main flying years so was fortunate enough to be able to ride out difficult times like now.But I certainly feel for the pilots and engineers presently in the industry who are trying to raise a family,pay a mortgage, supply the financial needs of day to day living,and save a little money for retirement Is IFR the way to go..Don't know..I know quite a few IFR pilots working internationally for several years who are now unemployed and several more still working but very concerned about how much longer their jobs will last! I think any pilot these days who is offered a FULL time job in the commercial industry should take a discriminating look at what is happening in the industry before he commits to borrowing money to support a mortgage,day to day lifestyle or toys. Full time jobs in the industry these days can overnite turn into seasonal efforts. Can we blame the operators for the present situation? I really don't think so although I will say there are some out their that have questional motives..The long established operators are dealing with hourly rates that are at levels of the 1980's and are presently trying to get equipment prepared for the next season while paying for parts with a tremendously discounted dollar.In the present climate often bigger and better equipment means more over head and costs and very little improvement to the bottom line.. My advice for people established in this industry is to try and develop a second marketable skill that you can fall back on..very difficult to do but I believe almost necessary if you are determined to stay in this industry. For the proffessionals in the industry,but especially pilots,it is a great job but in the present environment has turned into a terrible career..not for all ,but,for a great many. And for those wondering,no I am not an operater and yes I still fly but fortunitly do not count on it for daily survival Your thoughts
  2. This is a very delicate question to ask on an open forum!! I ve worked for them in the past and like any company some good and some bad I will venture to say they have excellent equipment....you never have to worry about getting paid...if the OWNER gives u his word on something then its as good as a written agreement If ur a hard worker I,d say their generally good to work for but if ur more take than give and are a whiner then stay away as they have too many of those now!! Good Luck
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  4. Can I be so bold to inquire as to the medical issue
  5. In order to know whether the 139 is working out as advertised I think you'd have to have a copy of the original propaganda sheets I think a better question would be-- Is the 139 going to provide a better more cost effective service---Would a 76 c++ been a better aircraft to continue the service in Ontario I understand crew training costs are going to run close to 10 million dollars... speed improvments are minimal, maintenance costs are going to be very high due to the need to get into the higher gross weights, increased range is questionable because of the high gross weights,,etc. etc I know many crew members working within Ornge who have expressed surprise at where this program seems to be headed.. I for one do not believe this aircraft has been a cost effective enhancement to the air ambulance system in Ontario and in fact has been a poor use of the Ontario tax dollar
  6. Duece You seem to be somewhat like me..mind of a 16 year old...body somewhee between 16 and 60...can't wait til I reach 21 and grow up...lots of mistakes...but I know one thing...when I grow up I want to be a real hlicopter pilot...hopefully another 20 years to reach maturty.
  7. When I started in the industry I remember being asked by the CFI if I liked camping to which I responded in the affirmative Little did I know!! My daughter in law went through medical school and although it was expensive she had researched it extensively and there were no suprises I would like to hold the aviation schools responsible for the current crunch that low time pilots find themselves in but I cannot...If the student does his/her research then they know the status of the industry they are entering...tough times...everywhere Would I do it again/was it worth it?...absolutely Would I do it now with the present economic climate...Don't know..consider the debt load ...job availability etc...For the first time in 35 yrs I've had to go offshore for a reasonable job... 14000 plus hours I think all prospective traines need to do a serious reality check
  8. Thank God for the 204...By the time we get everything loaded even the Alberta field mouse dosen't get a free ride to Manitoba
  9. AMAZING! We're all professional pilots and there several answers to a simple question Human\ factor and more trainng required...I don't fly the 350 but I'm ashamed to say I am checked out on it and in all honesty can't answer the question for sure !! More training required??!!
  10. I know Twinstar closed the thread on the B.C. tradgedy but I'd be remiss if I didn't voice my admiration for a difficult job well done and of coarse a little advice. Any exposure to tradgedies such as this will imprint memories in the old brain some of them at times bothersome. I've found that there are two solutions to the not so pleasant memories. Time or Talk Time will eventually work out negative images and experiences although it may be years before negative memories occur! Talk-Talk to your wife,girlfriend,mother,father,pastor,chief pilot ,boss, engineer,or proffessionl. Someone you have confidence in and /or respect. Good Luck..Great job..Glad I wasn't there!!
  11. Removing the bodies of 13 drowniing victims, 11 of them under 16, after a tragic canoeing accident back in the 80's. I was with a police force at the time and counselling was a thing of future! I've come to terms with it now but I must admit it that it remained in my thoughts for years and tradgedies such as the recent avalanche in B.C. refresh painful memories. Fly Safe!
  12. The good old rumour mill is alive and well! From my experience working at Remote for a fw years I believe the Canadian banking system is more likely to collapse before you'll see Remote go under!! The late owner(Bill Lukin) was as smart a man as you'll see in the industry and I'm sure left the Company as solid as most companies would like to be!! My 2 cents for what it's worth
  13. With the use of my superior computer skills it looks like I lost my response will type out again later dah!!
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