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  1. Now I'm really curious. In my career I have never observed anyone get out the logbook to make an entry before slinging a chainsaw to a faller or a dozen boxes of trees to the planters. I have never seen a chief pilot or ops manager remind a pilot to make his log entry for the door removal while hooking up the bambi bucket. I have never, ever, had someone stress to me the requirement to make a weight and balance amendment for a pilot door removal/re-install in the field. I don't recall ever seeing one of these entries in a log. Not ever. Have I been surrounded by anti-authority types and rule-breakers for the past fifteen years? So to help me to understand this, can one exceed the weight and balance limitations of a Bell 206 or 407 if all they want to do is take the **** door off to go slinging? Of course assuming that the external load is well within limits and there are no passengers or cargo in the cabin and the pilot does not exceed the doors-off Vne. I understand that in a very basic kind of way I would be altering the machine's configuration. Like installing a cargo basket or duals. I found this in the 206 FM: FLIGHT WITH DOOR(S) OFF All unsecured items must be removed from cabin. Do not exceed Airspeed and Center of Gravity Limitations. Protracted rearward and sideward flight prohibited. External Cargo Loading limited to 3350 pounds (1519.6 kilograms) gross weight with any combination of door(s) OFF. Flight with forward door(s) OFF is prohibited with litters. Sounds pretty reasonable to me. Don't see Bell asking the pilot to make a W&B amendment. So where would this requirement for an "addendum" come from? If a pilot were to follow Bell's simple rules what does a weight and balance addendum entered in the logbook serve or accomplish?
  2. Well, I guess I stepped in it a bit on this topic. Got around to looking up the FM's too but this was the first time anyone told me not to take the door off without a log entry. I was aware of the basket and dual control entries. I was curious as it has definitely not been the practice at a few companies (that I'm familiar with, anyway). Good to see that this outfit is trying to keep their i's and t's in proper order. Thanks for the input everyone.
  3. Just received this from our head office: "We have recently been informed that a weight and balance addendum for flights with doors off is mandatory. Until the addendums are received and on board the aircraft, FLIGHTS WITH DOORS OFF ARE NOT PERMITTED. We will be making the Addendums up and will forward them to you promptly. Once you have the Addendum, you may remove your door as long as an appropriate entry is made." ie. “Pilot door removed for operational convenience. Weight and Balance Addendum #........ now in effect with and empty weight of …………lbs at …………..inches aft of the datum.” Then you must sign your entry. I think that moving my thermos and lunch box from the cockpit to the hat rack would have a bigger impact to the weight and balance. What if one were to put the door in the backseat when it was removed? A second entry? We're talking about Bell light and intermediates here and I'm a bit puzzled. Is this a standard that I've been missing up until now (whoops) or is this new?
  4. Yup, exploration work has slowed in the Yukon. World markets eating away at the junior's values and no one want's to spend money. I've been lucky so far, flying drills and crews every day but I don't hear the traffic on the radio like last year. I suppose it could all end abruptly ...
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