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  1. Hi ROTOR, The Low Level Flight Operations course goes on to include the header. ”Where’s the Line? Safe Helicopter Operations in the Wire Environment” Did you do a wire course, did you learn a lot? Do you recommend it for a guy with 20 years and lots of experience? Thanks
  2. Has anyone here taken the Low Level Flight Operations course at HAC? How was it? I imagine it would really benefit a pilot that is short on experience. Would you recommend it to a medium time driver with a very diverse background? Cheers!
  3. I just started using one from MyGoFlight.com and I'm quite happy with it so far. http://www.mygoflight.com/dualmicro12-28volt Cheers, treetopflyer
  4. Sorry, I read it that you thought there were only 3 total. None of those companies are going to expect you to have a PPC upon hire; if you get the nod they're going to give you training and a ride. That's the norm. Your vfr background, attitude, perceived ability to upgrage to captain etc....all hold a lot more weight then a current PPC especially when you haven't been using it operationally. ttf
  5. I haven't flown commercially in Canada in many years but I imagine the list is a little longer than 3. Examples include... - Helijet (scheduled airline, charter and air ambulance) - London Air Services (charter) - STARS (air ambulance) - Canadian Helicopters (air ambulance 76 EMS in Halifax and VIP Quebec) - Helicopter Transport Services (North Warning contract) - ORNGE (air ambulance) - Cougar (offshore and SAR) - CHC Global Ops (still with some operational control in Vancouver)
  6. I would lean towards the trees while sitting on the couch but in the moment who knows where I would point the old girl. Unconscious or just stunned for a few minutes could be the end of you in even a few feet of water. I've had the dunker course many times. Every pilot should take the course! Passenger should also take the course if they spend a good amount of time strapped in a helicopter doing over water operations. I rehearse the drill in the aircraft several times a year to keep some level of muscle memory.
  7. I can't confirm but I'm hearing it was a Bailey helicopter. 3 pilots. All fatal. Very sad.
  8. Pay might be an issue. I saw the CP ad last year and the pay was NOT at all competitive.
  9. The 28-year old pilot from who died after a helicopter crash near Canmore, Alta., has been identified by RCMP as Matthew Goodine of British Columbia. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/03/31/alberta-crash-saturday.html Sad news. Thoughts to family and friends.
  10. I didn't know Dave but he sounds like a great man and pilot. Condolences to family and friends.
  11. It might take Craig a while to reply as sledding season has started!
  12. Having twin PIC time is a definite plus but the majority of new IFR crew I have met do not have any twin experience. I've heard the same rumours about bush guys going to the IFR game later in their career and I know more who made the transition then those who didn't. I'm talking about guys with about 20 years bush time. I think there is a far greater problem of guys joining the multi/IFR game with too little PIC experience. For the record I do know many pilots who crossed over with very few hours and are tremendously successful and happy. Make opportunities where you can and take advantage of them! Enjoy the vfr operations you're on now as you're sure to miss it once you do crossover. Cheers, ttf
  13. My advice to anybody crossing over from VFR ops to IFR ops is to get a solid VFR background first. It will only benefit you later in your career with decision making, hands and feet and also a reliable back-up if you want to go back to the VFR world later in life. By a solid VFR background I suggest a wide variety of experiences including but not limited to forestry/mountain/arctic/precision longline etc. 1500+ hours would be a minimum. Of course that's not required but I do think it's to your advantage! Good luck, ttf
  14. Very sad news. Condolences to the family and friends of those involved. Fly safe! Copied from the VIH.com website. Media Release 01 August 2011 - It is with great sadness that VIH Helicopters Ltd. confirms a company- operated Bell 407 helicopter was involved in an accident on Sunday 31 July 2011 north of Stewart, B.C., resulting in three fatalities including one pilot and two passengers. VIH Helicopters Ltd has its head office in North Saanich, B.C. and satellite bases throughout Western Canada. VIH expresses our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the accident victims, and ask that their grief and privacy be respected at this time. Investigators from both the RCMP as well as the Transportation Safety Board are currently involved in the investigation effort. However, the location of the accident site is particularly remote and primarily accessible by helicopter. Weather conditions in the area are currently hampering ongoing investigation efforts. VIH Helicopters respectfully awaits investigators and government agencies as they complete their investigation. We are actively working and cooperating with investigators. The VIH family would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt sympathies to those directly impacted by this tragedy. We continue to help where possible, family members of the deceased have been contacted and are being assisted with counseling and support.
  15. CHC has several partner companies in the Global Operations Division. The pilots from these partner companies are nationals of the country of operation. They are not members of the GHPA. If they quit their company and are offered and accept a CHC GO position they would be eligible to be GHPA members. This does happen but not very frequently.
  16. If you're doing a PPC with a Transport Canada inspector in an aircraft and not a simulator then you are the PIC. As I understand it a TC Inspector conducting a PPC will not sign for the aircraft. They will save their own *** and the aircraft from damage by taking control if need be and time allows.
  17. No disrespect Nick but I for one am glad to be able to come to this site and Pprune to find out information about important events in the industry. My condolences to the family and friends of the two pilots and everyone at Essential. ttf
  18. It's Canadian Helicopters Limited (CHL) which is sending the aircraft from Edmonton to Afghanistan not CHC. CHC Helicopter Corporation (CHC) is not currently involved in Afghanistan.
  19. I think you'll find later in your career that the wages are far from amazing. https://psjobs-emploisfp.psc-cfp.gc.ca/psrs...&psrsMode=1 Helicopter Pilot Department Name: Department of Transport Location: Prince Rupert Salary: $77,612 to $86,460 Closing Date: April 16, 2010 - 23:59, Pacific Time Useful Information Reference Number: MOT10J-010256-000007 Selection Process Number: 10-MOT-EA-VAN-71555 Employment Tenure: Permanent full time. A pool of qualified candidates may be established and may be used to staff similar term and/or permanent positions across Canada. Vacancies: 1 Who Can Apply: Useful Information * Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. Citizenship Useful Information Preference will be given to Canadian citizens. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit. Language Proficiency Useful Information Applicants must demonstrate in their application that they meet the following merit criteria to be retained for further consideration. English essential Education Useful Information Successful completion of Secondary School education or acceptable combination of education and experience. Experience Minimum of 3000 hours on turbine Helicopters. Minimum of 2000 hours of pilot-in-command in Helicopters. Experience as pilot-in-command on multi-engine helicopters. Significant and Recent experience in Vertical Reference and Slinging operations Note: "Significant " will be evaluated in regard to amount and complexity of work performed. Clear and specific examples should be provided by candidates in their application. "Recent" is defined as within the last 10 years (some of the vertical reference slinging experience must be within the last 10 years). Other Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment * Secret Security Clearance. Willing and able to spend up to 6 weeks, continuous, away from base aboard ship. Willing and able to be tasked on short notice for trips of shorter duration away from base. Willing and able to work overtime. Statement of Merit Criteria Applicants who meet the above criteria will also be assessed against the Statement of Merit Criteria for this position. Challenge This helicopter pilot position has a vital role as part of a team providing essential service to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). The successful candidate must be able to multi-task and prioritize in an operational environment ensuring 'safety comes first'. The individual must have excellent inter-personal skills, communicate effectively, recognizing the requirement to work as a member of a team to give out-standing client service. Main duties of the pilot position is to support CCG through a variety of flying which includes shipboard. Additional Requirements / Comments * In addition to the base salary, employees occupying the AO-HPS-01 positions are eligible for an additional annual Aviation Aircrew Allowance (up to $5, 281) as well as an annual Extra Duty Allowance (up to $7, 480). - Employees who are required to work overtime will be compensated for the extra hours worked at the appropriate overtime rate. - Candidates may be interviewed and/or tested. - Reference checks may be conducted. - A pool may be established and may be used to staff similar term and/or permanent positions.
  20. Nothing unusual there. It does make me want to fly a-stars again though!
  21. Craig has been working mainly out of Fort Nelson for Qwest in recent years. He has walked a few times since the surgery but has a long road ahead of him. Hoping for a complete and quick recovery. Fly safe, ttf
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