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Everything posted by FREDDIE

  1. Man sorry no work for low timers and I have tried everything I can. I am about to give up. Go to the government and try to get them to help you find something
  2. Sorry look at your hire agreements probably in there somewhere
  3. I haven't given 40 percent in years I found a better loop hole certified farmer lol
  4. So I guess this is a reason to become an employee
  5. Check your companies group plans because some allow you to up your coverage for a small increase in the cost of the group plan.
  6. Call Wayne he set a job up at VIH with hydro with a gimble mount I will look through my emails.
  7. How much money maybe that would help fill the position
  8. Right on another vomit comet
  9. How did you shut it down I have been trying to lose linked in for a while haven't had any success
  10. I have found the old maps work best other than potential folding issues. No dead Batteries no sun on the screen BS. My GPS batteries died 3 years ago so no more downloads but both Mapsource and base camp just came up with a new update that seems easier. Good luck
  11. They were working on this technology in 1998 when I got my endorsement. They had the Seasprite rigged with the gear and it flew everyday with the pilots drinking coffee and eating cookies. As for wind and turbulence the Kmax doesn't fly like a machine with a tail rotor. It points into the wind like a weather vain. Most precision work was done with feet on the floor because the machine was and is very stable if you do not cross control. Best Machine I have ever flown by Far.
  12. That is the thing they are not operating a helicopter commercially. So in your eyes they are stealing work from you in my eyes they are doing the job that they contract to do. Lay off the the pilot whine and go get a better job if need be.
  13. You guys sure don't like it when someone smarter than you comes around. Get off your high horse and pay attention. Your pretty helicopter flying job may require you to get dirty some day. Oh ya I can bet Heli Jockey makes more money than you wanna bees so chew on that.
  14. Operate as long as you can with out an AOC. Just be aware of the limitations so some aviation goofs don't get their nose out of joint. The regulation that goes with the paperwork just isn't worth it. I have been in this industry long enough to say that. Power to you guys.
  15. Here we go again. I was one of the guys who paid for membership in HEPAC. I sold the idea to other fellow pilots. Here is where I think things went side ways. 1. To many promises. 2. Unrealistic goals out of the gate. 3. An association is not a union. There are more I am sure. I am interested in starting a association but if we were to try again let's lay it out. As an association we (I speak of the group) would not be involved in wage negotiations with employers. You guys cut your own **** deals live with them don't complain when someone else gets a better deal. The way I see a group association would help with is insurance policies. I pay over $400.00 per month for life insurance. As a group you can negotiate better rates. Group associations can negotiate discounts with hotels ,Airlines car dealers for discounts that can save thousands of dollars personally. As for education or mentoring programs which I think if the industry doesn't get going on we will have very few Canadian kids working their way in. This is something I take pride in and wish I could help more you pilots. I personally helped 3 young pilots with their first break in the helicopter industry. This takes time and cannot be the first issue dealt with. It will take time. As a association the group could voice a opinion with the federal government. As we saw a couple years ago we have no voice standing alone but as a group they will listen. I could go on for ever but I stop here. Freddie. Steve Schulte. We were born with two ears and one mouth. Listen more and lead the pack.
  16. Times have changed we don't care about the young Canadian kids that want into this industry.i hear more foreign accents cluttering up 126.7 in my area than I care to acknowledge . Clear blue sky and these poor lonely guys can't shut up on the radio. Customers get in the heli and cannot believe that they can actually communicate with the pilot. Had one guy comment that I actually asked them if they could see what they wanted to look at. The last guy couldn't understand what they wanted to look at. Oh ya we were being polite
  17. send him to Chinook better bang for the buck and I am not an instructor there.
  18. NMH did a mountain course for us back in the 90s. Not only Mountain flying but operational training. It got a lot of good solid pilots going. Here is the real issue I will retire for 50 cents less than you Jim. Steve
  19. Most operaters make between 70 and 90 thousand per year if you have years of experience you will make more. Just like Aviation you work your way up. see high quality empoyees rest my case.
  20. Here is the first question I get when talking to most new people in the industry. What will be the schedule? ie 2 and 2. This is from low time pilots and engineers who are new to the industry. When I was a low timer trying to get in the question was where am I moving to? Next question which airline will I be flying back and forth with. When I started it was what needs to be done around the base when I am not flying? I live where I work and do not live in lotus land. When I go up town I see my customers at the hockey arena,grocery store or just on the street. I know my customers by their name and I know where they want to go when they get in my machine. Most of the crews that pass through my base comment how much they dislike the work we do. The oil and gas industry is a tough go but it is what it is. The crews in this industry need a wake up. Live where you work. The employers should recognize the workers that live where they work. When they fly workers in it costs for airfare,meals accommodation but you don't see the locals getting paid more for living at their bases. Hour requirements a a huge problem. I started in 1991 with NMH. We got a 50 hour mountain/operational training course. Then we went to work In camps and at bases though out the companies work area. The were a fair amount of jobs that we could work at that we were qualified for. Now with contrail and others in the safety industry they have sold the 1000 or more hour safety program. Most of the work that I do a 200 hour pilot could do with the proper training and supervision. Contrails answer is you companies will find the qualified crews because you always have. The quality of personal is decreasing because any guys that are go getters are leaving because they get tired of starving. We can find crews now but in five years good luck. The cow chasers of the south won't be able to fill the gap anymore. We need a program to train young Local pilots and engineers to strengthen the industry. It should be put on the safety guys to develop this program because they control the regulations. Sorry for the rant off to work I go hi oh hi ho.
  21. And there I was all excited thinking old skullcap would have action pics but alas only the sales pitch. One of the guys here has one guards it and hides it must be good
  22. keep posting as long as you are passing good information I read it all. Must be snowing where Pic a part is.
  23. Probably not we have ding bats out here also.
  24. Hey guys I see this kind of situation all the time. Lets not go on a witch hunt. Skeg,snow mud same stuff we all deal with it. Lets learn from this incident because really we are only a step away from it being you. Rotor hazards are real and we need to keep from getting complacent. So rather than picking the little stuff out of this report see where you can improve your operation to keep this from happening where you are.
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