hybrid Posted April 28, 2011 Report Share Posted April 28, 2011 Change is coming,,,yeah probably but hopefully not in the method of the pendalum theory,,,you know, go to the opposite extreme then find a happy place. . A vfr drill pilot who has moved his drillers and geos onsite at 7 am, slung a few loads to/from the drill then is fishing a lovely salmon filled stream, gone back to camp, cleaned the machine, had lunch, done some paperwork, picked the geos up, then goes out to switch out the drillers at 7 pm,,,maybe does a bit of fishing after that and machine is packed up. 14 hour duty day,,,no problem,,,can do that indefinatly. Drill camps would likely be the biggest victim of major FDT changes Skullcap. I will give you another scenario. Pilot wakes up @ 5:45 gets breakfast, does DI and is airborne @ 6:45 for crew change at 7:00, but has 3 drills......... Picks up core from 3 drills and then has to take diesel to the 3 drills. Then sets out geos, then one of the drills needs moved, then there is a crew change right after that at the strip....... Anyways you get the point. That is all part of the job and can be quite fun and challenging, depending on the pilot and the day. The biggest problem in the camps is not usually the flying, it is the living conditions. All the above is safe if you are well rested, but if you are stuffed into a tent with 3 other people and one or more snores all night, or disrupts your sleep in any number of ways, sleep will not be sufficient. The problem could be resolved if companies set standards for proper living conditions and pilots holding them accountable to them. I hear the argument that it is not possible to provide decent accommodation in very remote areas, it is BS. I have seen pretty fantastic conditions in very remote areas, it is the cost of doing business. I don't often agree with P5, but representation for pilots would be a good thing for the industry. An association doesn't have to be in conflict with the managers either, as the industry could be standardized and be beneficial to both. The root of the problem is, pilots and engineers (like companies) will not stick together for anything. We all ***** about the wages and conditions in the industry, but will not unite to change them. Companies have to lower their rates to bid on contracts, if they don't they perish. If you are bidding your aircraft at reduced rates to compete and survive, wages will be the first victim to reduce costs, second will be to reduce the amount of pilots that a company hires. This does relate to FDT as it will be an additional cost to companies in staff, training and travel costs to name a few. If the companies are struggling already, this will only make it tougher. In Canada it seems to be a race to the bottom, until pilots, engineers and owners start working in the same direction, nothing will change. I have heard it many times that the rates in Canada are far below world standard rates. FDT times are one area that it would be beneficial for everyone to provide a united collective front on. I am not optimistic that will happen, all one has to do is look at the division on this forum. TC will dictate the FDT and we will all complain, but I highly doubt we will address the issue with any unity or common sense. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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