pilot5 Posted June 20, 2011 Report Share Posted June 20, 2011 As usual, I find it rather interesting popping in here to see what pilots get worked up about. I am of course referring to the falsifying of logbooks thread. Not to say things shouldn't be done about this, but in all seriousness how big a problem is this in actual fact? I would submit it is a very minute issue in the grand scheme of things. Conversely, there are some pretty major issues each and every pilot working for ASRD should have, and those are with ASRD itself, their terrible organization, almost complete lack of standards when it comes to operational flying in the fire environment, and last but not least, the treatment of the companies they hire. This has been a topic of some discussion for a couple decades that I can remember, so I ask, who is auditing the customer these days? Unfortunately the answer is nobody. Some of the things I've witnessed during this spring's fire flap in Alberta can be described as appalling at best, negligent and potentially fatal at worst. If you are reading this and nodding your head in agreement, then it is you who I'm asking (along with myself) to step up and do something about this. If you are reading this shaking your head and wondering what on Earth I'm talking about, then it is you who need to open your eyes, pull your head out of your wallet, and start understanding how far off course this whole thing has gone in the last 20yrs. Without getting in to specifics, ASRD practices are very poor on fires, particularly fires like McMurray with some many aircraft. Talking about safety is one thing, implementing it is an entirely different concept. When the poor fellow from Campbell was killed, was anyone told to land for an hour, briefed on what happened, given time to call family or friends who only knew they were flying in Alberta? Not anyone on our fire. Not acceptable. In fact I have yet to hear a single official word from ASRD on the accident. Not good enough. A bit of a tangent here, but one I think any of us who have lost friends or family over the years can relate to, but it's not generally what I am talking about. So, who is going to audit the customer? HAC? Not a chance. The pilots association? Oh wait, we don't have one of those... so here we sit in 2011 working for customers (Gov't and private sector) who continually put conditions on our service in the name of safety, yet just as continually put helicopters and their crews in dangerous situations and there is not a soul doing anything about it. I find it astounding. At the risk of dating myself, I don't remember it being like this in the 80's. Perhaps I was just young and ignorant in those years. AR Couldn't have said it better my self, and if you are under the misconstrued notion that the Operator is going to back up the pilot if there is any difficulties whatsoever then forget about that completely. Money comes first professionalism second.. Do you have any legal way of fighting for your rights to act in accordance with professional standards... NO! Unless you are rich and can afford to litigate. Complaining will make for quick deposit on to the non existent black list. In response to Dr. Dukes question about who is the best to work for... Definately NOT Ontario or they will hang you out to dry faster than any of the other Forestry departments... It comes down to civil servants who possess a 'god like' mentality and for the most part cannot be fired or centured for any reason.. After all, writing somebody up for anything is written into the guidelines of how to get promoted... kinda like the Italian fascist movement in the late 40's and 50's report your neighbours and if ya cant find anything then make it up.. I won't get started on the Nepotism and other viral strains of no existent slime that saturated the various departments. Representation is the key here... although far out to sea at present. Superb Post AR. :up: P5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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