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1 hour ago, cbox chip said:

But somehow operators can afford to pay ever increasing wages for pilots due to a labour shortage. Are there really that many more Engineers out there than pilots?

No, there’s only a few hundred AME’s (actively still in it) that work on helicopters specifically in Canada (definitely less than 1000).   Having said that, there’s always first and second year AME’s with wet ink on a type course. It’s a mucky situation again the industry has moulded for years.  Why pay a 20 year veteran his rate when you can get the same certification from a green AME that they can keep in the field all summer with no pushback.  Some operators are finding drivers from outside Canadas labour market, and more recently, AME’s for the same reason, $$$. There is no shortage of either, there is a shortage of willing candidates (domestically) under the current wages and working conditions.

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