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Recurrent training ain't all that bad, and maybe even fun?  Rising cost of living vs stagnating wages in the Canadian rotor industry aren't helping the numbers. It's a tough proposition for someone looking to get into it; probably live somewhere undesirable that's now become relatively expensive, while make close to minimum wage for year(s) with the hopes of breaking mid 5 figures once you actually get going. Pair that stress with seeing headlines of fairly serious accidents semi-frequently and it's no wonder why people aren't flocking to the industry.  

 

All that being said once you do get into it and are comfortable in your niche the work/money ratio is pretty good IMO. 

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The vaccination was never sold to me by my doctor as being a prevention for catching CV19, it was sold as means of boosting my immunity so that if/when I did catch it I wouldn’t get seriously ill or r

27 years in and ready to move on. The absolute worst thing about being a helicopter pilot is the lack of home life (like being home every night).  Don't get me wrong, the experience from High Arc

I remember when I started out..."shortage of pilots" they all said. That seems to be the meme of the industry as I've heard it for years. They never correct it by inserting the word "experienced". But

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On 3/3/2022 at 6:58 AM, Saifan Pilot said:

Check out also the statistics of the number of commercial helicopter pilots in Canada: https://tc.canada.ca/en/aviation/licensing-pilots-personnel/aviation-personnel-licensing-statistics#toc2

TC hasn't release the numbers for 2021 yet, the number of commercialy licensed helicopter pilots seems to be declining especially since 2015.

 

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You can't really compare those 2020 numbers because of Covid. At the top of the linked page, it says this:

* It should be noted that since March 2020, due to COVID, a number of exemptions have been issued extending pilot’s medical validity. Our licensing system calculates these statistics based on pilots holding valid medicals. Since pilots may be using the exemptions to extend or renew their medical, our statistics will not accurately indicate the true number of valid pilot licences in Canada for the year 2020.

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On 2/19/2022 at 11:40 AM, 412driver said:

I remember when I started out..."shortage of pilots" they all said. That seems to be the meme of the industry as I've heard it for years. They never correct it by inserting the word "experienced". But that is not the point of this post. As I have gone through my contract negotiations for this year and speaking with other pilots I have come to realize that this will seriously show itself this year. Companies are and will be parking aircraft because they just cannot find experienced vaccinated pilots. My contract demands this year would have been scoffed at just a few years ago. Not this year. My advice, do not sell yourself short. The biggest influence of this problem of course is the vaccination requirements to fly. Me? I am triple vaxxed and I personally do not care if you are or are not. I really believe is your choice and I strongly support that choice. If anything, I say thanks to the anti-vaxxers. You have really helped my bottom line. It will get interesting this summer if it turns into a scorcher like last year...

https://dailyexpose.uk/2022/03/10/triple-vaccinated-account-8-in-10-covid-deaths-england/

I wonder who will be flying next year?

 

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2 hours ago, Longline said:

The vaccination was never sold to me by my doctor as being a prevention for catching CV19, it was sold as means of boosting my immunity so that if/when I did catch it I wouldn’t get seriously ill or require hospitalisation. It makes sense to me that the higher the percentage of the population who are vaccinated, the higher the percentage of people who catch CV19 will have received 1 or more doses. Regarding the insinuation that you’re more likely to die if you have been vaccinated, have a look at the age brackets for the deaths - the older you are the more likely it is that the disease will kill you, vaccinated or not. Underlying conditions kill most people, CV19 tips them over the edge & because they test positive they go into that bucket of statistics. Referring to the age brackets from 30 to 60 in the report you attached, the numbers are relatively low when compared to the 80+ age bracket, & in my short career I’ve never heard of a commercial helicopter pilot over 80 years old still flying so I guess there’ll still be quite a few of us in the seat. Personally I appreciate any hysteria regarding anti-vaxing/gov’t conspiracies, reduces the pilot pool & it’s driving up rates. 

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20 hours ago, Heliduck said:

The vaccination was never sold to me by my doctor as being a prevention for catching CV19, it was sold as means of boosting my immunity so that if/when I did catch it I wouldn’t get seriously ill or require hospitalisation. It makes sense to me that the higher the percentage of the population who are vaccinated, the higher the percentage of people who catch CV19 will have received 1 or more doses. Regarding the insinuation that you’re more likely to die if you have been vaccinated, have a look at the age brackets for the deaths - the older you are the more likely it is that the disease will kill you, vaccinated or not. Underlying conditions kill most people, CV19 tips them over the edge & because they test positive they go into that bucket of statistics. Referring to the age brackets from 30 to 60 in the report you attached, the numbers are relatively low when compared to the 80+ age bracket, & in my short career I’ve never heard of a commercial helicopter pilot over 80 years old still flying so I guess there’ll still be quite a few of us in the seat. Personally I appreciate any hysteria regarding anti-vaxing/gov’t conspiracies, reduces the pilot pool & it’s driving up rates. 

The jabs are NOT vaccines....they are mnRA injections that have never been given to humans.  AND:  they are ONLY Approved under a state of Emergency!

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Covid is just the distraction, while we struggle with masks or not, vaxx or not, employment or not our elected officials and bureaucrats behind the curtain are quietly removing our private property rights, our right to travel, our right to assemble, banning protest, our ability to use cash money and bringing in digital id and digital currency and now seizing peoples bank accounts. TOTAL ENSLAVEMENT !  Until the people wake up and you impact the World Economic Forum affiliated politicians and big businesses that run government and are supporting and driving the lock downs, nothing is going to change.  The World Economic Forum, the United Nations UN Agenda 2030 and government controlled media are our biggest threats.  Covid is the mechanism by which they are destroying the middle class and private/mom and pop businesses.   Many of our government officials including Federal MP Chrystia Freeland, Conseritive Michelle 'Pronouns' Rempel, Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and BC Premier John Horgan (and i am sure there are many more) are affiliated with the World Economic Forum (you will own nothing and be happy). What little democracy we have left is in the process of being subverted.  Our elections are supposed to "feel" organic and grassroots but these people are groomed and then presented for us to "elect" and then they magically do the opposite of what we want them to do.
 
All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.“   Edmund Burke
 
 
[“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”]
 
 
An evil enemy will burn his own nation to the ground to rule over the ashes.' - Sun Tzu
 
 
IF this message resonates with you please share with others as i am shadow banned and can not make a direct comment. Thank you, Whitestone.
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10 minutes ago, Whitestone said:
Covid is just the distraction, while we struggle with masks or not, vaxx or not, employment or not our elected officials and bureaucrats behind the curtain are quietly removing our private property rights, our right to travel, our right to assemble, banning protest, our ability to use cash money and bringing in digital id and digital currency and now seizing peoples bank accounts. TOTAL ENSLAVEMENT !  Until the people wake up and you impact the World Economic Forum affiliated politicians and big businesses that run government and are supporting and driving the lock downs, nothing is going to change.  The World Economic Forum, the United Nations UN Agenda 2030 and government controlled media are our biggest threats.  Covid is the mechanism by which they are destroying the middle class and private/mom and pop businesses.   Many of our government officials including Federal MP Chrystia Freeland, Conseritive Michelle 'Pronouns' Rempel, Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and BC Premier John Horgan (and i am sure there are many more) are affiliated with the World Economic Forum (you will own nothing and be happy). What little democracy we have left is in the process of being subverted.  Our elections are supposed to "feel" organic and grassroots but these people are groomed and then presented for us to "elect" and then they magically do the opposite of what we want them to do.
 
All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.“   Edmund Burke
 
 
[“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”]
 
 
An evil enemy will burn his own nation to the ground to rule over the ashes.' - Sun Tzu
 
 
IF this message resonates with you please share with others as i am shadow banned and can not make a direct comment. Thank you, Whitestone.

Bang on!!!

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51 minutes ago, twinstar_ca said:

This is drifting way off topic...

You are right, let’s get it back on track - 412driver’s original post -

“I remember when I started out..."shortage of pilots" they all said. That seems to be the meme of the industry as I've heard it for years. They never correct it by inserting the word "experienced". But that is not the point of this post. As I have gone through my contract negotiations for this year and speaking with other pilots I have come to realize that this will seriously show itself this year. Companies are and will be parking aircraft because they just cannot find experienced vaccinated pilots. My contract demands this year would have been scoffed at just a few years ago. Not this year. My advice, do not sell yourself short. The biggest influence of this problem of course is the vaccination requirements to fly. Me? I am triple vaxxed and I personally do not care if you are or are not. I really believe is your choice and I strongly support that choice. If anything, I say thanks to the anti-vaxxers. You have really helped my bottom line. It will get interesting this summer if it turns into a scorcher like last year...”

My 2 cents worth - 412driver is bang on, & I urge the people who who are concerned that the vaccinations are against their best interests to not get them, & please use social media to influence others. The lemmings will all leap off the cliff, my rates will go up & I’ll have more choice of where I can work. Keep up the good work!😉(I wish I could find a Charles Darwin emoji).

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