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simple solution to the "special constable" status of a pilot, enact regulation that does not permit the aircraft to land during a bust...period. Enact rules that stipulate the pilot is a pilot only.....no hero staus beyond that, maybe a medal for a perfect hover during an apprehension of a 7-11 slushie rapist. The helicopter is a survelience tool, it's there to watch.

 

How many times have we heard anything about a helicopter landing at a scene for anything? pretty rare if even existant. So why even bother. You're hired to fly, so fly.

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I don't see why the pilot has to be a policeman - nice if he was, but not essential. As w squared says, they are few and far between (although I know of a policeman with half-decent rotary time in ON), and as fenestron says, it's not their job. However, I can't imagine the driver of a police car not being one, but they can easily leave their ve-hicle and join in, whereas this is not easily done with a helo.

 

Their problem is that they need to pay the right money to keep someone with those qualifications around, and account for the unsocial hours. I can see why they want the hours and licences, but it's a double-edged sword.

 

How ya doing, cap? Compliments of the upcoming season to you, and everybody else on the forum.

 

Phil

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not having walked anywhere in their shoes, i obviously can't offer any credible opinions in relation to their workplace...

 

with the proviso above, i WILL state categorically that, since its inception, this combination of civilian pilots, AMEs and police personnel (past/present) can rightfully be extremely proud of their accomplishments in serving the public over the years... this aviation unit is undoubtedly Canada's finest example of grass roots, "community" policing.

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Well, I applied for a position as advertised on the City of Calgary web-site..I meet and exceed all the requirments, attached a resume and met the closing date and live 40 minutes away...Not one reply, diddly squat....Even a "thanks, but no thanks" would have been nice....Strange way to run an operation!!! :wacko:

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'sfunny, they accepted mine around 3 days ago, and are in email correspondence!

 

I also suggested a rather large salary :)

 

I don't know the reasons for people leaving, but I used to be a regular visitor several years ago and they seemed a happy enough bunch then.

 

Phil

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Well one way to perhaps to intice about 90% more pilots would be to drop the requirement for night time. Only military and a the small number of IFR drivers are included in this mix. These guys are usually higher paid than the average VFR driving a light single. Not sure what a ATPL H is useful for when flying an EC120 for. YES I know they fly at night but perhaps have a pilot or two who can and then work in a pilot(or two or three) without the night time until he is qualified. Perhaps the job description was written for specific people and now they have gone off then perhaps rewrite the description. JMHO

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Well one way to perhaps to intice about 90% more pilots would be to drop the requirement for night time. Only military and a the small number of IFR drivers are included in this mix. These guys are usually higher paid than the average VFR driving a light single. Not sure what a ATPL H is useful for when flying an EC120 for. YES I know they fly at night but perhaps have a pilot or two who can and then work in a pilot(or two or three) without the night time until he is qualified. Perhaps the job description was written for specific people and now they have gone off then perhaps rewrite the description. JMHO

 

Hi Skullcap,

 

As of September 2006 Transport Canada had the following licences in force.

 

Helicopter Commercial 2939 or 77%

Helicopter ATPL 844 or 22%

Total 3783

 

Most of the flying is at night and I wouldn't take Night VFR operations lightly. Under excellent conditions with lots of ambient light it really isn't much more challenging then day VFR but when you find yourself with no horizon and little or no ambient light in reduced visibility then you have to use all the resources available to you. In that case having significant NVFR and IFR experience can make a very big difference in your level of stress.

 

Fly safe,

ttf

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