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No good news at all. Probably the Canadian $$ is a good excuse to pack it up and go to Alaska?

snowfall, nothing more nothing less! Too much annual snow fall to continue the project thru the dead of winter.

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Airborne has used it in the NWT and it's in BC for commercial work so it can be used in that category. I doubt if it is certified for passengers however as you would get into the whole turbine powered over 30 pax rules, GPWS, TCAS etc etc. However.

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It's not allowed to carry anyone but the Russian flight crew. I was joking!

 

As far as what it can do now, probably what it was originally brought here for: heliportable drill rigs for the oil fields. But I'm sure the diamond mines might have some stuff for it too.

 

In any case, it's not permitted to haul anything that could be handled by the other heavies, so whatever it does, it'll have to be BIG :P

 

Still need to pull all the contractors' equipement out of the Galore project though.

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Oh, also limited to 40,000 lbs. max loads

The MI 26 was brought into Canada on a restricted special exemption to specifically move a heliportable drilling rig for Nabors Drilling. That rig is yet to be manufactured, thusly every time the MI 26 is used for a job other than that it must obtain yet another exemption from TC. This has many heavy lift operators unhappy.

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Go to Nova Gold's website and read up. The down and dirty, is it's going to be a huge *** mine, and they need to build a long road into it. The project is in the road construction phase, and helicopter operations are a major component of it all.

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The MI 26 was brought into Canada on a restricted special exemption to specifically move a heliportable drilling rig for Nabors Drilling. That rig is yet to be manufactured, thusly every time the MI 26 is used for a job other than that it must obtain yet another exemption from TC. This has many heavy lift operators unhappy.

 

... especially VIH. They are totally against this bringing in uncertified aircraft and then proving them on some job to get them certified for Canadian use. Its just not right!!

 

Next thing you know someone will be bringing in aircraft from Iran and trying to get them certified.

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Could work, Iran has lots of Bell products - 214s etc. Very good maintenance facilities as well. Could bring over the slightly used Mig 29s that Saddam donated back in 91 ^_^

 

Plus a bunch of 206s sold over there about 10 years ago :o

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