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by Slats
Tue May 21, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Otter / Beaver Midair Ketchikan
Replies: 18
Views: 3505

Re: Otter / Beaver Midair Ketchikan

Depending on how far back you're thinking, I don't believe that is accurate. Prior to last summer, you would have to go back about 10 years to find Simpson Air's last incident. You might be thinking of Wolverine Air which has had 3 in the last 6 or 7 years. Last summer both companies had one acciden...
by Slats
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Great experience
Replies: 0
Views: 833

Great experience

http://avcanada.ca/forums2/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=130888&sid=b2b36a69b83c69768f89d5c830806d22 Anyone interested in bush flying job this summer would be crazy not to take a look at this. Spent a number of years there in my younger days and can honestly say I had the time of my life. You will do some fly...
by Slats
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: 3 dead, 2 uninjured in NWT
Replies: 52
Views: 8553

Re: 3 dead, 2 uninjured in NWT

I have my own guess as to what happened, as I’m sure most experienced float drivers will, both I do not have the facts and as such, out of respect for the deceased and the people whose lives are currently being affected by this tragedy, I will keep it to myself. I think the really unsavoury part abo...
by Slats
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: 3 dead, 2 uninjured in NWT
Replies: 52
Views: 8553

Re: 3 dead, 2 uninjured in NWT

Terrible two days for Fort Simpson based aviation first with the CBD6 crash and a day later, this. I've long maintained that the 206 is a terribly unsafe design for a float plane. If beaver doors have been redesigned for better egress, this aircraft should not even be allowed in commercial float ops...
by Slats
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: 206 in Nahanni Butte
Replies: 0
Views: 986

206 in Nahanni Butte

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/pla ... -1.4786751

Beautiful spot, but it can be a tricky one sometimes. Hope everyone is ok.
by Slats
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 705 Guaranteed Days Off
Replies: 19
Views: 2684

Re: 705 Guaranteed Days Off

Interesting responses, thank you very much. I suppose I must not have had a clear understanding about what constitutes of GDO at a place like Jazz. Surely they don't reserve the right to work you to the maximum allowed in the CARS, do they? Perhaps if there are not GDO's in the sense in which I inte...
by Slats
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 705 Guaranteed Days Off
Replies: 19
Views: 2684

705 Guaranteed Days Off

Since money isn't everything, I'm curious to see how many GDO's is average at the 705 level. I feel like once a certain level of pay is achieved, time off becomes a much better indicator of quality of life. Feel free to include any other relevant info, such as airline, type flown, GDOs, RDs, etc.
by Slats
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Conair and Bombardier
Replies: 1
Views: 1178

Re: Conair and Bombardier

Always thought this would be a cool use for a Dash type rating.

Combi? Unprepared strips? Why not a replacement for some of the “tired” airframes doing that stuff up north?
by Slats
Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: What to do after School
Replies: 12
Views: 3140

Re: What to do after School

Whatever you do, remember you WILL need PIC time, and the sooner you can get it, the better. For some reason, kids these days don't seem to think it's important, but it is. Not only for career advancement, but actually learning and developing valuable flying and decision making skills. Don't end up ...
by Slats
Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: If you can only fly one turbo prop for the rest of your life...
Replies: 45
Views: 6517

Re: If you can only fly one turbo prop for the rest of your life...

For personal, twin otter. Big enough to fit the fellas and all their hunting gear and capable of going anywhere you'd want to with twin PT6 reliability and IFR if you need it.
For work, turbo Beaver. Even better performance, but day VFR only and fits a lot less bullshit.
by Slats
Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: North Wright airways
Replies: 10
Views: 3485

Re: North Wright airways

If it were me, I'd focus heavily on either of the two operators in Simpson or NWA in The Wells. Northwestern in YSM or Tindi in YZF would also be decent options but may be slower progression. A single engine IFR isn't much use, IMO. I guess you could use it for the Caravan once you meet SPIFR requir...
by Slats
Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: North Wright airways
Replies: 10
Views: 3485

Re: North Wright airways

No first hand info, but it seems to me you'd be hard pressed to find a place where you could progress faster. VFR, IFR, piston, turbine, single, twin, gravel, floats, mountain..... pretty quality experience too, IMO. Oh, and let's not do like most newbies and forget about all that PIC time, since yo...
by Slats
Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Bronson Creek Airstrip
Replies: 12
Views: 5439

Re: Bronson Creek Airstrip

Very cool spot.
by Slats
Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Churchill, MB trip
Replies: 22
Views: 3069

Re: Churchill, MB trip

The Ithaka is much closer to Churchill and is much larger. I was never able to find much detail about the boat at Port Nelson other than that it was a dredge and was broken and pushed into it's final resting place by ice.
by Slats
Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Churchill, MB trip
Replies: 22
Views: 3069

Re: Churchill, MB trip

Yea on Port Nelson not Port Graham... Lots of cool history there. Do you think there are some old things still sitting around there?? Did you go on shore there??? Went there in a 185 on floats. Brought in two guys to work on the weather station. I wanted to try to get across the trestle to check ou...
by Slats
Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Float flying technique
Replies: 10
Views: 3676

Re: Float flying technique

Rolling a float is a very basic float flying technique.
by Slats
Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: New here, flying in Nahanni National Park.
Replies: 5
Views: 3445

Re: New here, flying in Nahanni National Park.

Your best bet is to get to Fort Simpson and check out Simpson Air. They do charter day tours regularly and will do their best to get you on a tour with another couple or two to bring down the cost for everyone. Still won't be cheap, but when you consider you're getting guided flight seeing and a hik...
by Slats
Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:20 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Churchill, MB trip
Replies: 22
Views: 3069

Re: Churchill, MB trip

I think you mean to say the place with the train trestle is Port Nelson. It's been 10 years since I've been, but it looks like much of the wharf is gone. Pardon the thread drift but I'm not sure why anyone would bother with "noise makers" and non-lethal rounds in a bear gun. I get not wanting to kil...
by Slats
Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Getting older, does life/work experience count for anything?
Replies: 15
Views: 2376

Re: Getting older, does life/work experience count for anyth

Maturity does factor in, but not as much as flight experience. It is what makes you affordable insurance wise. Once you get some flight time (1500+AAs), you'll find doors will open quickly. Employers like to know the job will get done (work ethic), but they also need to know you can hack the flying...
by Slats
Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:06 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: cessna 180 vs 172XP floatplane amphibian?
Replies: 16
Views: 5434

Re: cessna 180 vs 172XP floatplane amphibian?

Thank you for all the great valid points, how do you take it to the maintenance shop on floats? if the the AME is on a land airport? I get I've done it a number of ways. For regular, brief inspections you could go to the nearest suitable body of water and the engineer can work on the aircraft while...
by Slats
Mon May 25, 2015 11:55 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Cameron Air Caravan - CYTZ
Replies: 51
Views: 6266

Re: Cameron Air Caravan - CYTZ

In an effort to avoid the condescending ire of cloudrunner, I feel I must preface this by saying that unlike him/her, I know nothing about caravans or the amphibs in question. In fact, if I never get my first hour in a caravan, or another hour on amphibs, I'll be pleased. However, much like him/her,...
by Slats
Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:43 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Herc's and Buffalo's leaving the North?
Replies: 20
Views: 3908

Re: Herc's and Buffalo's leaving the North?

Redneck_pilot86 wrote:Lyndon has their herb into old crow relatively regularly
Makes sense. Probably takes lots of thyme to make an old crow anywhere near palatable. More than a couple sprigs of rosemary too.
by Slats
Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Gold Rush Tony looking for pilot
Replies: 25
Views: 12079

Re: Gold Rush Tony looking for pilot

Redneck_pilot86 wrote:I know the strips Tony puts this airplane into intimately, and ...... I'll give you all the advise I can.
Not very gentlemanly to divulge on the internet the details of how you got intimate with Tony's 206 strip.
by Slats
Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: At a crossroads, need some advice
Replies: 36
Views: 9917

Re: At a crossroads, need some advice

My plan is to pack up my car and head north in about a month/month and a half. Start in NWT, try to get on with the guys at Wolverine or Simpson (which would be a dream). I spent about 4 years there working for both companies and had the time of my life. The flying was incredible and the lifestyle ...
by Slats
Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Pilot in Waiting?
Replies: 66
Views: 6168

Re: Pilot in Waiting?

The problem,, Slatsrick, is that this type of rampie thing is almost exclusively A Canadian thing. In other countries pilots are ...well pilots. They find this ramp concept laughable. Well what realities exist in other countries are of zero consequence to a new CPL looking for work exclusively in C...

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