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by blue thunder
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ADS-B
Replies: 26
Views: 1875

Re: ADS-B

Interesting news clip whereby two Government jets need to be replaced because they are not compliant to fly in the USA under the new rules. What a bunch of BS, and the news media is spewing this out. I was quoted 5500US dollars this morning to make my aircraft compliant. Garmin GTX 435. Even if that...
by blue thunder
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Quebec R44 missing.
Replies: 27
Views: 3287

Re: Quebec R44 missing.

The article is overly dramatic. There's truth in it, but those truths apply to many Bell helicopters also. I agree that a low cost, entry level helicopter, coupled with a simple airframe and systems makes it a more vulnerable combination. The Bell 206 is also vulnerable to mast bumping if mishandle...
by blue thunder
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Quebec R44 missing.
Replies: 27
Views: 3287

Re: Quebec R44 missing.

How did we get on the R22/R44 are horrible subject? We have no idea what caused this tragic accident. In my experiences, helicopters don't crash, usually the person behind the controls has (at least) something to do with it. If you put your mind to it, you can pretty much trash any chopper out there...
by blue thunder
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: C-gfxk (okotoks flight school) off airport
Replies: 19
Views: 3013

Re: C-gfxk (okotoks flight school) off airport

And the SJWs start. You bought a house in an air ranch. Attached to an airport. And b***ch about airport operations. :roll: Well said. I've been involved with this development for many years, although I don't live there. Landed there many times. Sh*t happens, looks like they set it down in a safe s...
by blue thunder
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Flying Through YYC Class C Question
Replies: 18
Views: 1484

Re: Flying Through YYC Class C Question

I fly helicopter regularly in YYC airspace. No big deal. Call 1-888-882-2254 and get a code before entering (from the east on 119.40. If you come through Springbank, they will give you a code to clear you through, unless you are above Springbank airspace, then call ahead and tune in to 128.70) These...
by blue thunder
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Helicopter Forum
Topic: Rooftop landing: Seeking advice and/or pilot
Replies: 12
Views: 2191

Re: Rooftop landing: Seeking advice and/or pilot

[/quote] There is a mechanism for this kind of thing, which is the SFOC referred to in 602.13 (" Except if otherwise permitted under...section 603.66. ") Here are the details you need to provide: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/regserv/cars/part6-standards-623d2-2450.htm#623d2_65_a [/quote] I'...
by blue thunder
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Helicopter Crash - Near Calgary
Replies: 3
Views: 1655

Re: Helicopter Crash - Near Calgary

Sad. I knew John, although not well. He was a smart guy, big in to innovation. He didn’t live far from me.

https://www.thestar.com/calgary/2018/07 ... river.html
by blue thunder
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Lightspeed headset
Replies: 12
Views: 1213

Re: Lightspeed headset

I use the Tango in a helicopter and I'm happy with them. I don't fly all day every day, just casually. I love being unplugged. No side effects, if I have to step out of the chopper quickly with the blades spinning, I have noise suppression there too. I have the Zulus as well. All great products as f...
by blue thunder
Tue May 02, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: okotoks
Replies: 21
Views: 6591

Re: okotoks

Got this today
by blue thunder
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Seymour Arm Airstrip BC
Replies: 3
Views: 1353

Re: Seymour Arm Airstrip BC

Was there a couple years back in a helicopter. Trees on both sides, so not sure on landing distances. 10/10 on being a cool place !
by blue thunder
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Headsets
Replies: 22
Views: 2133

Re: Headsets

I've had my Lightspeed Zulu for over 5 years now, no issues so far. Noise-cancelling and comfort should be things to look for so a little investment is good. Anyone have any experience with the cordless version of the Zulu? I've got a couple sets of the Tangos in my helicopter. I like them but I do...
by blue thunder
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Banner towing @ ZBB and lower mainland
Replies: 8
Views: 1464

Re: Banner towing @ ZBB and lower mainland

Reviving an old thread. I have given thought to towing a banner by a private helicopter. Not looking to do this for hire, just doing it "because". I've been searching the requirements, and the only thing that I tend to argue with is the fact that one needs an OC to do this. I fully understand if thi...
by blue thunder
Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Fort McMurray Visit
Replies: 3
Views: 1285

Re: Fort McMurray Visit

Paul or one of the guys at Phoenix Heli-Flight are the best ones to talk to about helicopter operations around the area. Paul Spring has been up there for more than 25 years. Thanks for that. I have a message in to Paul. 123.5 is an advisory frequency for the area. Each airport has a discrete MF fr...
by blue thunder
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Fort McMurray Visit
Replies: 3
Views: 1285

Fort McMurray Visit

I'm tentatively heading to Fort McMurray this coming Friday with some friends (by helicopter). We're going to stay one night. I thought it would be a shame not to tour some of then open mine projects they have out there, but at the same time, I didn't want to be a nuisance. From all research, all ai...
by blue thunder
Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Pilot and pax lucky to be alive
Replies: 29
Views: 5003

Re: Pilot and pax lucky to be alive

Here's his story-I don't think the Copyright police will chase me: Hello All, as the pilot of the Rotorway that made the news I'll share what happened, and hopefully benefits can be drawn. Before getting to anything else, my THANK YOU to my Rotorway friend Mark Johnston and his friend David that tra...
by blue thunder
Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:02 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Pilot and pax lucky to be alive
Replies: 29
Views: 5003

Re: Pilot and pax lucky to be alive

http://www.rotorwayownersgroup.com/forums_c/showthread.php?t=9637&page=2 Here is a first hand story of this incident from the pilot (I copied off another forum). As a former Rotorway owner, sounds like this guy did pretty well in setting the helicopter down. The Rotorway has a pretty light inertia r...
by blue thunder
Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Anybody here get their private aerodrome in the CFS?
Replies: 21
Views: 2913

Re: Anybody here get their private aerodrome in the CFS?

I had my office helipad licensed with TC (CBC6). A bit of red tape, but in the long run I think it was beneficial to do so. I did hire a consultant to help me out, but it wasn't a high cost. Lot's of paperwork, but once you have it, it is easy to keep up.
by blue thunder
Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: ATS Question Forum
Topic: Medium behind a heavy on take off wake seperation?
Replies: 3
Views: 2227

Re: Medium behind a heavy on take off wake seperation?

[quote=" Not being 'that guy' that gets all prudish about 30 seconds. Lord knows my wife is constantly reminding me that 30 seconds isn't anywhere near........satisfactory. :wink:[/quote] :lol: My wife told me that "size matters". Out went the R44 and in came the 407............I think that's what s...
by blue thunder
Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Border Crossings
Replies: 7
Views: 1320

Re: Border Crossings

Where are you flying from? Anywhere in the Vancouver/Victoria area you just call Kamloops on 1-866-WXBRIEF to get a transponder code (see YYJ entry in the CFS). Also, any time I file a flight plan by phone they give me a transponder code. What do you mean you haven't been successful getting a code ...
by blue thunder
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Border Crossings
Replies: 7
Views: 1320

Border Crossings

Helicopter guy here, and I don't frequently cross the US border, but when I do, I'm usually scrambling on trying to find a frequency that will give me a Transponder Code while in flight to cross the border. Keep in mind, I don't necessarily leave from a populated airport, and I don't fly at ten thou...
by blue thunder
Sat Aug 13, 2016 8:27 pm
Forum: ATS Question Forum
Topic: Squawk Ident
Replies: 32
Views: 5814

Re: Squawk Ident

Helicopter guy in Calgary here. I've only squawked ident when asked, no response. After being asked to squawk, these guys are so busy talking to others that it takes a while for them to say I am identified. Maybe they get to to know me, but that's the way I handle it. Like others have said, we have ...
by blue thunder
Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Villeneuve Tower Frequency change
Replies: 10
Views: 1562

Re: Villeneuve Tower Frequency change

Yeah, I'm busted. Thanks guys......I didn't bother to check Notams after my buddy had told me this.....my bad.
by blue thunder
Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Villeneuve Tower Frequency change
Replies: 10
Views: 1562

Re: Villeneuve Tower Frequency change

Just checked Calgary Pilot supply and the current CFS still shows Tower as 120.0, valid until September........
by blue thunder
Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Villeneuve Tower Frequency change
Replies: 10
Views: 1562

Villeneuve Tower Frequency change

My buddy just let me know that Tower went from 120.0 to 118.8. I can't find any record of this (yeah I know, get a new CFS). I usually rely on Firelight. Anyhow, any info to confirm is appreciated, and maybe a "heads up" to guys like me relying on Firelight. Cheers
by blue thunder
Thu May 12, 2016 5:38 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Okotoks Airport Closing
Replies: 53
Views: 6762

Re: Okotoks Airport Closing

Did you get an email to notify you of this meeting after you registered? Conveniently, I did not. If you did receive an email, could you share it with me? matt@blueconcalgary.ca. Thx

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