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by C-FDPB
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Small aircraft loading
Replies: 22
Views: 1985

Re: Small aircraft loading

Try to load the bulk of the load under the wing in the center of gravity. Use float hatches when able. Keep in mind how far you're flying and fuel burn with belly tanks for c.g. if you're in a dhc. Wont affect things too bad. Flown lots of stuff on the inside and outside. Lumber, boats, canoes, wind...
by C-FDPB
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Favourite Type
Replies: 56
Views: 3292

Re: Favourite Type

Anything de Havilland built for the bush. Controls are so well balanced and the performance for what they do is in a lot of areas unmatched (just maybe not the speed). Still the workhorses 50,60,70 years on. Always had a soft spot for the Norseman as well. You really fly that machine.
by C-FDPB
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Blue Water Aviation plane down North of Winnipeg
Replies: 63
Views: 11512

Re: Blue Water Aviation plane down North of Winnipeg

I fly both the PT6 and Garrett conversions. They are very similar in limitation. PT6 is max 134mph on floats and 144mph wheels, Garrett if I recall is limited at 136mph floats 146mph wheels. Regardless it's very tragic and hits home.
by C-FDPB
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Part time float jobs?
Replies: 9
Views: 3049

Re: Part time float jobs?

I’m not entirely convinced the 50 hour course is needed. Maybe some operators require it for insurance, but many don’t. If you have the basic rating I’m sure you’d have no problem getting a dock job with a company that has a small aircraft and they would teach you heaps with the newly minted “licens...
by C-FDPB
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Water bomber pilots
Replies: 7
Views: 2517

Re: Water bomber pilots

I'm pretty much in the exact same boat, interested in possibly making the switch from float bush work to fire bombing for a career. Here's a couple showing interest in this field and I'm sure there's a bunch more out there wondering the same. Any of the experienced folks out there care to shed some ...
by C-FDPB
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: No job to first job
Replies: 12
Views: 2620

Re: No job to first job

In an attempt to get that first foot in the door try and keep as many options available to you as possible. Instructing isn't for everyone, if your heart isn't in it and you don't have a lot of patience it will be a disservice to student's you're trying to teach. Going the bush/float route I think i...
by C-FDPB
Tue May 01, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Season Start
Replies: 4
Views: 2196

Re: Season Start

I just got to Thunder Bay as well on my way west and everything I saw was still frozen. A few lakes starting to look dark and saw one floatplane buzzing around Hearst. My guess is it was an amphib. Hopefully ice free in a week.

Cheers
DPB
by C-FDPB
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: What don't you like about your plane???
Replies: 23
Views: 4404

Re: What don't you like about your plane???

The beaver could use a cup holder, maybe on the base of the control column :lol :mrgreen:
by C-FDPB
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Kississing float ops
Replies: 0
Views: 2459

Kississing float ops

Anyone on here work there or have worked there in the past in their float department? Conditions and such?
by C-FDPB
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Provincial (PAL) Airlines
Replies: 11
Views: 5477

Re: Provincial (PAL) Airlines

In addition to the above poster's question, any one have info on the twin otter ops in Labrador?
by C-FDPB
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: new to float operation. need some information please
Replies: 17
Views: 4745

Re: new to float operation. need some information please

Depends on the operator. I've seen guys get hired onto a dock/180 gig with the bare float rating and others started at 25-50 hours at different places. Working the dock/swamping is a great way to get your foot in the door. Watching and learning about good judgement and decision making skills. You'll...
by C-FDPB
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: new to float operation. need some information please
Replies: 17
Views: 4745

Re: new to float operation. need some information please

sdp wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:45 am
Check out the kebeelo add. You could be flying a beaver this summer!
that's unreal! When I was first looking for work around 2012-13 minimums were pretty well 1000 across the board. Different times.
by C-FDPB
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: new to float operation. need some information please
Replies: 17
Views: 4745

Re: new to float operation. need some information please

There will be ads come up this spring for dockhand at companies that don't have an aircraft you can fly as a junior. Don't apply at any of these places. In this job climate you should be able to get something flying.
DPB
by C-FDPB
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Air Bravo minimum first officer times?
Replies: 18
Views: 3952

Re: Air Bravo minimum first officer times?

Don't fly for bravo, but a good friend does and said it was 4 on 4 off. Just about all full duty days.
by C-FDPB
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Algonquin College Aviation Program Help
Replies: 4
Views: 1335

Re: Algonquin College Aviation Program Help

I know when I attended from 2008-2011 the training was 'OK' it was 100% geared toward pumping out airline puppies. If you wanted to do anything else in the industry ie. Bush or special mission I wouldn't say it's the #1 school for you. If airlines are your goal then by all means keep trucking at the...
by C-FDPB
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: R-985 operation and leaning.
Replies: 12
Views: 5795

Re: R-985 operation and leaning.

This is kind of what i was thinking. Was just an observation of another aviator. Also cat driver. What sort of power settings did you use. I've heard of 28/18 in cruise and 29/19 .
by C-FDPB
Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: R-985 operation and leaning.
Replies: 12
Views: 5795

R-985 operation and leaning.

Been flying the beaver for over 1000 hours now and think I'm starting to learn the bird. I know she'll teach you something new just about every week. Just wondering what some of the old timers think in regards to engine operation with different power settings, leaning etc. I've seen the beaver flown...
by C-FDPB
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Ice out 2017 predictions
Replies: 6
Views: 3774

Ice out 2017 predictions

Thoughts from around the float community?
by C-FDPB
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Lac Seul?
Replies: 4
Views: 3125

Re: Lac Seul?

PM sent
by C-FDPB
Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Air Canada's New Livery
Replies: 50
Views: 8280

Re: Air Canada's New Livery

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by C-FDPB
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Demand for float drivers 2017?
Replies: 61
Views: 21098

Re: Demand for float drivers 2017?

I agree with bring me the horizon that you learn piles of useful and essential knowledge working the dock that helps your transition into flying the plane for the operator. In addition to PCC when I was researching where to apply for my first gig I used the TC civil aircraft register and looked for ...
by C-FDPB
Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Demand for float drivers 2017?
Replies: 61
Views: 21098

Re: Demand for float drivers 2017?

i think chances are good. I've already had interest from a handful of companies that are looking.
by C-FDPB
Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Any legitimate Pilot bars left?
Replies: 28
Views: 6242

Re: Any legitimate Pilot bars left?

From my days in Red Lake I used to frequent the Lakeview and the Balmer.
by C-FDPB
Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Slate Falls ad
Replies: 3
Views: 3752

Slate Falls ad

Very well written and detailed. The applicants will know pretty much right what they're in for.

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