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After seeing their fleet fleet of beavs and all 3 types of Otters, I wouldn't mind getting some info on em. Such as pay, working conditions, and most importantly, do they hire english speaking folk? :)
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Idriveplane wrote:After seeing their fleet fleet of beavs and all 3 types of Otters, I wouldn't mind getting some info on em. Such as pay, working conditions, and most importantly, do they hire english speaking folk? :)
I don't have info on them, but on the last question, Saguenay is a very french part of Quebec. If you can't speak French, that could be dangerous for your life when you'll be flying. If you're bilingual, that should be a non-issue!

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Air Saguenay often operates in english speaking area (IE Goose-Bay Labrador floats + skis).
I'd say call them & ask... a very friendly bunch.
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I second, and in Schefferville its almost all english
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I flew in the same areas as Air Saguenay and other french only speaking pilots. It was very busy airspace, and using the gps tracks could be dangerous at times. Without exception, I was the only English speaking pilot around. The quebec pilots were friendly and courteous. But learn to use your eyes more than anything else. Looks like they are operating nice equipment though... :D
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Air Sag is a nice company. As long as you don't have to fly JC around for his hunts its a good gig. Most of the guys are Francophones but almost all of them speak English to a certain extent. Speaking in English on the radio is ok, but you'll miss out on all the jokes, and jokers on company freq if your a unilingual Anglophone.
When I was in that neck of the woods, they paid around 3000 a month on the DHC2 and a tad more on the Otter. I know they were looking for guys with Turbine time a year or so ago.
The CP back then was Julien C and he was based at their Lac-Sebastien base, he'd be the guy to speak with if he's still around...
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they look like a great company
the CP is a good guy taking the time to answer you and he will be quiet honest with you
as I applyied to work on the dock he told me my profil was best suited for the line
how ironical : few people want to do that job and when you want it you're told to go the big iron way
go figure.........:smt108
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SQ,

Is Bobat the new CP by any chance?
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last I heard was Fred Jalbert the new CP...since last summer... he's a really nice guy....
Only in Wabush they speak english...
the pay really depends on your experience... and what your willing to do!... but even for a beginner it's decent...
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Rudder Bug wrote:SQ,

Is Bobat the new CP by any chance?
nop, I don't think, I don't remember
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Vortex_driver wrote:last I heard was Fred Jalbert the new CP...since last summer... he's a really nice guy....
Only in Wabush they speak english...
the pay really depends on your experience... and what your willing to do!... but even for a beginner it's decent...
No true, most of the guys I used to fly with out of Sheff, spoke English.
And I strongly disagree with your last comment. Flying out of Sheff is not a good place for a beginner... Heck I had about 800 hours TT and 400 on floats when I started there, and I've never scared myself so often. I truly believe that I was lucky that I made it out of there alive. Good lessons learned but looking back on it, I wouldn't send anyone new to the float industry there.
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Why did you scare yourself so much? Was it on your behalf or from being pushed by the "top".
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I wouldn't send anyone new to the float industry there.
I totally agree Twotterflogger.

In order to do the caribou hunting season in Scheff, one has to learn to be able to fly every day. The wx will switch from CAVU to CSFA (can't see fuc.kall) within minutes.

And the wind? I think that's where its made! I've seen 90 kts at low level, but smooth, once we were all airborne in our piston Otters. The guys remember that one for sure. I've been stranded in a tent, almost out of food for 8 days too, in heavy snow in the end of August.

Schefferville is definitely not the place for a beginner.
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Idriveplane wrote:Why did you scare yourself so much? Was it on your behalf or from being pushed by the "top".
I have to admit, that most of the time it was my own doing... although I was made to fly in less then aceptable weather a few times. In hindsight i should have taken the Convair 580 flight out (and yes i was threatened once), but being young, keen, and wanting to prove myself I made some poor decisions which in hindsight were stupid to say the least. From what some of my friends whom are still there, things are a changing....


Rudder Bug:

Thanks for confirming what I was saying. Its not only your desicion making skills that are put to the test, but there are many, many variables which you cannot control, and can only be mitigated by expirience in the region.
Say, when were you last working in the region? We've perhaps met eachother???

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Hi T-Flogger,

I'm sure we ran across eachother there! My last season was with Saguenay in 89 I guess. They called me Elvis by then!Whom where you flying for? Are you PP?
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LOL! Nope I'm not PP. I finished there in 2005, been in Africa ever since... I don't think we've met each other if you left in 89.... tell me, do you know Andre Valler? Jacques Dupuis? or Jack/Dick Hume?
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Twotterflogger,

My name is Gilles Graton and I am francophone too. It's probably obvious the way I write! :mrgreen:

I have a few friends at Air Saguenay, nice gang, I enjoyed being with them those days.

There are some other frogs in here for sure!

Where are you in Africa and what you're doing?

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Salut Gilles, je suis francophone aussi, mais j'ai travailler pour Jack/Dick et non pour Air Sag....
I've been working in East Africa mainly for the last 3 years flying Caravan's and other maintenance nightmare aircraft there... I quit my job there months ago, and now fly for a Canadian company abrod, I do still reside in Tanzania during my time off...
What about yourself? Where have you been since 89? Who do you know is still at Air sag?
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Air Saguenay is looking for a Beaver driver on Quebec North coast, starting June 10th. Decent wage, lodging and food provided, lots of flying. Most of customers tip pilot.

This is not an entry-level offer though. I suppose they want a couple thousand hours and good bush experience.

Feel free to PM me for more details if you think you qualify.

Here is a link to the the web site: http://www.airsaguenay.com/index_en.php?categories=3

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Sorry for the delay in correcting myself!

I said the PAY is decent even for a beginner...not the flying! but talking about the job, I totally agree... Sheff, Lac Pau and Wabush, and actually pretty much all there base! is not a good place for a beginner... The only easier bases are down south where you can have some older guy to fly the small lakes and the bad days!

Air sag 's pilot in Sheffer spoke french, but there are other operator that have quite a few english speaking pilot!

I probably met you there twinotterflogger! were you flying the private 185? I think we made a trip following each other to like camp XX... can't remenber the number there are too many!

Did you met with N. Dancause in Africa? I heard he's flying there now on a caravan...could be the same place!
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Hello Vortex_driver,

We probably did meet... yes I did meet N. and his older brother whom are both flying there now... small, small world!
Now even better is that I almost met with the old JHA pilot that I replaced (the same one that flew the DHC2 for air sag when I was there) unfortunitly when he came to town, I had an overnight in the bush...shame... but yeah, meeting two ex air sag pilots there, and almost getting a 3 meeting was awsome.... BTW, N. is now flying a Van, and was joking that Julien C. would now KILL to have him on again! lol
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So you guys knew Jean when he looked (and played) like Jimmy Page! Have you seen him lately? He now looks and acts exactly like his dad when I worked there! LOL

But I like those guys!
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Rudder Bug wrote:So you guys knew Jean when he looked (and played) like Jimmy Page! Have you seen him lately? He now looks and acts exactly like his dad when I worked there! LOL

But I like these guys!
LOL!
Last time i saw him was in Scheff.... I think he liked me, untill I started "cruising" his daughter at the "Caribou Bar".... Damn, how was I suppost to know she was only 16! :oops: lol...


I have to admit that out of all the flying jobs in all the countries I've been since, that my most memorable times up to now were while being based out of Squaw Lake....

So Rudder bug, i'll assume you also know "Gilles" the bar/ATM/pizza/hotel/car-repair/car rental owner of Scheff? lol
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So Rudder bug, i'll assume you also know "Gilles" the bar/ATM/pizza/hotel/car-repair/car rental owner of Scheff? lol
...and the slat machines!

Yes I met him last time I refueled up there on my way to Kuujjuaq. He had bought from the insurance the Navajo that crashed next to the runway and had all the parts for sale, not knowing the value of anything at all! :mrgreen:

My buddy Eddy C. also flew Jack's 185, a good friend I lost track of. What about Jack's wife now, mmmmmmmm... :P
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twotterflogger wrote:tell me, do you know Andre Valler? Jacques Dupuis? or Jack/Dick Hume?
André Vallé!
Quel chic type!
He was up there in 2006 flying the beaver... when you say a nice guy, that's one! always this unexpected joke about anything!!!

And Jacques... if your talking about the guy from Latuque... He's an awesome one too! I remember one morning he woke up and we were going to get the plane at the bouey when all serious he looked at me and said "Are you crazy?" so I said "no, why?" and he said "well what the f*** are you doing working here!!!"

ahh those crazy days!!! good times!
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