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Fred0311

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  1. In other industries I've heard of things going wrong and the liability being passed off to the contractor. I have no experience with contracting in the helicopter world. And let me make it clear I'm not planning or expecting to crash a helicopter. But every year professional and experienced pilots crash and I don't have such a big ego as to think "it can't happen to me". Doctors carry malpractice insurance. When working as an employee unless you've done something egregious generally mishaps are covered by the company and or insurance. I was wondering if its advisable for a pilot working as a contractor to have something along the lines of a doctor's malpractice insurance. Anyway I had already made my decision by the time my question had it's first substantial reply 10 days later thanks to how dead things are here these days.
  2. So I've been offered a job as a contractor and I'm trying to figure what pitfalls there are to it. So far the obvious issues are health care and paying the employer side of taxes as well. But what haven't I thought of? If something ever went wrong would I face more liability than I would as an employee? Could an employer's insurance come after me if I'm not an employee?
  3. AkAr, I've complained about Bob's attitude towards women on here before (and I'm a man) and you're not going to change his world view or how he communicates it. He comes from a different generation that says if you're so weak that a anonymous person's statement on the internet about your gender could discourage you than we don't need you in the air (or insert other male dominated profession. And honestly I kinda agree with that sentiment. However I also have female friends who I respect and care about and I've watched sexism and sexual harassment discourage them in aviation. So maybe some comment on the internet is the straw that breaks the camel's back and make someone quit after getting laughed out of the fbo by some dipshit saying she's not a real pilot. Bob is a real life friend of mine and he is a good person, but I can disagree with him on his sexism. I've personally watched him mentor a young female pilot though and he's a different person in the real world. He lacks some perspective though while having some that we lack. I would suggest voicing you disagreement, learning from his valid points, and not letting his trolling get you wrapped up. Or not. You do you. -Fred
  4. Good write up NR, I enjoyed reading it this morning while doing a track and balance flight and drinking my coffee. I wish I disagreed with something you said so I could troll you a bit but the only thing I come up with is this strange grudge you have against this woman. Is it sexual tension? In any case... We all know all these little safety tidbits as does she. Either people abide by them or they wont, another post about them probably isn't going to change anyone's mind. But the best take away is about the videos. I personally put alot of pictures and videos on Facebook and try to make sure they don't catch any oopsies because you never know who's watching. Aside from the FAA there's always potential future employers. We had a saying in the Marines, "dont put your war crimes on YouTube".
  5. Also if your not able to move around you probably won't be successful in this industry. I recently did my 10th move since I started fly 7 years ago.
  6. Switch back to post 911 gi bill. Move to an area were you can use it. Anything else is a massive waste of benefits. The rules have changed a bit since I did it but it covered 100% of my flight training, my degree, and gave me a housing allowance. It's worth the move.
  7. You might try checking forums specifically for the sim you play versus a real world helicopter forum. But yes there is a long list of helicopters that can be fitted with autopilot. If any of then are available in your simulator and if they model the autopilot is a completely seperate question that we can't answer.
  8. There's no way you forgot that stache....
  9. I think you misunderstand me Bob. First off LTE is real and I disagree with you calling it a myth. Call it what you want but in certain aerodynamic conditions helicopters lose tail rotor effectiveness. But it is easily correctable and avoidable. What I was saying before was you seem to be on a crusade against LTE because you think pilots are using it as an excuse to crash a helicopter. I'm saying that pretty much everyone I've met views it like a VRS/SWP crash. Yes the immediate cause was an aerodynamic condition but the root cause was the pilots failure to avoid and then correct for that condition. I don't think anyone see it as a get out of jail free card. If someone says to me oh that was a LTE crash I don't think oh those damn Bells... I think that pilot either needed better instruction or had a lapse in judgement. Is anyone here arguing its the helicopter's fault? Edit: After rereading my previous post I can see it was my poor choice of words and not Bob's reading comprehension that caused the confusion.
  10. I'm with you on LTE butters. While Bob is right about what he says regarding LTE he seems to think it shifts the blame from the pilot to the aircraft. Maybe that was the excuse pilot's made back when Moses and Bob were flying helicopters together (just playing with you bob) but today I'm pretty sure it's looked at like VRS. No one would say oh that damn helicopter got into VRS despite the perfect actions of the pilot. Same goes for LTE. Yea its a thing but its the pilots fault if he crashes because of it.
  11. Unless he just wants to wiggle sticks once a year and doesn't care about flight time.
  12. I could see it pushing smaller operators out of buisness. I don't see the Forest service increasing rates so companies can afford to pay more and hire more pilots for 12 and 12. Maybe they'll get the hint if they can't get enough aircraft this summer.
  13. That was actually a really fun job. Can't make a career of it (unless your Bob) but it was a great way to spend a summer.
  14. I notice there are still quite a few companies advertising positions for fire pilots and I would expect them to have been filled by now with the season so close. I know the company I work for will probably have a helicopter grounded this year for want of a pilot. Do you think we'll start seeing more of this or is JSFirm just reposting old adds? I saw that once before where a company paid for a recurring add and never took it down.
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