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  1. Bummer I missed this! I reserved one hopefully they get enough orders for another round....
  2. Here's another shot of the same vessel, taken on my last trip in late 2011.
  3. I believe their hour requirement is likely around 1k+ but don't quote me on that. For sure they will hire Americans though.... You can see their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/westernpacific.helicopters There are some nice photos of some of our boats there, and you'll may be able to get in contact with Rod (owner) if you had more questions for him. If not, I can get his contact info for anyone that might be interested.
  4. I will chime in here as I have some very direct experience and knowledge in this industry. I work for the company that owns the largest US purse seine fleet based and operating out of Pago Pago, American Samoa. More well known as the "Cape Fleet" Life on one of our boats is drastically different than that of foreign flagged vessels for many reasons. Tuna fishing is tough work and requires some major sacrifice. While living conditions and overall comfort will vary depending on which company you are working for, the one constant can be found in the time spent at sea. Boats are able to stay at sea for months, and while it's not ideal for them to do so, it happens. Furthermore, turnaround times in port are expected to take less than a couple of weeks. If a boat isn't fishing, it's losing money. As a result, there isn't really time to take a break between trips and go home to family and friends. Even if you do, few companies will foot the bill to fly you there and back and if you get off the boat, chances are your spot will be filled by someone else. Many of the fisherman that work on tuna boats go months - years even - without seeing their families. It's different for pilots, but you get the idea. In our case, we do not own the helicopters that fly on our boats. We lease from a 3rd party based in New Zealand (again, many good reasons not to own your own heli fleet) and that third party handles the recruiting and hiring of their own pilots. I've spent a lot of time on tuna boats and in my opinion, it's an experience that is worth living at least once. Being at sea for that long, that disconnected from the "real world" can be a very significant and spiritual experience if you have the right mindset. [Read: patient]. That being said, I've only done time on our boats - which are undoubtedly among the cleanest and most comfortable you will ever find. There is a lot of misinformation out there about the tuna industry as a whole, so I encourage anyone to go out there and see for themselves what it's really like. Just don't blame me if you end up on a foreign flagged vessel in some of the shittiest conditions you've ever experienced. It could be the best or the worst time of your life depending on how you play your cards.
  5. A fellow pilot that I know just posted a few photos of this bird on the tarmac down in CA. Has it been found? Or, did she just find it? Anyone ever figure out the real story here?
  6. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/medical-helicopter-crashes-new-mexico-hospital-rooftop-article-1.1751449 Medical helicopter crashes on hospital rooftop in Albuquerque, N.M. Three crewmembers were aboard the chopper when it crashed shortly after liftoff Wednesday evening at the Albuquerque hospital. The pilot was reportedly injured. KOAT The pilot was injured but the three occupants apparently avoided serious injury after the evening crash. A medical helicopter crashed on the roof the University of New Mexico Hospital shortly after takeoff, sending the bird on its side and breaking off its tail Wednesday evening. Three people were aboard but all seemed to have escaped serious injury after the 6 p.m. wreck. A pilot was being examined and no patients were aboard. Hospital floors directly below the helipad were evacuated after firefighters responded to the roof and sprayed the wreckage with water. The chopper attempted to take off, began to wobble then jerked before it tumbled to the roof, a witness told KOAT-TV. The floors below the roof were evacuated after the wreck.
  7. Not to mention almost every one of his helicopters looks like it just rolled out of the Robinson factory.
  8. I can confirm that Emily also has a pair of these in order to reach the pedals:
  9. Yeah, sorry, it's a nice gesture but it just seems a bit inaccurate and odd to me. King 5 had nothing to do with the accident and their old ship wasn't the one that went down.
  10. Just FYI that is not the helicopter that went down yesterday.
  11. Thought of you and B immediately yesterday. I know how close he was to everyone in that circle, yourself included. I never met Gary but this one still hits close to home for me too. As pilots we see fatal incident reports all too often, but when it happens in your back yard you're forced to stop and think about it in an entirely different way. It's a privileged fraternity and we're all connected in one way or another, no matter what application of flying we're involved in. Thoughts on the victims as well as you, B, and everyone else at KBFI. Fly safe...
  12. I believe most tour or sling load operations are set up with left seat PIC as well. Safer on tours to have the collective between you and the door, instead of under the ass of your overweight passenger.
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