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  1. I know a good amount of canyon warriors that didn't make it past the poly. Good guys with perfect backgrounds
  2. I figured there would be some sort of procedure for who would be in control or primary in a situation like this. Is this a common occurrence out there?
  3. Also, nothing against soliciting tips at all (anyone in tours does duh!), but stuffing your own 20's everywhere directly in front of the guests faces and a gigantic sign seems unprofessional and tacky. Sure, a paperclip with a folded 20 in it clipped under the upper glare shield on the pilot side just barely in view is fair enough. But that amount everywhere is kind of ridiculous. A subtle 20 in your semi transparent upper pocket and a heavy emphasis on "I hope you enjoyed MY tour for YOU today" is about all I'll do. If I even thought about clipping money to the panel or mentioning the "T" word I'll be set packing. From personal experience the more subtle I am the more tips I get. The more direct I tried to be at previous jobs tended to turn people away. I think it all comes down to tactfulness. I know this has nothing to do with butters post, I guess when I saw that ridiculous amount of bait (or real tips) it instantly made me think that guy is kind of a dick. Hot loading with no safety measures whatsoever other than frictioned down controls (which normally suck on all 206s I've flown) probably doesn't help my opinions on it all either. Ok end of rant
  4. Well that's a ticking time bomb if I've ever seen one.
  5. On multiple accounts I've had groups of people go topless during a strip tour. Then again most of the passengers during the summer months are generally already naked to begin with. Two things you learn quickly...everything is bigger from Texas and glitter will blow out of the a/c vents for weeks after a big music event. Now, if you'll excuse me I'll be hiding from my other half when she reads this.
  6. Kiss your ass goodbye if it was Avbug up front. Turn everyone on board into a lawn dart without hesitation...because that's what we were trained to do in our super secret squirrel training right...right?!
  7. The canyon is losing pilots to HEMS (HAA?)/the dread of the summer heat faster than they can hire right now. Almost every company is short staffed. Not really helpful to the sub 1000 hour pilots except that maybe current CFI/44 tour pilots will come and fill the void and open up more instruction jobs.
  8. That was a crazy read. Good find thanks!
  9. 1. You said I won't be taking them very far. To which I replied I am aware, I am a pilot. Show me where I said I didn't know how far a helicopter could fly...brightspark. 2. I've been with 5 different 135 operators, same 10 minute powerpoint with all of them. If you were given some amazing hands on anti-terrorism or hijack training please enlighten us on it and where to find the material. Not a single other pilot I've spoken with has been given formal training nor believes their company has an official response they're supposed to follow. Not a single one. Damn no one must be qualified! 3. §91.3 Responsibility and authority of the pilot in command. (a) The pilot in command of an aircraft is directly responsible for, and is the final authority as to, the operation of that aircraft. ( In an in-flight emergency requiring immediate action, the pilot in command may deviate from any rule of this part to the extent required to meet that emergency. © Each pilot in command who deviates from a rule under paragraph ( of this section shall, upon the request of the Administrator, send a written report of that deviation to the Administrator. Ah, the most famous part in the FAR's most of us have memorized. My mission is whatever I say it is at that point. If you disagree go ahead and reread it, just slower.
  10. 1. Good joke, wonderful 10min powerpoint isn't it. See something say something got it bam I have no question whatsoever about handling this hypothetical situation with unlimited possible scenarios attached to it. NONE! 2. Hmm I see your point, I hope bad people don't know about the internet. If admins agree feel free to delete? 3. I agree yet again, however I'm more interested in the subject of what you guys think the real world response would be to squawking near a large base or city. Not if a helicopter is smart choice. 4. I assume they're all idiots what's your point. 5. He might, after all he/she's an idiot. I obviously know how far they'd get if distance was their goal.
  11. I feel like if I got the hint they wanted to use the helicopter to hit a building or a populated area and I didn't think I could get down alive then I'd elect to just take out a lonesome mountain. If they just wanted to take the helicopter down and kill everyone I assume said bad people would just take out the pilot anyway while sitting behind. I don't know, just a topic I've bounced around in my head every once in awhile when you get those creepy people on board or the drunks who slip through the very loose cracks. It's Stockholm syndrome, pilot edition. I've adapted to love not having free time or a comma in my bank account.
  12. When I say 20-30pax that's total for the day. I fly 6-7 pax at a time on the helo side. I agree, if they've done any research at all you're pretty screwed on using the transponder or radios.
  13. As a ditch pilot flying 20-30 passengers a day from all around the world for hours on end that all have unchecked baggage with them in the aircraft cabin I've always had the underlying curiosity of what would go down in the event of some sort of hijacking. Virtually zero security screening of passengers or baggage from check-in to boarding. I'd like to hear your thoughts on what you think you'd do. Of course there are countless possibilities and scenarios, but for this matter lets say you're inbound for KLAS and someone flashes a gun and tells you to land near a terminal or somewhere in the city. Do you guys think squawking 7500 in the event of hijack is essentially a death sentence for everyone? I mean with Nellis AFB right there and everything. I assume tower would verify you have the correct code in which the pilot would simply reply yes. From what I've researched ATC will only ask you to verify once, then will not mention it again. Pop the doors and flying like a mad man until you could control crash somewhere and bail? Squawk and go with the flow and meet the hijackers demands until you find out what happens? Carry a big ol' knife and hope you're within reach? Thoughts?
  14. 500 hours in B2's flying in the ditch last year. Many times one of the front passengers would be taking a picture with a camera or cell phone then drop it. Countless times the phone/camera ended up directly under my FFCL or fuel shut off after they attempt to catch it. The majority of the time the passenger instinctively goes to grab for it immediately. If you happen to be talking about something outside of the aircraft or momentarily distracted something else they can beat you down there before you're able to smack their hand away or grab it for them. Honestly couldn't believe someone at one point thought that design would be a good choice. Specifically for loss of tail rotor at a hover as well as the possibility for accidental shut off. I feel like the majority of FFCL or shut off valve incidents would be prevented by a left drive helicopter in the tour sector. Just my $0.02 Oh, also maybe don't restrain people into a helicopter with zero ways of quick disconnecting in an emergency. But I think we beat that horse.
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