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05/16/2013 6:01 PM  
I don't see many of the old timers posting anymore. I'm sure they still lurk from time to time like me. Would like to see a quick check in if you are out there. Semper Fi Rocky

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05/22/2013 11:36 PM  
Oh, I and we are out here. I for one, have retired after 33+ years of commercial aviation, and I dont look back much. I had a great career. Between seeing so much change over the years (particularly the recent past) and conflicting ideals (etc) between generations, all I can do is wish the future 'Good Luck'!.
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05/26/2013 8:49 AM  
I've been trying to post for the last few days but it wouldn't let me.

Carlos, checking in !

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05/27/2013 10:14 AM  

Let's try to revive the old troops here, I think they're all on Facebook. I hardly go on Facebook anymore it's gotten too political for my taste. I hope you're enjoying your retirement. You're kid must almost be in middle school by now right?

Carlos

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06/01/2013 9:20 PM  
I feel that way when i'm away from home too. Oh, I was talking to Rocky and his retirement and kid.

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10/11/2013 5:06 PM  
Back for a visit. The BB seems to have died a quiet death? Anyone want to stir the pot a little? Rocky

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10/15/2013 5:47 PM  
Hey Rocky! Good to see you here. It has been rather dead for quite awhile. I try to check on occasion it has been kind of few and far between now and I never see anything good try and get a conversation going. You doing any flying?
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10/15/2013 7:44 PM  
Hey Rocky! I'm still here. I check in about every six months. This is the first time I've logged in and posted in about three years. I'm surprised my login info worked, lol! We need to get together again soon, my friend!
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10/15/2013 8:16 PM  
I do a touch and go here every once in a while and if I see a thread I like I'll chime in but nothing much going on in this forum. It's a shame since we used to have great conversations and I learned a lot here when I was coming up in the business.

Carlos

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11/06/2013 12:38 AM  
Carlos, I'm still here. It's been perhaps ten years since we've flown together but can keep in touch here. Fly safely.
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11/06/2013 1:11 AM  
Yes it's been a while now, good to see you're still around here too.

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01/12/2014 11:41 PM  
Here it is 2014 already. Just a quick stop or is that a rapid deceleration, (oxymoron anyone?) to say Happy New Year for you all. I'm still kicking and staring 78 in the face, have a current flight physical, and just renewed my CFII for some odd reason. Haven't flown a helicopter since I took my son for a ride in a 47G5 3 years ago. He is now 7 1/2 Semper Fi Rocky

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01/13/2014 1:26 PM  
Happy New Year to you and to all here also !! Regarding the certificates, they're easier to renew every 2 years than to regain if you let them expire without renewing. You never know what rocket scientist you'll get at the FAA to regain them if needed.

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01/13/2014 2:24 PM  
Carlos
I've lost track of the renewals since I got the original CFI in 1967 but I've never let it lapse for the reasons you mention. Got the rotor CFI in 1972 and it got used pretty heavy for a while teaching ag flying. My last ag season was spraying potatos in Minnesota in 2007. I quit when my son was born so I could be with him more during his growing years. Glad I did. Miss the $$ but not the time away from home. Took a lot of years before I figured there were more important things than money?! (not many though)
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01/13/2014 4:23 PM  
I know what you mean about there being more important things than money. I signed up for a 7/7 job but I live 6 hours away so it turns into 8 days work /1 day travel / 2 days off / 1 day travel / 8 days work again.

Hopefully soon we'll get another pilot at my base or I get transferred to another base closer to home and I can go back to 7/7 so I can get a semblance of life back.

Self discipline is when you do something that you know is right even though you don't want to do it. As a professional and safe pilot you have to maintain control over your desires & emotions. Have INTEGRITY and great WORK ETHIC and you'll succeed in life.
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01/17/2014 10:30 AM  
Woo Hoo!! Something to reply to.

Well it is good to see you guys around still. I still come around on the rare occasion to see if there is anything in the job postings that I might be able to get hired for to look in the forum. I understand about not letting the certificates expire. It was several years before I had any options to get any flying in after I finished my certificates. I thought about letting my CFI/I expire because I was starting to lose hope of moving forward and getting hours. I finally got an opportunity to start teaching after finding an opportunity through a Facebook helicopter pilot group. ....just haven't got much in the past couple of month because of weather and none of the students want to fly in the cold. Thankfully I am lucky in that I also have a job doing software development so it is keeping the bills paid while I can't fly. Hope to get back to Dallas either this summer or next and have/get a busy flying job.

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01/17/2014 9:34 PM  
Yeah, someone has to keep this forum open, lol. Hope you get back to Dallas. I'm flying for an awesome company in south Texas right now but hope to someday transfer to the DFW area. We have a few bases up there and this way be able to enjoy my home in east Texas more without the 6 hour commute every week,

Be safe !

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01/20/2014 2:15 PM  
I might have another short term contract out of country. Waiting for more particulars but the guy who contacted me is the hire/fire guy. Would be nice to do it one more time.... Am headed back to southern Afrika this summer no matter for a month visit with old friends. Probably some face to face with a cape buff and assorted other critters. One of my friends has about 120,000 acres with some prime hunting. He is also a pro pilot and friend of many years. Oh the memories...

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01/20/2014 7:47 PM  
That would be cool. If I could find a job where I only fly 1 short term contract a year I'd take it. Money isn't everything but flying once in a while keeps you sharp. Keep us posted.

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01/20/2014 9:32 PM  
Cool Rocky. That sounds like a lot of fun. Hope things go well for you. At the very least, I am sure the trip will be an adventure on its own.
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01/21/2014 12:53 AM  
This will make the 14th or 15th trip to afrika and probably the last time around. I'll visit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and SoAfrika for the 1st time since 1980. Was in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia,and Tanzania on contract with ICAO back in 2009 and thought that would be the last trip. How life swirls and twirls around us hey? I wish I could take my son who will be 8 then but his momma won't even consider it. A trip of a lifetime for him. A long time friend who has the farm in Zim is also my sons God Father whom he calls "Uncle Rob", and Rob delights in teaching my son to speak Matabele words. He is disappointed that Chase can't come too. Ah well...

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02/04/2014 12:24 AM  
G'day gents. Compliments to you all from down under! I've perused the site now and again, it has got quiet but the passion is still there. Seems to be a lot of wheel inventing in some quarters and in others some never learn. Pulled a fuel filter off a shelf in PNG and it was corroded still in the unopened packet. Not to mention dirtyy fuel and truck tiedowns being used on external loads. Am I missing something like trends? Looking forward to making something happen this year, last year was far from a hoot! Hope you keep your flames lit, the info is always useful to some of us. All the best for 2014. Steve

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02/04/2014 8:28 AM  
Good to see you're still around Steve. Clear skies !!!

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02/07/2014 2:07 AM  
Ta mate! And to you. Lots of "helicopter specials" here at the moment (Cairns, QLD), rain is trumps! Lots of new activity coming up in PNG. Be good for anyone with long line experience and mountains. Eyes out for French "Total" and Interoil projects. Cheers mate!

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02/07/2014 9:06 AM  
Good to know opportunities are coming up in this economy. I have plenty of mountain time but no long line however I've been working for over a year with a company that I've been wanting to join for many many years and I'm very happy. Lots of opportunities to grow from a 206L to an S92 with the main company.

I prefer flying for the EMS side of the house so my aircraft options are a little more limited but still pretty nice. We fly 4 airframes. I'm currently flying a EC-135P2+ and just finished training to fly the BELL 407 which we use as a backup. The company also flies the AStar in Arizona and the S76 in some states.

These are the pictures of what I currently fly.









Self discipline is when you do something that you know is right even though you don't want to do it. As a professional and safe pilot you have to maintain control over your desires & emotions. Have INTEGRITY and great WORK ETHIC and you'll succeed in life.
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02/07/2014 9:08 AM  
Damn those pictures came out really big, lol !!!

Self discipline is when you do something that you know is right even though you don't want to do it. As a professional and safe pilot you have to maintain control over your desires & emotions. Have INTEGRITY and great WORK ETHIC and you'll succeed in life.
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02/09/2014 8:27 PM  
Wow. Those pics did come through pretty big. I like the look of the EC 135. They use that ship out of the PHI base in McKinney on the north side of Dallas. Wouldn't mind flying for them in the future.
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02/09/2014 9:46 PM  
Posted By pantherAirborne on 02/09/2014 8:27 PM
Wow. Those pics did come through pretty big. I like the look of the EC 135. They use that ship out of the PHI base in McKinney on the north side of Dallas. Wouldn't mind flying for them in the future.

Get in line. I hope to transfer to that base as soon as someone retires there but I'm sure there will be others with my same idea, lol. It's only an hour from my home where as now I have to drive almost 6 hours to get to my current base !!  It'll mean a pay cut since they only fly VFR and our base is going SPIFR this year (higher pay scale) but you can't put a price on life. That extra 2 days I lose traveling every time I finish my hitch is worth more than money and don't get me started on the wear and tear on what used to be my new car.


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02/09/2014 9:56 PM  
I'm still learking around... Granted I'm not old by comparison. Finally got to the job field I wanted.
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02/17/2014 7:01 AM  
Lol. I guess I am not really an old guy either AirFlair. Just one of the ones that have hung around for several years.

Carlos, once I get enough time and get moved back to Texas I will be living in our around McKinney. Lol. But I don't see myself being in a position to be flying for PHI for a few years so you will probably beat me to it. I am still doing some teaching in Illinois and can't wait to get back to Texas!! I would think the McKinney base could do SPIFR. The ship has everything, just not sure what they have setup for the hospitals around Dallas.
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