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toddspuriscalUser is Offline
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04/21/2011 8:03 PM  
I think it's time we all get together and say NO to being required to have (in addition to our A&P) a CDL with HAZMAT and Tank endorsements. Beyond their commercial ticket and medical - what else do helicopter companies require of their pilots?? Are we truck drivers or helicopter mechanics? I prefer to be a mechanic. Consider the crap that goes on with the driver logs most of the time - it's YOUR ass and licence on the line - not your company's. Let's get together on this one, please. I know helicopter mechanics are a bunch of GDI's but we have to get organized sometime.
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04/30/2011 12:11 PM  
Dunno. Depends on the job. If it's a small ship and we're only only flying a couple of hours a day, I'd do it. However, if we're doing 6-8 hours a day, it's too much.

Aint just the CDL issue. On something like seismic, you're required to be at the safety meeting at 0 dark-thirty, be the fuel boy all day, then maintain your machine at night. Unreasonable. First off, it's difficult to maintain a machine in airworthy condition, working those kinds of hours. Second, on a day rate, the mechanic is taking it in the keister on pay.

Thing is, as long as there's enough guys willing to do it, things won't change.
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05/28/2011 2:22 PM  
Don't fire contracts waive the hours of service when there is a fire? I am an A&P/IA with the CDL, tanker/HAZMAT as well. I was a trucker a few years then went back to being a mech, so I haven't performed them together. I do recall the FMCRs stating in an emergency, say a fire or a flood, hours of service do not apply. I hear contracts must adhere to those rules regardless, does anyone know of any truth in this?
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01/15/2012 12:43 AM  
Get used to the A&P being the whipping boy in aviation. Long as there are fools willing to do it and most mechanics seem to shun unions which is the opposite of pilots. Mechanics seem to have slight inferiority complex and put up with all kinds of BS.
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