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2020 / 2021 HeliOps Calendar Giveaway - With a Twist

Old 5th Dec 2020, 04:43
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Devil 2020 / 2021 HeliOps Calendar Giveaway - With a Twist

Well this years giveaway will be slightly different since we are in the middle of one right royally Farq'd up world.

I know some of you here on the forum have been laid off and my thoughts are with you.

To qualify for the 2021 Calendars all you have to do is post on this thread and tell us what your 2020 has been like. Please no one or two word answers - give a good explanation - good, bad or ugly.

And here is the twist - I am going to allow each person who makes a genuine post to choose TWO ​​​​​​calendars from the options which are the HeliOps (Civil) one and the HeliOps Frontline (Military) one. When you send me a PM with your name and postal address you can ALSO send me the name and postal address of a colleague or friend who might need one, like one, or deserve one. And no you cant choose two for yourself - its about showing kindness in this shit of a time to someone else - have a think - then send me the PM with BOTH names and addresses at one time and which calendar you want sent to which address.

So be safe out there everyone and hope everyone enjoys this years offer. Below are the front and back page of each calendar so you can see whats in it.

Kia Kaha from Aotearoa.


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Old 5th Dec 2020, 06:09
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Well done Ned; a truly generous offer in such a horrible year for so many Rotorheads and their families.

Thank you
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 06:37
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Spent some time in Isolation
Used all my leave
Stayed interstate at work for long periods
No SIM - checks in Aircraft
Suffered a lot of uncertainty

And I’m in the luckiest group of pilots in Australia- those that still have full time employment
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 08:19
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Well thanks for the kind, generous offer again, Ned.

For the most part, we've managed to dodge the worst of it as a family - we count our blessings that we've got through mostly unscathed so far. We have had at least 2 Covid positives within the near family that we know of, and one of those is still making a slow recovery, but we know others have had things so much worse.

As we are lucky to have jobs still, a home, food and family, we have nothing to complain about, and everything to be thankful for. All we can do is hope for better times to come, and pause for reflection for those who have suffered worse. PM on its way, thanks.
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 10:43
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Thanks Ned we have grown so used to your generosity.

Here in Singapore a daily covid case taly of close to "0" for the majority of the time, so it is easy to stay away from the pandemic stress,

But the same time, all borders have been closed for the past 8 month and that has prevented any chance to renew both type ratings and medicals.
I can see that once the pandemic is over there will be a surge of type rating renewal business (not just revalidation) and al sort of refresher training.

hopefully that might help stimulate the flying schools back in business, when its time to get that license out of the closet and back in order.
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 10:55
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I have mixed feelings about 2020.
Economically 2019 was much harder for us (primary income isn't from aviation) and the pain and sacrifice that was needed then, put us in a good place for this year.
Brutal lockdowns prevented anything involving an aircraft, so the focus was on trying to adapt to a constantly changing environment.

2020 has provided an opportunity to adjust the perspective, to see what is important, to reflect and be grateful for what we have, at a time when so many people are in really difficult situations.
So I am glad for the clarity this year has provided, but concerned about the longer term economic issues that have been created.

Not everyone has had the resources to weather the storm and I worry for those less fortunate, and just starting out in life, for what it will mean for them.

I often hear people wanting everything to go back to normal, I just hope we don't settle for that and rather aim a bit higher and all try to be a little bit better.

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Old 5th Dec 2020, 12:11
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Ned, thank you for this offer. Great idea.

2020 has been quite a strange year for me here in Germany.
As I'm working in IT, I had considerably more to do than ever and didn't lose any of my income. Except that I'm basically working from home office now.
Luckily, no one in my family and friends has been directly hit by CoViD. Knock on wood...
Aviation wise:
Fortunately, I finished my R44 Type Rating (still PPL) in February before our country went into lockdown mode in march.
Unfortunately, I didn't have much opportunities to fly ever since. Made only a few hours. Far less than I've planned to.
Will definitely need some refresher training early next year...

Hoping for the vaccines to come.
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 14:33
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Another great idea from you Ned. Thanks for that.
We decided to up sticks in spring amidst the first wave and since August we are living on a boat away from all the hassle in lockdown light of our own choice.
Just moored up in the north of Germany to let the next wave pass by. Hopefully we'll be able to tour the Baltic in spring. Feeling sorry for everybody who is
suffering from the current situation, but happy for ourselves that we've made our choice ahead of time and can be as free as the ever-changing restrictions allow.
There's no shortage of food and drink, and even plenty of special boating loo-rolls.

Ah dae best for all of you towards the end of the year. NO STORM LASTS FOREVER.

Just arrived at the Weener Marina / Germany
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 23:39
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Firstly I hope you and those close to you are well and looking forward to Christmas, secondly thank you once again for the generous offer of your calendars.

As for 2020, I doubt it has been a great year for many of us mere mortals, and many have probably suffered harder than others. I’ve been fortunate enough to have kept my job having been classified as an essential worker, I have been unfortunately unable to travel to the UK to see my 86 year old Mother or my daughter who was on the frontline of the 1st wave of Covid in the UK.... yes a shit year for all,

Ladies and Gentlemen, stay safe and fly safe, and a big thank you to everyone that has been involved with helping those in need this year.

Ned, really appreciate the offer of “free” calendars but also would be happy to make a contribution to a charity of your choice. As you said it’s been a very different year.......
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Old 6th Dec 2020, 04:15
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Very generous offer Ned, thank you, but being retired I find I have no need, every day is Saturday, or maybe Sunday, or public holiday. Where I live has been unaffected by the terrible disease, border restrictions yes, but in the town, other than restrictions put on places of dining and signs related to social distancing, you would hardly notice, no mask wearing. Most cases have been folk repatriated from overseas and found infected while serving quarantine, no deaths in the state or community transmission. Only concern in our household is the investment returns.

A very Merry Xmas and a far better (Happy) New Year to all.
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Old 6th Dec 2020, 04:57
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Hello Ned:
Unlike Megan I need a calendar to actually know which day it is! I am well and truly retired now and also widowed, so need any mental stimulation that I can get.

Here in Thailand I believe that we have been very fortunate in regards to the virus. At the start a very strict lockdown was enforced, along with "social distancing" and internal travel bans.
The biggest impact has been on those that struggle to exist at the best of times. Thousands out of work in many sectors of the population, particularly any that depend on tourists for a living.
My adult daughter was laid off from her long term management job at a hotel because of the lack of tourists, as an example.

For me I suppose that the biggest problem has not being able to return to Australia, even for a short visit. Internal travel restrictions have now been relaxed, so that part is pretty much back to normal. Local shopping was initially affected for a short period and a shortage of some imported products is ongoing, but basic food supplies are ample.

There is no local helicopter industry here as we know it, and most of the offshore pilots are now nationals, so rotation jobs probably no longer exist. The Government training school is still in operation, but I no longer have anything to do with it. The last time that I was there they had more bent and time expired helicopters in the hanger than were online!

Merry Christmas to all.

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Old 6th Dec 2020, 16:37
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Hi Ned, once again, a very kind offer from you, and a great suggestion as to how to “apply” for your amazing calendars. I’ve only ever flown as a PPL(H) when I had the time, but my day job is a Pharmacist in the UK, so as you can imagine, this year has been tough. I found an email I wrote to a family member in April 2020 at the start of the pandemic, and it reflects what was going on then in community pharmacy:

It's a very scary place at the minute, working on the frontline. When the initial news broke, the world went mad, and the issues faced by the supermarkets were replicated in Pharmacy. We had people panic ordering prescriptions for all sorts of things, and as a result, the workload went through the roof. At the same time, we lost staff due to self isolation and childcare commitments, and as a result, our pharmacies, like all community pharmacies sank under the volume of work! Couple with that, the fact that the doctors surgeries closed their doors to just about anyone, meant that people had nowhere else to go for advice and reassurance than to the Pharmacy. So we had people walking into our stores coughing and with a raised temperature, asking what they should do. This was despite big notices everywhere, telling people not to do that! My wife (also a Pharmacist) and me were supposed to be on holiday last week, but had to give that up to go into our pharmacies to bail them out and support our teams.

We struggled initially with getting basic food items and other household essentials, as we were in work at 7:30am and often not finishing until 7:30pm, by which time, when we went into the supermarkets, there was nothing left. We were down to our last toilet roll at one stage, and I told my wife we'd need to start tearing up the newspaper in the garage! We couldn't buy a loaf of bread, or any fresh fruit, and then, I couldn't find a potato anywhere! It was getting really difficult, and quite frankly, annoying and upsetting that people were being so selfish. There was a video on social media that went viral of a nurse crying because she couldn't get any basics and we too felt like that. We've both cried more than I can ever remember, in the last 2 weeks, as the stress and strain have taken their toll on us. We've seen the very best, and the very worst in people during this time, and even the slightest gesture of kindness, sees us both blabbing again! Last Thursday at 8pm, (the first night of clap for carers) I said to my wife, shall we open the front door and listen if we can hear any clapping, as we felt sure, in our little cul-de-sac, there would be no one out. Oh how wrong we were! There was clapping, cheering, saucepans being banged and our names being called out - that made us cry too! With some of the supermarkets now introducing special NHS shopping times, it has made things a bit easier, but even now, we don't have many of those times to choose from, as were working most of them. At one of our lowest points, in terms of getting food, we had a knock at the door on a Sunday, and there was a delivery from my brother, a Fortnum & Masons hamper of provisions. Not just any old hamper, but an F&M hamper, that made us cry again!!

We've been working now for two and half weeks solid, pretty much, including weekends, just to try and get on top of everything. All of this with NO personal protective equipment (PPE). Finally, this week, we are starting to see some form of PPE arriving in our stores which may help us to avoid contracting Covid19. We've still got a long way to go, in this crisis, but I'm hoping that people can now see, that community pharmacy is going to be there for them throughout this period, and so hopefully, things will slow down a little for us. Our main priority, at this time, is the protection of ourselves and our staff. It's very hard to "social distance" in a busy pharmacy and so the PPE will hopefully help the team protect themselves from one another.

So that pretty much sums up my 2020, and hopefully gives a small insight into how it affected community pharmacy in the UK.
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Old 6th Dec 2020, 16:57
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2020...oh boy....

I managed to stay employed, but in the beginning it was sketchy.
during the pandemics start, the company I was primarily working contract for decided to do a complete reset, and make some decisions that have literally sunk them. No, none of their failures were the result of the pandemic, they were a result of their own poor decision making. You reap what you sow.
My employment with them came to an end in august, but I had a backup already lined up and continued to work doing what I love, which is 350 components. This segment of the industry so far has remained strong and unless 2021 literally implodes, I believe I will come out of this on the good side.
My thoughts are with those that are weathering this harder than others. I do believe things will get better soon.

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Old 6th Dec 2020, 21:26
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Echoing what everyone else has said, Ned, I add my sincere thanks for the generous offer.

2020 saw my employment come to a temporary layoff mid- April. By May, the had made in permanent as they said "it is highly unlikely we will ever return to a point where we can afford to have a full-time in-house trainer". I spent my last couple of weeks writing safety training and equipment manuals. Finished the manual at noon, phone call at 1530 hrs accompanied by an HR rep who watched me clean out my desk. I have been applying left right and center only to find out that being 63 IS a hindrance when applying for jobs.

Ive been picking up some classes teaching ground disturbance, H2S Alive, and first aid.

My wishes are to everyone for a safe and merry Christmas and a happy New Year. And ps: lets get that stupid lawsuit dropped against those who risked their lives during that eruption.
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Old 7th Dec 2020, 02:37
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I always find it interesting every year - so far 1000 people have viewed the post and yet we have only had about ten people take up the offer

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Old 7th Dec 2020, 10:34
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Hi Ned, maybe there are 989 others like me. Love the calendars, look at the thread, interested in the stories but don't feel my story deserves a freebie.
I'm in a similar boat to Thracian; I'm in IT and, coincidentally, jumped from self-employed to full-time employee just as lockdowns hit so I've been working from home since March, feeling like I managed to get onto a lifeboat as the Titanic sank alongside me. In aviation terms I've not flown for a number of years and was all set to make 2020 a flying-revitalisation year. I managed two flights and then we got clobbered.
As I say, there will be bound to be more deserving recipients of your brilliant calendars out there.
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Old 7th Dec 2020, 12:39
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Thanks again for this annual treat.
Yes, odd year, less flying but more open skies, when it has been possible.
Long summer here made the lockdown periods frustrating - but probably gave the ‘environment’ a break.
Certainly hope that 2021 brings some new world order, and the rotary world makes a strong recovery
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Old 7th Dec 2020, 17:34
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Hi there Ned. 2020 started out like normal with HAI in Anaheim and a lot of other travel demands in the schedule. As I headed to Asia on my first long-haul trip of the year, I passed directly over the city of Wuhan, which I had never heard of until a few snippets of news regarding a major outbreak of an unknown disease had been detected there. Things were definitely not right when we got to the Singapore Air Show and a huge number of major Corporations simply didn't turn up. The biggest exhibitors on the flight line and in the exhibit halls were completely absent, despite having invested huge sums of money in advance. Then there was a single case of Covid in Singapore, and the response seemed completely out of order in terms of scale and reaction - we still didn't get it yet. Checking in at Singapore for the flight home on the 14th February, a few more things became apparent, if you weren't a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, you couldn't fly into the United States, something I was completely unaware of up to that time. Finally got home and haven't been able to cross the border into the US since March, and who knows when it will be resolved. I already worked from home, so no particular change for me, other than no travel. Then everyone got hooked into Video links and it's never been the same since! Watching the 2021 show schedule unravel, with Paris being added today, so who knows what or where will be next. I'm sure I'll run into you somewhere around though! Merry Christmas and let's hope for a much better 2021.
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Old 8th Dec 2020, 02:05
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we have only had about ten people take up the offer
Perhaps phones/computers have overtaken Ned.
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Old 8th Dec 2020, 02:49
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Probably right Megan - maybe no need for the calendar on the wall anymore when everyone can just have a desktop calendar on their laptop or phone.
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