Work gave me a huge break today

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  1. AKBill

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    Got a call from work today. They asked me if I was interested in heading up/organizing a rebuild of one of our underground loaders. About a 6 week job. I said sure, pencil me in.

    It will most likely be 7 days a week with a 12 hour work day but. The other option is stay on my regular shift 21 days on ,21 days off, 12 1/2 hour work day, living in a man camp when on shift. I'll have 2 mechanics on day shift and 2 on night shift to supervise.

    The rebuild will be in town so I don't have to stay in camp, can come home at the end of the day. It will be a 24 hour maintenance action, so I organize and run the dayshift and pass down work to the night shift.

    Been off 5 months due to an eye injury, I still have mono vision. Trying to get everything ready for FAA so I can get my medical back and start flying again. Protect your eyes, you don't want to go thru what I have been thru.

    This will be a great break in letting me get back in the swing of things.

    Sure hope it pans out, living in camp sucks, food is good but that's about it

    Edit: This is a pic of LR76 not the loader I will rebuild but same model. Poor LR76, remote mucking no one was in the cab..


    LR76 .JPG
     
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    You deserve that job, Bill. Hope it works out.
     
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    Thanks, hope to be flying by the end of the summer. Fingers crossed..
     
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    Best to you...and hope it works out for you...you will be back up soon.
     
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    Thanks, doing annual now, getting everything ready to sell if I don't feel comfortable flying mono vision. Sure hope that does not happen, I have 2 CFI's wiling to work with me on staying current...:)
     
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    I hope it goes well. I just wanted to point out that in the main page on my phone, it says that you might be entitled to compensation for inappropriate physical contact ;)
     

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    Thanks Ted, I sure do not want to hug anyone at work...o_O
     
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    Stay safe!! Quick recovery too.
     
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    Who makes (made?) the LR76. Nothing came up on Google about it.
     
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    Make that 3 CFI’s, I’ll come up and work with you anytime.
     
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    It is a Sandvik underground loader. about 1.5 million to you. They buried the loader tried to recover it but it was to unsafe to do so...:(

    [​IMG]

    :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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    That last picture gives us an idea of scale to the first one, which looked pretty small.
     
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    I guess you could call it small for the work it does. About 8 feet tall, 40 feet long, 8 feet wide, and about an 8 cubic yard bucket. Weights about 35 tons
     
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    I get it but the first pic of the buried machine had nothing in it to compare for scale.
     
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    I hope your 'breaks' continue to get better than 7 days/12 hours
     
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    I think I will start a thread titled "Work messed up my assignment" and see how that comes across on your phone.
     
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    For what it’s worth I’ve been flying without binocular vision my whole piloting life. While both my eyes work, they have never worked “together” for stereoscopic depth perception or vision. I’m sure losing it is different but if you give it a bit of time it can be done.
     
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    What are you mining there?
     
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    It's a Silver mine with, Lead, Zinc and Gold as secondary metals. That is a good thing because when the price of one metal is low the other metals helps offset the cost. Came up to Juneau in 1996 to train operators and mechanics on drilling, bolting, loaders and haul trucks. I liked the area and never really left. Got transferred to Nevada for a bit but I did not like the desert. Came back up to Juneau and started working for the mine. So far I have 21 years as an employee. Long hard days, but fairly good money. Hope to retire in 2 years. That's the plan......:lol:
     
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    Took a Vancouver-Alaska cruise about 6 or 7 years ago. Docked in Juneau, then Skagway, and back to Ketchikan. Juneau seemed like a nice place. The problem with cruises, of course, is that you might get one day in port, not nearly enough to get away from the tourist traps and find the real culture. And you can't get off the boat and explore that beautiful shoreline and toss a fishing line into a river mouth. And maybe get eaten by a bear. All you can do is see the same shops, buy the same stuff in all three places, and resist the temptation to eat endlessly while on board. I guess Covid pretty much killed the cruise industry last year and probably this year, too.

    Seems that not a lot of people know anymore the history of Alaska's ownership. Russia owned it and took furs out of it, but figured that fur was about all it was good for, and it was a long way from Moscow, so they offered it to Canada in 1867 for $7.5 million. Canada was busy putting Confederation together and put them off, so the US bought it and found gold and a lot of other valuable minerals and timber there. One of the best investments ever made.
     
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    You know at 63 I must agree. Mining is a tough environment to work and the work schedules suck. Before this covid stuff hit my regular work shift was something like this.

    Up at 3:30 am, head to boat, boat leaves at 5:00 am. About 5:45 boat docked on island were mine is located, jump on a bus and get to the mine around 6:20, change out go underground and work till 4:20 pm, head to surface and shower. Bus leaves 5:00 pm for the boat, boat picks you up around 5:40 pm and docks at home port around 6:25 pm. 10 minute drive home a quick beer or 2, a little dinner then bed.

    So working in town I gain about 3 more hours of sleep a day...:lol:
     
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    What is the altitude there, in MSL and (AGL)?
     
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    Portal is 900 feet above sea level, bottom of the mine is about a 3 mile drive down a series of spiral ramps and is 1000 feet below sea level
     
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    Bill.. back to work, yeh ?
     
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    Start the rebuild project on the loader 3-30-21. That will be my first day back since accident, 10-21-20
     
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    So.. you've got another month to F-off.
     
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    Yes, fix the heater in the hangar, finish work on the gear and do the annual on the Sport