Joined: Sep 28, 2008 Posts: 52 Location: Tiger Country
Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:00 pm Post subject: New Poster
I am currently working in some dangerous sandy countries.
Apart from the obvious downsides of working in these countries, I do get paid a very decent wage and so find myself with the ability to realise a longstanding dream, to fly helicopters..... commercially.
A lot of my family are fixed wingers and I've been a passenger in Helicopters for most of my working life.
I've no problem with the training (all seems straight forward) although there seems to be a bit of a problem - How do you get from 150 odd hours for CPL(H) to the 3000 odd hours requiremed for employment???????
If there are jobs for newbie qualified pilots - where do you look?
((perhaps this should go in the 'employment' area?))
i think the saying is 'those that can, teach' however in this case i think it's 'those that can't, teach!
From what i've seen new cpl's seem to get an instructor rating and then get their hours up instructing - a couple of friends of mine both managed to get 1000 hours in a year as they were teaching with a good school.
I've heard of pilots paying for an Instrument Rating in the hopes of increasing their employability - very expensive and challenging, with no guarantee - however some have been successful i believe
hope this helps _________________ PPL (H)
If it moves i want a go
heres a question to add onto what bomb_doctor said. how do new pilots go from 110-150hrs to 250hrs? it seems there is a void of info here as to how this is done! _________________ CPL(H) Pilot/Ground Crew
Joined: Feb 20, 2008 Posts: 1059 Location: New York
Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:54 pm Post subject: New Pilot
ONE HOUR AT A TIME!
Seriously, there are many ways to do it. The most common as has been said over and over here in the forum, you can instruct, fly for charities, sightseeing and such, or have a lot of money.
It is not easy to acquire helicopter time or it's counterpart in fixed wing...multiengine time.
I would suggest that you try using the forum Search mode before startinga new thread. Most FAQs have already been asked and answered somewhere. _________________ "A Copter Pilot's Life has it's... ups and downs"
Bell 47-206, Schweizer 300/500, Citation 525
Hang around your flying school everyday as a CPL and hope they will take you on to do the odd freelance charter for them, hang around for cheap positioning flights. Hunt around for seasonal work. Or pay your way.
Once you reach 250 hours have the money to do your FI, then to get to a 1000 odd hours work as a FI.
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