The important thing to do is stay positive, and keep current.
The industry is always going through peaks and troughs, with the whipsaws swift and frequent. At the moment, it isn't a good time for offshore: problems in the GOM, contracts changing hands in the NS, overqualified co-pilots waiting to fill dead-man's shoes.
The upside is that it is summer, which means that if you are willing to travel you should be able to build some hours instructing. Aim for the first milestone of 500 hours while sending out CVs, and follow up with phone calls and personal visits. You'll also make new contacts for further down the line and build valuable PIC time.
Rejection last week means nothing this week - people leave, contracts change hands. If you happen to be in the right place at the right time and you can be brought online quickly because you don't have a lengthy notice period to serve then
It is going to be tricky until you get that first break, but use your qualifications to earn some money instructing while keeping yourself current. This may not be what you wanted or envisaged at the start, but keep jumping on those stepping stones.
helicopter pilot jobs - irrespective of what bait training organizations use to lure prospective students, there are quite simply not enough jobs within most organizations for the amount of people they train. The best you can hope for it either some ad-hoc work or at least be considered more favourably against a comparable candidate when a position opens up.
flip2 you make some good points but I think that anyone who is considering spending the amount of money needed to complete their CPL and beyond, they need to do their homework on the flight school that they attend.
I could name several helicopter flight schools out there at the moment that will nigh on guarantee a position with their company at the end of your training.
If MSmith would have spoken to any of these before starting his training he would have a job now.
You are quite right in saying the industy is not at it's best at the moment, but I only think this highlights my point even more.
Before you spend any money with a flight school, people need to ask the flight schools what the chances of a position at the end of their training are. Look at their track record.
With the qualifications that MSmith holds right now, he would have been a superb asset at the right flight school.
There is a flight school in the UK right now that will not only nigh on guarantee a flight instructors position at the end of your training but also a commercial position as well. I won't mention them on here, as I don't want to seen as advertising this particular school but if anyone wants to contact me regarding them, contact us via the link below.
Before starting your training, look at the big picture. There are (unfortunately) a lot of low times pilots out there at the moment with no job. How do we know? They contact us all the time and ask us what advise we can give them.
But there is not a lot we can say to these people other than what flip2 has already said.
However the people that contact us that haven't yet started their training yet, this is a completely different conversion.
Look at the big picture. Don't leave anything to chance.
You may disagree and this is only an opinion but we can only speak as we find.
I am afraid that I am very sceptical of the "job offer after training" bait which I have seen thrown out in countries all around the world for the best part of decade. I just look at the numbers of pilots being trained versus the number of staff, and I think that I would not want to guarantee a job to anybody until I had seen what sort of a person they were.
However, if companies are now willing to do that it is fantastic news for new pilots, to whom the industry had traditionally offered very little help.
Off topic, but I think the concept of your website is excellent
Cheers for all the information and comments guys I really appeciate it.
To answer a couple of questions I did my initial CPL training with Bristow Florida and at the time they were more or less guaranteeing that if you get an IR afterwards you would have a very good chance at getting with Bristow North Sea. Then the recession happened and it all seemed to go down hill.
I've currently managed to get some ad hoc work for a flight school so I'm hoping that will bring my hours up until the day when (hopefully soon) I get that call from the North Sea.
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