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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2005 11:03 am    Post subject: Ferry Flights Reply with quote

I was talking to a commercial heli pilot a few weeks ago and he told me that basically went round to all the helicopter companies making himself available for ferry flights - delivering helicopters, picking people up etc. Said he built up quite a few hours this way.

I'm interested in doing this, but I know there must be quite a lot people chasing the trips! Anybody had any success with this kind of thing in the UK?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:58 am    Post subject: Hour Building Reply with quote

Hello WhirlyGirl!

Maybe if you want to go to the U.S. on vacation, you can fly a
Bell 206 B III JetRanger at Van Nuys airport for traffic watch in L.A.
as a co-pilot for $140.-- . You can log the time as PIC, because the
Pilot is CFI and you have already your ppl. You can look it up under
www.heliclass.com.
His name is Philippe and from France, a very nice guy.
I did my Bell 206 rating there in May and made good experience.
This is not an advertisement for this guy it is only an other sugestion.
I know building hours drains everything you have saved and you try to
make the best out of it.

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

flyhigh

Thank's for the info heliclass, can you tell me did you need a visa and do you need your licence validated by the CAA or FAA before you could fly with these guys?

Thanks

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your reply! I'm not in a position to go to the US at the moment but will bear it in mind for the future!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi flyingwelshman!

You have to validate your licence if you want to log your hours as PIC.
The guy you are flying with is an instructor anyway and you can fly with
him also without validation but then you are not able to log the hours as PIC.
The validation is not a problem and goes as far as I have heard relatively fast and easy.
If you need further information about the validation you can call the
Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) in Van Nuys, close to the airport there.
The phone number is: +1 818 904-6291
The adress is:
Van Nuys FSDO
16501 Sherman Way, Suite 330
Van Nuys, CA 91406
USA
As far as I know you don't need a Visa like you need it for training.
A tourist visa should be fine.

Hope that helps, Flyhigh
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flyhigh

Great info thanks, Now just got to get the Mrs to let me go to LA for a few weeks.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On my recent trip to L.A this is what I was told......

'Yup, $145 per hour. Here is how the Jet Raqnger flying works. You can fly
25 hrs in 1 week, 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Flying starts at 6:00 am
to 9:00 am then resumes at 4:00pm to 6:00pm sitting left seat covering am
and pm traffic reporting. At certain times during the flight you will
practice some approaches, hovering and so on. You fly out of Van Nuys
airport. The rate for this is $145 per hr. If you want to do the
transition course so you can log the time as PIC (if you have not done so
already), it is 2 hours of basic and emergency proccedures and 10 hours of
ground, which takes place inbetween traffic watch sessions. The cost for
the transition course is $1420. The pilot requires and $500 non-refundable
deposit to book the week and he requires the remaining balance paid before
you begin flying.'

I was also told you do need your FAA licence validated.(as described previously)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Flyingwelshman

What part of Wales are you from?....or have you relocated like me....I moved from Llanelli 20+ yrs ago but fly to Pembrey now and again to see my Mum & Dad.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heliaviator

I used to live in Swansea and have a business based in Dafen Llanelli. Moved to Dubai about a year back.

Did my PPL at Swansea airport. Flown to Pembrey lot's of times, great little airport.

No PPL flying in Dubai so looking to find a good a place to go and get my fix of flying. Have R22 & R44 rating so thought a jetranger rating and some hrs would be great.

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