Jump to content


VOLO_VRHome200Frasca VRForum468Helicopter AcademyTigerTugs
Photo
- - - - -

ENG Pilots


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 yzchopper

yzchopper

    VR Veteran Poster

  • VIP Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 324 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Basin City, Washington
  • Interests:Motocross racing, R/C helicopter flying, and flying full scale helicopters

Posted 07 March 2004 - 01:22

What are the hourly requirements to get hired, what kind of pay and how many hours a month do you get? Just curious.

 Steve rotorheadsmiley

People Fly Airplanes, PILOTS Fly Helicopters

#2 AeronauticallyInclined

AeronauticallyInclined

    PVT Poster

  • VIP Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 27 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Alabama

Posted 21 March 2004 - 21:00

You won't believe this but my local station WKRG 5 hired their current pilot at 350hrs to fly the R44. She was extremely lucky though.

#3 gofly

gofly

    PVT Poster

  • VIP Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 20 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:San Diego, CA.

Posted 22 March 2004 - 15:59

350hrs? Wow...must be one of those classic "right place at the right time" occasions...

Most require at least 1500hrs min.


#4 yzchopper

yzchopper

    VR Veteran Poster

  • VIP Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 324 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Basin City, Washington
  • Interests:Motocross racing, R/C helicopter flying, and flying full scale helicopters

Posted 23 March 2004 - 10:16

Thanks for the response, I do appreciate it.

Steve rotorheadsmiley

People Fly Airplanes, PILOTS Fly Helicopters

#5 Huey

Huey

    CFI Poster

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 46 posts

Posted 20 May 2004 - 00:53

A. Inclined,
do you know any of the circumstances for that pilot being hired?
We all need a little pick me up sometimes.
It's kinda like a friend winning the lottery!
rotorheadsmiley

Collectively, we have more collectives

#6 flapback

flapback

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts

Posted 07 August 2004 - 23:31

this is a eng equipment question - how good are the R44 ENG platforms ? i.e. is it like a 3.in.1 stereo, or is the eng gear the best it could be ? Would the r44 eng ship today equal robinsons offering in 5 years time ?

#7 americaniron

americaniron

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 9 posts

Posted 15 May 2005 - 15:54

is this something that i could do after a year of being a CFI how much do you make fly ENG and how many hours do you fly generally take care everyone

#8 nbit

nbit

    VR Veteran Poster

  • VR Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 240 posts

Posted 15 May 2005 - 16:40

I think being in the right place at the right time definitely is the key for some ENG markets.  In a story similar to the 350 hour pilot mentioned above, I was part of a static display in the helicopter section at an airshow in the Detroit area several years ago.  I recognized one of the most notable ENG pilots in the area, and went over to talk to him.  I asked him how he got into the ENG business.  Turns out he was in broadcasting/announcing at a local station in a minor capacity, and someone in management had heard he was working on his PP ASEL with no prior helicopter experience.  Management at the station offered to pay for all his training if he stayed on to do the traffic reporting, and he took them up on it.  I believe he started out with them in a Hughes 500, and has been in B206's since.  Somebody feel free to correct me on the equipment history if you know who I'm talking about.  Many of us wish we had been so blessed me thinks.

#9 Sky10

Sky10

    Newbie

  • VR Member
  • Pip
  • 7 posts
  • Location:San Marcos Ca

Posted 18 May 2006 - 00:52

I started flying ENG in 92 after a lift contract abruptly ended when a hurricane destroyed the project. That was almost 15 years ago and I'm still at it. A friend had told me that the local station was looking for a pilot so I hunted it down. Pretty much the right time in the right place. Pay is good, hours okay and plenty of time to do my own thing.. www.thegiftofgroove.com I have come close to jumping ship for other jobs but never quite do it. Great bunch of folks to work for, home every night and, well, San Diego. I don't think all contracts are similar. When I started it was a matter of proving my worth over the last guy but time panned that all out and it's been good. Definitely times of boredom but I have yet to hear about a job in this industry that isn't. One thing that did help was that I had a background in electronics, RF, Computers etc. On many occasions I find myself in engineering trying to work out bugs in the equipment. It helps to have an idea as to what makes it work. Another trait to have is loads of tenacity.

best of luck,

Kyle
Kyle,
www.kylesplace.net

#10 flingwing206

flingwing206

    VR Veteran Poster

  • VIP Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 495 posts
  • Location:Denver, CO
  • Interests:Flying<br />Skiing<br />Running<br />Sleeping<br />Eating<br />Inveterate rebel, box-buster
  • Company working for:Era Helicopters

Posted 18 May 2006 - 07:15

You could find yourself in an R44 at well under 1,000 hours, especially if you have solid R44 time. Most turbine contracts (Helinet, US Heli, ect) are looking for 1,000 - 1,500 total and 100 to 500 turbine. Often the minimums are not imposed by the operator, but by the TV station's liability carrier.

As Sky10 and nbit said, right place/right time and tenacity are key. The same could be said for most good jobs...

#11 HH60Pilot

HH60Pilot

    VR Veteran Poster

  • VR Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 185 posts
  • Location:Sunny California

Posted 01 June 2006 - 21:08

<font color='#0000FF'>What are the hourly requirements to get hired, what kind of pay and how many hours a month do you get? Just curious.

 Steve rotorheadsmiley</font>


I don't remember what the requirements were, but the pay was $160 for a 9.5 hour evening shift with no guarantee of flying. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the job disappeared right as I finished getting checked out in the AS350B2 as a result of HVA losing the contract with GE because of the WNBC accident.

Doug

Ditto the last three post about right place and time. I got the gig with HVA because an old squadronmate of mine was flying for Helinet at the time and mentioned that HVA was looking for someone.
"These Things We Do...That Others May Live"

#12 Admr Burr

Admr Burr

    Newbie

  • VR Member
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 25 February 2008 - 23:00

<font color='#0000FF'>What are the hourly requirements to get hired, what kind of pay and how many hours a month do you get? Just curious.

 Steve rotorheadsmiley</font>

Nice photo from John's office ask your boss he only was # 2 in the biz for 10 years... 2000 tt 500 turbine remember insurance 20 million liability... and three weeks ojt as dual before you ever get close...unless you want to fly an r-44. much lower

#13 Frictions On

Frictions On

    Newbie

  • VR Member
  • Pip
  • 7 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Las Vegas

Posted 29 February 2008 - 11:04

Nice photo from John's office ask your boss he only was # 2 in the biz for 10 years... 2000 tt 500 turbine remember insurance 20 million liability... and three weeks ojt as dual before you ever get close...unless you want to fly an r-44. much lower


Is there a school out there that trains people for this kind of work?

#14 bqmassey

bqmassey

    VR Veteran Poster

  • VIP Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 178 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 29 February 2008 - 11:14

Is there a school out there that trains people for this kind of work?


Maybe you should start a specific thread for your question. This is a four year old thread.

#15 Frictions On

Frictions On

    Newbie

  • VR Member
  • Pip
  • 7 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Las Vegas

Posted 29 February 2008 - 11:30

Maybe you should start a specific thread for your question. This is a four year old thread.


Oh ... just saw there was a recent post ... good idea though

#16 e145

e145

    Student Poster

  • VR Member
  • PipPip
  • 14 posts

Posted 25 September 2008 - 19:50

It all depends on the company and the type of equipment you'll be flying. Typically if you're flying turbine birds you'll need at least 1000 hrs but if you're flying piston birds you can get by with less.

Call the employers who you want to fly for and ask them what there mins are and develop a relationship with them.
At Helicopter Pilot Careers we help helicopter pilots reach their carer goals. Come see seeus and get a free e-logbook and resume/cover letter advice.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users



HeliHelmets-VR HomePrecisionVRForumHome200Genesys VR Forum 200Spectrum_VRHome200AMTC 2018MaunaLoaVRHome200NFCVRForum200HomeBE_VRHome200