I suspect this is an age old topic but I wanted to get fresh take on whether to do my commerical training in Canada or the US.
First a little background:
I have completed my FAA PPL(H) in the US and am currently saving up enough money to complete my training with the ultimate goal that I break into the industry as soon as possible. After my PPL I flew for fun for a while and then took a break in order to seriously start building up the flying fund. (I have acheived the dizzying heights of 100 hours in the US).
Before anyone says it, yes I understand that the chances of actually making it this business are between slim and none, I read the forum posts regularly and its clear to me that trying to break into this business requires hard work, sacrifce, dedication, networking not to mention a shed load of money to just get started.
I have been to visit several schools around the US and have my own opinions about those, but my question in this case is on a broader topic. Which will provide a quicker route to employment, qualifying in Canada (TA) or in the US (FAA).
From what I have read so far I have weighed up the differences as:
US - From what I understand, the career path in the US goes Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI, CFII then the fortunate ones land a job as an instructor and the very fortunate ones after that breaking into a turbine job either tours, GOM or something of that nature.
CA - (My knowledge of the Canadian system is minimal so please correct me if I am wrong here). The general route is acheiving the commerical licence and 100 hours with no need to cover the PPL first. After the Commercial most prospective pilots end up doing a year or so ground work in order to pick up the odd few hours in the air where possible until they finally break into the industry.
From what I can tell there is far more opportunities for lower time pilots to break into the industry - 500-1000 hours instead of 1000+ (Again correct me if I am wrong).
So in contrast it seems that the route to employment may be quicker and cheaper in Canada, but the student will walk away with less qualifications and no time teaching (given that the instructors are generally higher time experienced instructors in CA as opposed to the time building requirement of the US).
In terms of where I want to fly after training I dont care. I am happy to move to wherever I can get a job, get the experience and fly on a regular basis.
What are your thoughts on the above? Has anyone converted between the 2 countries?
On a side note, one of the schools I was looking at in Canada is Chinook helicopters. If I was to do the commerical with them, they offer a full commercial course in the 206.
Ignoring the cost aspect of this for a minute, would one hundred hours in the 206 in Canada be beneficial to securing that first job? Or is it like the US where 100 hours almost appears insignificant in the big scheme of things and although the future employer might see it as a bonus, it isnt actually enough to move the resume to the top of the pile.