I dont know that I would be jumping in line to drive a fuel truck if your intent is to come on as a powerline pilot If you are looking for a job, sure, may as well, if you are looking to be a pilot maybe not. There are others here could definitely expand on that.
Here is a funny story.... I like funny stories...
I spoke to a guy a couple fire seasons ago in Fresno who was driving a fuel truck following a 205 around for fire. He said he got in thinking he would get cross country stick time and be brought in under the mentorship of the pilot. Dude was a new CFI.
He kept saying "I dont know why these guys wont invest anything into me. Im dedicated, Im willing to sign a 10 year contract if they train me, I would stay here for my career if they would give me a chance. If these guys dont start working with me Im going to move on."
So I asked the glaring question.... "They hired you to drive the fuel truck. How did you think that implied you would be IN the helicopter as it traveled? Who would drive the truck?" And here it came...... "well, the mechanics can drive it too so I dont see why I cant fly in the helicopter and one of them can't drive the truck. The mechanics all pile into the back of the helicopter and sleep and I get stuck driving the truck. Those guys arent even pilots." We bantered back and forth about LE flying, how that all works, etc etc etc. He kept expanding on how he could really help out the company if they would just start training him up...he could be a relief pilot if the main pilot didnt feel like flying that day yada yada blah blah....
I responded... "Yeah, well it can be tough being unskilled labor. Hey, I gotta go man, good luck."
So, long story short, this guy took a manual labor support job somehow thinking that implied "Paid Huey Intern Pilot needed. Will Train." So because he added a whole list of things to the job description, hes talking about punching out on these guys in the middle of the fire season while they are on the road.
Hey.... if that guy is here on VR, how did that all pan out? Sorry I never called you back about going out on a patrol flight while you were in town!
Edited by Flying Pig, 09 November 2013 - 11:06.