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#1 Cavuskies

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 21:10

Anyone have experience going through the interview process with Columbia Helicopters? Curious to know what to expect in a phone interview and how to best prepare.



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Posted 07 February 2016 - 15:45

Anyone have experience going through the interview process with Columbia Helicopters? Curious to know what to expect in a phone interview and how to best prepare.

 

It depends mainly on the position you’re seeking. Are you seeking a PIC position or SIC position?  Do you have any CH 46 or CH 47 flight time experience? Do you have any heavy or medium helicopter flight time experience?  Do you have any utility related flight time, firefighting, longline, etc.? Are you available for extensive travel? They’ll want to determine your willingness and your ability to work in a two pilot environment. Are you willing to start out working on a seasonal basis?

 

These are some of the questions they’ll want answered and want you to expand on. If at all, they may ask you some basic questions about helicopter aerodynamics and FARs; However, the main focus is on you and your background and how you will fit into the organization.

 

 In the past, as far as the second-in-command positions were concerned, there was normally no company plan to bring the second-in-command up into the PIC position, unless they already had sufficient background to be a” practical candidate” for such a position. However, a few with no practical experience, other than graduating from flight school with a commercial certificate, have went from SIC to PIC and on to senior captain positions. It can be done, especially in the utility field, where you’ll see the largest percentage of pilots with no CFI and no instrument rating making over $100,000 per year. Sometimes it depends more on you and what you’re willing to do then any certificates you might hold.


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Posted 07 February 2016 - 16:55

However, a few with no practical experience, other than graduating from flight school with a commercial certificate, have went from SIC to PIC and on to senior captain positions. It can be done, especially in the utility field, where you’ll see the largest percentage of pilots with no CFI and no instrument rating making over $100,000 or more per year. 

 

 

Well that guy is definitely my new hero!  :wub:   :lol:


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Posted 07 February 2016 - 17:42

Those guys probably had very positive attitudes and connected well with people around them.

Attitude will make or break your job.
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Posted 07 February 2016 - 18:45

Those guys probably had very positive attitudes and connected well with people around them.

Attitude will make or break your job.

 

What can I say, I always figured my negative attitude would land me a job through the fundamental force of electromagnetism?  :D


The only dream I have left is to live long enough to see the pilot shortage. Its been about fifteen years since they first told me it was coming, so,...

Aaaaaaaany day now! :D

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 12:04

Have they called out for phone interviews for the sic positions? Does anybody have any recommendations for a guy with a couple thousand hours almost half long line time and all utility work? Worth leaving a good job to co-joe at Columbia? Long term to move into captain possibility? I think it would be amazing to learn from some really high time captains.




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