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#1 Bazzard

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 20:53

Hello all, new to the Helicopter forum world but not to the forum world. My question i'm sure has been beaten to death and i will hear about it in the "use the search function" comments however my situation is unique in my opinion. I am looking to build a career as a commercial helicopter pilot but i am finding very mixed reviews regarding employment opportunities from everything i read. Alot of posts are outdated and seriously biased.

 

A little background, I'm a 26 year old US resident and Australian Citizen that lives in SW Florida (been state side for roughly 15years making me eligible for US citizenship) Australia allows every citizen a certain amount of money towards education, after using a portion towards my bachelors in business management I still have more then enough to peruse a commercial pilots license. Currently I am the owner of  of a 30yr established mechanical small business that i have successfully owned, operated and built for the past 5 years. Contrary to popular belief small businesses at least in my field are rarely more then buying your self a job, I am not complaining, it pays all the bills but not terribly much more, however allows a lot of freedom to peruse other avenues. With a wife and 2 kids the military is not an option for me any longer and i would like over the next 8years to be flying and making a reasonable salary from doing so. I have always loved aviation and had a great "feel" for things i operate, at a younger age i worked my way through the Civil Air Patrol ranks and gained plenty of hours in a fixed wing but i don't enjoy fixed wing and CAP doesn't enjoy helicopters.

So to wrap up I have the ability to have my $74k AUD education paid for, the option to leave my steady "day job" to fly whenever within reasonable range of home but I can go for my Masters and do something that doesn't thrill me, is there work readily available in the helo world?

Thank you Chris



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:15

I would post this in the general forum as well.

 

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:59

Is there work readily available? If you're in the right place at the right time, happen to bump into the right person, and he likes you,...maybe?

If I were you, I'd get my private license and just rent or buy an R22 to fly around for fun on the weekends. :)
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,...

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 19:52

I would post this in the general forum as well.

 

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Appreciate it.



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 20:03

Is there work readily available? If you're in the right place at the right time, happen to bump into the right person, and he likes you,...maybe?

If I were you, I'd get my private license and just rent or buy an R22 to fly around for fun on the weekends. :)

 

Thank you for the input, Aussie will only cover the commercial/private license not just private but i could do my private here if i went that route. Im curious what is an actual realistic figure to rent a r22 for a afternoon? Any ideas on getting the US to recognize my Aussie license i assume some equivalency test?



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:42

I don't know anything about license conversions, but if Bristow is still in Florida I believe they used to do that stuff?

As for renting, I pay $270 per hour which includes fuel. However I live in overpopulated and overpriced California, Florida is probably cheaper.
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Posted 16 February 2018 - 15:31

Thing with being in California, is that some of the helo jobs very well....  Butters is just a negative Nelly.







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