Hi Guys and Girls,
Anyone came across flying seaman?
I mean merchant navy guy & for eg. from Merchant Navy Academy with BSc & MSc in Marine Navigation.
I've been deck/navigating officer onboard offshore vessels for years now and little bit on SAR vessels, but decided to pursue my dream job from childhood (well... driving ships was as close to flying as I could choose those days).
Do the mariners make good helicopter pilots?
Does it make you any more employable in the future???
There are some similarities I'd guess:
- driving vessel around offshore platforms in close quarters (like hovering around stuff - just missing collective control)
- navigation (well more or less same in aviation)
- CoG, stability / cargo calculations (well we calculate not only x & y but also quite important in Z axis)
- being Officer of the Watch and in charge of manoeuvring, navigating etc. (nearly as being PIC during your watch).
- meteorology (also similar basics)
- Helicopter Landing Officer and all Helideck firefighting stuff we had to do
- not to mention North Sea safety standards and all that $hit I have to deal with every day