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edspilot last won the day on August 24 2011

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  1. LB: I think the format is fine. Like the Pro Pilot online version and the rest of the online versions of other professional issues. Good choice, well done. Dean
  2. First off: If you are just wanting to build time for the commercial, then stick to the fixed-wing. Yes, a limited number of the copter hours will count but, will be of little benefit to your skill development overall. 2nd: As mentioned above, the cost will be at least double and maybe triple to fixed-wing. 3rd: The skill set for the first 20 hours will not transfer to the airplane at all. Your "resolve" will be tried, tested, and retried again and again. I would stick to getting your commercial finished first. Learning to fly one craft takes enough dedication without the d
  3. Another thought: "Life, is what happens after, you make plans!" Be safe, edspilot
  4. Retirement: Plan, Plan & Execution! Having said that, now the action must take place to have any chance at it. Option 1: Do nothing. Sadly, the most used.... Option 2: Work for a company that has a 401k w/matching of some % and put at least the amount matched. (doubles your money) Save some extra in something that you can get to in case something happens. If you are lucky and never need it, great, more saved. Option 3: Fly for a government agency (Fed, State, County, City) that has a defined retirement system. These are good jobs that pay good, not the best but are secure
  5. As a general rule, employers are not interviewed for secret as long as the time lines match up in your dates. Any gaps more than 30 days must be explained, (between schools, employment and the like). Employers will be emailed or mailed a verification letter to just verify the approximate dates and title of position. If your dates match their info then nothing more is done. Criminal history is important to make sure you are complete. They will be checked in every state you have lived and if you lived in a major city, the city will be checked too. If anything comes up as a "red flag" then
  6. The best way for me to explain the current process is, "nothing is normal" anymore. Ever since the Snowden event(s) everything changes from year-to-year even month-to-month. It is to the point if you see something negative on tv, something in the personnel security will change. Having said this, generally you are correct but, it is an election year,,, politics and image is everything. Be safe, edspilot
  7. Burner_605: As a rule the in-person interview is at the beginning of the process. This is for the investigator to meet you and to verify that you are the person that they have the paperwork (SF-86) on. The investigator will check your ID, and go over the basic sections of the SF-86 to make sure it is complete. You will possibility have to initial each page in the bottom right corner to verify each page as being accurate and complete. Once that is done, then they set out to actually do the gathering of your information such as, college transcripts, marriage &/or divorce papers, prof
  8. My $0.02 worth. As has been mentioned, if you start out from zero and go thru both programs you will have about the same amount of money invested to become employable in either. Around $50 to 60,000.00. That now gives you the required "certificates and ratings." Now you will need "experience" in each, basically the same. Probably teach, aerial surveillance type, charter/135 or the like. Like mentioned above, most will NOT care about the "time" in the other category of aircraft. So now let us look at the job availablility or the sheer numbers of positions you will be competing for.
  9. As far as CBP (Customs & Border Protection) formerly (ICE) formerly (U.S. Customs Service Aviation Program) is concerned only hires "professional" pilots. That is defined as having 1500 hours in either fixed-wing or rotorcraft. Additionally, there are a few specific requirements within the 1500 but most pilots meet them by the time they get the 1500 hours. Now as stated above, as long as there are plenty of pilot applicants with dual-rated and 1500 hours, that will be what they recruit. When that group dries up then, they will relax and not ask for dual-rated. The big requirement is
  10. Wow! I would guess the over-weight issue would be the least of the worries. How about having to sleep in this helicopter? http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AlaskaScienceForum/article/scientists-endure-nights-mountaintop-perch edspilot
  11. Dennis: Thanks for posting. However, you should now put down the camera and pick up a wrench and help with the assembly! Looks like they may need some help. Oh no, forget that,,,,, we want to see more. Keep them coming. Have fun, edspilot
  12. Sorry, I know of none. The R22 is a little under-powered for that elevation and temp, airport is 3962'. There are the Franklin Mountains in the El Paso city limits that are over 6000'. I lived there for 8 years, 5 months and 8 days and never saw an R22 except, those stopping to buy fuel being delivered from the factory, headed east. edspilot
  13. What dp said. It is/will be coming to an operation near you, if it has not already. Let me remind you of a saying, I like to use when the "winds of change" maybe coming: "It better you pick and choose vs relying on the benevolence of someone that may not like you!" Having been in aviation safety since 1982, a M.S Degree in Aviation Safety, graduate of the USC Aviation Safety Management Degree Program, and an NTSB trained accident investigator the SMS is NOT going anywhere. Nor should it. mikemv, go for it. Be safe, edspilot
  14. Lyn: Listened to the Jan 12 show, yesterday. Great job! Great publicity for Rotorcraft Pro too. Maybe you could be a "monthly regular" on there. Continued success this year. Safe flying, edspilot
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