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Little Bird

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  1. TEMSCO in SE Alaska will have you flying tours for your first season. You’ll fly about 300 hours. Depending on your performance and amount of returnees, you may be offered a sling spot to haul crap down from the dog camp. For your third season, depending on performance and returnees, you can continue to progress. This will all be in an AS350 and later 500. Regardless of where in fact you do end up as you progress from CFI, it all comes down to networking. You could be in the “wrong company” for what you eventually want to do but because you’re a nice person and a solid worker you make some contacts that lead you to your dream job. Of course vice-versa is also possible! I flew west rim for a year but that was just tours so no insight on the south rim possibilities.
  2. Skagway is a very small town. 700 odd permanent residents growing to over 10,000 people on a 4 ship day! Its crazy to see. But once everyone goes, the town is quiet again! I liked that you can bike everywhere. So much nature to take advantage of; hiking, paddle boarding, skiing, snow shoeing, drinking, frisbee golf, swimming etc. You got to know a lot of people quickly and theres always something going on in town. If you like small and can entertain yourself then Skagway is for you. On the other hand if you want more entertainment like bars and restaurants and a better variety of groceries then Juneau is the choice. Its just small town versus big town I guess. Salary was between 3.5 and 4.5, cant remember exactly.
  3. To add, season flight time depends on the base. In Skagway the group ran from high 200s to low 300s both seasons.
  4. I had mates in both Skagway and Juneau that lived in RVs. Once you pass your training (3-5 weeks) youll be assigned a base. Depending of how quickly you pass through training you may or may not have a choice. Once they send you on your way youll hit the ground running in terms of further base training, so youd have to take Marine Highway (aka ferry aka blue canoe) with your RV. Problem is if the boss wants you at your base the next day, the ferry schedule may not accommodate you. One solution would be to base yourself in Juneau as its the bigger base and most pilots are assigned there. If you get allocated Skagway then figure out the ferry schedule and work out a day off with your Base Manager and then transfer the RV that way. Ragman is correct with the other info. I know the Skagway RV Park is pet friendly but it is small. In my second year, a whole group of people did the ALCAN south at the end of the season, maybe 3-4 vehicles from RVs to sedans. I loved Skagway so much. I wish my wife could work from there because Id return in a heartbeat. Best of luck.
  5. Left hand orbits only, all the companies have LOAs that dictate routes, sqwarks etc. Get shown once and youre golden. I enjoyed it, Vegas is best at night.
  6. So a polys inadmissible in court, but its a great way to discount a pilot?! 🙄
  7. Yeah Id agree social media, in particular FB, has taken over. Helicopter Pilots and Helicopter Pilot Network seem to be the big two pages. Im reluctant to post on there because of the flaming many seem to get. I prefer these forums although you need to do some research to make sure the forum you use is appropriate, for example the other forum is more entertainment of which info should be taken with a grain of salt.
  8. I dont have any L model .pdfs to fwd, but FWIW, when I did Eurocopter and Bell factory courses, all materials were provided on-site and in advance when I asked. I guarantee you wont look like an idiot for asking questions or asking for more detailed explanations in order to understand. Im not the most technically inclined person and I always asked for more assistance. I guarantee the questions you ask, you wont be the first person to ask them! Factory courses are a lot of work but I have always enjoyed them. Good luck!
  9. Man. I thought this sh*t only happened in shitholes like where I am now. Sadly no. How hard is it to use your brain and be just a little bit professional.
  10. I swap between left and right. Left is more comfortable but being right handed, right knee is more practical in a job where I can take a lot of notes.
  11. The newer crash seats are quite different from the older style. Much taller. You could secure the co-pilot seat behind the pilot (on the bench) and have one medic but it would be very tight.
  12. Phi's now down, Bristow's up still and Westwind's on Jsfirm
  13. Looks like a lot of the operators are posting for new hires. This is great news!!
  14. Is anyone commuting internationally for the GOM? 14/14 seems like it would be possible.
  15. I'm presuming you're in the US? If you're in Australia however, paying for your first turbine or sling rating is somewhat still the norm. But if you're in the US, don't pay for turbine or sling time. Either put it towards debt or go and build some night or hood time to make sure you get to those minimums required for EMS work, if that's where you're wanting to go. Maybe get a ASEL add-on to build that time and give yourself a fixed wing option if that floats your boat.
  16. Does anyone here fly there? Good and bad points? Is it really that dangerous? Interested in a co-pilot position with Columbia Thanks
  17. Just wondering if anyone knows if CBP has any form of commuting schedule? Thanks
  18. Bladeslapper is our forum downunder. It's a solid place for info and questions but it too has gone quiet. I'd agree with Tom about social media, I think the Helicopter Pilots and HPN pages on FB get the most attention these days.
  19. There is a difference between the European and US heli industry where it seems a self-paid ME type rating is necessary in Europe. Not so in the US. As Wally said, for each and every job the company will train you. If you have 0 experience and if you have 1000 hours experience on type, the training is the same. So, my suggestion would be to wait until the end of your 2 years to do any form of self-paid type rating. Maybe you find the love of your life in the US, get married and a green card and then settle down here... While I've not worked in the EMS sector, I don't believe having a type rating matters at all. As I said before, operators train all new hires the same so no real benefit to get the job. I believe it comes down to networking and your attitude. Anyone can fly anything but if you're a cunt& you probably won't have too many people wanting to vouch for you for work. A mate working for one EMS outfit started on the AS350 due to previous experience in tours. He's now about to start training for the ME machine in his company after 18 months employment. This is how progression also works on this sector. As for Q5, as you progress towards your 1000 hours as a CFI, hopefully you will be networking and making good friends/contacts. This is the best way to look for work for the next step. Typical 1000 hour turbine jobs are tours in Alaska and the Grand Canyon. As you work in this sector, keep networking and as you pass 2-3000 hours EMS, GOM and utility work becomes possible. Good luck.
  20. Just wondering if anyone has a .pdf for the AS355NP flight manual that they'd be willing to share? Thanks in advance.
  21. The longer I've been in this industry (and it's only 10 years) the less likely I am to tolerate crap from employers regarding safety. Of my 5 companies, only 1 never ever questioned a pilot when they declined a flight for mx, wx or another safety issue. However in the beginning, I had some moments of doubt and uncertainty; mechs pushing you, the Owner second guessing you etc. The squawk issue you mention, at least for me, has been common as employers do want to make really sure that their ship isn't down for something unnecessary. IMO if you have solid references from old colleagues, a good work ethic and attitude and with your hours being over 1000 PIC you will find something, hopefully sooner rather than later, and look back on this as a learning experience and something to build on. Good luck, be strong and while it's perhaps easier to write than do when it's a paying job, don't compromise your ethics.
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