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ctimrun last won the day on April 3 2011

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  1. All good advice given above. I say if you have the dream and the financial means don't let anyone or anything get in your way. Since your only 51 you have a lot of good years left in you, not to mention a lot of life experience which will help you along through the process. Most of all have blast!
  2. Someone please correct me if I am wrong on this....... but all the rotor wing positions that I have seen posted by "Aviation Search Group" have been PHI jobs. In fact if I recall correctly, all the positions I have noticed (I don't always look at the posted openings) are PHI EMS positions. Happy hunting!
  3. Makes a guy not want to do the right thing. Sorry your going through this. Have you looked into any of the medical solution places that are run by previous FAA directors? I haven't personally but have friends who have had great experiences, faster than AOPA. Might be worth a look. Leftseat dot com is one example. Hope you get it resolved sooner than later!
  4. Pilot was Tim Lynn, retired SoCal law enforcement pilot, don't think he's on the forums at all. I know him well and spoke to him. He gave me the story however I'm not familiar with ASTARS so forgive my lack of technical terms in the description. They were covering a story of police searching for a man with a gun when the other news heli (also a retired LE pilot) noticed smoke. Tim quickly and calmly looked for a place to land. He saw a football field but noticed there were people in the area so he went to the small empty parking lot instead. Did a confined area landing with a steep approach to the spot in the picture, shut down, and got out ready to fight fire with the extinguisher. He said he was relieved when there was no sign of flames. Here is where my lack on EC knowledge comes in. It sounds like a seal (can't remember exactly what he called it) let go and was allowing oil to leak...... Tim is a true professional aviator in every sense. I was not at all surprised to know it was Tim and how well he handled the situation. I think we all could learn from this situation, I know I did.
  5. IMO its due to a number of factors, some of which may be..... 1. Overseas contracts paying much more $$$ 2. Pay for pilots not realistic, in other words, very low 3. Undesireable work locations 4. Low pay I apologize for the partially sarcastic response, I'm sure there are countless reasons, but I definitely see a trend. If operators would bump the pay up to a reasonable level to entice the pilots to work in the undesirable locations I don't think there would be as many openings.
  6. Most of the HTF locations are very undesireable locations to live so the HTF stipend is motivation to make someone want to live and work in that area. I'm sure there are times when there are more factors but I believe that is the main reason.
  7. I recently spoke to several DEA pilots out of Long Beach who said a rated pilot who becomes an agent needs to be prepared to do 10 to 15 years as an agent on the street before being considered for a pilot position.
  8. Very well said and great point! Every member of our unit has worked multiple special assignments before getting into the air unit. Narcotics, homicide, gangs, traffic, DARE, etc which makes everyone very well rounded and better equipped in a support role for these units when it comes time to do whatever the task at hand is. After all we are called "air support" for a reason. If the pilots and TFO's had little to no exposure to other areas of LE before getting into the air unit they wouldn't be very effective in supporting them from the air. I'm sure there are LE pilots who have succeeded in getting into the air unit when that was their one and only goal when joining LE to begin with, but probably rare. The majority of guys I have met over the years have done a variety of assignments before pursuing the air units they work in. The best TFO's and pilots are well rounded people, not ones who are only focused on getting their hands on the controls. Flying Pig's statement above summed me (I was also a private pilot before getting into LE and had 14 years in patrol and various assignments before getting in the air unit) and every member of my unit up when we started in LE.
  9. Not sure why so many people think a police department takes a brand new freshly trained PPL/CPL and turns him or her loose in a multimillion dollar aircraft. I have been in airborne LE for a long time and have never seen an agency do this. A newbie LE pilot will typically be assigned to fly with an air unit CFI for quite some time before ever being turned loose without a second qualified pilot sitting at a second set of controls. Most airborne LE CFI's have thousands upon thousands of hours of very demanding time behind the controls. As I'm sure you can imagine LE is a very unique job, especially when attempting to utilize an aircraft to do the job. It is very difficult if not impossible to get a non LE experienced pilot to think like a cop. This requires much more verbal communication between pilot and TFO/observer which severely complicates CRM and IMO makes things much more dangerous at low levels, etc etc you mentioned above. When there is a LE experienced pilot along with the LE TFO/observer often times they can do some serious work without very much verbal communication between the two of them all the while maintaining solid CRM. So it is much easier to take a solid policeman and train him to be a pilot, than it is to take a pilot and try to get him to think like a policeman. My agency trains from the ground up, but not before a person has not only been an officer for approx ten years, but has proven to be a solid policeman. They have to work part time as a TFO for a long time to make sure they can do the job (keep in mind the TFO job is much more difficult than flying the aircraft), as well as fit in well with the people already in the air unit. And yes we have cops who already have ratings, however they have no chance at getting in to the air unit for a variety of reasons. Recently we had an already rated helicopter pilot start the part time TFO position. This guy is a solid policeman, has a PPL-H, and plays well with his coworkers. About two hours into his first shift as TFO the pilot had to drop him off because he got airsickness and threw up in the aircraft. He just couldn't handle the turns, operating the camera, binoculars, etc etc. To give him the benefit of the doubt he was given two more opportunities to try it out and even though he didn't throw up he asked the pilot to land before he did. Unfortunately he doesn't have a chance at getting in. The cost to train people to fly is expensive but keep in mind a lot of these air units are very uniquely funded. State or federal grants is one way. Another way and my favorite is through asset forfeiture where the seized assets of a drug dealer buys us brand new aircraft, equipment, and training so there is no out of pocket expense to the agency itself.
  10. I did several ratings with them. My experience was that LAH is a great school. Good location, busy airport for good experience, lots of aircraft available, good maintenance, knowledgeable and friendly instructors, as well as an instrument equipped R22 to save money vs a 44. I highly recommend LA Helicopters.
  11. I think a lot of these EMS jobs are open because........ There aren't any pilots willing to live within the distance perameter the company places on the location. Seems like many of the locations are very rural and/or undesireable. The base has a high turnover rate because there are personnel issues at the base. The starting pay the companies offer potential pilots is too low for them to survive, especially if they have a family to support. etc, etc. I'm sure others will chime in with other things.
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