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  1. 1.No 2.Yes 3.No 4.Yes You're engineering experience will be useful to you for helping you understand the systems and how the helicopter operates and good help you progress quicker than your peers. But any help iy gives you would be hard to quantify as no one will look at your resume see engineer and say "hire that one!" I love what I do and worked extremely hard to get where I'm at. It's still jard work though. Hanging out the window in bad visibility in a 200 foot hover with people hanging from your helicopter is stressful. I'm guessing if I don't advance to an easier
  2. Well they also get used as helco so my guess is they'll replace them with an another helicopter. But who knows, it could go any way.
  3. So I'm going to piss some people off here but some food for thought on going from military to civilian fire/utility flying... In my experience military pilots have a hard time making that transition for a few reasons. They are taught to fear the "dead man's curve", The height velocity diagram should be avoided as much as possible but as a long line utility pilot you'll live in it. Respect it, but you'll have to be able to work in it. They have a hard time with vertical reference. When military pilots fly external load its usually a short line and they have a crew chief giving them instructions
  4. So I don't know too much about it but Ive worked with them a few times. USFS has two and Im not sure how many cal fire has, bit word is they will all be retired in the next few years for lack of parts. I got to stick my head in the forest service one and they have a really impressive camera system on it. My mechanic googled it and said it was 3-5 million for that optics set up. Honestly though as cool as an airframe it is it's pretty unnecessary. You could do the same job with and Astar or 407.
  5. I haven't seen a problem with that yet except for one company that has an antagonist relationship with the Forest Service and FAA. But some people are definitely missing out on fires. I know a few places still trying to fill seats and one that lost an EU contract over it. It's a good time to know how to long line.
  6. It seems like there's a lot of fire/utility openings for this late in the season. Do you think we'll see machines grounded for lack of qualified pilots this year?
  7. Okay first off the one bit of advice I haven't seen yet (or glossed over is DO NOT pay for everything up front! Schools can and do close and walk away with your money. If they want to give you a discount for 5-10 hour blocks fine but no more than you're willing to lose. And since you've gotten so much good advice already I'll just give you a few anecdotes from my career. I started flight school in 2012 and just this year got my first no sh*t good job. I have had 8 jobs and have had to move 13 times since finishing flight school. I quit three of those jobs over maintenance that was s
  8. It depends on the fligjh school you learn and instruct at. How busy are they? How many students does each instructor have at a time? It took me about 9 months to get out of instructing but that would probably be on the very fast side. Probably plan on about 2 years. And the pay is terrible. its usually between 10 and 20 an hour but only on the hobbs. They might expect you do stuff like make sales calls and clean the hangar but only pay you for flight time. So you could easily make 100 dollars or less a week. A friend of mine had to work two other jobs to get by. I was lucky and actually got pa
  9. Both Temsco and Papillion are good options for getting into utility and with the current job market it might not be a difficult route. But often in this industry the path from where you are to where you want to be can be circuitous. So here are some other ideas... Powerline patrol jobs will often hire low timers and it's a foot in the door into the utility world although you'll have to move on from it to get long line experience. In my case though it was helpful to have on my resume. Some caution though, there are some pretty bad bottom feeders out there with horrible maintenance. Flight
  10. I'm looking at replacing some 206L blades with the new longer life Van Horn composite M/R blades, has anyone heard of any issues with them? A friend told me that they are harder on the aircraft and cause issues with various parts wearing out early because of it. He isn't able to back that up with anything other than anecdotes but I thought I'd ask to see if anyone has had issues with them.
  11. In other industries I've heard of things going wrong and the liability being passed off to the contractor. I have no experience with contracting in the helicopter world. And let me make it clear I'm not planning or expecting to crash a helicopter. But every year professional and experienced pilots crash and I don't have such a big ego as to think "it can't happen to me". Doctors carry malpractice insurance. When working as an employee unless you've done something egregious generally mishaps are covered by the company and or insurance. I was wondering if its advisable for a pilot working as
  12. So I've been offered a job as a contractor and I'm trying to figure what pitfalls there are to it. So far the obvious issues are health care and paying the employer side of taxes as well. But what haven't I thought of? If something ever went wrong would I face more liability than I would as an employee? Could an employer's insurance come after me if I'm not an employee?
  13. AkAr, I've complained about Bob's attitude towards women on here before (and I'm a man) and you're not going to change his world view or how he communicates it. He comes from a different generation that says if you're so weak that a anonymous person's statement on the internet about your gender could discourage you than we don't need you in the air (or insert other male dominated profession. And honestly I kinda agree with that sentiment. However I also have female friends who I respect and care about and I've watched sexism and sexual harassment discourage them in aviation. So maybe some co
  14. Good write up NR, I enjoyed reading it this morning while doing a track and balance flight and drinking my coffee. I wish I disagreed with something you said so I could troll you a bit but the only thing I come up with is this strange grudge you have against this woman. Is it sexual tension? In any case... We all know all these little safety tidbits as does she. Either people abide by them or they wont, another post about them probably isn't going to change anyone's mind. But the best take away is about the videos. I personally put alot of pictures and videos on Facebook and try to make sure
  15. Also if your not able to move around you probably won't be successful in this industry. I recently did my 10th move since I started fly 7 years ago.
  16. Switch back to post 911 gi bill. Move to an area were you can use it. Anything else is a massive waste of benefits. The rules have changed a bit since I did it but it covered 100% of my flight training, my degree, and gave me a housing allowance. It's worth the move.
  17. You might try checking forums specifically for the sim you play versus a real world helicopter forum. But yes there is a long list of helicopters that can be fitted with autopilot. If any of then are available in your simulator and if they model the autopilot is a completely seperate question that we can't answer.
  18. I think you misunderstand me Bob. First off LTE is real and I disagree with you calling it a myth. Call it what you want but in certain aerodynamic conditions helicopters lose tail rotor effectiveness. But it is easily correctable and avoidable. What I was saying before was you seem to be on a crusade against LTE because you think pilots are using it as an excuse to crash a helicopter. I'm saying that pretty much everyone I've met views it like a VRS/SWP crash. Yes the immediate cause was an aerodynamic condition but the root cause was the pilots failure to avoid and then correct for that cond
  19. I'm with you on LTE butters. While Bob is right about what he says regarding LTE he seems to think it shifts the blame from the pilot to the aircraft. Maybe that was the excuse pilot's made back when Moses and Bob were flying helicopters together (just playing with you bob) but today I'm pretty sure it's looked at like VRS. No one would say oh that damn helicopter got into VRS despite the perfect actions of the pilot. Same goes for LTE. Yea its a thing but its the pilots fault if he crashes because of it.
  20. Unless he just wants to wiggle sticks once a year and doesn't care about flight time.
  21. I could see it pushing smaller operators out of buisness. I don't see the Forest service increasing rates so companies can afford to pay more and hire more pilots for 12 and 12. Maybe they'll get the hint if they can't get enough aircraft this summer.
  22. That was actually a really fun job. Can't make a career of it (unless your Bob) but it was a great way to spend a summer.
  23. I notice there are still quite a few companies advertising positions for fire pilots and I would expect them to have been filled by now with the season so close. I know the company I work for will probably have a helicopter grounded this year for want of a pilot. Do you think we'll start seeing more of this or is JSFirm just reposting old adds? I saw that once before where a company paid for a recurring add and never took it down.
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