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Everything posted by I3uller

  1. Excellent information thank you so much for the insight! Networking is obviously the biggest thing...need to build mine up a bit!
  2. That’s pretty much what I figured would be best. I have about 240 NVG hours right now, will be trying to get a lot more night unaided as well. I greatly appreciate all the mentorship from everyone!
  3. Will definitely look into that. Hoping with the covid restrictions lifting that they’re flying some more!
  4. Single pilot I have not. I’m leaning mostly towards EMS as the end goal.
  5. I absolutely have more to learn and am happy to do so whenever I can. I've spoken to some folks I know in the industry but don't know/haven't met any current/prior SIC's or even really any two pilot operators outside of the military. Seems to be somewhat more rare outside of fire/heavy lift. From the little I have heard it seems to be non sole manipulator and difficult to build any PIC time with. I was basing my question off the job postings I have seen which almost all request x amount of PIC helicopter time (many at 2000+ which I don't have and would need to build). I did get my R44 SFAR PIC sign off completed out of pocket to pick up some work at a new tour base but it has been pretty slow so far hence my revisit to this thread. Just trying to plan out the future if this doesn't work out and hopefully find somewhere I can fly a lot and work hard. I'm completely open to any and all suggestions though. Do you mind elaborating on why SIC would be valuable for me?
  6. Is SIC very valuable in civilian world though? In the Army you’re hands on flying more often as SIC and logging PIC time, I’ve heard as SIC in civilian you basically just sit and watch gauges. Seems like it wouldn’t be very valuable time with all the helicopter PIC time needed in the industry?
  7. I’ll definitely look into Chesapeake. I’ve always wanted to fly the 500. I was also looking around NYC as well, didn’t know it was that fast of a time builder. I do have my R44 PIC sign off so I’m good there. Happy to fly it but would obviously prefer turbine. Thanks for the tips!
  8. Definitely planning on doing this for next year. Also going to the RTAG convention (they have a lot of rotary stuff as well at the convention). I'm currently working with an operator at a new satellite tour location in Idaho but it has been VERY slow to start. We'll see if it pans out. Are there any good tour operators you know of that fly a ton? I would be happy flying 8 hours a day non stop to get to 2000 for EMS work.
  9. Not a bad idea actually for Rucker. Teaching BWS could be alright...
  10. Have a friend who interviewed and everything through CBP but as soon as Covid hit they put him on indefinite pause so he's still sitting on his hands. Guard isn't an option due to the lower back body armor business unfortunately. Been applying to everywhere that requires 1500 with no luck so far. Looking at maybe trying to dry cherries this coming season in WA but who knows. I'd be more than happy to fly AS350's in Vegas for sure but not sure if they're even still doing that. I'll look into it and send out some resumes. I'm fine financially (wife is a PA) so that helps a ton but yeah...times are tough. Thanks for the tips though I appreciate the help!
  11. I'm a recently separated UH-60M IP/AMC that's now finding myself in the Covid civilian world in an awkward spot trying to figure out the best path forward. I originally got my rotary PPL in an S-300 as a civilian and now have Commercial CFII Rotary with S-70 type and about 1150 total time. When I got my PPL (~2009), it seemed like once you passed 1000 hours, a lot of opportunities opened up. But as I research open pilot positions across the country that doesn't seem to hold true anymore. It seems like every job requires at least 1500 PIC helicopter time with a lot of specific experience I don't have (fire fighting, powerline work, etc). I'd be happy to teach to build the time but without the Robinson SFAR met it would require a significant personal investment to get that done. I seem to find myself in an awkward spot. I have experience as a PIC, instructor, and mission commander in a 20 million dollar complex helicopter in less than ideal combat conditions but don't find myself qualified to do much in the civilian world. I'm hoping to gain some insight as to the best way forward to make myself more marketable and continue my rotary career in the civilian world. Teaching seems like the best option but with the lack of S300 schools I'm wondering if the investment to meet SFAR requirements for Robinsons would be worth it. I'm open to any options out there and appreciate any insight I can get. I have already used my CH 33 GI Bill benefits for a Bachelor's and am currently working with CH 31 to try and get what I can from that but flight training is not easy to get there. Overseas civilian contractor positions also aren't going to work for me either unfortunately (lower back issues with body armor). Looking forward to learning as much as I can from everyone here and thank you for your help! Ryan
  12. How many is plenty Juan? Curious how everyone is doing out there after flight school.
  13. I have talked to a few guys and can pass forward the info if you'd like?
  14. The last spread I saw still showed 60 guys as overstrength so I'm hoping for the best. If I have to stay with the Army for the full ADSO then I'll just apply to the CG later with more hours, not the end of the world. It will likely be a year before I apply as well so things may change. Wishful thinking and all but can't hurt to apply for the conditional haha hope you're having a good time up in New York!
  15. I have been hearing that as long as it's a career advancement thing and you're staying in an active component of the DoD, they will typically approve it. But yea, I think getting that conditional release will be the hardest part about the whole process...
  16. Did some research here but most everything is almost a decade old on the topic so I figured I would start up something recent. Just looking to see if there are any prior Army WO's gone Coast Guard DCA here or any Coast Guard pilots at all. I've looked into the program and I should be all set for the minimums by the time I get back from my current deployment. I'm looking to get some insight from anyone who has gone through the process or just some info about the day to day life in the Coast Guard. Ideally seeing the differences from someone who has done it before would be great. Appreciate the help once again.
  17. I have heard of someone doing a primary bypass. People with CFI and instrument and all that basically just doing their check rides and skipping primary. Supposedly it exists. But you still have to do WOCS, bolc, etc.
  18. I left the Army pretty dissatisfied as an E-5 scout in 2009 and made a big gamble to come back in through the WOFT program. I'm towards the back end of BOLC currently, and even though I haven't touched a helicopter yet I already feel like I made the right choice. But that's just me.
  19. You'll be in BOLC before you know it saying the same exact thing.
  20. This event was a while ago and I've seen some random footage from it but this one is really pretty dang awesome.
  21. Just a tip, while the 7 week WOCS course is longer, they tend to work much better together and have a better overall class than the 5 week courses. I'm happy I went to the 7 week over the 5. Long, but much more enjoyable.
  22. Is it a military member or a civilian? If it's a civilian it doesn't really matter, but putting a letterhead on top will definitely help. Military, just write it in standard memo format.
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