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AS350 pilot last won the day on April 7 2018

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  1. I have asked this same question and never really gotten a for sure answer. So heres my best guess; the aft shaft is so much higher then the aft transmission that even though its a 20psi pump, by the time it gets all the way up there all you can expect is 10. As for the c-box maybe we can get someone with more 47 experience to weigh in.
  2. Im pretty sure you would have to take the same type ride as anyone else to get it put on your certificate. Theres a few TC holders of the 47 these days but once youre typed it shows up as BV234 Maybe some of the prior service folks can share past experience on adding a type rating to their CPL
  3. It’s really tough to beat the Huey. Literally the Huey, 205, and 212 make up the “medium” type 2 fire fighting sector. What are you running on your Huey fleet (engine and blades wise).
  4. Whats your sector of the industry, TailEndCharlie?
  5. My niche is precious long line most of the year and fire fighting in the summer. Its very rewarding and fun work. My advice would be to do something you enjoy.....if it so happens to be something not many people do, then youre in luck!
  6. I spent about two years making pretty low wages. It was one of the most fun times of my career (obviously had nothing to do with the low wages lol). Once I had a better paying tour job I paid off my loans then found a niche in the industry that pays very well. You could complain about it while someone else gets it done and moves on. I’m not advocating for low wages; however, there’s something to getting it done and moving on.
  7. Sorry, Avbug but I have to correct you. Cal Fire does employ helicopter pilots. The airplane pilots and mechanics for both airplanes and helicopters are all contract employees. The machines themselves are modified H models that oddly enough are actually owned by the Federal Government and are on a lease program to the state of California. I’m sure this will change to some degree when Cal Fire takes delivery of their new Blackhawks. That being said, Region 5 is a very busy place to fight fire and Cal Fire and the USFS will contract outside vendors to come fight fire.
  8. I haven’t met many helicopter pilots who attended Embry Riddle, it’s more of a blue collar / no college degree required type of job. So the Embry Riddle or Blackhawk route (I’m assuming you meant military) isn’t a great comparison. Cal Fire does seem to have many prior service pilots working for them but they also have civilian trained pilots as well....but I’m sure it would help your resume there to have prior service (just a guess on my part). As for the private sector of fire fighting and in tern utility flying because most fire companies will do some form of utility work. In recent years I have noticed there are much more civilian trained pilots in that sector. I think it’s because no matter who you are or where you came from, when you learn to fly a long line - it’s humbling and nobody is good at it. This puts you at the bottom and there is a lot of learning and paying your dues from there. After 6-10 years or more in the military or any other sector, are you going to want to start all over? Probably not when EMS or now the airlines will give you more money to start and there won’t be the same “paying your dues” for multiple years. This is not a knock on any form of getting your experience, wether you went to Embry Riddle, or the military, or learned in Robinson’s with zero schooling. I’ve just noticed, you’re only going to be willing to pay your dues so much and whatever sector you paid your dues in (EMS, military, offshore, utility, fire) you’re probably not going to want to start over in another sector.
  9. Be careful where you get your advice, Chrisxweaver. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, there is a lot of negativity on these forums....oddly enough its usually from “armchair quarterbacks” who never got past peewee leagues. Truth is, I’ve met too many awesome people along the way to count....some of them were my employers. Life is what you make it. Fly safe and good luck!
  10. Have you taken an introductory flight in a helicopter yet? That’s a really good place to start. My advice would be to save like crazy, take an into flight, and research a school you would like to attend. That will take a few years but those are years you are going to need and time is on your side IMO. The topic of how to get hours and into a job you ultimately want has been beaten to death so I won’t get into it...all I will say is - enjoy the road. One of the most exciting times in my life was flight school and being a flight instructor. Maybe some of the other members can speak to the army route. I was all civilian trained so I can’t offer any advice there. Lastly, don’t spen too much time reading on forums....unfortunately, there is far more negative then positive for some reason. What part of the country are you living in?
  11. The only difference between really old airframes and brand new one I've noticed (that wasn't stated above) is the nose material seems to be twice as thick....not sure why...maybe bird strike?
  12. Drones make sense for a few jobs in our industry. Spraying smaller crops is one, news gathering is another, line patrol for powerline or pipeline.....however I don't see them taking over fire fighting (during the day), external load work, EMS, or 135 passengers transportation. I'm sure folks will not agree with me but I definitely don't feel threatened in my line of work.
  13. Dude, you're delicate lol. It's probably a good thing you are just a recreational pilot. Nevertheless, it's cool to look back on your first flight.
  14. I didn't read through the entire thread but did take the survey. In the utility and fire industry having a college degree isn't going to help your chances for advancement. Maybe having a degree could serve as a "backup plan" but so could many other skills. Some of the most intelligent managers I've worked for in the industry never went to college.
  15. Most of my 500 time was in a D model but they are surprisingly fast! They are good in the mountains….not great but I'm sure the 530 would be better. The tail rotor authority wasn't good on a warm day above 6,000' but if you typically fly alone I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem. I'm 6'2" and it is fine to fly but by no means is it comfortable. It seems that ships with thin main rotor blades don't do as well in high DA situations, but that's just my observation.
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