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  1. Has anyone heard of a flight school in Century FL. called Van Nevel Helicopters Academy? I've been trying to contact this school via email, and phone, but no answer. I'm assuming there out of business, but I'm only assuming. If anyone has any information about this school, I would greatly appreciate the information. I learned about this school from the Rotor & Wing magazine, but it doesn't give any specifics about the school. From what I read on their website, their offering factory, all turbine training at piston training prices. This would be a good course if its legitimate. I would appreciate any information you guys can give me, thanks. Thomas
  2. Can anyone tell me who the operator is for Bayflight in the Tampabay area? Also, what are there pilot requirements? Any info you can give me I would appreciate it, thank you. Thomas
  3. Are there any law enforcement agencies that will sponsor helicopter flight training? I'm from the Tampabay area and I know of two agencies that are sponsoring the police academy training. Since they are sponsoring police training, I was wandering if they would also pay for initial flight training? I am wanting to change careers to fly helicopters for a living and I'm considering becoming a local law enforcement officer. I am 32 years old, married, I have two kids, and I'm in college full time. How many years would I have to work as a patrol officer before I could transfer into the aviation unit? Any information that you can give me I would greatly appreciate it, thanks. Thomas
  4. How do I get letters of recommendation from an army aviator CW3 to CW5 or major if I don't have prior service? I'm a civilian trying to put a WOFT packet together with no military experience and I really don't have any substantial references. The only references I have are, my best friend, and my instructor in college which is a retired Colonel from the special forces in the army. Are these references good enough to get selected into WOFT? Also, how many references do I actually need for the WOFT packet? I know it states in the overview no more than six, but what is a good number for references? My other question is about the age waivers. I will probably have to submit an age waiver because I will be 33 in 7 1/2 months, is this common and what are my chances? I really want to fly helicopters for the army, so I'm going to give it everything I have. If I don't get selected, it won't be for not trying. Any help you guy's can give me I would greatly appreciate it, thanks. Thomas
  5. Here is a job description sheet from Air Logistics home page. If a pilot meets the minimum job description requirements based on this sheet, will Air Logistics hire him or her as PIC or Captain? Or, does the pilot have to fly as SIC? Also, what is the exact contract pay for helicopter pilots at Air Logistics? If there are any pilots here working for Air Logistics, I would appreciate any advice or information that you can give me. Thanks for your time. Thomas Job Title: Helicopter Pilot Location: NEW IBERIA LOUISIANA USA Salary Range: 48,719-58,275 Email: Katie Coutee Job Desc: Air Logistics, L.L.C. – “The Better Helicopter Company” is currently seeking qualified and professional Helicopter Pilots. Primary work schedule 7/7 Starting Salary $48,719.00- $58,275.00 (based on experience) Work over pay is paid at time and a half of the daily rate In addition to base salary Pilots are eligible and may qualify for a quarterly Safety and Service bonus (averages $500 per quarter) A complete and competitive benefits package includes: Medical/Dental/Short term disability Employee Only $17.24 per pay check (bi-weekly) Employee + Family $81.39 per pay check (bi-weekly) Other Benefits include: 401k Plan Life Insurance Long Term Disability Paid Time Off Program Minimum Application Requirements Include: 1000 PIC Helicopter Hours FAA Commercial Rotorcraft FAA Helicopter Instrument Rating Current Class II Medical Certificate In addition to the above minimum requirements all applicants must be able to prove eligibility to work in the U.S. and be able to adhere to Air Logistics alcohol & drug testing program. Air Logistics is an Equal Employment Opportunity Company. If you would like to be considered for a position please forward your resume to: Recruiter 4605 Industrial Dr. New Iberia, LA 70560 Fax: 337-367-8796 Email: airlogisticsrecruiter@bristowgroup.com For more information about our Company please visit our website at http://www.bristowgroup.com/ Benefits: Full Benefits Package, Med./Dental, Life, STD/LTD, AD&D, 401k, Paid Vacation/Sick leave, Uniforms, (THESE BENEFITS DO NOT APPLY TO SUPPLEMENTAL PILOTS) Relocation: Potential.
  6. From Rotor And Wing magazine. Bond Offshore Helicopters wants to have pilots trained for its offshore business in the North Sea and plans to invest 7.9 million to do it. Bond has hired Oxford Aviation to screen potential pilots through a series of tests and analysis. Candidates who make it passed the screening process will be sent to Bristow Academy in Titusville FL for training. Over a two day period, potential candidates will be selected based on their academic record, background, and work initiative, as well as how they react to high pressure enviroments. Those individuals who make it past the second day which includes discussions and technical testing, will be sent to interview with Bond Offshore Helicopters. The cost of the training is $140,000 to $200,000 USD. According to Oxford, Bond pays 70% of the training while the student then must pay the balance. Oxford expects 12 students in the first year of the program. I am considering this program and I wanted to get some feedback from the experienced pilots here is this forum. No, I am not an expert, I'm just simply quoting an article I read from Rotor and Wing to get some advice about this program. Thanks for your time. Thomas
  7. Has anyone here attended Bristow Academy in Titusville, FL.. I am considering going to the flight school and I just wanted to know if any current pilot students here could give me some information about the school. I know that Bristow just recently purchased HAI a few months ago. Has anyone had any complaints with Bristow or had any issues regarding their flight training at the school? How is their flight schedule in terms of getting a helicopter for flight training? I know that Bristow is a large school and they teach a high volume of students each month throughout the year. Most importantly, how is the quality of their flight training and ground school? Investing this much money to attend a flight school I want to make sure that the qaulity of training has met or is at the highest standards. I know the schools states they are an accredited and FAA certified flight school, I just want to make sure that I'm making a sound decision. Any information that you can share with me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Thomas Pointer
  8. I will be enrolling into a flight school some time next year. I wanted to know if anyone here has attended Hillsboro Aviation flight school in Oregon? I thoroughly read and watched everything on there website and the school looks to be a great school. I would like for some of you here that have went through there helicopter flight training program to give me information about the school. I would also like to know if anyone here had any problems with the school regarding any issues? Any information that you guys can and will share with me I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you. Thomas pointer
  9. I am trying to calculate the total cost of my flight training to get my PPL. I am factoring everything because I will have to relocate. Meaning, I have to calculate the cost of flight training, housing, fuel, and living expenses, ect. I need to know how long does it take for an individual to complete the PPL flight training program? I was told it takes 3 months, but I need to factor in a buffer in case the unexpected happens. I appreciate the information from everyone in this forum, and thanks for your time. Thomas
  10. Does anyone have any experience with Helicopter Adventures Inc. / Bristow. I'm thinking about attending there flight school for the professional pilot program. I'm very curious what you guys in here think about Bristow / HAI. I like the 141 schools because I like the structured syllabus and the guidance. Has anyone had any problems with this flight school in the past and wouldn't mind discussing what happened? Or, is this one of the best civilian flight schools in the US? Any information would be greatly appreciated, thank you. Thomas.
  11. The meeting with the recruiter went well, I did get all my questions answered and I was as thorough with him as posible. I do think a couple a times that he was bullshitting me but, thats what they get paid to do. Later.
  12. I am meeting with a Army recruiter tomorrow morning to start my WOFT packet. I'm not sure if I can make it to the board meeting, but I'm going to try. I have always wanted to become a helicopter pilot, and in my opinion, the military is the best way. I'm in the process of writing down questions to ask but, I need to know what are the specific questions that I need to ask the recruiter? Does being enlisted in the reserves and assigned to an aviation unit better my chances of getting into the WOFT program at Fort Rucker? What is the best way to get into the WOFT program? If any one here can please help me asap, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
  14. Does it matter which school I attend for my private rating in terms of employment? Example, is it better to go to a 141 school or can I just settle for a 61 school? There is so much competition out there with schools, I would rather ask this question to a pilot who is not affiliated with a flight school. Believe me, I am doing my home work on these matters its just that, I cannot get clarification on some questions. What exactly do the employers look for or at when its time for the employment interview? Besides from the normal pic time and other related experience. Again, thank you all for your help and information.
  15. Are there any pilots out there who have trained in florida that can recommend an excellent flight school? I have been thinking about Helicopter adventures Inc., and Elite Helicopters. I have heard good things about HAI. but not sure about Elite Helicopters. Also, what schools in Florida should I stay away from, in other words the ones that have earned a bad reputation? Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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