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Counterrotate

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Counterrotate last won the day on December 13 2013

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  1. No one is interested in getting you out of the low time black hole. Thats up to you to figure out. Or not. Complaining certainly isnt getting you anywhere, is it?
  2. Just FYI. That company is a complete $h!tshow. I would stay away unless you are desperate. In which case... go for it!
  3. My advice would be to apply, even if you don't have the hours. I have been told before not to do this, but I have done it anyway and it got me a job. The EMS industry is starting to feel the pilot shortage as tons of helicopter pilots are taking advantage of the airline hiring bonuses and using them to get fixed wing add-ons and move on to the airlines (a good career move for a lot of people who are maxed out at $75k salaries). Meanwhile the GI bill pilot mill is a shadow of it's former self. Companies that used to have to sift through hundreds of resumes are looking at handfuls now. I am not going to speculate on the depth of this pilot shortage or what its affects will be (this industry has a way of balancing those things out) but this is a particularly good time to get a job (at least I have found that). I am starting to think that while there is a shortage, a lot of companies are in denial about it as they are still being picky, but they are not finding people (repeated posts on JSFirm for months on end confirm this). That will have to change at some point if they want to fill seats. My company is getting pretty desperate to fill some positions, and I know of more people that will be leaving soon. Call me an optimist, but it's a good time to get a job in the helicopter industry. Take advantage of it while it lasts. It might not last long.
  4. I didnt go this year. I tend to lean more towards mudkow60s perspective. But butters certainly points out the dark underbelly of this industry. One of the things I really hate about the expo is highlighted in the types of shoes you see. Expensive leather on the sales and marketing folks. Cheap leather on the pilots (who generally live paycheck to paycheck). Comfy sneakers on the company owners and folks who have the real money (and thus dont give a toot about impressing anyone). I love this industry, but I have learned to loath certain aspects of it.
  5. Mmmm... Who want's tubesteak? Anyone? Anyone? C'mon there's gotta be someone out there...
  6. How dangerous it is depends on who you are working for and what you are doing. You do have to keep in mind that if you are outside of the wire, and something happens, there is a chance that you could fall into the wrong hands. The bad guys over there don't care if you are a civilian. You are just a poker chip to them, and if you don't get rescued right away you are likely to wind up as a guest star on the hit show "Honey, I've Lost my Head" on Al Jazeera.
  7. I used to work for that operator. Their accident rate is actually very, very low for the volume of flights they do, and they don't work their pilots any harder than, say, Sundance. And less so than some of the newer operators like 5-Star and Serenity. Maverick pilots have it easy by comparison and make more. They have a great SMS system in place and good people at the helm who value safety above all else. That said, it's a large company, and it's not perfect. Show me a company that is. I know the pilot who was in this accident. He's a very experienced and great pilot who works part time filling in when needed because he LOVES the company. He owns his own business and isn't in it for the money. He's been there for years. I really am hoping he pulls through. I loath when people make insinuations about an operator's safety any time there is an accident. Even the safest companies still have accidents. You cannot mitigate all the risks. Compared to many operators I have worked for, Papillon is one of the best.
  8. You're so salty, Butters... it's what we love about you.
  9. What was the point of switching to the 300CB? A 300C, yeah. Definitely. The CB? Heck no. You are MUCH better off in a Beta II.
  10. I doubt you will get anyone with much experience at more than one of those companies, and thus being able to make a comparison about one being better than another is probably going to be a very subjective matter for most people. I have enjoyed working for companies that others hated, and vice-versa. My best advice to you is to apply everywhere, go to any interviews you get, and have intelligent questions for them when you go. Remember that you are also interviewing them. If you get a job offer, but had a bad vibe about the company, maybe you shouldn't work there. Or maybe you should just take what you get offered since you may not get another.
  11. Oddly enough it's often the trivial stuff that hangs you out to dry when you make a mistake and get caught by the wrong folks.
  12. I have absolutely NO problem with this. Too many pilots flying into IIMC and killing themselves.
  13. The only reason the media sells this sh*t is because people buy it.
  14. Instructor ability develops over time. As an instructor you will learn to recognize in advance when a student is about to make a mistake and can instinctually reposition your hands and feet. One thing I would recommend you ALWAYS guard is the throttle. Keep one hand on the throttle at all times. The student can't see what you're hand is doing down there anyway and if you always do it they won't notice. Letting your hands and feet relax is a major advancement in student confidence. New instructors who are "heavy" on the controls have a negative effect on student learning. Be vigilant. Be prepared to take over. But put on a facade of placidness and instruct with a calm voice. You will see a big difference in student performance.
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