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Everything posted by helonorth

  1. Ebay is probably your best bet. What size and is set up for NVG's?
  2. Many companies do ask. On the application, they will ask if your medical has ever been denied, revoked, suspended, etc. for any reason. I've seen it a lot. People seem to think HIPAA laws prohibit employers (or anybody else) from asking you for medical information. They don't.
  3. As Buzzkill said, tours is probably the quickest way to build the time. Although Papillon will get the job done, I have never heard one good thing about the place. Maverick has a good reputation and pays well. Hawaiian tours are also an option. Most EMS operations are single pilot and employers look for that. When the time comes to start applying for EMS jobs, I urge you to find an IFR operator. Makes the job much easier and safer, IMO. Definitely easier. Good luck.
  4. Yeah, yeah. Definitely. Three tranches, minimum.
  5. Plenty of people make money in aviation. It sounds like you have what could be considered a half way reliable customer base and already have the certificates. Have you asked to look at the books? I wouldn't do much until then. One thing I have noticed, just about every small operator I know is an A&P mechanic as well as a pilot. Being able to keep the aircraft available and safe is key. Good luck.
  6. Ten minute google search. https://www.helikopterfliegen.de/forum/index.php?showtopic=834
  7. Going into a Blackhawk as an SIC is a terrible plan if EMS is the goal. Network, sure but that's any job. Listen to Buzzkill. He's actually DONE this. He was smart though, he went to the airlines. I would strongly encourage you to consider that.
  8. I would look at Grand Canyon tour operators. Lots of pilots with your hours have built a lot of time quickly doing this.
  9. No mileage limit on patrol. Haverfield (I worked for them) did everything part 91. Most patrol work is part 91. That’s real life. You have a poor understanding of the regulations.
  10. 119.1. All the things you can do part 91: (1) Student instruction; (2) Nonstop Commercial Air Tours conducted after September 11, 2007, in an airplane or helicopter having a standard airworthiness certificate and passenger-seat configuration of 30 seats or fewer and a maximum payload capacity of 7,500 pounds or less that begin and end at the same airport, and are conducted within a 25-statute mile radius of that airport, in compliance with the Letter of Authorization issued under §91.147 of this chapter. For nonstop Commercial Air Tours conducted in accordance with part 136, subpart B of this chapter, National Parks Air Tour Management, the requirements of part 119 of this chapter apply unless excepted in §136.37(g)(2). For Nonstop Commercial Air Tours conducted in the vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, the requirements of SFAR 50-2, part 93, subpart U, and part 119 of this chapter, as applicable, apply. (3) Ferry or training flights; (4) Aerial work operations, including— (i) Crop dusting, seeding, spraying, and bird chasing; (ii) Banner towing; (iii) Aerial photography or survey; (iv) Fire fighting; (v) Helicopter operations in construction or repair work (but it does apply to transportation to and from the site of operations); and (vi) Powerline or pipeline patrol; (5) Sightseeing flights conducted in hot air balloons; (6) Nonstop flights conducted within a 25-statute-mile radius of the airport of takeoff carrying persons or objects for the purpose of conducting intentional parachute operations. (7) Helicopter flights conducted within a 25 statute mile radius of the airport of takeoff if— (i) Not more than two passengers are carried in the helicopter in addition to the required flightcrew; (ii) Each flight is made under day VFR conditions; (iii) The helicopter used is certificated in the standard category and complies with the 100-hour inspection requirements of part 91 of this chapter;
  11. Rated pilots do not get student pilot certificates, even when training for a different category and class.
  12. Part 135 for IFR experience says: 2) Has had at least 1,200 hours of flight time as a pilot, including 500 hours of cross country flight time, 100 hours of night flight time, and 75 hours of actual or simulated instrument time at least 50 hours of which were in actual flight I don't see anything that says you need be acting as a PIC to log the time. I would say you are good to go. If you are applying for a job that requires it, you will definitely get those 10 hours in training before you ever get to the line.
  13. We have a pilot where I work that only has sight in one eye. We are required to have a 1st class medical so apparently he has one. You may need what's called a "special issuance" medical but I don't know the steps required. Find an AME (aviation medical examiner) in your area to get things started. This FAA link can help you find one. https://designee.faa.gov/#/designeeLocator
  14. There will be no single pilot airliners, ever. Most of this post is ill informed opinion and very little fact. There aren't any facts in it at all, really.
  15. You said you had “flown a helicopter twice already” but okay.
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