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  1. Very insightful; thank you for yet another highly objective and well-written post. The guy is burnt out with his career and wants to fly, without taking out loans. If law enforcement is a good fit for his personality, and something he has an interest in, it could be a good career move. While it’s obviously not a guarantee, there is at least an opportunity to achieve his goal in that scenario. That possibility doesn’t exist at all if he continues his career as a teacher.
  2. Another option to consider is law enforcement. Large departments like LAPD, CHP and NYPD have huge air units. Full disclosure, I am not an LE pilot, so I am only familiar with that career track in a general sense. My understanding is with these LE departments, you must start off as a patrol officer, with no guarantee of being a pilot. To be competitive for the air unit, you should have at least a helicopter or fixed wing private pilot certificate (which would cost you about $5-10k). If accepted into the program, the department pays for commercial, instrument and aircraft specific tr
  3. You’re partially correct, but it’s not due to dissymmetry of lift. Keep in mind that in a no wind hover, there is no difference in the advancing vs retreating blade. Lateral tilt to the mast is to compensate for translating tendency (tail rotor drift). Without that tilt, you would have to apply cyclic to compensate. One example is the S300; no tilt on the mast, but has an extra degree of lateral cyclic to one side.
  4. Many helicopters have a forward tilt on the mast to create a more level cruise attitude (more comfortable for crew & passengers). Otherwise you would fly around nose low. A negative effect of this though is that the helicopter will hover with a nose high attitude.
  5. Find a different school. I’m assuming they’re using an R44 for flight training if they quoted you $30k. Do your training in a small, 2 seat helicopter like the R22.
  6. Hello,

    You provided useful information on my post "Experience Hour Gap"  I would like to touch base with you privately to run a plan of mine by you and obtain your feedback.  Would you be open to an offline discussion?  It would greatly help with my progress in this industry.



  7. A lot of tour operators hot fuel/load. So you could still find yourself in a situation where you are expected to complete multiple flights without shutting down. Offshore flying could be an option. The small helicopters generally fly a bunch of legs, but shorter in duration. Shutting down, taking a piss over the edge of the helideck and cranking back up takes hardly any time. The large helicopters generally fly 1-1.5 hour legs; after landing a crew member gets out to supervise loading and refueling, which also gives you an opportunity for a bathroom break. Something to keep in mind t
  8. If you haven’t already, check out RLC. They’re one of the main companies providing offshore support in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil/gas industry isn’t doing too great right now, but traditionally RLC has been a good place to gain experience and hires pilots at your experience level. I don’t know if they are currently hiring; if not keep following up with them and eventually a position will open up. https://www.rlcllc.com/
  9. Care to share your views on the subject? Single pilot airlines is debatable. As for the current state of the HAA, offshore and tour industries... it is very straight forward. Not sure what you disagree with there?
  10. I agree with what Spike said; the helicopter market overall is contracting. The three largest helicopter markets are HAA, offshore support and tourism. HAA has been expanding rapidly, but is now in serious jeopardy of additional government regulation. Charging patients $30,000 for a medevac flight, with almost no compensation from insurance companies, cannot continue unchecked. Once the government starts regulating pricing, the market will have to contract; fewer operators / bases/ jobs covering the same area. Meanwhile, offshore support has decreased substantially over the la
  11. Typically people come to the USA to train and time-build on a work visa, not the other way around. Short of having personal connections, I can’t imagine there being any international time building opportunities for a US based pilot fresh out of flight school. If such an opportunity were to come up though, I would make sure that every flight is thoroughly documented in your logbook, especially if you’re flying for a small operator or a personal aircraft. Keep photos, notes, flight planning... whatever documents you can to back up your logbook entries. Those hours would be under a lot more
  12. The Facebook group ‘Helicopter Pilot Network’ will have a lot more info; plenty of pilots there that are familiar with those programs. Unfortunately, this forum has become pretty inactive over the past few years. Just be prepared for a bit rough humor and jabs. Lots of strong personalities, so to speak...
  13. Check out ‘The Little Book of Autorotations’ by Shawn Coyle. May help shed some light on why certain things are happening during the maneuver that are catching you off guard. https://www.amazon.com/Little-Autorotations-print-Shawn-Coyle/dp/0979263840/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?adgrpid=68500088836&dchild=1&gclid=Cj0KCQiAifz-BRDjARIsAEElyGLv--etrODdA-8g4VEe4RIyRQ2dHVAr1xPWZXbbsMxw-3JOaq4Q3nAaAgNeEALw_wcB&hvadid=340539598314&hvdev=m&hvlocphy=9030821&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=16861370329450453177&hvtargid=kwd-377921814196&hydadcr=29005_10734947&keywords=little+bo
  14. Yes, you can log the time as dual received as long as your colleague’s rotorcraft CFI cert is current. Pax onboard is a non-issue. Wouldn’t be legal under a Part 135 operation, but as you said that’s not applicable to your situation. Hope you enjoy the time. Haven’t flown the 212 yet, but it looks like a bad ass machine.
  15. No operator cares about an entry level pilot having 50 hours in a jet ranger, because no one is going to trust you with an asset that expensive anyways. Nor is any operator going to use a 200 hour pilot as an SIC; you’re more of a liability than an asset. Specialized career training as an entry level pilot is pointless. You’re not going to be doing firefighting, sling load or power line work at 200 hours. Indentured servitude is bad for the whole industry. Don’t ever volunteer to work for free or a substantially reduced rate. Work your ass off and put in 110% effort, and earn th
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