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heligirl03 last won the day on March 29 2014

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  1. That's what I did back when. I stated my current hours and rate of accrual in my cover letter and date I would reach the requirement by, which was prior to training season. I visited in September with 970 for a January class date technically requiring 995. You'll also get 5-10hrs in training.
  2. Sure. But the problem may not always be that you can't wiggle sticks. If your life or the industry take a turn whereby aviation won't work for any reason (location, schedule, $$, whatever), it sure would be nice to have an alternative.
  3. I'd say buy a term life insurance policy before you even step foot in an aircraft. You'll want it anyway but it costs about 10x more once you can be associated with anything aviation. And have an unrelated backup skill/degree/whatever that you can parlay into either a part-time venture anywhere or a full time alternative should the need arise.
  4. Something to consider is that any Alaska job is seasonal, April-Sept. You may fly 100-200hrs a season depending on weather and then you will be unemployed for the winter, or at least looking for work again come Fall, but AK also may lead to contract work and long line training if you return for more seasons. Vegas jobs are full time on a 5/2 schedule, you will fly nonstop, easily 800hrs/year. Just wanted to mention it in case you weren't sure or are trying to decide where to focus your energy or have any sort of timeframe in mind. Either way, both will be accepting resumes now. Good luck!
  5. Well, hmm. I fly with a G1000, an EFB and a backup EFB, and also paper charts and docs for now. I cover a 225nm radius area so I never know where I'm going to wind up. I know the freqs in the busier areas and the Garmin is at my fingertips but the EFB gets radar/TFR updates faster through its cellular data. The wall chart is still my go-to for quick distance and heading calculations but away from base it's the EFB all the way.
  6. I wore Keens, the solid black leather kind, forget which model. Very supportive and comfy, kinda sporty but clean looking, great soles, waterproof, made by an outdoor company! Never fly in anything you wouldn't want to hike in.
  7. Funny, I'm an introvert at heart, but I truly find solo flights boring. I far more enjoy company be it tourists, med crew, riders, family, friends or rated colleagues...it's a totally different experience depending on who is on board. I feel like an empty seat (especially the front!!) is wasted space. Flying gives me so much, I'm always eager for any opportunity to share my enthusiasm with a curious party!
  8. The two guys I know who got hired in the EU both came over and did their FAA/JAA here in the US and worked their way up in hours/experience in the US system first. One was an EMS guy who went to fly EMS and the other flew tours and got a North Sea SIC spot in his country of origin after years of greasing the wheels long distance. None of it sounded simple or probable but hey, they made it! At this point I know more EU (and elsewhere!) guys who came here to train, married an American, and just stayed here. Maybe it's the weather? I can't tell if Ricky is from the EU or just asking about working there? No EU passport=no EU job :/
  9. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001MPXQD0/ref=pd_aw_sims_3?pi=SL500_SS115 Agree w Mike! I've used one like this for several years. In the Astar/EC130 with the ergonomic seats I used it horizontally. In the A119 with Bell style flat seats, I use it vertically. It makes all the difference in the world. I did try an Oregon Aero seat for a bit, with both back and bottom pieces...I'm short so the height didn't make a difference but the cushion footprint was bigger than the aircraft seat and got caught on my knee/leg/shoe and I dragged it out the door behind me every time. It was not comfortable enough for $250 and the hassle. These little air cushions are AWESOME however! Reasonable $$, portable and adjustable, several manufacturers make them. Totally worth a try.
  10. This was a young pilot I trained with last winter (2013). Just an all-around super, genuine person. One of the rare ones that you really look forward to working with again down the road. I am absolutely heartbroken and especially devastated for his wife and overseas family. Godspeed, friend.
  11. Oregon has a lot of reputable helicopter training options. If we've never heard of FH at UAO, there's probably a good reason.
  12. Which dimensions are you looking for? I'll be sitting here staring at it until Friday then vacation for 3 weeks
  13. I fly a G1000H but in an A119, not a 407. Probably not a help if you're setting up a GX sim but let me know, happy to share.
  14. Aaahahahahhahah! I'm still not really sure what to make of this thread, I'm just happy that apparently I don't fit anywhere in the whole fiasco! Life is good, lol.
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