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Flying Pig

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  1. That's funny.... you are pushing your client to buy the helicopter you want?
  2. They want you to be able to back it up if needed with references, etc, not just think because you show up with 1800hrs in a log book that its taken at face value. Your log book alone will not be their sole source of verifying your claims. Ive even seen recruitments where they have put "PIC does not include time flown in Robinson helicopters or any other piston powered helicopter" I've even seen them where they specify a set number of hours flown within the geographical boundaries of a particular state or even down to the specific county the agency is located in. Thats usually how you know they already have a pilot identified and that the recruitment is simply a legal formality.
  3. It is a pilot position. They call their pilots Flight Officers.
  4. Yeah.... if you could land a job flying one right out of school. But chances are, you wont touch an AStar for a few years... if not a few more.
  5. They do, but an area like that you wouldn't start in as a pilot. FWCs pilots over there have been on for a while. With the state you come on and go to the vacancy. Palm Beach I can guarantee isn't going to have a pilot vacancy. A tfo is a position for a street cop You'll never get hired as a tfo. It's a special assignment. I'm pretty familiar with this particular air units. I'll just come right out and say your plan isn't going to work. I'd say to be a tfo in any of those units you'll need several years on to apply. And keep in mind, there are deputies applying to be tfo's who probably already have their commercials or CFIs because they've been wanting that spot for a long time.
  6. How much time do you have? Couple hundred hours? The issue is to get in with low time, you'll probably need to be a deputy with any of the 3 you named. To get into a pilot you'll have to apply should they ever specifically recruit for a pilot. To be competitive for that, you'll need the usual hours and experience. If I were you, I'd look at FWC.
  7. Ahhhhh the Banning Pass. I remember flying east bound in a head wind and watching cars pass me on I10.... and that was flying a Cessna 182
  8. Id almost guarantee their air unit isn't funded at all by DHS.
  9. Agencies with surplus aircraft often just fade away. They got them for nothing (contrary to urban legend, agencies do not buy them for a dollar nor can they ever sell them). If that agency was smart enough to be able to get loads of parts they can prolong the end. Smarter agencies look long term and figure out they need to actually develop a budget to keep it going. Those agencies that don't understand aviation often get to the end of an engine, time out blades, etc and then get hit with a $200,000 over haul bill and at that point decide they don't need the helicopter. Almost always, it's the agency management who kept pushing off the elephant in the room in favor of new patrol cars, new radios, etc. those agencies that are successful have the budgets to maintain their 58s to standard and, by 2016, understand that in the next few short years, they will need to shelve the 58s and punch out of the surplus aircraft. It really gets to the point that you are paying as much, if not more to maintain a 1971 OH58 than it would be to buy a newer used 500E or B206. When you send off a part for overhaul that was made in 1969....... You need to start talking to your bosses. In the end. If an agency is just starting an air unit in 2016 with an OH58.... You better be telling your boss that you need to be preparing for the end on opening day.
  10. I had this exact same discussion here not long ago.... Would this agency be in AL by any chance? Did you apply to be a Deputy and then find out about the need for pilots, or are you doing this process hoping they will offer you a pilot spot? As far as 58s.... free parts of any real value are just about all gone. Unless the agency has a budget to buy parts, it will be interesting for sure on future. The one factor I see with your plan is that you are being hired as a Deputy. The others were hired as pilots weren't they? You said "Deputized Pilot". Was he a pilot they trained to be a deputy, or was he a deputy first? I mention that because if they tap you to be a pilot later, it could involve you giving up your LE position if they choose to use civilian pilots.
  11. OC just recruited for a pilot. Generally you have to look on their specific sites, and they don't hire very often. After 20yrs as a cop, believe me, when they recruit they already know who they want.
  12. As Im reading.... the Ag spot is a possibility of time? The CFI job is time. Frost and Cherry drying isnt going to yield much where the CFI job is 1000hrs in less than 2 years? I dont know you, you have to make your own choices, but Id say take the known vs the unknown in this world. What you need right now is time.....not the enticement of maybe getting a few 206 hours here and there. Yeah they may need a pilot in the near future, but as a low time pilot the chances of that pilot being you? I dunno... thats something you need to determine.
  13. I know a county govt agency who did just that. Agency trained up a brand new pilot with a good mix of private pay by the employee and in-house with the operation. Leaning heavily on the in-house. About all the new pilot was paying for was solo stuff and renting an R22 for check rides. Everything else was being done in a B206 and was being done on the job. The new pilot was being groomed to replace a pilot retiring in about 2 years. This new pilot was fairly young. Mid-20s. Then..... brand new pilot applied for a pilot spot with a neighboring county agency. I guess he didn't want to wait and fly on the county dime...he wanted that "pilot" title right now and wanted to be his own man. This guy was literally being PAID to go to work and learn how to spray Ag after being hand selected from being a ground/chemical pesticide loader. It was actually the hiring agency with the opening who called back to the agency who had trained up the pilot. Pilot got called in and asked to explain himself. Not much to say. "Im a selfish Millennial who doesn't owe you anything." (I don't know that he said it... but it makes for a good addition) Last I heard the guy still works at this particular agency but is no longer flying and the agency decided to hire out externally for that retiree spot that came open about 18 months sooner than expected. Some peoples kids......
  14. Its not different schools of thought. Its just technique for whats needed at that specific millisecond in time. Sometimes you can fly it right in, other times you need to center your load quickly, winds can have an effect, etc. Maybe the load itself being affected by winds.
  15. You don't do anything in the cockpit by looking through your goggles. Probably best to wait for your training program to set up your check lists and your quick reference guides at this point since you don't have a foundation for the equipment.
  16. My unit trains for it pretty regular. Done it in an MD500, B206 and UH1H and even in a Cessna. Just did a large training day with 20 handlers and dogs 2 days ago. Ive been called a couple times for injured dogs, but they always opted for ground trans for some reason. This is as an LE pilot, not EMS. One location was far beyond the range of the helicopter. They wanted to go about 300 miles away. So the mission ended up being done in an airplane with the dog in a cage. The other was a rattle snake bite. Again, they opted for ground transport. For an injured K9... it would have to be pretty serious. Muzzled, etc. As we all know... having an injured dog with the abilities of a police k9 in the back of your flying machine could go real bad real fast. As a pilot, the risk v reward aspect is pretty far leaning to the risk side. Can the handler go also? Does the handler even know the first thing about being in a helicopter or is the handler as much of a risk as the dog? When you deal with handlers, their drive to protect their dog is on par with how people treat their children. So thats a consideration thats very real. Imagine transporting a small injured child AND having mom in the back with your medics. It can be done, but Id have reservations about doing it without the dog in a crate depending on how your helicopter is set up and the willingness of your medical crew to be exposed to a injured pissed off land shark. If you want to PM me it would probably be easier to talk vs type.
  17. So what you are proposing is a central location where all VA pilot training would take place? Like a civilian fort rucker. I dont think that would even be legal. A tax payer funded, government run flight school created to train pilots for the civilian world? Tax payer funded meaning the entire FAA flight school structure would be FAA employees. What people are failing to realize, and maybe its a generational thing, but 15 years ago vets were putting themselves through flight school on the GI Bill. I did it. And people I went through school with had regular jobs, they flew on the weekends or on their days off, they seemed to be a bit older than the students I see going through schools now. I was married with kids and actually had a separate career. Although I ended up as an LE pilot, I footed my entire way through CFI Airplane and RW using the GI Bill. The CFIs seemed to rotate out into the "real world" back filled by other low time CFI's coming in behind them. We didnt have B205 check outs, NVG endorsements, turbine long line. We did it in S300s and R22s. You left your school at about 200hrs or so as a CFII and found a job somewhere teaching. I finished up my commercial helicopter and had two job offers to work part time flying. I was even teaching as an airplane CFI at a local school on the weekends. There weren't these multi million dollar VA funded CFI factories. You went down to the local airport and took lessons. And yeah, for many it required moving or relocating or commuting. Was it perfect? No. But it was a great balance. If you wanted to be a pilot you made it happen. And what you didnt see was a 2 hour line for one tour operator at Heli-Success with pilots trying to just hand in a resume. ( I didnt see it, but Ive heard it from many who go to that seminar) in the late 90s early 2000's we were still being told about the Vietnam pilots retiring....being told about the pilot shortage..... fast forward 15 years, those pesky Vietnam pilots are apparently still holding you all hostage and the pilot shortage is getting worse despite having put thousands of pilots through school (hmmmmm.... maybe its a proven sales tactic and nothing more?) So what does all that mean? It means that we had an honest system that used to work. Yes it took a buy in on the part of the student. No we didnt get done with a Bachelors or an AA. But we managed to move on and get jobs.
  18. Yeah...... For $125,000. But I guess you are at least guaranteed a job if you can get in.
  19. You'll find all of their minimums on their respective sites. The usual, 1500, 1000 turbine, time in type, etc etc. Pretty generic. I had 2000hrs helicopter with about 1500 in MD500s with long line and off-site experience and couldnt even get an acknowledgment that they received my resume for a couple of those places.
  20. One article I read said tour flights will be cut by 50% in NYC. Not sure how accurate that is. All the times Ive been to NYC, the city itself is so loud, a helicopter is such a non-event you don't even notice compared to everything else going on around you.
  21. Its all school specific. Hours is something I am thankfully no longer concerned about, so my experience wasnt an issue... however I called up a school to see about renting a 300C while I was on vacation and they wanted me to come in and do a 5 hour check out with an instructor. Keeping in mind I did my Pvt-Comm in a 300.... I decided to rent a Cessna 172 that required 3 take offs and landings with a CFI.
  22. Have you thought about gliders? That's how I started. It's completely AWESOME!
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