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  1. you're right. we aren't doctors. but our education costs just as much, our work is much more dangerous and our job secutiry is much much lower. don't get me wrong. I love my job. I wouldn't trade it for the world. But the return on investment financially speaking is abysmal.
  2. what is the issue with the poly? I've always heard its a huge barrier... I've always thought about trying to get into the LE side of things but I'm afraid to put in all the work only to be disappointed. I have no criminal record, nothing more than a speeding ticket that was like 10 years ago. I don't smuggle people accross the border or run a meth empire out of a laundromat basement... I have never even smoked weed. But I think I pulled the tag off a mattress when I was 11. It's my understanding that even people with clean backgrounds and nothing to hide fail sometimes. Is it nerves?
  3. The Outlook... well... its not great and it's not grim. The truth about the pilot shortage is that its a lie, and it's also true. There is no shortage of people with a commercial pilot license or a CFII. And there never will be. However, there is a shortage of QUALIFIED pilots who have a proven track record of being safe and making good decisions through their career. Like most industries everyone wants an employee with all kinds of experience, and they want them to work for less than they are worth. Aviation is no different than any other industry in that regard. where we differ somewhat is in how critical our decision making is. We work in a life and death industry. Employers aren't hiring you for your stick skills, or even your many hours in the super impressive R44. They are hiring your brain. Unfortunately, those kind of pilots are a rare breed... they have to be smart enough to make all the right decisions, have the integrity to admit when they made a wrong decision, have all the skills required of a professional pilot, be motivated enough to keep their head in the books... they have to do all those things and still be stupid enough to work for 60-70,000 a year. so if you're smart, hard working, motivated, and dumb enough to work for less than you're worth there are about 100 EMS jobs waiting for you to work your way up to them.
  4. Eventually. But we are all safe. so are our children if they want to become pilots I think. It will take a generation or more before these technologies become sophisticated enough to truly be game changers. Electronic cars are just NOW becoming a viable alternative. The first electric car on the market came out in 1884. Since then numerous iterations have started and failed over the years. It takes a lot more time for ideas to succeed in reality than they do in our imaginations. The world is moving faster than ever before... but still not as fast as we think it is. still, it's important to be future minded. lest we fall victim to thinking we are as untouchable as the railroad, coal, motor city, etc... history is rife with examples of people who believed their means of making a living would go on forever. always have a plan B.
  5. What kind of job is the interview for? General tips for online interviews: Set a professional scene. Make sure there is no one else in the house, no tv on etc. Make sure your phone is on silent. Dress for an interview in person(read:suit and tie) Ensure you have good lighting and a good camera angle. Keep the background professional. Blank wall is best. Bookshelves or a curtained window also acceptable. But you want the interview focused on you. Not your Jack Daniels poster. DON'T skype on a tablet or phone if avoidable. You want the camera on a stable surface so a computer on a desk works best.
  6. I cannot recommend this seminar enough. I attended the full Helisuccess seminar in Las Vegas last year because the oil and gas industry wasn't doing so hot and I wanted to line up a more stable job. I lined up an interview for the day after Helisuccess and just had another one a few weeks ago. I now have a new job that I'm pretty excited about. If you are considering going, go. You may not need a refresher on how to craft a resume, or how to present yourself professionally online. You may not need a reminder about what constitutes business attire. However, where else will you have the opportunity to shake hands with the gatekeepers in our industry and ask them the things you've always wanted to ask? Where else can you network with hundreds of other pilots who have connections with companies all over the world? It's a dynamic time in our industry with shakeups in VA funded flight training, layoffs in the offshore industry, and a tour hiring season quickly approaching. No matter where you are in your career it would be wise to attend this event.
  7. I'm pretty sure compliance is mandatory. The only place you MIGHT be able to fly it is to an overhaul facility with a special ferry permit. Maybe.
  8. I think you are just being hyper sensitive about this school because of their other practices. Yes, they do their students a GREAT disservice by encouraging or even allowing them to do their commercial training in a turbine helicopter and YES their ad where they claim you can "skip that first tier job" and "go straight into EMS is hogwash... and NO I would not recommend this school to anyone for these reasons alone... but I see no problem with this scenario.
  9. This is a 100% bad idea. I know it's not what you want to hear. But there are a thousand R22 and R44 instruction jobs out there for you. There is literally 1 turbine job for you... maybe... after you get 500 hours... But you have to GET to that point. And less Robinson time won't help you do that. DO NOT do your commercial training in a turbine. You should finish flight school with either 150 hours R22 and 50 hours R44, or 175 hours R22 and 25 hours R44. No other hour combination will enhance your employment aspects in ANY way. none. zero. zilch.
  10. No. don't fall for "high altitude" hype unless you want to fly in colorado, or utah. if you want to fly in any of the other 58 states it won't mean anything on your resume. Also do not do anything more than a turbine transition for like 10 hours. Stick to the basics. that's all you will be teaching. when it comes time to do other things let your future employer pay for training.
  11. When LB gives you personal advice. You listen. This man knows what gets people hired in this industry.
  12. bro. do yourself a favor and stay in WA. Check out Big Ben Community College. www.inlandhelicopters.com small but growing school, outstanding staff and aviation program with fantastic networking opportunities. WA is a helicopter mecca. lots and lots of job opportunities there. Do yourself a favor and stay away from the big schools. get your start at Inland and meet some great pilots and network, network, network.
  13. its a requirement because its not just 141 training the way the VA handles it. it's a college course. he failed a college course. as such, the VA and college will require him to retake the course, in its entirety, in order to earn the credit needed to attain his degree.
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