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kodoz last won the day on March 8 2012

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  1. Papillon's current policy is that neatly trimmed facial hair is acceptable. You're either clean-shaven or mountain man, but can't be "scruffy".
  2. Doesn't hurt to follow-up with a short email at least thanking them for their time. In the business world, this used to be expected, and also gives you a chance to fill in or follow-up on anything you feel you didn't answer well, or left a doubt in their mind. (This should never be much more than a short paragraph tho.) Good luck.
  3. Would help to know who you're interviewing with, but just some general thoughts on interviewing. Phone interviews can run the gamut. If you're just talking with HR or a recruiter, it can be anticlimactic--what the job description is, who or where you'll be working, verifying your qualifications, and going over your work history. If you're dealing with a small company, and talking to the person who will be your direct supervisor, it could be a full-on interview where s/he is deciding whether or not to bring you in, and may ask you anything, or it could be a very informal discussion/get to know you/this is what you're getting yourself into type chat. Find a quiet place for the call, and make sure you're not going to have any technology issues or distractions. Print a copy of your resume and cover letter, and keep it on-hand to refer to--if nothing else, use it to scratch down notes and questions. In advance, think of a few things to ask about. I'm talking about the job or company (save the pay, vacation, and benefits questions for after an offer has been put out there). These should be questions that go beyond what you can find out about the company on your own. Find out who will be doing the interview. If it's not HR, find out as much as you can about the person--what they do in the company, what their history is, w/e you can. This is where LinkedIn can be helpful. Others can help with some of the questions you might expect, but I'll tell you one mistake I made on my first flying interview: if you get asked to describe a time you screwed up, did something bone-headed, had an incident, mishap, violation, or other "learning opportunity" (in or out of the cockpit), describe it, but don't wait for the "what did you learn from that" follow-up question. Ahead of time, know what you're going to say, and as part of your answer, add in how it changed your behavior or habits. Congrats--it's a tough job market out there, and to get called for an interview is worth a pat on the back. p.s. Do us all a favor and post after the interview to let us know what they asked and how it went.
  4. If you can't or won't move, you could be facing some serious challenges ahead. Besides, the "best" school might not be the one that is closest to you.
  5. PHI was at HAI looking at resumes. They were looking for 1500 hrs and a 1st class medical. Didn't ask them what they're hiring needs were since I'm still a ways off from that.
  6. It isn't in the limitations as required equipment, and the MMEL doesn't specifically address warning lights. The POH also states that you may disable a warning light at night (EPs, section 3-8). Barring a requirement in Part 27, seems like the proper procedure is to disable and placard.
  7. Here's a list. And yes, the RFH has now been replaced by the Helicopter Flying Handbook.
  8. Anybody been to the safety course for the R66? Robinson have an unofficial word about what happened, and whether the first fatal was also MR separation?
  9. Sad to say, I recommended Dauntless to another instructor for the IRH and CFII tests, and his experience was that there were many questions on the actual test that he'd never seen in the Dauntless database. I like that program because its features support both learning the material and preparing for the test, but given my recent experience with it, I can't recommend it.
  10. Yes. I've watched our mech fitting one from the factory, and what you start with isn't even close.
  11. In theory, that NOTAM (5150 I think, or the stadium TFR) would shut down our airfield since we've got an NFL and MLB stadium just a mile or so away. But, as with other's experience, most of the time we know more about it than ATC does. I'm going from memory here, but there are 2 interesting clauses in that NOTAM: first, it's any stadium with a capacity of >30,000. So even though there are only about 50 diehards at Mariners games, the NOTAM should be in effect. Second, the flight restriction is waived if you are under ATC control for "operational or safety reasons". From a practical standpoint, the stadium TFR has no effect on the flight operations around the airport, it's not noted on the ATIS, and tower isn't diverting traffic because of it. That said, most of our pilots request permission to fly in the vicinity of the stadiums, and if a game is going on, we give them a wide berth. That's in contrast to a flight I did several years ago in the San Diego area, where there was a published TFR, and the local towers were notifying pilots and diverting flights around it.
  12. What Pohi said. Also, there's the Aviation Weather Services AC that will flesh out many of the weather products. The AIM also has an extensive discussion about the flight briefing. All that said, first stage check, I'd be happy if you could make a go/no-go decision on making your first solo flight by looking at the current METAR, the METAR trend, and a TAF if one is available (all from aviationweather.gov), plus checking NOTAMs and TFRs (from whatever source your CFI deigns appropriate). Save the rest of it for when you're starting to do cross-country flight planning--you have enough to learn in your first 20 hours of training.
  13. Just got my Heli-Expo 2013 program and found their safety education initiative program. Here's the agenda if you haven't seen it. HAI already offers some very valuable workshops for the new student and CFI, but this program adds even more good stuff for early-career pilots. Really pleased to see this on the program this year, and it's tipped the balance for me to try and find the cash to make the trip. In addition to the Safety Challenge program, check out the CFI Mentoring Workshop (done in the past by Karl Cotton and Randy Rowles) on Tuesday, and students should have a look at the Pilot Mentoring and Industry Outreach workshops. Registration is $60 for students.
  14. My favorite. Should be easy to get off of Amazon (see the list in my signature).
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