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  1. You could train in an Enstrom at your current weight but it will be uncomfortable at first (and you might need a belt extender). I own an Enstrom and love to fly it. (much, much preferred over the Robby products) but the truth is that most of the newbie/starter work is in R-44’s, so keep that in mind. If you can afford your way to 200 hours via a ppl to commercial/CFI you could earn some short money to build time. If you are financially able set aside about $500,000 to fly your own way (privately and on your on schedule) to the 500 hours needed to be a tour pilot. To most that seems
  2. That is an option, but Robinson has a pretty solid lock on the market. The Cabri might be a good option depending on where you are.
  3. Again, this isn’t about high time. This is about building time. The OP doesn’t like the most likely answer…instructing. The only other option I can see is buying your own helicopter an paying for your own hours. Forget the “high time” debate. I just finished an HAI seminar where they noted, quite sadly, that most helicopter accidents (pilot related) are by pilots with over 5000 hours. Why? Current thinking is what I see a lot here - the “listen to me sonny-boy I have 9 billion hours and know more than the guys who designed and built this thing” types of guys. The issue here is how t
  4. Also, keep in mind that the hours required aren’t a reflection of your skill (most helicopter accidents are by high-time helicopter pilots) or desire but the realities of the insurance world.
  5. Congratulations on the purchase. I just got a 280fx and love it. Great ship to fly with “big bird” stability.
  6. I agree, but he could just say just that. He is a jerk and nearly every post he makes includes a sly note of his time. I appreciate any point of view that is constructive when people come here to learn, but I have grown intolerant of people who need to brag while they dismiss any other idea or goal.
  7. Ahhh…Robby specific rules! I’m not a Robinson guy so I missed that reality. Sorry for the poor info. As for your tour plan…it never hurts to ask, and I am not the expert on this, but I think they try to fill all three empty seats in the R44.
  8. I don’t think you would need the 200 hours of rotary to instruct but not being a CFI I could be wrong. You would need the SFAR (R44) training in any case. Tour operators make money for having butts in seat so I think (and could be wrong) that filling a seat with a trainee would be a bit of a waste. You can look at Helicopter Academy (.com). They have some kind of a deal where you fly for them at a lower rate (something like $250 an hour) under the Boatpix banner. I only know one person who did it and he was happy enough.
  9. Most tour operators will require about 500 hours of helicopter PIC time for a job (and at least 50 or so in type like an R44). You CFI will carry some weight as will your fixed-wing low altitude time, but at this early stage it is more what the companies insurance provider demands than the company owner. I recommend getting you ticket then converting your CFI, then earn the hours that way. You should be able to land a tour job after about 18 months of instructing (assuming you are working for a school that attracts students to). I wish you the best.
  10. Attitude is all this guys has. He dismisses every post and brags about flight time he probably doesn’t have. Best to ignore him.
  11. Just curious, but what are hangar rates in that area? I just bought an Enstrom and, for the immediate future, it will be living outside. Best of luck in finding a partner.
  12. Good thing he didn’t ask for your opinion.
  13. Just lucky with my Google-fu. Of course, most of you know that mileage varies and the average higher end owner (which I assume means a rich person) won’t fly close to 450 hours a year.
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