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  1. What about the magenta rocket? That one is pretty fresh too.
  2. Just make sure watch has dual time. I have used this watch for 6 years straight (I have even super glued the rubber back down on the face)..... I still wear it now on and off.. http://www.timex.com/watches/expedition-chrono-alarm-timer-t40941 the best part about this watch is its, single button access to another time zone which you will obviously put zulu/utc time in. It's perfect. You get a quick glance at that zulu time that you only use for aviation.
  3. Too busy teaching Fixed Wing ground because there are no helicopters in my area...... But it is still 40 times better than anything else not related to aviation.
  4. Yes. Lost VA accreditation, did not meet the 80% VA students to 20% civilian or whatever the ratio was. It seemed like the VA is out to have flight schools shut down because of how much it is costing them. Even though Blue Sky didn't offer the ridiculous night vision and turbine transition that other schools offer which is what's making the VA fork out so much money. Blue sky cost about $90k of tax payer money and got you from Private to CFII in about a year or a little more.
  5. Fresno has Mazzei (or Mazzie,) flight school and American helicopters I believe. Bakersfield has fixed wing and SRT helicopters, some people have mixed feelings about SRT though. I think there is some type of aeronautics college opening in Bakersfield but I think it's fixed wing only. Blue Sky aviation use to exist in Tulare but they closed down. There might be a few left overs that can give you instruction though in a r44. Just pm if interested. I could try and find out. The might be a school at Castle airport. Not sure if it ever opened.
  6. You are over thinking it...... He/she just wants to buy a helicopter because it will be cheaper to train him/herself in it than actually paying for rental cost..... plus when they get done training and they are a CFII then they can use the helicopter to make money. That's all there is too it! LOL. Just joking. no one get offended please.
  7. I am just going to wait for the Vietnam era pilots to retire..... Then the industry will be dying to hire me at my 400 hours...
  8. Planning.....just looking at options. I don't think I would be stealing work from the only other helicopter operator (SRT Helo). I do not think that he capitalizes on what the area has to offer and I think he is fairly busy. Like I have said before I believe there is an untouched (small) market for helicopters in this area. It is so small it's not worth the risk for me, I've decided.
  9. Bakersfield, CA. Southern San Joaquin Valley. Students wouldn't be the main source of income. Doing random flights and flying frost would be the most income, I would assume.
  10. Thank you for the input. I am also thinking of doing this part time as well. Trying to average around 30 hours a month would be good. If I loose a little money then it would still be worth it as well, since this is my only way to fly. I am stuck in a bad spot for the next few years, just looking for options to fly. I realized that doing anything else drives me crazy.
  11. I was wondering if some of you could post a few reputable leasing companies on this forum. I want to crunch some numbers. Must of the "numbers" so far, tell me its a terrible idea and way to much risk and money, but I just want to make sure. Looking for an R-22. I don't think I can meet 40 hours a month. At least not at first. From my understanding their is a monthly minimum of hours I need to fly. Not sure if this can vary depending on who I lease from. Thank you for your time and providing me information. Much appreciated.
  12. Just always be on the controls at first....lol. That's what I did. Honestly, it will be scary the first few flights. I was super excited then the student picked up off the pad, and that's when I realized I was the actual PIC and I had a mini panic attack.....LOL. The student had no idea though. Never trust the student. Just always remember that people make mistakes. Be ready to take controls, and not just try to correct the problem. Especially in a auto. Remember this around 350 hours. Congrats. Enjoy it.
  13. I completely agree, the market for flight training is unknown in this area. I "think" between instruction, photo flights, specialized flights to hotels are mountains. There is just a big enough market to successfully run a helicopter company, but it is definitely unknown territory. Of course this is all personal speculation....which could mean nothing. LOL.
  14. Oh.... I thought it was the other way around... I need to look into leasing an R-22 more. Haven't got that far in my business plan yet. I would love to move but I am unable at the time. Family health problems, I need to be close to home which is Lake Isabella. I never wanted to live in Bakersfield but it just happens to be the best fit for right now. I don't think anyone would live here if it wasn't for the oil industry. You can literally see cancer in the floating in the air! (sarcasm) Thanks for the advice and encouragement!
  15. That's the plan. Working on a business plan and saving up funds. Doing research, etc.... It will take some time to get set up.
  16. Avbug, thank you for your post. That is a substantial amount of really good info. I appreciate you taking the time to write all of that. I will definitely keep this post for when I start applying again. Thank you.
  17. Merle Haggard.....Buck Owens..... I love how this post turned into a long list of why Bakersfield is awful. Yes I am CFII. About 100 hrs instructing instrument (R-44) and another 100 instructing normal operations. Thank your for the suggestions, Flying Pig, but I have emailed and called Mazzei, American Helicopters and San Joaquin but no joy. I could have been more aggressive and stopped by but I didn't want to be a pest. This was about three months ago now. 500 hours would have been a nice milestone to reach but oh well. Long story short, the instructors that had better chances at reaching their next milestone such as 500 hrs or 1000hrs, they took the majority of flights left over. Which makes sense. Me having 415 hrs is not as good as a friend going from 485 to 500hrs. We were all ok with it.
  18. Well, if you go flying the day after it rains (not two days after) you can actually get a good view of the sierra's. It rains maybe once a month....so yeah. You can't wait two days after though. Usually the visibility is so bad it becomes IFR because of the haze and Fog.
  19. Since I know I am in a terrible spot for finding a job flying. I believe that their is a decent market for R-22 and R-44 work with photo flights, aerial tours, 135 and frost flying. Of course I have nothing to validate this with......just what I think. Anyone else want to weigh in? Before anyone else says it. I will save you the trouble. I know that in order to make a million dollars flying helicopters, you need to start with two....... Ok, good. We got that out of the way.
  20. Epic helicopters is in the DFW area. Hit them up. They don't do ENG but you they might be able to help.
  21. I make a photo copy of the areas I will be flying in, so that it can fit on my knee board. Make sure you do not print from skyvector/vfrmap.com because the scale could be incorrect. If you were to pull out your diversion ruler (that every pilot has with them ) or plotter and try to come up with some numbers....they are obviously going to be way off.
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