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  1. There aren't that many active posters on here anymore, but there are a lot of lookie-looz, so maybe a poll can get some of you more "anonymous" members to participate? So, Rotorcraft Pro says its here, Vertical Mag says its here, and now ROTOR Mag confirmed it,... THE PILOT SHORTAGE IS HERE!!! So, as a low-timer, do you feel optimistic now, or are you still stuck in that entry-level black hole crying out, HEY, YOU FORGOT ABOUT ME DOWN HERE! In ROTOR they mentioned that they want to have a "round table discussion" on how to create a sustainable workforce in this industry, and of course they always mention that they need to find new ways to get people interested in becoming career pilots, which always makes me cringe because it makes me feel like they're just ignoring the plight of the low-timer. Sure, they'll give it a brief mention, but that's about it. Their solution always seems more about bringing new people in rather than helping the struggling low-timer get beyond that $12 an hour R44 gig! Anyway, its another dull weekend, so have at it,...chances are at the next HeliSuccess they'll just say, "sorry, looks like the shortage is another five years away",...like they did when I was there, making this all moot anyway.
  2. Welp, CFII complete over here. Now the real challenge starts: Finding a job in a place thats worth living in, where I wouldn't be stuck flying 90 hours a year. So, I've come to the conclusion that a road trip is best. Drive to every place in the region, give them a hard copy, and schmooze. But here is the problem: How do you get in contact with these people prior to visiting? Ive emailed a few ("Hello X I will be visiting your area on 12 DEC, I was looking to meet up with you and talk about the school..."), but haven't gotten any significant responses. So it comes down to networking... The "its not what you know, its who you know" conundrum. But outside of my small school, I really don't know anyone. How does a guy try to build up a network when he's at the first floor? Ive got a great network in my old job (its easy when you're working), but nothing in my new career. Any tips on the road trip? Scheduling, visits, etc? Have you seen anyone come in for an in-person resume drop off who made a serious gaffe? Thanks yall
  3. Today marks the 8-year anniversary of when I got my commercial rating and with 400 hours began looking for work as a pilot (after several attempts I came to the conclusion that I being a teacher wasn’t going to work out, and thus am not a CFI). Just a month later I got my first interview. It was showing clients real estate that was for sale in Myrtle Beach from an R-44. Just 2 days a week, $400 bucks a month, but I lost out to a CFI. Anyway, 6 years later (2 years ago) having gotten no other interviews (I used to come here a lot and bitch about that, among other things, but now I just stop by once a year…to bitch, moan, and groan ), I said f*ck it and became a truck driver. Ironically, shortly thereafter I got an interview! This one (the first in 6 years) was also in Myrtle Beach, only flying tours in an R-44. Sadly even after showing great interest in me, and getting the green light from their check pilot, I was not offered the job. A week or so later, I got a call on another resume, and after a short phone interview I was offered a job drying cherries in Washington. Sadly a week or so before I was to start I got a call that their other pilot crashed the helicopter, and although he walked away fine, the chopper was thrashed and they were out of business! One year later (last year) I got another interview with that same company to fly tours in Myrtle Beach, but again was not offered the job. This brings us to this year and sadly no interviews, so its back to the road for me! So to any of you newbies who may be having doubts about teaching? Flight instruct, or drive a truck! See ya next year. 10/4 good buddies   You know it’s kind of fortuitous that my first official day as a commercial pilot was April 1st!
  4. I want to own my own helicopter, but I can't afford one so here's my awesome idea! Unemployed CFII's are a dime a dozen, and pay to ferry flights are for chumps! So to all you newbie/wannabie pilots out there, instead of spending money on your IR, CFI, and CFII ratings, take that money and give it to me. I'll use it to buy an R44 and start up my own tour/photo company. Then you can pay me just $100/hr to do all the flying! You'll get all the experience and hours you need to one day get hired in the Grand Canyon, for an awesomely low price! Of course I'll tag along so that I can log the time as well, but don't worry, you'll still get to do all the work! Hurry, send your money now, opportunities like this come only once in a lifetime!
  5. Has anyone had any experience working for Associated Aircraft Group as PIC or SIC (Salaries,Benefits, Schedules,Working conditions) Thanks
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