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Hello, I'm looking to gift two of my close friends a dinner on a mountaintop in the SLC area and trying to find an R44 pilot owner or a charter company with an R44 in the SLC area who can fly them up to a mountaintop, land for 1 hour for dinner, then bring them back down. Thanks!
All input is welcome here but the way I was explained this when asking this question to a former Army aviator was "due to other leadership roles, a regular commissioned officer in the Army who is a pilot fly's less (on average) than a warrant officer pilot in the Army. Commissioned officers who are pilots are leaders first, pilots second and while warrant officers are leaders they are more so considered to be technical experts in their field." I mention this because one of the questions that I envision coming up at my boards interview is " Why do you want to be a Warrant Officer as opposed to a regular commissioned officer?" I don't want to give anyone a bad impression by simply responding with "oh I heard warrant officers get to fly more" but as someone who is passionate about aviation, this is partial true. I completely understand this question merits an individually based response, I just wanted to prepare for it as much as possible. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thank you, Mezz
Im new to the forum and I am in the process of checking out a few flight schools so Ive been doing a lot of researching and reading a ton of forums lately and I went from being very excited to pursue a passion of mine, flying, to feeling like I am going to hate it or might be making the wrong career choice due to all the negativity I read from people; And not just from random people, but from actual helicopter pilots. Ive read everything from crappy/long hours, horrible pay, cant financially support yourself with this kind of career, not worth being in debt from school, guaranteed divorce, moving constantly, dangerous, etc.... I know not every job is perfect and just because you spend $100k+ on school and put in all the flight time to get where you are, doesnt entitle anyone to a perfect mon-fri job making great money flying a helicopter. Im willing to put in as much time and effort that it takes in order to succeed. Nothing ever comes easy and I understand that it will take a lot of dedication and may be extremely hard at times, but I feel like that alone is what is going to drive you to try even harder... at least thats how I operate. So I guess my question is, are there any happy helicopter pilots out there who actually enjoy their job and what they do for a living and what is it exactly that you love so much? Other than flying because thats a given Im going to school to be a pilot no matter what anyone has to say but for anyone out there who picked up more of a negative vibe than a positive, and might be second guessing your decision, well hopefully this forum will help spread more of the positive sides of flying a helicopter as a profession.