CrashC Posted April 20, 2010 Report Share Posted April 20, 2010 In a previous thread, I mentioned EMS is my end goal. In an attempt to set myself up as well as possible to reach that goal, I'm seeing many EMS job postings mention altitude (5000'+) experience being preferred. However, most CFI jobs appear to want R22 experience. I was recently informed (I could have misunderstood) that R22s and high altitude don't mix because of their air density limitations. Does that mean R22 training at high altitude is limited essentially to desert/arid climates in the southwest? Or do schools at low altitude with nearby mountains spend most of their time in the mountains at altitude? It seems logical that in that type of location, any time spent practicing at the airport or in the pattern would not be counted as high altitude time. I very well could have misunderstood and welcome any corrections. To summarize, I'm looking for a school that offers (other than the obvious safety and quality training requirements): • Mostly R22 hours• Mostly high altitude hours• A track record of hiring quality students• Accepts student loans• Near a decent size city for part-time employment while training• Relatively few missed flying days a year or time per day due to weather/climate. I want some experience with weather of course, but not so much that it drags out my training significantly. My other question is in regard to the 200 - 300 hour gap. One school I spoke with said they have one helicopter on more expensive insurance that allows for 200hr pilots, while the rest of their fleet is on 300hr Pathfinder. Is that how most schools are able to offer jobs to their CFI/CFII students with less than 300 hours? If not, how do the newly rated CFI/CFIIs get from 200-300hrs to become insurable other than sporadic maintenance flights? Just pay for time-building out of pocket? Any suggestions, corrections or solicitations are welcome. Thanks again to the schools I've spoken with for the info they've been gracious enough to provide! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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