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Struggle for be a heli pilot (Europe).

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Hi everyone.

I am new in this forum and I would like to consult your opinion. About what happening to me.

I told you a bit about my history...

I was electrician in 2008 in Spain and everything look good to me to try to get my dream become a heli pilot so I move to barcelona I take a ATPL(H)(JAA) course (I did 119h in R22, 25h in AS355 and 60 in EC135 sim).

Everything going very well in Spain was a lot of opportunities for pilot without experience as I will be.

I finished in 2010 and everything in Spain turned wrong. The crisis start and I was not able to get a job as pilot there.

After two year calling, visiting and emailing companies in Spain I give up and I decided to move to Uk and try to pay the credit (I got a credit to pay my course) and save money. but after two year I am struggle just for pay the F*ck credit. And I am worry because my IR will be expire in 3 year.

I feel I'm not going in the right direction. I am trying to understand where, when and what I'm doing wrong.

Only I want to be seat in a cockpit...

What do you do in my position? Just give up?

I did a lot of mistakes... What can I do to fix them?

Thanks everyone.

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Try heliopsforum.com. Someone there might be able to help you out. This forum I believe is made up mostly of people from the US and we are not familiar with the problems you are having. Granted a few of us are in the same boat as you in the paying the bills department but we don't have a lot of background with the JAA.

Sorry I couldn't be more help.


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Heliops' forum is pretty dead, take look at the Rotorheads forum on PPRUNE: http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads-23/ for the generally more European crowd.


Finishing training at that time was pretty tough for a lot of people over here too.


You need:


Stay persistent,


Keep networking,


and again, Persistence.

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