Air Nigeria hiring co-pilots with super low hours???
I recently had a look at Air Nigeria and on their website they are saying they want co-pilots with as low as 220 total hours. It sounds to good to be true and when I went to apply I had to down load a form, which asks your details, flying details etc. BUT then they ask if you have a visa for USA or UK and your passport number. This just put me off from applying as it sounds like a scam.
If they take low hours guys I expect it would be locals or African pilots? the problem is if you train expats then 500 hours on type later it's sayonara, I have something better elsewhere. On the other hand if you could go for it and they bonded you, do want to take a risk the size of your bond that they will be around long enough for you to get your hours on type? Just make sure it is structured correctly, in other words.
The visa thing I expect is harmless, UK and US are 2 destinations they fly to and they definitely did their training in the past in the UK, so they wouldn't want any grief getting you into a sim in LGW for example.
The Visa question is just a convenience thing for recurrency training.It will be arranged for you if you do not have it.
I doubt if they will give you a type if you are not Nigerian.They did so in the past and most of the guys ran to other airlines e.g Arik when air nigeria had financial problems early this year.(late salaries etc)
However if you are willing to finance the type they will employ you if you pass the selection process.
500 hours on type is absolutely normal for most CAAs in most countries; you can view it as a safety factor or protectionism, take your pick. I'm not talking about Cessnas, I mean on heavier commercial metal. It's no different in European countries, most CAAs won't do validations for non-JAA licences for F/Os, and for Captains only if the airline can show on paper that they have tried and failed looking locally.
I knew some experienced expats who flew MD for a few years in another African country, the airline took A320s and tried to swop them onto the type, the local CAA said no as they should have 500 hours on type, end of story and the expats had to go.
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