Allow me then to wish you the best of luck in flying with a fine and fun airline. Your cause would be probably greatly enhanced if you could somehow direct the interview panel's attention to wrinkled plums' pages, where you have for so long waged a consultative campaign to educate the aspiring android aviator and to give freely of information both helpful and constructive. Good luck!
Does anyone know how either of these countries view copilot hours on aircraft they class as single pilot.I've many hours as copilot multi crew in a country where it was required by local regs but the aircraft is certified in most other countries as single. I recently went to Tanzania and was told by few companies that they would not be recognised towards my 1000TT,then one company said ask TCAA and they said yes we recognise as P1/US not P2. I guess its down to who you ask on the day and their own interpretation of ICAO regs . Anyone had similar dealings in these countries?
It usually depends on the rules of the authority where the hours were flown. For example, the Twotter is certificated for single pilot operation but most CAAs require a second pilot for commercial passenger ops so P2 time counts when flown under their rules.
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Reason: clarify wording
Having spent a lot of time checking up on this forum over the last 18 months while saving up for my african adventure, I finally have the money to make the trip. Instructing in the USA paid enough to survive, but not save so I found something that allowed me to obtain the cash to pursue my dream.
I know that the hiring season is Nov - Feb but unfortunately, I wouldn't be able to leave for Africa until the end of Feb. Am I stupid in considering that or is there a chance of being hired outside the specified hiring window? I am itching to go but would appreciate any advice on whether it really is a pointless venture to go at the end of Feb and whether it would be better to wait until Nov at the end of this year (seems so far away, but I guess good things do sometimes come to those who wait).
From my experience, Feb is end of hiring in Namibia AND Maun. mid November is the time to arrive, and stay for 3 months until mid Feb. If you go back/forth between Nam and Maun, then you can stay for a few more weeks (3 months in each actually), but not really worth it after mid Feb.
Unfortunately lilflyboy, no. As a UK national I was able to instruct in the USA through Optional Practical Training, but once you have done that, you cannot extend your Visa any more. Obtaining a Visa to instruct in the states is incredibly difficult nowadays. Used to be able to get a J1, but that is no longer offered for flying purposes. Alaska would be amazing and I had thought about that. Just wish it was me and not my brother who was born in the states and therefore had the right to citizenship.
Guess it will be wise to continue searching over here in Latin America for the time being until November comes back around.
Just went through the interview for Wilderness Air, I know Westair is looking for guys too (closer to 1000 hours though). Not sure whats happening at the coast but I heared companies got tuned for not employing enough locals. Air Namibia is getting rid of expensive contract pilots from Europe so people will be moving up the ladder ssonish... Wouldn't be too sure it will be dead in Feb... I'll keep an ear out
MKA742, sounds to me an opportunity in namibia??.or maybe not. If air nam. is kicking out expats and forced to hire locals, which means pilots from bush companies will move up the ladder and an opportunity for us low timers? But, 1000hrs for bush seems quite a lot. The last time i checked on westair was around 200-300 hrs, and check again its still the same. Anyway, thanks for the update and hope you get through with wilderness.
Hey guys i am in Maun now and the minimum requirements are 300hr! This is due to work permit difficulties! Major, Wilderness and Moremi are asking for min 500hr. Make your decision but this is the situation...
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