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...
Last edited by matteosalga; 26th Jan 2013 at 08:45.
Dave is right, except that it's in Winhoek, not Maun.
Sending your cv is not gonna help. Show up here and talk to Christo the chief pilot. Heared this weekend they hired five so only guys with real twin time are still in the running. C425 rating especially. If you have either of that, calling might a good thing to do. I heared of a guy getting hired over Skype, that was last year and he was lucky they needed an instructor fast!
So far about 15 guys got hired this season, not bad at all. Most hiring done now but like I said... anything is possible down here
I think I already missed this hiring opportunity in Namibia! Still waiting to renew my medical and IR. Waiting is pain in the as% Did my research on Low Time Pilot Guide and another various websites that hiring are mostly done in Mar-May. I guessed i was mis-informed.
Getting a job a Maun is about to get alot tougher....
I'm guessing with the FAA raising the minimum required hours for airlines to 1500TT in August 2013, meaning ERAU grads and such don't have the feeder from regionals airlines because they wont have the time to qualify....FO's originally only need 250hrs to qualify for regional airlines... soooo all those pilots have to find a gap somewhere....there will be a massive influx of American pilots looking to grab these jobs..... so expect the minimums at these places to keep rising as well because they will be getting the pick of the litter from some of America's best flight schools.....
The Yanks have done just fine in Maun for years if not decades. They're a blight on the southern African market but on the other hand there used, at one time, to be plenty of pilots from South Africa who couldn't cope with the tremendous heat and dust of Maun.