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Old 15th Jan 2013, 15:22   #581 (permalink)


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Outside hiring season?

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).

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Old 15th Jan 2013, 19:37   #582 (permalink)
 
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Assuming that you have a few hours under your belt now, and are allowed to live and work in America, have you thought of trying Alaska?
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Old 16th Jan 2013, 14:59   #583 (permalink)
 
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Arriving end of Feb is a waste.
The companies might hire 1 or 2 between March and May, but that's about it.
Good weather though, great time to be in Botswana or Namibia.
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Old 16th Jan 2013, 15:33   #584 (permalink)
 
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Feb!!Isn't that's the end for maun hiring season? And, the start for Namibia?
Just wonder is there any Chinese Pilots do their flying over Africa?
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Old 17th Jan 2013, 10:26   #585 (permalink)
 
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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.
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Old 17th Jan 2013, 15:45   #586 (permalink)


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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.

Appreciate all your thoughts.
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Old 24th Jan 2013, 18:52   #587 (permalink)
 
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I'm in Namibia now

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
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Old 25th Jan 2013, 06:32   #588 (permalink)
 
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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.
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Old 25th Jan 2013, 10:42   #589 (permalink)
 
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Yes Dave, thats what I meant

Westair is not looking for C210 guys per se, thats why they ask 1000 hours. They want people who can move on to the Cessna twin turbines quickly. The website is not there main concern I suppose...

Heared today that Scenic (from Scenic staff) will be hiring 'a couple' soon, but if youre not here now, youre too late anyway

You just have to be here by the end of the holidays and you can get lucky!
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Old 26th Jan 2013, 08:44   #590 (permalink)
 
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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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Old 26th Jan 2013, 12:14   #591 (permalink)
 
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How can i apply to Westair. Is there an email address ?

Thank you !
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Old 26th Jan 2013, 15:35   #592 (permalink)
 
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How can i apply to Westair. Is there an email address ?
You travel to Maun and knock on their door it seems.
As for the email adress...have you even looked at their website?
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Old 26th Jan 2013, 16:37   #593 (permalink)
 
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I don't have any plans going there yet...was only wondering if somebody knew their email address because i couldn't find it on their website.

Thank you !
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Old 28th Jan 2013, 09:52   #594 (permalink)
 
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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
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Old 28th Jan 2013, 17:15   #595 (permalink)
 
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MKA472,

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.
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Old 29th Jan 2013, 20:30   #596 (permalink)
 
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March to May is the beginning of the season.
I have always said November to Feb.
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Old 18th Feb 2013, 05:37   #597 (permalink)
 
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Maybe a job for ex 1time pilot..?
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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 00:37   #598 (permalink)


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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.....
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Old 24th Feb 2013, 09:07   #599 (permalink)
 
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pharael

Do you really think that a lot of americans will be able to cope with africa? I think not.
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Old 24th Feb 2013, 13:07   #600 (permalink)
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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.
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