25th Apr 2012, 23:30
I see Temsco's started hiring for their 2012 summer Ak. season. For about 6 years now I've had a dream to work up there for them. I'm Aussie with around 1000hrs TT with 300 PIC on AS350 series.
I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has worked for them before. Do they hire many expat pilots? I've tried contacting them a few times but no replies.
25th Apr 2012, 23:44
They along with every other reputable company in the U.S. will ONLY hire you if you are legal to work in the United States. Do you have legal authorization? If so try call them again.
26th Apr 2012, 07:19
Temsco are a wonderful organisation with a long history of professional service operating in an area of astounding natural beauty.
If you can serve a season with them I am certain you would find it a positive experience.
I wish you every success.
29th Apr 2012, 02:06
Thanks for your reply. I was researching this a year back, and I thought I'd read somewhere about a visa for one year (allowing a license conversion & then to work for the remainder of the time). But silly me has no link or recollection of what visa that might be... Based on research done now, perhaps I was dreaming...? Haha
And Savoia, yes, I agree. There was a great book I read about the operation, "Bush Pilots" or something of the like. Pretty good read.
29th Apr 2012, 03:01
Your biggest hurdle will be getting a visa to allow such work. Students that train here can work for a period equal to their time spent training, however it may well be only for the area the training was completed in. Try calling somewhere like Bristow Academy for a better picture on that.
Alaska usually starts hiring pilots in Jan and Feb to start training in April/May. we are well into the training and work season now.
Your Aussie CPL(H) or ATPL will only allow you to fly as a private pilot here and not for hire.
The exception to the norm is if a company can show the Dept of Labour (added the "u" just for you) that they have advertised both in State and Federally for a pilot and cannot find one with the skills needed. I have seen that happen up here only once. Unfortuneately your skill and hourly levels are held by many here all looking for the same opening. (Just a plain old fact I'm afraid)
Why not try to build your hours closer to home, PNG maybe? ( I mean what can beat the site and smells of Goroka or Mt Hagen on a sunny day)
One thing is for sure once your have flown and worked here it is hard to equal or better the experience.
I wish you the best of luck in your endevours.
29th Apr 2012, 09:14
Thanks inmate. Yeah, I worked 4 seasons on cruise ships and we sold a lot of tours to Temsco/Era. We were in and out each week, but the thought of doing a season or more has been dogging me since I started flying. :ok: