shlaaper, I'm not too sure if we are talking about the same person but let me tell you I'm fairly intimate with the workings of the police airwing and I can tell you that the "main man" you speak of is a well respected member of the VPAW community. I'm sure that other members of the airwing would agree that it would be a real loss if said person was to "change camps". If he did decide to move on his wealth of aviation technical knowledge and flying skills would be greatly appreciated at his new workplace...
You might find out that the devil you know has a harder task than you give him credit for. It would be very arrogant of one to assume one could do as well in the same place.
The politics of that position would be something else. The operational and political accumen a guy in his post carries with him would be sorely missed and highly valued by others. Think about what you fly and how it's flown....did it just turn up out the front?
Now, now guys. The dust devil is right the chiefs position would be a difficult one and would require large shoulders to carry all the idiotic requests and whines from a bunch of over paid and under worked bus drivers!
But then again it would be easy if you did nothing and were the biggest whinger of all! After all its not as if he is accountable to anybody...
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' Now, now guys. The dust devil is right the chiefs position would be a difficult one and would require large shoulders to carry all the idiotic requests and whines from a bunch of over paid and under worked bus drivers!'
This thread started with a question on the VPAW contract so lets get back on track...
The new contract has not yet been announced....waiting for MAS to sign-off until then you will need to wait and see. Like anything in Government decisions are not made quickly and the descision on this one is 7 months late already.
Speculation is that the status quo will exist...don't expect anything grand.
Pilots are safe for the new contract period.
Yes there are difficulties....what organisation, with 14 pilots, 22 observers and admin staff, doesn't have problems when they are all squeezed in one hangar. Personalities are diverse and conflicts do exist and yes some key members are difficult to work with at times.
Are the VPAW pilots overpaid? A typical offshore pilot in Australia flies a medium IFR twin 2 pilots to and from an offshore platform under very controlled environment day in day out and mainly during daylight hours and would on average be renumerated around $120,000. An emergency service pilot at VPAW flies a medium IFR twin 24/7. At times into difficult night outlandings to unprepared areas. In an environment that is not mapped out but mostly unknown and at times unpredictable for a return of $80,000. Overpaid...I think not.