which hel has better job oppurtunity R-44/66, BELL-407 or EC 130
Somebody plz plz help,
Just retired from 20 yrs' military life. Logged around 4000 hrs out of which 1000 is on F wing, 3000 hrs on R wing (all turbine), MI series 750 hrs, Bell-212- 2000 hrs, Have been instructor/examineer for long time, Flew all types of heli sorties but logged extensive mountain operations. Rt now finished CPL grd exams, but confused regarding type rating, Have job offer for R-44/66, Bell-407and EC 130. Salary almost same for all three types. Other facilities are no much different. If anyone let me know which one to chose from R-44/66 or BELL-407 or else EC130. For better future which helicopter is likely to provide better career/job oppurtunity around the world.
Lots of low time pilots with R44/R66 experience. The EC130 or Bell 407 time, along with your military experience, will definitely provide you with more interesting opportunities (EMS, charter, sling, utility, tourism) and help to differentiate you from the rest unless you want to instruct, in which case you'd probably be busier in an R44/66.
R-44/66 or BELL-407 or else EC130. For better future which helicopter is likely to provide better career/job oppurtunity around the world
It depends in which country do you want to work,or most important, you can work. See which helicopters have these countries, contact with companies and ask what they are demanding, and then you can decide.
Yep, .. But I've SE/IR not ME. Seems to be a big hazard for the companies in the UK. Don't know why that's a minimum requirement if someone doesn't have the TR yet. Is it OGP or something else? I'm open for pm's.
<snip> [Post edited & corrected in light of Courtesy Car's post below.]
But plenty of people have been hired with SE IR(H)s. So unless the advert specifically asks for a ME IR(H), I would apply anyway. And Scotland is a lot closer than Macau.
Thx for the replies! The extra cost was what I was expecting. I will sent my papers to Bond this week. Someone knows what they offer for bonding commitment? And what the numbers of needed F/Os are in Aberdeen (not only Bond but CHC+ Bristow also)?
For the guys with TR's. NHV has some openings on their website. Captain+ F/Os. GL
I am new here. But I thought I would post in relation to the above position. I have a friend who recently worked there, and most of what he said was quite negative. The positive points where one you get a 139 type rating, if you have not flown internationally then the experience is good and you get a lot of time on the aircraft. The negative side is they have a lot of pilots leaving every year, roughly my friend said out of 30 pilots, 10 leave per year. The reasons he said were mainly due to money, because where they are based it is getting very expensive with cost of living and the housing subsidy for a single pilot is very low that you cannot afford anything descent. Also he had medical problems and that the company policy does not cover anything near in the medical costs for an international pilot, and they say that they have loss of licence coverage, but he found out that that the company changed the policy and that if they can prove you can do any form of work like sit at an office desk then they will not pay, luckily he is not there anymore. But saying that if you want a 139 type rating go ahead, you will get lots of time.
I have worked in the Macau operation. It's a good job. The money is OK. You get to go home every night. Plenty of things to keep you occupied in your off time. However, it is true they have a relatively high pilot turn-over. Not everybody fits their mold. They have quite a few pilots who have been there for 10+ years, others don't get to stay very long for various reasons. The management might seem a bit dysfunctional at times but you can say that about a lot of other operations as well. If you are adaptable and good at keeping your mouth shut then Macau is a worthwhile experience. A little boring flying the same routes all the time, but overall it's a pretty good gig.
They accept JAR licences too. Perhaps it is for the same reason that I cannot fly in USA without an FAA licence, or South Africa without an SA licence. It is not the operator who dictates licence type but the regulatory authority.