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Old 31st Aug 2011, 12:33   #1 (permalink)
 
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SAR pilot career

Hi all

Is SAR in the UK operated only by the RAF or are there civilian SAR units? Any idea what sort of experience you'd need?

Many thanks
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Old 31st Aug 2011, 12:51   #2 (permalink)
 
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CHC are currently advertising for a SAR co-pilot:

Job Description:

Give Your Career a Vertical Lift!
At any given moment, on any given day, a CHC aircraft is in the air somewhere in the world. Whether we're transporting the men and women who keep the world's offshore oil and gas flowing, or taking an injured patient to safety, CHC sets the standard for safety, customer service, modern aircraft and efficiency. This is a billion-dollar business built on the foundation of a strong team spirit in our company and our greatest strength is our motivated and passionate employees. All you have to do is get on board.

CHC, one of the largest providers of helicopter services in the world, is looking for suitably qualified personnel to join the team and together meet the exciting challenge of providing Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) services on behalf of the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Applications are invited from highly professional, motivated Helicopter Pilots to join our team at our Lee on Solent Base as a Co-pilot.

Requirements of successful applicant:
Play a key role in CHCs ability to set the standard for safety, helping to maintain our position as world leader.
Candidates should hold an ATPL(H) or CPL(H) and must hold an Instrument Rating
Licences must be UK CAA or JAR approved
Candidates must have at least 750 hours helicopter flying experience and have multi-engine helicopter experience
An AW139 type rating will be advantageous. Closing date for all applications will be 31st August 2011.
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Old 31st Aug 2011, 12:56   #3 (permalink)
 
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750 hours? In reality I should imagine the successful applicant would have more like a few thousand. Does anyone have any experience of this? Any idea if they're (unofficially) looking for military experience?
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Old 31st Aug 2011, 13:20   #4 (permalink)
 
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You have to remember that the advert is for a co-pilot, not a commander, I would expect a pilot with a few thousand hours would be looking for a command position not a co-pilot position, so you may be suprised!
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Old 31st Aug 2011, 16:54   #5 (permalink)
 
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I know of a UK south coast SAR pilot who did the instructing -> twins and IR -> SAR route, so it's doable if you're young enough.

Rules me out
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Old 31st Aug 2011, 18:38   #6 (permalink)
 
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UK civ-SAR operators have a long track record of recruiting civvy co-pilots and sometimes progressing them to command.
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Old 1st Sep 2011, 12:06   #7 (permalink)
 
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Im a military pilot, with AIR SEA RESCUE/SAR experience. 300 HOURS as PIC of ME Helicopters. 1200 HOURS TT. Instrument Rating and 200 HOURS real IFR. The all time I have been doing AIR SEA RESCUE. Im 27 years old....what chances do I have?
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Old 1st Sep 2011, 12:42   #8 (permalink)
 
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Blackbird - as long as you have a JAA licence in addition to your military time and speak decent English then i would say you would have a pretty good chance (apart from the fact that the closing date was yesterday!)
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Old 2nd Sep 2011, 09:30   #9 (permalink)
 
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I have JAA CPL(H) and JAA CPL(A) licenses. My license is endorsed with proficiency level 5 (English). I sent my resume yesterday....
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Old 2nd Sep 2011, 10:05   #10 (permalink)
 
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Sounds like you were a day late then
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Old 4th Sep 2011, 10:16   #11 (permalink)
 
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Keep asking, there is always a turnover (a slow one) of pilots.
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Old 4th Sep 2011, 13:12   #12 (permalink)
 
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Do you have some informations about roaster, pay and hrs of flight por year in lee on Solent Sar?

Bye
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Old 4th Sep 2011, 18:50   #13 (permalink)
 
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no clues about that info youre asking for...
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Old 5th Sep 2011, 14:53   #14 (permalink)
 
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CHC SAR Duty/Pay

You can expect 8-10 shifts per month. A shift starts at 13:00 and finishes at 13:00 the next day (24 hours).

Pay scales:

Senior First Officer ()

62171 Year 11
61585
60997
60408
59821
59233
58645
58059
57470
56881
56293 Year1

First Officer

47900 Year 4
46994
46088
45182 Year 1
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Old 5th Sep 2011, 15:13   #15 (permalink)
 
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Out of curiosity, what do you do for that 24 hour shift? Are you on-site or on-call? Your numbers indicate roughly 1 shift every 3-4 days; are these grouped together or evenly spaced through the month?

Just curious, really; I'm unlikely to be applying for any SAR jobs anytime soon!
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Old 5th Sep 2011, 15:26   #16 (permalink)
 
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Usually a 24 hour shift on-site, 24 hours on, 24 hours off, for a 2 week period followed by 2 to 3 weeks off, depends on who you work for!

CB
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Old 5th Sep 2011, 15:41   #17 (permalink)
 
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Any idea what a Captain gets paid? Also, what's an average timescale from FO to Captain?
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Old 5th Sep 2011, 15:58   #18 (permalink)
 
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Looking around 80k+

It can be a lengthy process due to the low hours being flown on SAR, so depends on the experience of the FO and previous time etc

CB
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Old 5th Sep 2011, 16:26   #19 (permalink)
 
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SFO to P1

It also depends on whether there are any Captain slots to be filled.
On the south coast it is likely that Captains will stay put for many many years and therefore progressing from SFO to Commander could be a very slow process, perhaps 8,10 years, depends on ages of current captains. Dead mans shoes certainly springs to mind.
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Old 5th Sep 2011, 18:15   #20 (permalink)
 
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Is these numbers net?
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