As i am feeling Grumpy this morning.....this thread gives me an excuse to put on a Rant.
Let's start with the title of the thread and what it imports.
The poster is not looking for Pilots, Air Crew, or Experienced Aviatiors.
He is looking for qualified, type rating holding persons to fill his cockpit seats.
He doesn't want to spend any money finding well experienced Pilots, with experience in any other kind or type of aircraft.
He is looking for a cheap way to crew his helicopter(s).
This is what is so wrong about our industry......and what is an indictment of the European/UK system of licensing.
It is so type specific as to be completely stupid.
How many folks have felt compelled to do a Type rating course and pay for it out of their own pocket in order to find employment? I submit if you are flying Bell 412's....or S-76's.....or AW-139's....or EC-155's.....conveting to a AW-109 is really more a memory exercise (under the UK system) learning the numbers, learning the systems, than anything else. At least in the US system....rather than memorize numbers we are allowed to look at the gauges or indicators and decipher what we see displayed.
I ask the poster....would you overlook a 20,000 hour pilot with a half dozen type ratings for a brand new pilot with a thousand hours and exactly one type rating....being the 109?
Would you provide the 20,000 hour pilot a conversion course?
Anyone that is "looking" for crews and does not know of the pilot staffing agencies in the UK and USA.....plainly needs to do some homework.
Why not hire a Consultant to do the hiring for you....someone that knows the industry and has contacts to locate professional, qualified, experienced crews for you. I would suggest the end result would be better.....not necessarily cheaper.
Last edited by SASless; 14th Jun 2012 at 15:16.