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Just wondering what you consider the best flying job you've had or the one you reckon would be the best to have.
I spent 3 years flying in the bush in Botswana and reckon that was one of the best jobs for fun, lifestyle etc. Chasing antelope off of runways, watching herds of elephant and zebra from a few hundred feet, sunsets on game drives, great accommodation and hospitality on night stops at the camps and a couple of 1000 hours to put in the logbook - all P1.
I thought nothing could be better, but now am flying to the highlands and islands for Scotland's Airline doing the closest thing to bush flying in western Europe I guess. Great scenery, diverse weather, excellent roster and in the airline environment.
So what other jobs are out there that combine nice lifestyle with good flying?
The flying in Botswana is all VFR so an IR is not essential. Ultimately the air charter companies are looking for guys who'll fit in with the other pilots and who'll have a good way with the clients.
Whilst it's likely any company that's interested in you would take you up for a test flight to check you can fly, you'd end up doing a minimum of 50 hours flying into the Okavango delta and its bush strips before you'd be let loose.
I know of a number of CPL onlys who've done a couple of seasons and then polished the IR off. To a certain extent, with an extra 1000 hours under your belt, the IR should be a lot more straightforward.
At times there can be upwards of 20 guys looking for work and maybe only a couple of jobs coming up, then it becomes a case of keeping your spirits up, staying positive and believing in yourself.
Best flying job in the world? Flying a Tornado GR4 at 600kts at 100ft does it for me!!! But no matter what you do, if you have a smile on your face at the end of the day, you have the best flying job in the world.
I was just about to agree with you there, Felix Lighter, but I then saw that you meant hover with rotating airfoils
I used to believe I had the best flying job in the World when I joined Rolls-Royce as a Test Pilot in 1989. I was flying a Harrier GR5 with the uprated 11-61 engine on flight test, a BAC 1-11 on corporate duties, a Spitfire XIV again on corporate duties and an AC112 as a hack. Add that to the odd weekend display with the Harvard Team and I was in Pilot Heaven.