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Old 25th Jan 2013, 07:32   #581 (permalink)
 
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MKA742, sounds to me an opportunity in namibia??.or maybe not. If air nam. is kicking out expats and forced to hire locals, which means pilots from bush companies will move up the ladder and an opportunity for us low timers? But, 1000hrs for bush seems quite a lot. The last time i checked on westair was around 200-300 hrs, and check again its still the same. Anyway, thanks for the update and hope you get through with wilderness.
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Old 25th Jan 2013, 11:42   #582 (permalink)
 
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Yes Dave, thats what I meant

Westair is not looking for C210 guys per se, thats why they ask 1000 hours. They want people who can move on to the Cessna twin turbines quickly. The website is not there main concern I suppose...

Heared today that Scenic (from Scenic staff) will be hiring 'a couple' soon, but if youre not here now, youre too late anyway

You just have to be here by the end of the holidays and you can get lucky!
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Old 26th Jan 2013, 09:44   #583 (permalink)
 
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Hey guys i am in Maun now and the minimum requirements are 300hr! This is due to work permit difficulties! Major, Wilderness and Moremi are asking for min 500hr. Make your decision but this is the situation...

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Old 26th Jan 2013, 13:14   #584 (permalink)
 
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How can i apply to Westair. Is there an email address ?

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Old 26th Jan 2013, 16:35   #585 (permalink)
 
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How can i apply to Westair. Is there an email address ?
You travel to Maun and knock on their door it seems.
As for the email adress...have you even looked at their website?
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Old 26th Jan 2013, 17:37   #586 (permalink)
 
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I don't have any plans going there yet...was only wondering if somebody knew their email address because i couldn't find it on their website.

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Old 28th Jan 2013, 10:52   #587 (permalink)
 
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Dave is right, except that it's in Winhoek, not Maun.

Sending your cv is not gonna help. Show up here and talk to Christo the chief pilot. Heared this weekend they hired five so only guys with real twin time are still in the running. C425 rating especially. If you have either of that, calling might a good thing to do. I heared of a guy getting hired over Skype, that was last year and he was lucky they needed an instructor fast!

So far about 15 guys got hired this season, not bad at all. Most hiring done now but like I said... anything is possible down here
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Old 28th Jan 2013, 18:15   #588 (permalink)
 
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MKA472,

I think I already missed this hiring opportunity in Namibia! Still waiting to renew my medical and IR. Waiting is pain in the as%
Did my research on Low Time Pilot Guide and another various websites that hiring are mostly done in Mar-May. I guessed i was mis-informed.
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Old 29th Jan 2013, 21:30   #589 (permalink)
 
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March to May is the beginning of the season.
I have always said November to Feb.
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Old 18th Feb 2013, 06:37   #590 (permalink)
 
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Maybe a job for ex 1time pilot..?
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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 01:37   #591 (permalink)


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Getting a job a Maun is about to get alot tougher....

I'm guessing with the FAA raising the minimum required hours for airlines to 1500TT in August 2013, meaning ERAU grads and such don't have the feeder from regionals airlines because they wont have the time to qualify....FO's originally only need 250hrs to qualify for regional airlines... soooo all those pilots have to find a gap somewhere....there will be a massive influx of American pilots looking to grab these jobs..... so expect the minimums at these places to keep rising as well because they will be getting the pick of the litter from some of America's best flight schools.....
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Old 24th Feb 2013, 10:07   #592 (permalink)
 
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pharael

Do you really think that a lot of americans will be able to cope with africa? I think not.
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Old 24th Feb 2013, 14:07   #593 (permalink)
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The Yanks have done just fine in Maun for years if not decades. They're a blight on the southern African market but on the other hand there used, at one time, to be plenty of pilots from South Africa who couldn't cope with the tremendous heat and dust of Maun.
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Old 24th Feb 2013, 15:24   #594 (permalink)
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Do you really think that a lot of americans will be able to cope with africa?
Thank goodness for their business in the safari travel industry over the years otherwise many of you guys would not have jobs.
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Old 1st Mar 2013, 11:57   #595 (permalink)
 
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Do the companies in Maun usually have an upper hour limit?
If I were to come there with around 3000h would they think that was weird and not hire me?
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Old 2nd Mar 2013, 08:54   #596 (permalink)
 
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@CanPilot89, I would seriously recommend you get above 300hrs before comingover. The hiring is about done for the year as well so it wouldn't be the besttime to get here.
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Old 2nd Mar 2013, 11:36   #597 (permalink)
 
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Do not go to Maun with less than 300TT.

CanPilot89, 300TT is the strict minimum for work permit issues. As it is, don't bother going there if you are under 300. Take my word for it. Been there.
Just confirming what byronmc said.
300TT is just for the work permit (government thing). Companies there usually want 500TT. This is the actual reality in Maun.
Wish you the best mate.
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Old 10th Mar 2013, 08:45   #598 (permalink)
 
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Hey PLC-
If a guy was to rock up with slightly less than the minimums you mentioned on powered aircraft, but with substantial gliding experience as well, how do you think this would be viewed with regards to meeting the total time requirements? I know different regulatory authorities have different attitudes towards counting gliding time for a CPL, but has anyone had any experience of how this sort of thing is viewed by operators, or whether non GA flying experience could be used to get you over the line for a work permit if your powered flying hours fell a little short?
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Old 10th Mar 2013, 12:08   #599 (permalink)
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Isn't that like asking if you'd receive preferential achievement if you were a dandy shot with a .375 magnum and had a boy scout badge in bushcraft?
After all, in the unlikely event of a forced landing, there you are, out in the bush with a plane load of bedraggled Brits, each one of whom thinks they are now the colonial master piece in charge. Quickly taking command yourself by the simple expedient of pointing out which way is North, you use your not inconsiderable talents to make bivouac for them, pot off a passing impala with your trusty rifle, whip up a gourmet stew, tell them tales of the bush under the stars, bed the millionaire charter's daughter and lead them all to safety the next day. Well, perhaps the day after if the daughter was very good in the sand pit. Those are talents that would be of more use on the face of it than gliding. However, none of the above would have happened had you not known how to glide and had you not known that jettisoning the aforementioned daughter from the gliding aircraft would not have extended your gliding range one metre.
So yes, gliding is very important but a degree in aeronautical engineering would be really useful in the Botswana bush.
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Old 11th Mar 2013, 02:25   #600 (permalink)
 
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Er...no...it's like asking whether it would be frowned upon to include it in your total time for a work permit. Or more to the point, weather to just include it when submitting the work permit paperwork and not bother making a distinction.
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