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Old 26th Jan 2017, 06:31   #1221 (permalink)


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Hi
Does any of you guys have any information on the job situation in Zambia?

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Old 26th Jan 2017, 11:29   #1222 (permalink)
 
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Interested in Zambia's situation as well, no thread in African Aviation. If anyone has infos to share, it would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Old 27th Jan 2017, 12:27   #1223 (permalink)
 
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Hi guys, Zambian requirements went recently up to 1000hrs tt for expats, in order to get a license!
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Old 30th Jan 2017, 09:23   #1224 (permalink)
 
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A part from that, do you know if they are looking for people over there? I am thinking of taking leaves and driving there to hunt for a new gig.
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Old 15th Feb 2017, 16:23   #1225 (permalink)
 
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Hi
Does any of you guys have any information on the job situation in Zambia?

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Apart from the rumors on this forum, nothing. Are you the same pilot paul I see on /r/flying?
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Old 26th Nov 2017, 11:37   #1226 (permalink)
 
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I have a quick question if any of the Maun experts still read this thread.

Would a restricted instructor rating (i.e. an Australian Grade 3, NZ Cat C, Canadian Class 4, EASA restricted instructor etc.) be useful in getting hired assuming you had some instructing experience, or is it not any use to the Maun companies until you've had it upgraded?
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Old 26th Nov 2017, 11:54   #1227 (permalink)
 
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Currently you really only need one thing to get the job and thats 500 TT to get a work permit. Note thats not a company requirement, but one from immigration. Instructor ratings (any type) sweeten the deal for immigration purposes. Companies like anything that make it easier for the new guys to get a work permit.

As far as practically using your instructor rating, unless you end up in a flight school in Gabs, it will be of little practical use. Company line training pilots don't require an instructor rating. After you've been there for some time and have obtained your Bots license after 500 hrs in the Delta, assuming the company requires it, you may do a flight with the CAAB to get check and training approval for your company.

Having said all this, you could have space shuttle time and be the world aerobatic champion but drinking Black Labels at a braai (bbq) is the best way to get a job. Arriving around this time of year, I would say its easier to get a job than Australia or NZ. Not many new pilots looking these days. If you have 500 hrs seriously just go there, will be the best thing you ever did
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Old 28th Dec 2017, 15:33   #1228 (permalink)


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hey guys and girls... wildderness air has IR as a mimimum requirement. IR for SE? What about the other companies there - do they require Single Engine IFR? Cant find information on their websites. Cheers
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Old 29th Dec 2017, 03:25   #1229 (permalink)
 
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Not sure why Wilderness require that given all operations are single engine day VFR in the Delta. Other companies don’t require an instrument rating
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Old 29th Dec 2017, 08:02   #1230 (permalink)
 
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In Southern African Air Law (R.S.A., Nam, Bots ...), you need an IR to operate away from base (50NM Radus) commercially if you do not have a certain number of commercial hours (I do not remember the amount, but I think it is 300hrs in commercial air transport, which a fresh pilot from flight school will not hold).

Mainly it is an insurance and safety thing, so that if you inadvertantly experience IMC, you will be able to get yourself and your passengers back into VMC safely.
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Old 29th Dec 2017, 12:54   #1231 (permalink)
 
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The above is true of Namibia I believe from what my friends flying in Namibia have told me. SA pilots will usually have instrument ratings as well.

I just want to make sure that people who are genuinely planning on going to Maun make the decision based on the most accurate and up to date information. This forum played a major role in my decision to fly in Bots. Best thing I ever did. I previously worked in Maun but have since moved on.

Just be clear on ‘need’ and ‘desired.’ The question is whether you need an instrument rating to work in Botswana. No you do not! Wilderness are asking for one and I would suggest you email the chief pilot directly to clarify their own company requirements. Wilderness operate in different countries and possess different requirements depending on the jurisdiction. Pilots come from all over the world. Some pilots complete an instrument rating as part of their CPL, but many do not.

In Botswana you’re flying on a validation of your home license so as long as you have a CPL you are good to go. I flew with numerous guys who didn’t have one.It wasn’t really a topic of discussion.

Having one might make you feel better in the wet season but it’s not a requirement and no aircraft is IFR equipped! 500+ is the key and that’s all you need. Insurance requirements are company specific but total hours were most important. Instrument rating / instructor rating is another piece of paper to add to the stash when your file appears before the immigration board who grant your work permit.

If you arrive around now, have 500+ hrs your chances of getting a job + work permit are good. Visa processing times vary with the angle of the sun and tides of the moon. In recent times it has only taken a few weeks.
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Old 29th Dec 2017, 17:01   #1232 (permalink)
 
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I don't recall ever seeing that in the BCARs... If it is there it could throw quite a spanner in the works... Once the Christmas rush quietens down I will have a search
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Old 30th Dec 2017, 04:43   #1233 (permalink)


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Elevators, pretty sure aircraft flying in Botswana are IFR equipped.

If you are talking Maun I would still say that there are IFR equipped aircraft, certainly some twins if there are many left and C208's.

Maintained and approved (released for IFR flight) might be a different story.

Not sure a IF ratting in the Delta is as good a insurance policy as it is in other parts of the World, but even if it is expired - it is a good insurance policy to have.
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Old 30th Dec 2017, 09:12   #1234 (permalink)
 
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I've just scanned through the regulations and I cant find it there. I do know that many years ago, a SA COMM holder without IR could not fly further than 50 NM away from base at night with fare paying pax on board. That regulation no longer appears to apply.

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Old 31st Dec 2017, 10:08   #1235 (permalink)


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thank for the answers... anyone can give updates about housing and prices?
The numbers from the first page are way out of date. now i find prices for tent per night about 80P. what about food and taxi?
Whats the actual Internet Wifi condition right now at audi camp or old bridge backpackers?
Where to go these days ?
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 20:12   #1236 (permalink)
 
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I'm heading to Maun at the end of January. If anyone else is heading there and wants to meet up, let me know.
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 00:58   #1237 (permalink)
 
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thank for the answers... anyone can give updates about housing and prices?
The numbers from the first page are way out of date. now i find prices for tent per night about 80P. what about food and taxi?
Whats the actual Internet Wifi condition right now at audi camp or old bridge backpackers?
Where to go these days ?
Old Bridge is a good place to start. It has a good bar. I think P80 if you have your own tent. Alfa Accomodation is a good option also at P100 for your own room and it’s close to town. You’ll appreciate concrete walls and having a place to put your belongings after living in a tent. Nobody stays at Audi Camp anymore, I think they became quite expensive. Motsebe Backpackers is also worth considering, just make sure you don’t leave valuable around.

Taxis are P4 for a shared taxi and P40 for a private one. Food is imported and can be pricey. Choppies and Spar in town are the local supermarkets. Become friend with the Choppies butcher and you will have cheap fillet steak for days! There is even a Woolworths!

Chilli farm cafe will take the place of Bon Arrivee which is now closed. You can get good coffee and wifi at Chilli. As far as internet and data, get an Orange sim. The cost of data in Botswana’s rubbish phone network will drive you nuts.
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Old 15th Jan 2018, 12:19   #1238 (permalink)
 
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I'm heading to Maun at the end of January. If anyone else is heading there and wants to meet up, let me know.
Knowing that several expat pilots have arrived in Maun unprepared recently, before leaving AUS make sure that you have:

- More than 500 hours TT
- A recently renewed medical
- At least 3x certified copies of every document you can think of (licence, medical, passport, birth certificate, school/ university certificates...). Work permit applications require all documents to be certified in the country of origin now.
- Enough funds to last many months before your first paycheck.
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 17:28   #1239 (permalink)
 
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Does anyone know of a FAA CFI in Maun at the present time? I'm in need of a bfr.....
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