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Maun, Botswana. The essential guide.

Old 26th Jul 2019, 11:49
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Interesting to note - it is Government based not company based "experience" hours requirement acceptance.
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Old 29th Jul 2019, 05:06
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Originally Posted by PilotInPink View Post
these days it's more like 800 hours and a caravan rating.
hmm.... so without a caravan rating is it hopeless, or just not likely? And for those countries (FAA) that don't issue ratings for small planes, a 'caravan rating' would basically be a grad certificate from training provider with some hours in type?




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Old 29th Jul 2019, 14:15
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Originally Posted by mattpilot View Post
hmm.... so without a caravan rating is it hopeless, or just not likely? And for those countries (FAA) that don't issue ratings for small planes, a 'caravan rating' would basically be a grad certificate from training provider with some hours in type?
I would not say is hopeless, but you get bigger chances if you have it! For those Countries you have to have the "training" endorsed on your logbook, with stamp and instructor signature
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Old 29th Jul 2019, 15:41
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Originally Posted by PilotInPink View Post
Absolutely no chance, sorry. You could come to Botswana for a nice holiday, but nothing more than that.
There is a surplus of citizen pilots under 300 hours who are currently looking for work. In order to hire a non-citizen we must justify why we would hire them over a citizen. It would be the same in any country- why hire someone foreign if there are citizens who are unemployed? The only justification that we use is the "Experience" card. We can hire a foreign pilot who is "experienced" in order to fill the gap between the low-hour entry level pilots and the company's senior pilots. The magic number to be considered "experienced" used to be 500 hours (since around 2013), these days it's more like 800 hours and a caravan rating.
Uooo,
So the situation changed quite a bit in the last few years? I thought there was definitely a chance with 250hTT.
Next time I hear the words "Pilot Shortage" I'm gonna throw up.
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Old 10th Aug 2019, 10:07
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Is anyone hiring (expats) on pistons in Bots, or just van rated pilots?
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 09:00
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Originally Posted by jakekenobi View Post
Is anyone hiring (expats) on pistons in Bots, or just van rated pilots?
As written above...if you have 500hrs, or better 800hrs, you can try your luck. There are still companies who have Airvan/C206 and hire pilots to start flying piston before moving to turbine
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 09:03
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Originally Posted by ago.xr View Post
Uooo,
So the situation changed quite a bit in the last few years? I thought there was definitely a chance with 250hTT.
Next time I hear the words "Pilot Shortage" I'm gonna throw up.
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You are wrong! There is a kind of "Pilot shortage" situation, but if there are local pilots available why the Goverment should give the green light to hire expats? I hear people complaining about this regulation, but I never hear people complaining how is impossible for a non US citizen or green card holder to get a pilot job in the States!!!
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 09:46
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Does anyone know what the average pay is on the 208, at an operation like wilderness air?
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Old 12th Aug 2019, 09:30
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Originally Posted by abezzi View Post
As written above...if you have 500hrs, or better 800hrs, you can try your luck. There are still companies who have Airvan/C206 and hire pilots to start flying piston before moving to turbine
Thanks, abezzi

Total time is not problem,more then 900h now , van rating (and 850h tt) for Wilderness and Mack is not optional to have, i`ts a must, and smaller companies don`t advertise for piston pilots,from what i have seen,so i was thinking no more expats on pistons in Bots,cheers
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