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Maun, Botswana. The essential guide.

Old 1st Dec 2019, 14:33
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Join Date: Aug 2019
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Climb150 and The Ancient Geek Thanks !

Since a week, I'm in contact with compagny for 206 and 208 paradrop

To be continued..
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Old 1st Dec 2019, 19:52
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310 vs 182 probably won't make a difference. I'd suggest you go for the 310 for slightly better job chances in some countries when you leave Maun. The companies here don't care about the types you've flown, just what the labour department say - it was only a few years ago we were all putting any 200hr pilot into any aircraft that needed a pilot.

Everyone falls into one of a few categories now:

1. You have less than 500hrs = you won't get a job. No exceptions.
2. You have more than 500hrs, have never flown a C206, C210, GA8 and have no turbine time = some companies will be interested but your options are limited and only getting worse as time goes on.
3. You have more than 500hrs and HAVE flown a C206, C210, GA8 and have no turbine time = your options are getting better and half the companies will be interested, some might even want to put you on a C208 straight away.
4. You have more than 500hrs, with turbine time but not on a C208 = you're not a common type and no one knows exactly what will happen when they apply for your work permit. Probably send an email to OAR and hope for the best.
5. You have more than 500hrs and have flown a C208 = you will be offered a job.

It's pretty straight forward really. You fall into a category and take your chances.....
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 08:37
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I will suggest you to not waste your time on a 182, and this is because here in Maun nowadays the bigger company have only Caravan and only the smallest ones still have only Airvan; very few 206 left in town. The best thing you can do to have a very good chances to get a job here is to get a C208 rating/endorsement in your licence
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Old 4th Dec 2019, 13:43
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Bushdodge Thanks ! Easy to visualize

Abezzi thanks for info. I must have C208 rating but hours on Caravan will count ? I'll not have to do PPC for paradrop so
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 15:27
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How are the bush operators holding up in the current environment?
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Old 30th Mar 2020, 08:18
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Everything is shut down...
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Old 24th Apr 2020, 16:57
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Everything still shut down ?
Sitrep please.
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Old 25th Apr 2020, 11:56
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Yes, only Medevac and few flights a week to replenish food to the staff left on the camps
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 10:59
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Whats the news? Any operations going on?
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Old 19th Jul 2020, 10:35
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Still nothing...until South Africa open the borders again it will be impossible to have tourist up here...
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Old 14th Dec 2020, 19:44
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Is there any update on hiring and vaccine rollout?

Thank you in advance!
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 01:25
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Hi,

Some of you are in Maun / Botswana ? how is it going on your area ?

Thanks !
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 10:23
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Everything is standing still...no good news from this part of the World...
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Old 11th Jun 2021, 02:41
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Hi, I'm planning on traveling to Namibia/Botswana at the end of this year, is there any chance of getting a job? Or its almost impossible according to the current covid situation? I currently hold a cpl and cfi with around 1500 hours (around 50 hours flying c210). I would appreciate any info.
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Old 20th Jun 2021, 20:05
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Hey Aldo,
This is Sahil! Wow long time man. I hope you are well. You, Roni, Sathyan and I we had a great time few years back.
I hope you are doing well and happy!
Take care.
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Old 28th Jun 2021, 21:51
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Hello Guys,

Any Idea where I will be able to get a flying gig around the African continent, even if its just for 5-6 months, preferably on something like a caravan or small twin?

Cheers
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Old 1st Jul 2021, 09:32
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Only religion people hiring from time to time , need to wait for the rains to pass
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Old 1st Jul 2021, 12:02
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ahh okay, cheers mate
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Old 31st Jul 2021, 04:16
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Flying in Botswana. No hope right now for new international hires sadly. We are looking at probably 2023/2024 season. They will be required by labour law to soak up all the unemployed local labour made redundant last year before opening up to everyone as was previously the case.
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Old 13th Oct 2021, 07:31
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Tomorrow will be the 10th anniversary of the AKD crash. Our thoughts are with Martin's family and friends.
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