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Old 8th May 2020, 07:23
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From airline to bush pilot

Hi all, just interested to get feedbacks from anyone who went (back?) from the airlines to fly as bush pilot.
Even more interested if in Asia/south east Asia.
Is it something doable realistically, and how would one possibly find a job?
Thanks
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Old 13th May 2020, 01:35
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You may need to go there and knock on doors. Prove to them you won’t “jet” back to the airline after COVID. Being pious is a plus, as most of that flying is missionary, and you will be required to spread the good word. FYI a Kodiak just went down into the jungle yesterday.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...636_story.html

I would do it if I were religious and not married.
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Old 15th May 2020, 18:53
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Susi Air as mentioned might be one of the more likely options. There's also Coastal Aviation in Tanzania. It may not be easy - but trust me, yes, it's been done before (as per your question).
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Old 3rd Jun 2020, 15:29
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Not exactly the same but I went from flying business jets to survey flying and its best move I’ve made. Apart from the flying being way more interesting, I get better paid, far more time at home, no passengers to deal with, no copilot to deal with, less paperwork (virtually none), don’t have to fly somebody else’s time schedule in marginal weather, night etc, and real job satisfaction from completing projects.
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Old 3rd Jun 2020, 19:52
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Originally Posted by Trim Stab View Post
no copilot to deal with
What a strange thing to say....
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Old 4th Jun 2020, 07:50
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What's so strange about it ?
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Old 4th Jun 2020, 13:42
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What's so strange about it ?
Perhaps it's just me but most times I enjoy the company and support of the copilots I fly with. So I wouldn't consider it a bonus having to fly single pilot. And for the most part I don't consider a copilot "something to deal with". Bad weather, for example. Yes I do have to deal with that occasionally. Or a technical issue. Or sometimes difficult pax. But only very occasionally am I confronted with an F/O who I would consider difficult to get a along or work with.
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Old 4th Jun 2020, 14:51
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Originally Posted by 733driver View Post
Perhaps it's just me but most times I enjoy the company and support of the copilots I fly with. So I wouldn't consider it a bonus having to fly single pilot. And for the most part I don't consider a copilot "something to deal with". Bad weather, for example. Yes I do have to deal with that occasionally. Or a technical issue. Or sometimes difficult pax. But only very occasionally am I confronted with an F/O who I would consider difficult to get a along or work with.
You misunderstand me but admittedly I did not make the point clear. I also enjoy flying two crew and sometimes when I am flying single pilot survey ops there are times when a second pilot would be useful. But overall not having to manage a copilot just makes life easy - I fly when it suits me, donít fly when it doesnít suit me. It is just another aspect of the freedom of my current job compared to all the restraints and obligations of multi-crew passenger flying in my former job.
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Old 4th Jun 2020, 16:15
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...but then you haven't worked with the right people who are enjoyable "copilots". They are an asset that will someday save your butt from a fine or from dying. What is so complicated or undesirable about "managing a copilot"?
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Old 4th Jun 2020, 16:55
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I’m not trying to start an argument about the merits of multi-crew v single pilot ops. Just pointing out that one of aspects of my current job that I really enjoy is the freedom of flying single-pilot. The thread starter asked for feedback from pilots who have stepped “backwards” from the “conventional” career path so that is what I am giving.

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Old 4th Jun 2020, 17:55
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Originally Posted by Trim Stab View Post
You misunderstand me but admittedly I did not make the point clear. I also enjoy flying two crew and sometimes when I am flying single pilot survey ops there are times when a second pilot would be useful. But overall not having to manage a copilot just makes life easy - I fly when it suits me, donít fly when it doesnít suit me. It is just another aspect of the freedom of my current job compared to all the restraints and obligations of multi-crew passenger flying in my former job.
Understood now. Thanks
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