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Old 9th Feb 2010, 19:32
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Hang in there mate! You will look back on your experience one day in the future and explain to some young FO how hard things were in your day. Keep the faith!
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Old 10th Feb 2010, 04:10
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Morning All,

As yesterdays post said, with every new day come new hope. Well I rise again at sound of donkeys and chickens going frantic at 04:00. All showered up, 3 cups of coffee later, I am now ready to head back into the airport and try again. Will as always pay a visit to all the operators and see if I can try my luck after being in Zambia for the past couple of days.

Thank you for all the kind words posted above, I really to appriciate them.
As always this is your thread, and its you who makes this thread what it is. So if your just reading or even posting then from the bottom of my heart thank you. However if anyone has any leads that I maybe able to follow please PM. I promise I wont just read the PM and ignore it. I always follow all leads.

I will post again later today, for now take care!!

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Old 10th Feb 2010, 07:42
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Kash, my man! I wish you'd find something, as this would give some hope to all of us still here in Maun. And we are a few who really did prepare for this and worked our way through good and bad to find out that we arrived too late. But as I learned it in Hungary things will start rolling when you are in deepest dispair! I know that you're not going to give up, and I hope you will have the strength to go on and achieve your goal!

I'm with you mate!
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Old 10th Feb 2010, 13:57
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Kash- Man I have been living this for you and I can only imagine how off putting this must have been for you, hell I wish I had a connection or something to spur you on.

I wish you all the best, with your fantastic attitude and determination you will excel far more than you think, I hope we all get to hear when you get your first job.

Good luck Kash
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Old 10th Feb 2010, 14:32
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Kash at least you are part of this big and happy family here in Maun:
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Old 10th Feb 2010, 16:16
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As promised that I would post today, so here we go. As you know I had a super early start this morning. Left for the airport and did my rounds to the operators, as always no job and no flight. However I used this opportunity to advice the operators that I will be leaving Maun on the 16th to return home. Speaking to the operators this was a good decision as if things change I would need some days left on my visa to return back if I were given the opportunity.

Emailed the operator in Zambia yesterday, however I know that they are extremely busy so canít expect miracles. But I stand in hope that things plan out well.

Some of you have always been against me cutting my trip short but if there are no jobs then I wonít be staying around. Of course if I get a call from any operator asking me to return to Zambia or Botswana, I would return on the next flight.

But I cannot stay in purgatory forever; I must make a decision may it be one that will bite me later. However this is a calculated exit from Maun. Nothing new happening in Maun, people still laughing and cheering, and thatís how I like to see it.

Got back to Audi and bought some art work for me to take home as souvenirs for friends and family. Saying my goodbyes will be hard but at the same time good. I will not be leaving closing any doors behind me. I will leave on good terms with all operators. Am thinking of arranging a leaving party, so letís see who turns up!!

Iím not upset with any of the operators or the guys I have come across, I has been a pleasure meeting them all. Iím just out of options and need to return home.

Anyway must go, as always I hope you are well.

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Old 10th Feb 2010, 16:28
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Shame to hear your coming back home, but I actually think your doing the right thing. Hanging around there indefinatly for a job that could well never come is bound to be soul destroying, and you can at least say you've given it your best shot.

No doubt you'll go back to Maun at some point, and when you do it won't be such a leap into the dark and you'll be a face that all the operators will remember. Good luck, respect for what you've done!
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Old 10th Feb 2010, 20:26
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Hi Kash,
thanks for writing about Your experiences openly and frankly! I enjoy reading Your posts and I wish You all the best to find a good job soonest!
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Old 10th Feb 2010, 21:28
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I have to say, in my heart of hearts, you are making a sound decision.

If it is clear that you will not get a job, you are wasting your time.

You can look yourself in the mirror and know you have done all you can and will continue to do so.

You will come back the the delights of Manchester, get a kebab from Fallowfield, and continue the journey.

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Old 11th Feb 2010, 01:04
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+1 from me Kash. Good on you. You gave it a really good shot and you are trying to make the most of your available time. I hope you get a call back, or you get lucky back home. All the best - you've been an inspiration!
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Old 11th Feb 2010, 10:11
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Ladies and Gents,

Once more I post, the sun beating at my hopes as I walk around the operators this morning. I try to take smaller steps to reach to their doors as nothing there is waiting for me. Last night I sat with a bunch of guys celebrating one of the pilotís birthdays drinking, having a laugh wishing that time itself would freeze. Wishing how awesome it would have been to do a two year stretch of seeing wildlife that people pay $2200 a night to see, and flying being free of all ties of all things I call home.

I came here as a 27 year old man, thinking I was the coolest thing Maun would see. Having worked in airports most of my life, having an aeronautical engineering degree, having worked at a space agency and having a fATPL. I thought how could Maun not offer me a job on a plate. It only took me a few days to realise how wrong I was, how wrong I have been about everything. Maun is a forgiving place; I came here being all pompous only to find out that this is probably the last place they want to see that behaviour. The truth is that Iím no better than anyone, and I donít deserve a job over anybody else. I admit I have made mistakes but at the same time I have tried rectifying them as soon as they became visible. My attitude when I arrived was a mistake, and I like to think that when I leave I would have rectified my mistakes.

All of you have been too kind to me through your posts and PM; I donít deserve any of your kind comments. But still I thank you all, I remember my parents always telling me that if youíre educated in life then all things you desire would fall at your feet. I love my parents but it has only taken me a little while to prove that there theory was flawed. I certainly educated myself but thatís not what life is all about. I like to think that it doesnít matter if youíre educated or not. What does matter is that how we treat each other, how we all find common grounds, how we forgive people for the way we have been treated. Itís these simple skills in life that will take us through life. Iím sorry if you feel that Iím being all sentimental, maybe I am. However this thread was for all of us to learn how hard things were and how we need to learn of our mistakes trying to find our first jobs.

Iím certainly no angel, and I would not pretend to be one. But what I will do is carry on with this journey all the way until I reach my destination. Sure I will take breaks, feel down and tired. But who doesnít feel that way? Iím tired now on this journey and Iím only going home to take a rest. Iím tired of always fighting for my big break. But I will fight all the way though, not to prove to you guys but to prove to myself that all this wasnít about paying for a type rating and getting hours on a jet. It was about knowing how far I could push my desires and how far I could push myself to find my own limits. Iím not a mummyís boy by far but I would love to see my momís face when she one day sees me in uniform. I donít think there will be enough money in this world to buy her expression. I hope all our parents are proud and content of what we have become. They do all things in their power to make sure we have the best chance in life.

Coming to Maun and Zambia was not a mistake, far from it. I actually like to think that I will be going home with more than I came with. This journey like all has its ups and downs; I will leave on a up even though I have no job. But I beg you once more time, donít give up on your journeys, and donít let people tell you that you canít become what you want. Find your limits, get to your destination. If you donít find that you enjoy it when you get there then for sure let it go. But you must get there first. Without the support of you, friends and family I wouldnít have the courage to walk this path alone but yet I have. Thank you!!

This world is big enough for us all it will find us all a place we call home! But as always, this is not my thread itís yours. It was you who made it what it is today. Even if your just reading or posting and PM I salute you all. If anyone has any leads for me that I could follow to help this journey become shorter please PM me.

Take care!

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Old 11th Feb 2010, 22:12
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I will break the silence. Good try, Kash360. You used your judgement to leave a place where no clear opportunities lay. Command decision.

Many months lie ahead, maybe years, before you get your chance. Keep your eye in, keep trying, and even return to Maun if that's where your main chance seems to lie. But stay in the game.
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Old 12th Feb 2010, 20:04
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Please dont`feed the TROLL`s. They will keep coming back if you do
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Old 12th Feb 2010, 21:07
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Been reading all your posts. One of the worst things a pilot can do is to "dither". You have made a decision. Well done. I am sorry you haven't got a job yet.

However, tomorrow's another day and it sounds like you've learnt something which never ever hurts.
You'll live to fight another day.
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Old 13th Feb 2010, 00:24
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Hi Kash,

Just spent almost an hour reading through this thread. I have to take my hat off to you for persevering and working to make your dream a reality. I realise it hasn't happened yet, and that you've decided to pack it in and go home for the time being.

For what it's worth I think you'll find that if you return to Maun in the new hiring season there will be a lot of people who remember you from this time around and would be willing to give you a shot. No one can accuse you of not working hard!

Good luck mate, let us know how you get on.

PS: The reason new guys find it so hard is because of people like this other cretin who will gladly fly for food and pay for his own type rating. People like that destroy the industry by devalueing not only their own, but also everyone else's worth. (Rant over)
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Old 13th Feb 2010, 01:47
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Herculean try Kash dude. You really never gave up did you? Now you have exhausted all avenues and are making a decision. I've got to say you made the best effort anyone could make. Been following your posts on here and I'm well impressed. Keep it up.
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Old 14th Feb 2010, 12:32
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Afternoon Ladies and Gents,

As always I hope all is well and good, I must apologise for not posting the past couple of days. I have been on some excursions, thought I better fit them in before I head back home.

Wish things never ended this way, but things do come to an end. Like I said I havenít given up and I probably never will. My stay here has been incredible and must say that this place is like no other. I have had a promising lead at the moment and am trying hard to turn it into a success. I have said my goodbyeís to all the operators. I will be having a leaving party tonight which should be great.

As you all know I have given it my best shot. If I had to do it again, I wouldnít change many things.

But for now I bid you farewell and will hopefully post when I return home.
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Old 14th Feb 2010, 14:30
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Hi kash,

i've been reading through this thread for a few days and it has been a real eye opener, so much so that it makes me wonder if i should attempt my dream as a pilot, not a commercial pilot, just any pilot. If you cant even get a job with the effort you've put in what hope does the rest of us have other than relying on luck.

I hope it all works out for you in the end mate, you deserve it!
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Old 14th Feb 2010, 14:52
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You can't rely on luck. Kash hasn't and hopefully he'll get somewhere by making his own luck. Might take a while, maybe a couple of years. Persistence is the name of the game and having something else to fall back on.
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Old 14th Feb 2010, 20:44
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Kash deserves an applause for his courage.
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