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Old 8th Jan 2013, 12:13
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@Thrillho thanks for the tip. I was tossing up between Darwin and Cairns but guess Darwin is the better option.
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Old 10th Jan 2013, 07:51
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Hi guys just wondering as a kiwi showing up in these areas with around 220 hrs TT and a single pilot multi IFR rating all converted of coarse what sorta chance I would stand of picking up a job?
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Old 10th Jan 2013, 07:52
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Just to add not expecting a twin job just anything
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Old 10th Jan 2013, 10:41
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In case there's a bit of confusion guys, you'll have to be really lucky, or of course know somebody on the "inside", to score a job in Darwin itself, with a fresh CPL (i.e. < 300 TT). I suppose it's a possibility if you demonstrated or possessed a specific skill they were looking for in addition to ticking all the flying boxes.

With Barrier suspended and Directair gone, there will be a few experienced guys/girls potentially looking for work as well, if they haven't found it already.

If you can get a gig in Cairns with low time, take it. If you head to the NT, be prepared to go some level of remote (if you're lucky, Katherine/Jabiru, if you're less lucky, Ngukurr... But I'd still jump at that for my first job).

Just try and keep a smile on your face, because your GA years will most likely be the most challenging and varied flying work you'll do. Persevere!
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Old 10th Jan 2013, 22:01
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I would also say to the younger folk keep your integrity!

With the CASA on the warpath and the usual operational challenges in the topend, you don't want to be the scapegoat for 'operational flexibility'.

Make sure you have your paperwork for every flight including some performance figures! (I used to keep generic worst case scenario figures). I.e 40 degrees, 2000 feet pressure height, tail wind etc and have a copy of the chart with me at all times with a figure for take off and landing. I'd also memorize it for each type I flew.

Stay safe out there folks!
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Old 3rd Feb 2013, 05:46
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Not sure if this constitutes advertising but i am looking at organizing a share house in Broome. At this stage there will be two rooms available not sure on rent but will be low $200's + bills looking at moving into the place hopefully over the next month. PM me for details
Cheers
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Old 3rd Feb 2013, 06:51
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Its nice to read up on everyone attempting their journey up this way for "The Dry" and that elusive first job!

Almost a year ago.. i headed up this way with not much idea and a bare bones commercial. Its been an amazing time and a 'flexible' plan!! Now im about to kick off a second season with still not much idea, but loving the friends, flying and frolicking!

Good luck to all job hunters, just remember to enjoy the whole experience!! Including working crappy second jobs, having no money and living at a backpackers!!
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Old 3rd Feb 2013, 17:02
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Do yourself a favor and don't flat with pilots.
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Old 4th Feb 2013, 10:36
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"flatting" certainly implies you're kiwi...

Do share a house with other pilots.

Why?

Networking. When your housemates are flying and you're still looking, they're going to be the best source of information for who's looking for new staff even before the operators know. Pilots mention to each other when they're about to resign and move on, and that information can lead to you walking in the door with a resume ten minutes after the CP finds out they need a new pilot.
Also, your housemates are likely to recommend you to their own CPs.
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Old 4th Feb 2013, 12:05
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Yea that's fair enough. I was just replying to DAN who is trying to get a statehouse started with pilots new to Broome.

Imagine 3 blokes/gals who are living together and going for the same job.

Getting a share house with already working pilots is a good ideas

Also what's wrong with being kiwi
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Old 4th Feb 2013, 22:52
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Agree with Lasiorhinus above.

Guys/girls, if you don't know it already, then take note - like no other industry I've seen, for good or bad, you'll get a reputation. This need not be a negative, but it'll happen.

What reputation you carry with others, whether on the job or at a bar, will largely determine your career path through the "lower" levels of the industry. Networking, and getting/maintaining a good name for yourself over and above being a technically proficient pilot, are very important.

Lost count of how many times I've heard a senior pilot at Company X say "that f---wit's never getting within a kilometre of this place.", even though said f---wit may be more than qualified, with a glowing CV. Love it or hate it, it's the way it works.
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Old 14th Feb 2013, 10:58
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the top end

Any of you guys that are looking to go north got P68 experience?
Heard of rumor today of a possible opening for a low time CPL P68 driver. Prefer experience on type.
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Old 14th Feb 2013, 11:19
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Originally Posted by anthos92 View Post
Any of you guys that are looking to go north got P68 experience?
Heard of rumor today of a possible opening for a low time CPL P68 driver. Prefer experience on type.
Sent you a PM mate.
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Old 18th Feb 2013, 16:42
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Does anyone know of any ground handling job in Darwin?
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Old 18th Feb 2013, 18:50
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Originally Posted by fiftyeight View Post
Does anyone know of any ground handling job in Darwin?
AV8 sometimes take low hr guys on ground handling jobs while giving them ICUS on the 210/206 to get them up to scratch.
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Old 19th Feb 2013, 01:17
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Aero-Care sometimes recruit for ground handlers/bag chuckers. Vincent may also have something and if you're really desperate (or mad) you could try Pearl. Good luck.
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Old 19th Feb 2013, 09:13
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Dont like my chances at AV8, apparently their low hour pilots/bag throwers come from a flying school in Melbourne they are partnered with. (wish I did my training there). Will hit them up anyway.

Whats the deal with Peal? Dont think I have heard a positive thing about them?

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Old 19th Feb 2013, 09:35
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None of AV8's bag chuckers come from MFT. Sure your not getting mixed up with the flying instructors?
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Old 19th Feb 2013, 09:39
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Bad things about Pearl?

Well if their new EBA gets through they will be the best paid, lowest workload turboprop drivers in Australia.

95k 1st year Metro Captain.

18k area allowance.

50k training allowance.


That's some serious coin to drive a Metro a couple of days a week to truscott.

It's not a bad place to be.
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Old 19th Feb 2013, 09:44
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Not sure, but I spoke to somebody at AV8 a couple of weeks ago. He just said Id struggle to get any work there flying or other as they have most of it covered from MFT.

Maybe I miss heard?
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