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Old 19th Feb 2013, 09:50
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Haha I cant even imagine a pay like that while I am stuck on 150 hours GG
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Old 19th Feb 2013, 09:52
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If you're not in Darwin, you won't get any sort of work at AV8 (or anywhere else) regardless of whether you're looking for bag chucking or instructing or anything in between.

If you haven't heard any positives about Pearl then there is probably a good reason for that. Think about it.....

Might be some good coin for those already there but if things don't pick up soon, then the coin won't be there for much longer for anyone. Look elsewhere if you want hours, coin or anything else. Good luck.
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Old 19th Feb 2013, 10:31
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Yeah I have taken everyone's advise on board and moved my gf and dog to Darwin in January. Back in Perth for a few weeks as my old boss made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

Ill be back on Friday so I will be able to go down personally. I might even get to speak to someone other than a receptionist this time haha
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Old 24th Feb 2013, 08:43
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If you have a MECIR that is not current is it best to get current before heading north looking for your first job?
From what I've read it could take a few months to land a job and the job would be single VFR while learning and building up experience so it wouldn't take too long before you are out of currency again.
Maybe best to save the money for the renewal.
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Old 25th Feb 2013, 14:14
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If you have a MECIR that is not current is it best to get current before heading north looking for your first job?
What do you mean? Has it expired? If so has it expired by more than 12 months? Or is it valid but you don't meet the recent experience requirements of the CAO?

If it is either of the first two, I'd say yes. If it is the second, hell no.
 
Old 27th Feb 2013, 09:54
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I just saw that Marthakal Yolgnu Airline in Elcho is advertising on AFAP. I thought it had shut down, but am obviously wrong. Does anyone know who's running the show these days and if MAF are still involved?
 
Old 22nd Mar 2013, 16:58
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So its been a few month now and the dry season is near. Anyone had any luck? Share a few stories?

Been in town for about 4 months now and still waiting. "Maybe hiring next month" is what most chief pilots are saying. Bet the town is flooded with pilots now.

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Old 24th Mar 2013, 03:35
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Speaking to one of the airport shuttle drivers in broome the other day she took a pilot around to see the companies and they said to him, that you have to be living in Broome to get a start here.
So I guess the hiring isn't in full swing at the moment.
Spoke to another employed pilot and he reckons they're going to have a very busy dry season
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Old 24th Mar 2013, 03:59
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So I wonder who the next Casa target is?

They have cleaned out FNQ, they have run through Darwin and Kununurra.

If I were a Broome operator I'd be worried. If I were a Broome Pilot I'd be keeping my nose clean this season.

So the bottle is spinning, where will it stop!
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Old 7th May 2013, 11:49
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Just wanted to say that this is THE most informative thread for any new pilot looking for a job in the top end. I have referred at least 3 mates here.

Who knows where I would have ended up if I didn't get all the info here.
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Old 7th May 2013, 12:12
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Have you got a flying gig yet Deadcut?
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Old 7th May 2013, 12:18
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Jay Bo,

Yup, been going at it for a couple of months.
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Old 7th May 2013, 13:53
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Checked out Flying Oz? Pretty good resource

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Old 11th May 2013, 10:15
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Hey Guys,

Hoping for some advice. I will be finishing a bare bones 150hr CPL in the next couple of months. Seems to me that the best time to head north is around January so that operators know you are around when they start hiring (I know this is no guarantee). Should I use the rest of the year getting an MECIR and head up beginning of next year, or head up north as soon as I have finished my CPL?

Thanks in Advance.
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Old 11th May 2013, 11:57
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Its been mentioned before, but a consideration would be that anywhere you go you maybe doing ICUS until you reach 250 hrs which seems to be a minimum for commercial insurance. Anything that you can do to get yourself closer to that figure assists your job hunting prospects.

I'd be interested to hear from people of what hour level they commenced their first commercial job up north, excluding skydiving and joy flights.
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Old 11th May 2013, 14:00
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I know of at least 3 guys who got a job with an operator in broome with 150 TT over a few years. They start you off on a warrior or a 172 until you get to 200 then you fly the 206..
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Old 12th May 2013, 00:13
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Has anyone got a job there with working holiday visa after conversion of licence etc? I am from Europe but planning to move to Australia. Just wondering what my chances would be..
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Old 12th May 2013, 05:42
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200 Hrs TT is normally an insurance requirement.

If you can afford to get a CIR before making the trek, go for it. As Slam Click stated, it will help you get to 200 Hrs, you will be ready if an twin IFR spot becomes available and it may just save your a** if you find yourself in a spot of bother.
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Old 15th May 2013, 13:48
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Expat Kiwi here, currently living in Perth. I've been through Jandakot and the local area handing out CV's and making myself known, but I haven't had much luck so far. I'm considering heading north to try my luck there.

700 hours TT
MECIR (not current)
30 hours twin (P68 / PA34)
CAA NZ C-Cat (not transferred under the TTMRA as it had lapsed)

I've taken plenty of notes from this thread, and a few others, but still, can anyone suggest anywhere/one looking for a pilot with my experience?

Hot tips? PM's?

Anything appreciated.
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Old 15th May 2013, 20:31
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China southern if u want to instruct. Next stop geraldton few operators up here to see, shines come to mind.
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