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Old 6th Apr 2014, 12:42
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Hi Guys,

Im a Kiwi heading up north ideally in the next few weeks (410TT, IR, Instructor, Tail exp etc)
how late is too late? is there still slim chances heading up north and making myself known might pay off? or does hiring come to a dead halt...

at the moment I'd be happy with anything, already tried vast majority of NZ companies, they all want over 500
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Old 7th Apr 2014, 01:23
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Pick a town, get a place to live and a retail/hospitality job. Hiring will have slowed by now and companies will often tell you "We have done our hiring for the year" but if/when people leave, those spots will need to be filled and the guys living in town, settled into the lifestyle and popping in once a fortnight will be the ones who get the call.
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Old 7th Apr 2014, 01:31
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which town do you pick, Alice, Broome, Kununnurra, Katherine, Darwin, Jabiru? any of them a waste of time for a first job hunter?
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Old 7th Apr 2014, 01:36
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mcgrath50 - thanks for that, I think ill go around a few, test the water and pick one
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Old 7th Apr 2014, 02:09
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ozziejim,

I would say Darwin would be a waste of time for a first job hunter unless you have some serious connections.
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Old 7th Apr 2014, 02:11
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I would say Darwin would be a waste of time for a first job hunter unless you have some serious connections.
I don't think Alice Springs is much of a chance for newbies either is it?

Not many operators out there and the one or two that exist look for over 500 hours.
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Old 7th Apr 2014, 07:31
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Doesn't chart air from Alice Springs recruit for their outstations? Sure you might not get a job in Alice but they will send you on your way to one of their remote bases.
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Old 7th Apr 2014, 10:14
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Thought their other bases were Katherine and Darwin. Not sure they have any more remote than Katherine. Maybe Jabiru?
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Old 7th Apr 2014, 10:50
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In addition Katherine, Darwin and Alice Springs, I think Chartair have bases in Ngukurr, Hooker Creek, Warburton and Borroloola. The Chief Pilot is a friendly guy, he generally will have a chat with you if you stop by at his preferred (late afternoon from memory). Worth a try.
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Old 7th Apr 2014, 12:12
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Been to Hooker Creek a couple of weeks ago and saw the Chart Air base. Nice office and tidy looking 210.

They even have a little tug to push and pull the plane around! Fancy Looks like a good outfit.
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Old 7th Apr 2014, 20:23
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Although they used to have several remote bases, Chartair have closed down their Tennant Creek, Warburton and most recently, Borroloola bases. Probably can't compete with the other operators like KA, Territory Air Services, etc on price.

Only remote base now is Hooker Creek - which is most likely operated on behalf of Lajamanu Air, which is a community owned enterprise, but definitely a Chartair pilot there now operating the C210.

Still have their Katherine base, as well as Alice Springs and Darwin.

CP wouldn't be described by many as "friendly", but does seem to make the effort to speak to pilots if they can catch him in the afternoon - spends time in both Alice Springs and Darwin. They have given heaps of newbies a start straight out of flying school and seem focused on training their pilots to fly the way they want. All pilots full time, and if not flying are expected to work hard at washing aircraft, etc.
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Old 15th Sep 2014, 05:31
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Non flying skills

Remember to highlight your non flying skills too, in a lot of the remote areas you will be visiting, having a trade or some skill useful to employers when you are on the ground appears to be a great way to jump to the front of the queue!
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Old 18th Oct 2014, 08:19
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Marthakal Yolongu Air

Recently Saw a post on AFAP for Marthakal Yolongu air. Does anyone know anything about them?
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Old 27th Oct 2014, 08:04
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Recently Saw a post on AFAP for Marthakal Yolongu air. Does anyone know anything about them?

Elcho Island. YELD.

C206? (Used to)

They used to have a tie up with Chartair or something years ago?
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Old 5th Sep 2016, 06:34
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Pm sent mate
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Old 5th Sep 2016, 07:33
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Darwin does not have a "season" like Kunners. Nothing stopping you from migrating now

There is already movement, not huge numbers but it is happening, quite a few people on active hold with QLink, others in the twin ranks with apps in and a good number of turboprop drivers with apps in at various places as well.

There are still a number of "freshers" around, but as the saying goes "Chance favours the prepared"
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 00:28
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Darwin does not have a "season" like Kunners. Nothing stopping you from migrating now
But would you suggest a fresh CPL with 250hrs and a MECIR to head to Darwin? I'd say Darwin would be more of a mecca with guys around the 500-1000TT mark.
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 01:48
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If you get a shared place in Darwin and a casual job (prefon penalty rates) you can have a bit of a life.
Jabiru 257 km
Oenpelli 302 km
Katherine 317 km
Batchelor 97 km
Kununurra 820 km
Regular visits to put the face up at these places wouldhelp.
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 18:39
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But would you suggest a fresh CPL with 250hrs and a MECIR to head to Darwin? I'd say Darwin would be more of a mecca with guys around the 500-1000TT mark.
Plenty of freshers have started their career in Darwin, some just had to do some time at an operators remote base.
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Old 7th Sep 2016, 02:43
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I noticed when I lived in Darwin (not flying related) the job hunters all had the same story. If they had 250 hours they got told they needed 500. If they had 500 they got told they needed 750 etc.
After having spoken to many pilots there already I came to the conclusion most already knew somebody and had been recommended. Very few got a job by just turning up and hanging around. Broome and Kununura were more the places to start with very low hours.
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