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Old 7th Sep 2016, 03:38
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Around the time I was there, hardly anybody had actually started their first job in Darwin itself. It was generally the place for pilots who were approaching 1000TT and were deemed promotable onto twins, by whatever standards the operator decided. Was always worth talking to operators with remote bases though, like Chartair, you'd have practically no chance of a start in Darwin, but you might get a remote gig with a move to Darwin some time later.

No idea what it's like there now, all I know is most of the companies I was familiar with have folded.
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Old 7th Sep 2016, 04:58
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Agree not many actually start in Darwin but a Darwin operators out posts (hiring is done from Darwin generally).

1,000 hrs if you appear to have a non fit in character, 250 hrs if good back ground and attitude is enough in cases (depend insurance).

Expect singles for a start job - twins maybe a long way off - but not always.

Yes many folded companies, but same still applies - if you get on well with others working in the Darwin aviation industry, they influence who gets jobs (they talk).

Many like wet season flying experience - second best is proof of just living through a build up and a wet.
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Old 12th Oct 2016, 00:21
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Hi all,

Long time reader first time contributor!

Over the last 6-7 years I have managed to forge a successful career outside of aviation and fortunately I am now in a position where I can take the plunge into the unknown chasing a role within the aviation industry. With a freshly minted CPL/MECIR/250TT and some 200 series time under the belt I will be hitting the road up the Stuart and across the Great Northern on the hunt for that elusive first flying job. There has been some great blogs of others that have done the trip and I will be looking at sharing my story also!

I have a 'hitlist' if you like of CP's at all the low time potential employers and I will be planning on moving to a location and hanging out rather than a fleeting resume dump. Don't mind a beer so if there are a few of you in the same boat shoot me a PM.

Hopefully see some of you guys/gals on the road early in the new year!
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Old 8th Feb 2017, 12:52
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Start networking boys. Knowing who's who and who's where and who's got what is crucial.

Be prepared to drive for days on a whim with half a sniff of a job on the breeze.

All the guys who I started with are flying something decent. Who stuck it out anyway. It may be a year, it may be ten. Everyone who persists seems to get there at some point.
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Old 8th Feb 2017, 20:25
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Keep at it

It maybe worth hitting up someone in Darwin or Emkaytee, Bachelor etc like the Flight Advantage mob. I believe they have a 210 'starter' pack that includes some hours in a C210 and some very good theory and practical training. It maybe better than flying to Perth for it.

Enjoy the journey and keep at it. I had a ball up in that part of the world trying to get my first job!
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Old 9th Feb 2017, 04:52
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G'day Cramjet,

I'm up here as well, arrived here in Darwin just over a week ago. Set up camp, got some good paying work in my usual industry, and here to wait it out! Everybody I speak to all ask the same question, "Do you have any 200 series time..." which I don't so that is hurting me a bit. Planning on heading over to Perth next weekend to private hire a 210 and do some time in that to boost the old resume. Seems like things are picking up up here as the flow on effect is starting to trickle down into the GA sector so hopefully score something soon. If you're here in Darwin or if anybody else is up here then feel free to get in contact would be great to catch up for a beer.
JeffR,
Just completing my CIR, will be up there in a few weeks. I have some 200 series time in the bag so hopefully won't be too much of an issue for me. Good to hear its promising up there! I've heard BME is a bit quiet at the moment with Kim Av. going under and surplus pilots. Definitely catch up for a beer when I get up there! Best of Luck on the hunt! Cheers
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Old 9th Feb 2017, 21:40
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There sure is movement all over the Territory. Don't be afraid to get out of Darwin, especially if you have less than ~400 hours.

Read through the hints and tips found here and on various operators websites. If they say dress in a pilots shirt, a suit or a pink tutut do exactly what they say, then change for the next operator. If they say they want a one page resume or a call first or to come in at a certain time, for god sake do what they say. Don't rock up and say "I say you wanted this but I just thought i'd do something else". If you can't follow simple instructions found online, how can the operator be sure you will follow SOPs in the ops manual??

There's never been a better time to be a job hunting pilot! Have fun!
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Old 10th Feb 2017, 22:49
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Grab yourself a lunchable snack pack and speak to gumbys, aaa charter, ntairwork, Helimuster or marthakal before you spend you lunch money.
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Old 10th Feb 2017, 22:55
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Originally Posted by jeffr87 View Post
Hey Perth.Pilot, yeah I've spoken to the guys at flight advantage, not sure how much the pilot starter pack is but they want 650 an hour to hire a 210 dual only. I've got a guy in Perth who private hires his 210 for $400 an hour wet, 1 hour with an instructor, 1 hour with himself and solo after that. so if I'm to do 5+ hours it works out more cost effective to go to perth even with the price of flights.
Yeah fair enough! I think I know the plane your talking about in Perth. Enjoy the trip and flying... Nice area to fly around WA.
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Old 11th Feb 2017, 06:52
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I would suggest you would learn a great deal of good info if you did it with them In Darwin. No good "having 200 series time" if you can't fly the aeroplane properly.
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Old 11th Feb 2017, 07:41
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Better off flying it where you're going to fly it and learn the area. Hell you may even get a job out of it.
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Old 11th Feb 2017, 10:18
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Is there something unique about 200 series Cessnas?
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Old 11th Feb 2017, 10:43
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Originally Posted by Capt Fathom View Post
Is there something unique about 200 series Cessnas?
Yes SID,s


Try Batch from Darwin, Meat Bombs or Morto.
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Old 11th Feb 2017, 11:26
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Is there something unique about 200 series Cessnas?
An extra 2 pots on the engine and at least an extra 2 seats in the cabin compared with what a lot of new pilots have usually flown previously.
The art of trimming also becomes vital rather than just a novelty...!
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Old 28th Apr 2017, 02:36
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Originally Posted by jeffr87 View Post
I've got an initial assessment flight tomorrow with one of the local charter companies up here. Don't suppose anybody could shed some light on what I could possibly expect? I was told to expect something along the lines of a GFPT but I'm sure they'll throw in a few curve balls. Cheers.

J
Sequences to examine your situational awareness, manual handling, decision making, confidence and airmanship. Think: circuits, forced landing, steep turns, general area familiarisation, radio work etc.

Best of luck.
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Old 28th Apr 2017, 12:14
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Maybe less time on PPRuNe and your iPad may not have gone flat?

Paper charts anyone!
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Old 29th Apr 2017, 02:47
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Aye Aye Capt.

I may be 'an ole fart', but never had a paper chart 'go flat' yet......
(Like, where's ya backup son...)

Cheers
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Old 29th Apr 2017, 06:17
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I wouldn't ever bring out an iPad for a VFR check flight!! If you don't have/can't get the required charts they would normally be happy to lend them, or in my case once I was given them.
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Old 29th Apr 2017, 09:03
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Jeffr87

Good on you for your candid summary of your flight!

But yeah, several avoidable errors there - hope you get a positive outcome regardless, but certainly some learning points there for yourself and others about to be in the same situation.

iPad for a check flight? Although I embrace the technology, it just doesn't look good when your complete reliance on it gets exposed when it fails...

In my experience, many junior pilots these days avoid paper charts because they don't know how to use them!!

Sadly, the art of map reading is disappearing and magenta following children are on the rise...
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Old 30th Apr 2017, 09:18
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There is now a flying school in Darwin who could help fresh CPLs get themselves up to a suitable competency level for a flight check.

Leave the iPad at home!

Sounds like you've blown the check ride.
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