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Old 2nd Sep 2009, 12:16
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Old 22nd Sep 2009, 12:54
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Hours requirements

Hey guys new to this thread,

Just wondering whether 450 total and about 180 C210 would give me any chance of getting work up north. Planning on making a move up there in feb or march.

Or is there any possibility of getting charter or scenic work on the east coast with those hours? I'm not from Oz but I should be making the move down there towards the beginning of next year.

How's the situation at the moment, just wondering whether to leave my job as it's coming into quiet season here.

Any help would be appreciated.

Edward
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Old 22nd Sep 2009, 14:04
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edward, with those hours most operators in the NT/WA areas would take you. Problem is you would most likely have to go remote. Chances of getting a job on the east coast with those hours are nil to not very likely.

February to March isnt a bad time to head up. The wet is in full swing it is unlikely you will get a job straight away. However start banging on doors and making yourself known to the operators in the area you have chosen to target. Don't neglect operators located in other areas, but concentrate on the local ones.

Don't kid yourself, you will probably have to go remote for a while, minimum 6 months, with the possiblity of 2-3 years depending on the company and progression with it and the industry the time.

I'm not sure on the legal side of things with regards to you being a foreigner (visa's etc), but so long as you present yourself well with an enthusiastic attitude I don't believe that it would be a problem once you have converted to an CASA licence then you are in the same boat a everyone else. If you want to do scenics, maybe a second language would be an advantage. For charter, no sense of smell.
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Old 23rd Sep 2009, 18:45
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Hey

Thanks a lot for the help, and all my visa's are in place, so no problem there. It all sounds promising.

Does anyone know what kind of requirements operators on the east coast require, just as a benchmark to aim for. And what is the pay like in NT/WA? Is it enough to live on, or would I still be adding to my massive pile of debt?

Really appreciate the help guys

Edward
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Old 21st Jan 2010, 00:27
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Making the trek up north...

OK - so it looks like I'll be heading up north in a few weeks to try my luck up there. Not an easy decision to cut loose on a career that pays multiples of what I'll be earning flying GA, but I'm still quite excited. I do realise that many companies up there are still holding back the hiring and taking the 'wait and see' approach, but hey, as the ad for the NT says, "you'll never never know".

So, anyone think I'm a total idiot?
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Old 21st Jan 2010, 00:32
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Use it or lose it !

Give it 12 to 18 months , if it doesn't work out you can always go back to your day job.

Good luck !
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Old 21st Jan 2010, 04:51
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...if it doesn't work out you can always go back to your day job.
Assuming I haven't burnt all my bridges! Thanks for the encouragement though :-)
Now need to decide whether I should drive, or sell my car and buy one up there.... not to mention the rest of the logistics of cleaning out a house!

Question for those who have 'been there done that' or 'currently doing it'. What is a typical salary/wage/casual rate for a brand new CPL working in a crappy little town in the outback? I realise it's peanuts, and I'm not expecting more - I'd just like to plan my finances from the start.
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Old 21st Jan 2010, 06:45
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Drive your car, they're woth a fortune out there, a mate of mine sold a 98 magna for $6500, they're worth about $2500 max in melb :P

Not sure about wages sorry.
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Old 21st Jan 2010, 07:48
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eocvictim is this magna blue??? and in darwin??
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Old 21st Jan 2010, 08:02
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haha no it was silver close to Darwin but a bit further east. I'm sure it would be well known along with the good bloke who owns it
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Old 21st Jan 2010, 08:25
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Question for those who have 'been there done that' or 'currently doing it'. What is a typical salary/wage/casual rate for a brand new CPL working in a crappy little town in the outback? I realise it's peanuts, and I'm not expecting more - I'd just like to plan my finances from the start.
Peanuts is spot on! I was working casually getting anywhere between 100-400 a week. Was supplementing this working in a local pub which kept me afloat and often included a free dinner after work!

Moved up pretty quick and the longer with the company the more flights and $$ I got. After eighteen months was full time on about $40k.

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Old 21st Jan 2010, 22:34
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Only folks that would pay that for a Magna would be the Clearprop family
Plenty of good cars here
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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 06:21
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I wonder what became of my 1971 holden kingswood, bought for $750 with jesus loves you stickers on the back window and used on that first trek up to darwin in search of work(1981). If l recall , the gearstick broke in Alice so much time wasted getting that sorted. Got all the way north to be told to FO by a certain operator..and drove back to mel, to carry on cleaning factory shytehouses. Never gave up as an offer presented itself 6 weeks later in Dysart QLD on an aztec, so nothing changes!
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Old 26th Jan 2010, 10:25
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hey hardNfast what company where you at mate? took you 18 months to ove up? what year was this?
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Old 27th Jan 2010, 00:09
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Was in the last decade up North. Some moved up faster than me, others slower. Dependant on how the industry was going at the time.
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Old 27th Jan 2010, 06:06
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I would say everybody who has tried their hand up north has managed to get what they deserved
A lot have got more than they deserved I'm sure
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Old 27th Jan 2010, 08:09
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Its a long trek but by far the best way to get a job and some decent experience. Be willing to work remote, its a great start and good hours, and usually free accom and vehicle, which is a blessing when you only make $300 a week! Present well and be persistant, then hang on for the ride...
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Old 27th Jan 2010, 09:24
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.... and watch out for persistent ants....
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Old 28th Jan 2010, 04:52
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Accommodation

If anyone needs accommodation in Kununurra, I am looking to share a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom place at about $600 per week divided between 3 people.

PM me for details.
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Old 6th Feb 2010, 06:29
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couple of questions

Hey I'm heading up from Perth up to Broome with a few stops in between. Looking like this March, not the best timing but had to apply for leave etc from my current job and cheapest tickets etc.. got a couple of questions for you guys (some of whom seem to be in the know about Oz - i'm a kiwi...)

Is the time of the year going to make quite a big difference??

Does having 500 hours make a significant difference to employment chances as opposed to a 200/250 hr fresh cpl?

MEIR will have lapsed...will this make a big difference?

Does it help to chat with them and see if there's a possibility that they'll give me a call if something comes up later in the year? Does this even happen??

Thanks for your help in advance, I'm trying to make the most of the time I have there so any advice is appreciated.

If i've posted in the wrong forum let me know and i'll remove and repost...
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