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Old 6th Feb 2010, 07:10
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(i'm a kiwi...)
We won't hold that against you too much

Is the time of the year going to make quite a big difference??
Don't get there much later than March.

Does having 500 hours make a significant difference to employment chances as opposed to a 200/250 hr fresh cpl?
Any experience is better than none. There is also a thing as too much experience. 700 hours may have you out of the running for Leos, but well placed for BAS or BAV.

MEIR will have lapsed...will this make a big difference?
If you're expecting a multi engine job then yes. If not, then no.

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??
No chance, especially when there are guys still there from last season. Get to town, find a non aviation job or find a tree to climb like the rest of the green pilots waiting for a chance at a start and wait it out.

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Old 7th Feb 2010, 07:57
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thanks

cheers guys. thanks for the advice
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Old 8th Feb 2010, 03:14
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Paperbag,

It is hard work mate, especially when you see some of the lucky ones get the dream run (9 months to C441 for example) but unfortunately its all about timing up in the top end.

Like so many people have said before me, your best best is to pick a location and settle in there, work a servo job or whatever to make ends meet, and keep pestering the operators until they give you a job...even an ops job is better than nothing some times because you have a foot in the door and you KNOW when they will recruit next.

Having less than 400 hrs is hard but there are operators that will hire you depending on their need for pilots. My suggestions for low time pilots:

Darwin:
Air Frontier
Barrier (maybe)
Charter (even less likely)

Jabiru:
AAA Charter
Kakadu Air Charter (Services maybe?)

Oenpelli:
Gumbulunya

Katherine:
Katherine Aviation

Hooker Creek:
Lajimanu (not the correct spelling)

Hope that helps mate. Chin up, we've all been there before but when you come out the other side you'll be better off for it and you'll have great stories to tell!

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Old 15th Mar 2010, 02:10
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thankyou to everyone who posted all this useful info, great for us noobs
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Old 16th Mar 2010, 09:22
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Ok well if anybody cares I'm making my drive up north from Melbourne on Monday (21st)... bit late I know but better late than never

Will probably go up thru the alice, KNX and up to broome and then I think I'll check out as much of the west coast as I can. I dont think I'll sit around in KNX and Broome due to what I've heard... so HOPEFULLY theres something out there in other places

Will post once in a blue moon on here advising of my failures and eventual success (hopefully!)

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Old 18th Aug 2010, 12:10
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any luck so far fellas or stories to share?
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Old 18th Aug 2010, 20:43
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Most, if not all would be captains by know I would think
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Old 19th Aug 2010, 10:37
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any luck so far fellas or stories to share?
Came so so close (long story - cbf sharing).... so in short - negatory

Out of moneys and back in Melb. Doing ATPL theory and probably MECIR soon contemplating wtf to do next... most likely will head back up early next year if im still sane.
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Old 19th Aug 2010, 11:52
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I am planning on heading North in Feb next year. Anyone else from Melbourne thinking about going around the same time, let me know.
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Old 21st Aug 2010, 07:12
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The Gobbler will give you a lift Flyboy.............
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Old 21st Aug 2010, 09:13
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Hahaha, you mean the Green Goblin? Mate, it would be a pretty funny ride up there with him mimicking the kiwi accent.
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Old 3rd Nov 2010, 04:48
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Too early for a bump??

anyone heading up for next years season and if so when r u looking at heading up?
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 13:00
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When it comes to getting other jobs up there (particularly in Kununurra) how are the employers with aspiring pilots?

My main concern is not being able to find alternative work if, during the interview, I say I am trying to get a flying job and may only be in the job I am being interviewed for for a couple/few months.

Is it better to just lie and say 'I came here for the scenary'?
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 14:13
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In Kununurra, it's not too difficult. Popular places are Coles, Coles Express, Hertz, Gullivers, The Grande, BP, Country Club, or heaven forbid, TFS.

Don't ever lie. Unless it's to cover up poor spelling.
 
Old 1st Dec 2010, 03:02
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Can anyone here tell me how Kununurra turned out in 2010 for all the guys sitting there? Rumours towards the start of the year were that there was 30 guys there... and close to 90 in Broome.

I am wondering how it all went? Did most end up getting some hours or a job? Or are there still guys sitting there waiting for something who will be there in 2011?

Also I've heard that Alligator have raised their minimums to 400 or 450hrs TT after that engine failure incident they had. Can anyone confirm/deny and how this affects all the 200-300hr guys up there?

KNX seems to be the big town everybody talks about for low hour guys but I am wondering what else is worth checking out and bunking down in? Obviously when driving up you'd stop at all the airports on the way but from what I understand the camping happens in KNX. I have been told Darwin is a tough one and more for guys with a lot more hours?

Also what is Broome like? Can anyone confirm/deny the "90 pilots" sitting up there in 2010 and what happened with that? Also is the expectation in Broome to live in a hostel for 6+ months just like KNX or do guys eventually find themselves something a bit more suitable?

Any info would be appreciated. Feel free to PM me.
I am looking at heading up again in the earlier part of 2011 again after 2010 being a bit of a fail for me

Thanks...
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 08:21
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so shirts, shorts and shoes acceptable for an interview in the top end?

surely they wouldn't mind shorts? since the place looks so bloody hot!
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Old 1st Mar 2011, 22:50
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i'd suggest a good shirt, tucked in with long pants a shoes. Just because its a bit hot isn't an excuse to dress down. Remember, if you do get that job, your going to be waiting a alot of aistrips that are a whole lot hotter than darwin in full pilot rig......

Make the effort it isn't going to do you any harm, just don't come dressed with your bars on for god sakes
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Old 2nd Mar 2011, 11:28
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I did have a pilot rock up to the door once in a nice shirt and pants however did leave his bag open and I could see the McDonalds work shirt. When I asked him if he was working anywhere at the moment he said no then i said what about maccas or something you look familiar. He still said no. Good at lieing = no job HA HA
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Old 2nd Mar 2011, 12:38
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Maybe he had just quit hoping to get a new job?
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Old 2nd Mar 2011, 19:54
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I did have a pilot rock up to the door once in a nice shirt and pants however did leave his bag open and I could see the McDonalds work shirt. When I asked him if he was working anywhere at the moment he said no then i said what about maccas or something you look familiar. He still said no. Good at lieing = no job HA HA
What if he did say he was working at maccas to survive while looking for that first pilot job?

This first job doesn't sound easy :/
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