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Old 2nd Oct 2012, 09:57
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Speaking of AV8, does anyone know what's the go up there? Apparently they've lost a few AOCs recently.

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Old 2nd Oct 2012, 11:11
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Wot about Kakadu Air in Jabiru ? They used to take 150-200 hour guys, what, are they after 5000 jet now ?
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Old 2nd Oct 2012, 15:21
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I called Kakadu Air a couple of months ago. 400TT
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Old 8th Oct 2012, 14:05
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400TT for Kakadu Air in Jabiru. I hope this is not an indication of the hours required next season
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Old 8th Oct 2012, 14:47
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They've been 400TT for a little while fiftyeight, don't let that put you off too much, its just because of the Airvans Insurance, they used to take lower when they had the 207s though. Still plenty around who will take lower than 400TT.
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Old 8th Oct 2012, 20:41
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Re Kakair.
Get a forklift and lr licence, find a cute girl with whom you can share a house and she can work in the shop and you will start with a lot less than 400.
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Old 8th Oct 2012, 22:46
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So I will be booking my ticket for the flight up north this weekend, for those of you who have made the trip, would you prefer flying to Alice and then drive up to Darwin and around or prefer to start from Darwin and head down. If anyone has any information or might have a car which they could sell (rather a 4x4) please PM me.! If anyone else is keen on making the trip up north towards mid-end of December, I'd be more than happy to have someone come along and share the experience with!

T&G.

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Old 8th Oct 2012, 23:22
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I think you would probably be better off starting in Alice that is where the least amount of company's is on your intended route. From Darwin you can get to kunnas and jab in less then day if need be and Alice is a long way to drive from Darwin if you don't land anything when you get there and end having to come back up.
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Old 9th Oct 2012, 02:31
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TOUCH-AND-GO My suggestion, don't take another Pilot, you'll both be going for the same jobs and things could get awkward...get some backpackers instead to help share costs and have a giggle with!! Gumtree.com.au is your friend in that regard!!
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Old 11th Oct 2012, 10:55
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Thank you both gentleman for your inputs, highly appreciative.

Yes, I suppose it would be better off to start from Alice. It's closer to the Lake Eyre operators as well if I decide to head down south.

Planning too make Alice Springs the Central base location, if I don't land that first gig within a period. I'll resign in Alice and hopefully find a job in warehousing or something around the airport; ect. Baggage handling and just hang in their till something comes around.

Ixixly, thought it would be much better off to share the experience with whom I can relate to, one which shares the same passion and prospective of aviation!
But I see your point, it is a competitive industry and I do not doubt that their will be plenty of pilots looking for work.

Thank you once again and enjoy the weekend!

T&G.
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Old 11th Oct 2012, 11:48
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The lake operations are starting to wind down and pilots from there will be looking for work elsewhere soon. That area is a bit like the WA scenic ops.

Agreed about driving with another pilot though, it's very competitive out here but if you already know the person and get along well I can't it being to big of an issue.

Best advice is get out here and have a good time and enjoy the ride
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Old 22nd Nov 2012, 11:05
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Would you say Broome is the best bet for a low timer?
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Old 22nd Nov 2012, 18:03
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Brooms definitely seems to be the bet for the moment. All broome operators will hire with 250hrs. I had been everywhere else in the NT with no luck but some friends did well there.
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Old 23rd Nov 2012, 00:10
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Cheers mate, looking at making the move early next year!
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Old 24th Nov 2012, 05:52
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Iím mid adventure at the moment and finding work in the NT is plausible.
I get the feeling there may be a few opportunities out here in the next few months. Hopefully before I run out of money
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Old 1st Dec 2012, 05:10
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Question What's going on in Darwin?!

Word is that Direct Air is in strife and that Hardys have had a change of policy to operate Metros and Conquests VFR.

A few months ago I was told I needed an instrument rating to fly at Hardys. Has this changed? What does it mean for those seeking work in the top end?

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Old 1st Dec 2012, 05:27
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That's a very subtle dig your having there
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Old 1st Dec 2012, 05:43
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A MECIR?

As all drivers at Hardy's fly the Metro after a few months you would definitely need your instrument rating.

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Old 1st Dec 2012, 19:48
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As all drivers at Hardy's fly the Metro after a few months you would definitely need your instrument rating.
I understood that to be the intent, ATPL subjects required too, so why the VFR metros? Kinda defeats the purpose doesn't it?
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Old 1st Dec 2012, 22:55
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You have 50% of the facts.

Won't go into the reasons, but yes, Hardy's are no IFR, no RPT for the time being, but no this wasn't their choice. Should only be a short term thing.
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