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Old 10th Apr 2018, 10:02
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Careflight NT

Folks,

Airline pilot working overseas, looking to return home. Aeromedical experience earlier in GA career, therefore curious about working conditions flying King Airs for Careflight ex- Darwin. I see they're advertising again.

Quite some years (decades!) since last flew single pilot/remote area, but tick all other boxes (15k + total time, turbine command, flown King Airs before etc).

Thoughts? Many thanks in advance.

Verbal.
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Old 10th Apr 2018, 22:18
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VK,

CareFlight also fly Beechjet 400s and are looking for crew too. Jet CA pay is $104k+ and the kingair guys on high acuity are I think ~$130k+.

CF is great to work for, good lifestyle and culture. Give them a call and have a chat.

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Old 10th Apr 2018, 22:53
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Peers currently working there tell me its generally a very good place to work. As DYS said, good lifestyle with the King Air guys on a 4 on / 4 off roster, although a fair bit of overtime for the guys there with the industry shortage, but are fairly remunerated for additional days. Was in the region of $800 each day I'm told.

Good use of simulators with the Beechjet pilots doing x2 visits to Flightsafety each year and King Air using a flight sim in Norway, although this is changing with the Maroochydore simulator.

They do seem to be short of guys across all types with Darwin basing being a downside to the whole deal, although again some like what that place has to offer.
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 06:58
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Thank you very much, Socks & DS. Sounds very promising, particularly the supportive environment they foster. Cheers
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 18:40
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RFDS Qld is actively recruiting, as are RFDS SE, Central and Westops.

Qld and SE have B200s and 350s, Central and WestOps are PC12. PC24s coming for most Sections.
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Old 12th Apr 2018, 06:08
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Originally Posted by Al Fentanyl View Post
RFDS Qld is actively recruiting, as are RFDS SE, Central and Westops.

Qld and SE have B200s and 350s, Central and WestOps are PC12. PC24s coming for most Sections.
Thanks very much for the info, Al. They're all fantastic machines, & would relish the chance to get back into one. More importantly though, to do something of value & benefit to people who really need it. Best Regards, Verbal.
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Old 12th Apr 2018, 13:04
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Long term viability with RFDS moving in to town?

When’s the tender renewal?

Just putting it out there.........
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Old 13th Apr 2018, 00:11
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Long term viability with RFDS moving in to town?

When’s the tender renewal?

Just putting it out there.........
The RFDS would be more expensive than Careflight, so I wouldn't make any assumptions about future tenders.

When's the tender renewal?
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Old 13th Apr 2018, 00:22
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Originally Posted by FGD135 View Post
The RFDS would be more expensive than Careflight, so I wouldn't make any assumptions about future tenders.

When's the tender renewal?
They just advertised flight nurse roles with maximum term til March 2019 which may be suggestive

FWIW RFDS just missed out on a Top End ground based intra-hospital transfer service contract (to CareFlight) so IMO nothing’s gonna change any time soon up there

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Old 13th Apr 2018, 00:35
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Originally Posted by Verbal Kint View Post
Thank you very much, Socks & DS. Sounds very promising, particularly the supportive environment they foster. Cheers
Thanks you both for a very entertaining Dorothy Dix question and answer session. A Maccas manager in Darwin gets paid more than $104K+ and they don't need a jet endorsement.
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Old 13th Apr 2018, 01:56
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Current Top End aeromed contract expires end of 2022.
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Old 13th Apr 2018, 05:44
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A Maccas manager in Darwin gets paid more than $104K+ and they don't need a jet endorsement
But we need the guys with the jet endorsements to get the folk who pig out on Maccas products to medical care that the Darwin hospital is unable to handle - eg heart transplants resulting from a Macca diet. I'd rather watch the view from an office at 41K to someone flipping burgers just outside my door. To each their own.
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Old 13th Apr 2018, 11:11
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Yeah, I've been quite interested in applying for this position in Darwin. Currently flying RPT in Dashies. Few years in PNG flying Dash's as well. Meet all req's quite easily.
Just been wondering what the work culture is like there, pay conditions ect. Have a brother there, and would be interested. If the wife agrees....

The work environment, management, collegues ect are quite important I think. Any info is rather appreciated.

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Old 19th Apr 2018, 14:11
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Originally Posted by Al Fentanyl View Post
RFDS Qld is actively recruiting, as are RFDS SE, Central and Westops.

Qld and SE have B200s and 350s, Central and WestOps are PC12. PC24s coming for most Sections.
Not 'most' sections. Central (1) & WestOps (3) only at this stage. Others have been pitched to, but nothing signed. Order book with Pilatus is still closed but they are considering re-opening it.
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Old 26th Apr 2018, 12:01
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Everything I’ve been told has been great, right up to the Darwin bit then suddenly my interest lapsed!
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Old 9th Sep 2018, 01:29
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Anyone in the loop willing to PM me in regards to rosters and/or rostering options that might be considered for the King Airs? I meet minimums have experience on comparable aircraft and keen to work remote. I have plenty of info on EBA and type of operations, keen to know more about the Gove base?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 28th Sep 2018, 20:02
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Chequered [email protected]

Have had several good pals work there over the years. Largely happy. Roster is good, pay is good, Engineering good, machines good.Flying amazing.
But...there is one feature not so good. [email protected] disastrous leading to the resignation of plenty of perfectly good pilots over the years, most who have gone on to be perfectly happy at the RFDS and various large Airlines.. There have been some good guys in the department but their efforts are largely undone my the enormity of the main perpetrators idiocy. Head of department, distant, unwilling to acknowledge the isssues and can usually be found with his head in the sand. Sims can be disorganised, lacking structure with arbitrary profiles made up on the day. A couple of blokes in particular are/have been particularly bad news. Internal inquiries/universally disrespected/constant stream of complaints/l that sort of thing. One was eventually sacked after years of uproar but the other continues to stink up the place with his arrogance, ineptitude and malignancy.

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Does a anybody know what the roster and pay for the jet fo is?
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