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Old 29th Aug 2005, 14:30
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Overpitched is right. Plus you need to factor in transportation to/from U.S. and room and board. For as little time as it will take you to get your commercial license it will likely be less expensive to do it back home.

But you're always welcome in the U.S. and we'd enjoy having you. Just passing along my thoughts.
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Old 29th Aug 2005, 22:27
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Hello HELOFAN,

Was your father a CFI in Australia ????

I am interested as we are putting together a history of Helicopter Flying in Australia and it would be good to have a list of all the Instructors that started us out in the industry.

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Thank you for your advise.
Please if you have any opinions please contribute.
If anyone has done both or experienced multinational flying I would love to hear from you.

Its a difficult decision as I really dont mind where I live as long as I am flying and I can get to where I want in the industry.
I am just trying to decide what is the best location for a career pilot to work in and the pro's and cons of the options available.
The military is the best I think but I have missed my window there, and thats ok.

I want to make it my career and would like to end up flying for a Police service or an EMS service, or....... someone that owns their own Multi engine helicopter that wants me to fly it from their private yacht to the ski slopes/getaway destination & fly as much as I want ....yeah yeah dream on who doesn't LOL.

I know its a hard road and a lot of PPL dont make it even though they put all their energy as I was brought up in flying, living in and out of airports and towns and moving alot.
In fact I was being taken flying from before I could walk & I really do understand (for the majority of it) whats it like to be involved in the industry.

I have moved around alot as a child (not much has changed as I have grown (I wont say grown up because do we really ?) & growing up with a Dad who was passionate with flying helicopters and I have no disillusions about it.
Thats the the thing, I love it, all of it.
Either you love it or loath it..there really isnt a middle road I dont think..not that I am telling you guys anything new.
And I just love helicopters !!

Its the feeling, the sights & smells that I grew up with that made it what it is for me.

Yes Dad was a CFI in Australia & also the United States.

His name was Graham.J. Callow.
He had taught in NSW, WA & Los Angeles.
He began the ground work for the NSW Police Air Wing in the 80's.

I would like to offer more if like, just let me know but I would like to hear more from you guys/girls that are in the game.

Thank you.

Chris
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Old 2nd Sep 2005, 03:27
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Thanks again for the info ...is there anybody else that has any input?
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Old 24th Mar 2006, 19:30
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More training required, But where?

Hi all,
I am sure similar questions have been asked here before, but however close the subject before if you can help me with my specific question then it will be greatly appreciated.
I have completed my CPL just over a year ago in NZ and have returned to blighty to try and get some money together for FI rating. I am looking at within the next year getting the money together and so I am looking into my options.
Obviously it would be quite simple to return to NZ for the training, however it will cost in the region of £23K as I only have 152Hrs, but the prospects of getting a job instructing after are relatively high.
What I would like to know is this:
I have always wanted to travel to as many countries as possible and as such relish the chance to see them from the air, so does anybody have any suggestions as to where I could get the FI rating at a cheaper (ha ha) price, and what the work prospects would be like.
I like the idea of Canada, South Africa or OZ, or even maybe USA.
Anybody with experience of training in these countries or any others for that matter if you could lend a hand with costs, conversion requirements etc would be really helpful.
I loved the NZ experience, the people, school and training environment were all top class and if its possible to top that then show me the way.
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Old 24th Mar 2006, 20:01
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I think you've got too many hours to go the J1 visa route to the US - unless you can lose a couple... but you could try the M1
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Old 24th Mar 2006, 20:02
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I do but how much will i get for one

Better than that how much for both
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Old 26th Mar 2006, 15:38
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SERIOUSLY
Does nobody have any suggestions as to where would be the best place to go from here?
Just looking for advice, not an offer of a job!
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Old 26th Mar 2006, 16:59
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Where do you live, how many hours do you have and where would you like to go?
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Old 27th Mar 2006, 17:55
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i've got 152 hrs in h300c/cb/cbi
I have night, sling and mountain endorsments
I really fancy canada, but heard from a friend who i trained with that low hr pilots dont stand much of a chance out there, so is FI the way forward?

Or am i better off looking back to NZ/OZ?
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Old 10th Apr 2006, 15:29
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Where to learn????

I'm just coming to the end of a three year Aviation Technology course, i've got my PPL(A) and have recently had a trial flight in an R22, from the moment we took off i knew exactly what i wanted to do for a living and that's to fly helicopters!

So can anyone recomend the best place to get a full license from? and any advice to go with it will be invaluable to me.

I've been looking at heli flight in new zeland, has anyone had any experiance with this school? so far i've had one guy from new zeland say they're great and i'll save a lot of money doing it out in new zeland, and another guy saying all southern hemisphere training is second to northern!!!!

Plus where's the best place to find out about job oppertunities, current news etc specifically to do with rotary wing?

Thanks in advance for any help you may give.

Chris

ps apologies if the above has been discuses before, and a link to the corresponding posts would be appreciated
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Old 10th Apr 2006, 16:45
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Kris,

Many people have asked similar questions to the ones you raise. Try using the search facility to get a lot of benefit (hopefully) from previous answers.

Your question is directed to getting a professional rotary licence. I am sure that this is what consumes your interest. However, you need to decide what you want to do beyond that.

Once you have a shiny new licence, it can be very difficult to get work, especially initially. So you need to think about what you want to do. Your personal situation affects this a lot, of course. You may need to do more than just get a commercial licence. What makes a helicopter pilot attractive to an employer is the right sort and level of experience. It s tricky to get that without getting a job first!

Although perhaps they should be universally accepted, licences are not. Coming from the UK, you might want to work (either totally or ultimately) in the UK. Unfortunately, the UK CAA not only make training in the UK expensive. They also make it expensive (and difficult) to convert a "foreign" licence to one you can use in the UK.

The normal laws of sense and economics are distorted in helicopters. It can be a crazy way to try and earn a living. We all know at least partly why - we all love to fly helicopters and so there is a lot of competition. At the same time, helicopters are very expensive for users - this limits the amount of helicopter flying - especially in places and uses where they are not essential.

Be realistic.
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Old 10th Apr 2006, 17:46
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Cheers for the reply helinut, points duly noted.

Iíve spent the last three hours looking through posts and have found a wide range of responses, and would still appreciate more feedback. Personal career paths, experiences gained, mistakes learnt. Anything you guys/girls can give will be absolutely priceless to me in making future decisions.

Youíre correct, my question is directed at getting a professional heli license, and I will stop at nothing! After receiving my 'shinny' new license I will fly anything, anywhere, anytime, being paid for it will be a bonus, it being a helicopter is a must!

My dream would be search and rescue. So too would be off piste heli drops and or filming, as Iím currently heavily involved in an extreme sports magazine, which is evolving in leaps and bounds with the growth of the sports it covers.

From reading past posts Iím aware that it's difficult to get that infamous 'first job', that it's expensive, extremely difficult to make a living from and fiercely competitive. This all seems like a challenge to me, and whilst there are helicopters in the sky there's a chance for me.

Can you provide me with personal experience regarding license conversions and direct me toward more information regarding, please.

Any advice on how to get that first job? I will be looking at getting every qualification possible and relevant to the career path I want.

Apologies for the lack of knowledge i posses in the field!

thanks in advance for your replies

Kris
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Old 10th Apr 2006, 18:34
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For what it's worth, when I was looking at schools, my research indicated that Wizzard helicopters in Wales were one of the cheaper schools around; of no use whatsoever to me, since I live a fair old way from Wales, but there you have it. I also have no idea what they're like, either.

There's always HAI in Florida, who do JAR licenses. But then, you wouldn't have much experience actually flying in UK conditions, and apparently the ATC in the USA is considerably less strict than here, due to there being much more space to go around (I'm open to correction here, as this is not based on personal experience).

A quick google should give you the relevant web addresses.
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Old 10th Apr 2006, 20:57
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cheers pandalet,

i've had some experiance with the crowded uk airspace whilst getting my PPL(A).

i'll check out that welsh one, but i fear cheap doesn't always provide the best learning. one think i found from learning in the good olde UK is that you learn more about the weather than flying.

i'm willing to travel abroad too, so like mentioned above as far away as NZ is looking tempting, unless anyone can persuade me otherwise
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Old 10th Apr 2006, 21:14
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Kris,

As mentioned before you need to look at the logistics and costs of converting a foreign licence into a UK JAA one if you plan to come beck here to work.

In general (very general!), the place where you want to work, is where you should get your licence.

Have you thought about joining up and having the Queen teach you to fly?

But you're right - cheapest is not necessarily best!

You need to consider on which aircraft you wish to learn as there is more than the R22 - each having their advantages and disadvantages.

The information is all on Rotorheads as I have used it as well. However, there are pages and pages! It is best if you do your own research as you know your ambition best!

Cheers

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Old 10th Apr 2006, 21:14
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Since you already have some fixed wing experience int he UK, I suggest you go to HAI in Florida to do the professional helicopter program JAA and FAA. That way you're prepared to get jobs everywhere in the world. There are numerous threads on getting the hours so I'm afraid I'm not going in to that right now. If you are absolutely sure you want to go for it, as you say, just do it and don't try to get guarantees. There are no guarantees what so ever.
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Old 10th Apr 2006, 21:45
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I give frequent thought to the queen teaching me fly, each time i feel let down by the careers centres quoting from the information packs, and am losing faith in the services... unless someone has any personal experiance wrt the services they'd like to share and simultaneously convince me that that's the way to go... but thus far i'm of the opinion that if i go civil i start flying sooner.

Unfortunately i'm not sure where i want to work at the moment, it depends entirely on the job so i'd prefer a license that'll allow me to go to where the work is.

i realize that there are a number of different rotary wing available to learn in, thanks to a rather large book called jane, and i'd think you'd be the guys to ask about which is best/preffered, regarless of my personal preferences as i'm thinking that you're the guys with the experiance and knowledge in the field i'm wishing to enter.

i will keep trawling the rotorheads forum religously from now until forever no doubt.

cheers whirlygig

i'll check out HAI as there have been numerous posts regarding them, so if word of mouth is something to go by...

i guess that's what i'm after, to be prepared for jobs all over the world.

i don't put too much faith in guarantees, as soon as the words mentioned you begin to question it.

cheers hiller bee

so has anyone had any experiance with heliflight new zeland?

and i believe a change in post is in order.
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Old 10th Apr 2006, 22:31
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Kris

You'll find answers and advice on all the questions you've raised in the various threads listed here:

Frequently Asked Training Questions


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Old 26th May 2006, 14:44
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Hawaii

Hi,

who has experience with training at Hawaii (Mauna Loa Helicopters)

Thanks!!
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