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Old 27th Dec 2006, 12:16
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North Sea Job Market

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Due to leave the forces soon, i have my ATPL(H) in my back pocket, what is it like flying for the North Sea operators and what's the job market like at the moment?
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Old 27th Dec 2006, 20:43
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You will get a job in the blink of an eye with one of the three companies. All are looking to some degree. go for it
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Old 28th Dec 2006, 06:55
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Thanks for the reply................ I'll send my cv and see what happens. Cheers
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Old 28th Dec 2006, 09:17
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Dont hold your breath they dont really like ex mil pilots for some reason but good luck anyway.
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Old 28th Dec 2006, 12:12
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'They dont really like ex mil pilots'

What a load of rubbish. That may be some peoples experience who did not get hired by them but generally they dont care.

Ask yourself the question, if they dont like the ex mil pilot then why do they recruit so many?

Oh, I see, this is a rumour network so why not start a rumour. At least can we be accurate.

Rant over.
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Old 28th Dec 2006, 12:47
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Yea i know of a few ex AAC/RAF working off shore. Wish i had all there emails. Typical eh? That's why i asked the question in the first place. Cheers
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Old 28th Dec 2006, 16:31
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Brassemup check your PM's
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Old 28th Dec 2006, 21:49
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Brass,

I'm ex military (AAC) and had no problem at all. All the offshore companies offered me a job. Admittedly it was a long time ago (and they probably regret the offer !!), but the big wheel has swung around again. They're crying out for people who are already trained/licenced and therefore cost them nothing except a JAR IR, which they'll be only too happy to do for you. You'll have no problem.

Good Luck Mate

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Old 29th Dec 2006, 01:50
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How about this situation ?

I'm also interested in flying the north sea.

Currenlty 600+ hrs on robinson's, employed flying in Canada's oil patch [alberta]. Before that I accumulated 3500hrs of fixed wing in single and two crew multi IFR. I hold Canadian Commercial Helo with Night, Fixed wing comm with multi IFR, as well as UK passport. No JAR CAA licenses.

What would the process consist of ? Any chance of the companies helping out on the conversion ?

ANY constructive info on the topic would be much appreciated.

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Old 29th Dec 2006, 07:15
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very unlikely they will help out with conversion.

you need to get the 13 JAA ATPL exams done and get the JAA CPL then go talk to them, they might pay for the type rating and IR, but will bond you for a few years.

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I'm also interested in flying the north sea.
Currenlty 600+ hrs on robinson's, employed flying in Canada's oil patch [alberta]. Before that I accumulated 3500hrs of fixed wing in single and two crew multi IFR. I hold Canadian Commercial Helo with Night, Fixed wing comm with multi IFR, as well as UK passport. No JAR CAA licenses.
What would the process consist of ? Any chance of the companies helping out on the conversion ?
ANY constructive info on the topic would be much appreciated.
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Old 29th Dec 2006, 07:45
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Originally Posted by Nigerian Expat Outlaw View Post
Brass,

I'm ex military (AAC) and had no problem at all. All the offshore companies offered me a job. Admittedly it was a long time ago (and they probably regret the offer !!), but the big wheel has swung around again. They're crying out for people who are already trained/licenced and therefore cost them nothing except a JAR IR, which they'll be only too happy to do for you. You'll have no problem.

Good Luck Mate

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NEO,

You still out there in Nigeria? What's the working conditions like?
Did you used to be 7 Flt?

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Old 29th Dec 2006, 08:18
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Brass,

Check your PMs

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Old 29th Dec 2006, 08:26
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Cool it folks just saying what i hear from those in authority i am also ex mil and work in the offshore market place.
Gee, take a guys head off for an honest comment, grow up girls
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Old 29th Dec 2006, 08:41
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Thanks Guys Iím getting some positive feed back and info!!!!!
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Old 29th Dec 2006, 09:36
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Thanks Guys Iím getting some positive feed back and info!!!!!
At CHC (the Company I work for) the Company try to identify weaknesses in an individual that may cause them to be a training risk as they go through the induction programme, conversion course and IR. This is to make the system more effective in producing an optimum product IE - you the pilot. At the moment they are employing a number of strategies to achieve this such as psycho-metric testing (not sure if I spelt that correctly). Some people in the know say this is the way ahead and others are sceptical. However, this is the reason why in CHC a change of policy may have been percieved to have occurred in that ex-mil guys are no longer favoured.

I believe the system is much simpler that any pre-conceptions about a persons background. Essentially when the Company is looking for people it will tend to group CVs by experience, both MIL and Civil in descending order and will offer interviews and the selection process to the group at the top of the experience list. At the same time the powers that be are mindful that the existing demographic dispersion within the Company needs to be considered.

Having said all of this the impact of JAR-FCL and the requirements and experience needed to grant a ME IR place a considerable cost burden on the Company. Therefore, anybody who pitches up with a ME IR, particularly with a NS Type Rating, will get a great welcome provided he has no real adverse history.

I am unsure how BOND & BRISTOWS work but I would suspect their considerations are the same.

I would also stress that I am actually just a pond-life pilot at CHC and therefore my explanation above is my own and not necessarily the quoted policy of my management.

I hope this helps and if you need anything further email me.
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Old 29th Dec 2006, 16:47
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Job Market

I am also coming to the end of my military career and I suspect stayed far too long (but was having so much fun). I have frozen ATPL(A) and (H) and looking to work anywhere it is warm and no Gordon Brown. I have got no Type Rating as yet but was wondering if it is worth the investment of paying for a ME IR and if so on which type. (How much would this cost).

I have bounced on and off the back end of Frigates and Destroyers in a Lynx for the most part and have been thinking of the luxury yacht industry (both flying and as Captain). However, I am now in my 50th year and wonder what my chances of being employed flying (I do have a class 1).
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Old 30th Dec 2006, 01:55
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So it does happen that CHC etc pays for the JAA IR? What do they usually require for an interview? 1000 PIC like here in the US? Thanks!!!
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Old 30th Dec 2006, 09:23
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DaddyLynx,
Join the club bloke! But i think the sailing option sounds better after a long career.
But good luck!
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Old 31st Dec 2006, 01:10
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Does anybody have any up-to-date info on the likelyhood of less experienced guys being offered positions in the North Sea? And the ubiquitous question; does age matter?!

I'll be 33 by the time I'm qualified with the basics. I'm hoping to build upto 500 hours before I turn 34, but will start applying as soon as the CPL is hot off the press. Am I wasting my time?

My experience will be mostly R22s, but will have about 30hrs on a JetRanger, if that helps?

As a last ditch, I was going to give it until this time next year, then do a fixed wing IR to boost my chances. Has anyone else had any success with this route?

Comments would be appreciated.
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Old 31st Dec 2006, 10:17
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And if anyone could PM me with contact info for Bond and Bristow that would be appreciated, not to say CHC...

As I sit with Norwegian Licenses but work in Canada...
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