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Old 1st Dec 2010, 08:26
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Heliportugal searching for pilots

I've eared Heliportugal is searching for pilots.
Any news about this company?
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Old 7th Dec 2010, 17:54
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"Is like a tale, in the begging of the year we were 33 pilots, now they are just 18 ”, they are maintaining a good average, HP started to look like some middle east company...
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Old 8th Dec 2010, 06:21
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my personal experience....

I was forced to work in violation of both the company and JAR regs (fly everyday and 24 hour medevac everyday for 21 days straight)... The chief pilots solution to dealing with this? Refuse to answer the fone (the duty fone 16 calls) for three weeks, refuse to take calls at work, refuse to answer text messages (5) or e-mail (3). Oh and Mr L... I know you got my calls, Mr M had the balls to answer.

This is the general tone of how HP deals with problems... ignore them. And as there is no one to call them on it (Part Q is not in effect) and as those in the National authority are on a first name basis with those running the company in question... get the point?

So long as there are pilots who need a job, oil companies who need to save a buck and authorities willing to look the other way.. HP will continue to do business this way.

By the way.. Does Mr PS know that Mr. C is still on the payroll?

Just remember the HR guys last name rimes with....

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Old 8th Dec 2010, 08:33
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Good post halfdv2scl. It has always amazed me that oil companies who (presumably) audit helicopter companies continue to award contracts to those that are clearly not playing by the rules. HeliPortugal is one of many and the bigger operators who generally do invest considerable sums of money in playing by all the rules are suffering.

I have worked for a few similar companies and got out as soon as I could see what was going on. I remember asking to see a copy of the Ops Manual one day when being told to fly what I considered to be in excess of FDL and was informed that the Ops Manual was at the company head office in another country! If I wanted to know the rules I should call the Chief Pilot who, curiously enough, was never around!

There are though (as you say) always pilots desperate for a job or to gain experience or who can't work anywhere else, As long as these people are available and the oil companies/aviation authorities look the other way then the situation will continue sadly.

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Old 8th Dec 2010, 14:49
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Excellent post halfdv2scl... spot on!

I have to apologize for my previous post (already deleted by me) because it was probably a bit to strong on words ... however let me say just this... when opinions about a company, in this case Heliportugal, need to have "editing for content"... than that's enough said about it!

HR is truly very below average and the company is following it steps very quickly!

Best of luck if you have to apply there...
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Old 8th Dec 2010, 23:00
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I was interested in HP, they sounded pretty good from my research/contacts.......are they really that bad? Whats the deal with pay, have they neglected to pay on time/at all?
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Old 9th Dec 2010, 09:55
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dcfc - if you have researched HP and know and trust people who tell you the operation is a good one then you can do no more. The same people should be able to tell you what the salary is I would imagine? My own research and contacts tell me otherwise. The only way to find out is by taking them up on their offer and judging for yourself. We all have different standards and expectations.
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Old 9th Dec 2010, 10:56
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dcfc,
It’s very easy, if you come into the interview, kindly ask Mr HR to state you on the paper what the company is offering you, you’ll see his face!!
By the way don’t get surprised… he is the kind of guy that never look into your eyes when he is talking to you..
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Old 9th Dec 2010, 14:35
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dcfc

VEMD is right! Try to get what he says... on paper!

But to be honest with you... not even on paper!

Just one example:

One pilot from the company decided to relocate... stayed with his family in Portugal for almost a month... house hunting, school interviews... after all done walks in HR and informs he is ready to "relocate"!

Answer... sorry, company going through some difficult times we don't have the money to relocate you!!!!!

Others:

Interview... "You'll be in a 5***** hotel..." (it's only 3***)... "Sim trip every year..." (Not really... not even every 2 years)...

HR is too bad to be true...

Good luck!
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Old 10th Dec 2010, 21:37
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bit of a mixed bag there people! I had better go and find my spade and do some more digging..?
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Old 12th Dec 2010, 13:03
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Honesty

dcfc,
It seems you have enough info to just don't waste your time with HP.
But if you really want, just go there and see by yourself.
For me is clear, the HR guy is some you can not trust , just like most of the directors of this company.
What they say today may not be true tomorrow, so, just open your eyes the market has more opportunities.
Just to give you an idea:

The bond policy is not pro rata and is for 3 years
the accommodation in iran are sub human dignity
The operation is the most unprofessional I've seen.
No rooster, at least within reasonable time.
......
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Old 12th Feb 2011, 20:52
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Heli Portugal.. caveat emptor

I notice HP is looking for people, suggestion: get everything in writing and ask Mr. H (rhymes with asshole) if you can speak with someone currently stationed in one of the gems he intends to send you to... note to self: there's a reason they need people.
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Old 13th Feb 2011, 12:13
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There's a reason they need people.

Too True.
People are leaving and others made redundant.
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Old 20th Feb 2011, 15:24
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Sh*t shaped

I cant believe its all going sh*t shaped at HP/HS and no one is prepared to saying anything.
HR manager is an ex Lidl store manager supposedly acting in the best interest of the company, I think not.
How the hell do you go from groceries to gas turbines ?
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Old 20th Feb 2011, 16:04
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Not that it will have anything to do with it, but LIDL does own two Bell 230 helicopters.
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Old 13th Jul 2012, 17:57
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What's the latest news about Heli Portugal, they still up 'n running ?
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Old 14th Feb 2013, 19:50
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well well well.....funny how some pilots talked about HP! same pilots who had been fired by a few companies in the few last years, telling lies on others pilots.....they must be bored in their life i guess !! what a nice and professional attitude! , like Mr GB! that the way he use to talked about others!

HP is doing not so bad! even if somes are telling the contrary! i guess that the sames who were laid off!
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Old 15th Feb 2013, 20:13
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Today in the Portuguese news SIC showed Heliportugal in Technical Bankruptcy...
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Old 18th Feb 2013, 21:10
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Today in the Portuguese news SIC showed Heliportugal in Technical Bankruptcy...
It could be true, they have lost the Portugal's firefighting contract (25 helicopters)

News in portuguese only:

Oje - o Jornal Economico - Negócios - Everjets ganha concurso de 25 helicópteros de combate a incêndios

EMA entrega aluguer de 25 helicópteros por cinco anos a empresa de Famalicão - PÚBLICO
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Old 19th Feb 2013, 10:17
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How could a startup company out of nowhere that appears to only have one single dauphin on G registry could win against a consortium of 4 experienced and well established operators?
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