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Old 9th Feb 2009, 18:00
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Here is another job posted on a well known site today, hope it helps,


LONGLINE PILOT GUARDIAN HELICOPTERS INC. requires a pilot to crew diamond drilling contracts. This job involves substantial amounts of flying and REQUIRES Bell 206 / AS 350 longline experience. 204 /205 drill move experience would be an asset. Excellent pay with benefits to qualified pesonnel. Fulltime or Contract position available. Contact: Chief Pilot
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Springbank AirportCalgary, AlbertaDate Ad placed: 02/09/2009
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Old 10th Feb 2009, 01:48
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Yeah, that's true. Sounded a bit doom and gloom alright, but just kinda making a broader statement of things in a comparative way. I hear and see more job adverts going on on the Australian side of things than in Canada - albeit, it is winter for Canada and always quiet.

Luckily for those of us that are experienced in the ways of moving drills and seismic ops, there are still some ops going, but the general gist of things is that its all been cut back dramatically.

As far as I know, STARS aren't looking for people - except an engineer. CHC, if you mean Global, they had advised me 2 months ago, that they would not be hiring anyone for the foreseeable future of at least 6-12 months.They were after letting go of 75 people 6 weeks ago. CHL, are also cutting back. HTS had also mentioned a short while ago, that there would be no hiring anytime soon (Canada side anyway, not sure of U.S. side). Not sure of Trans North, but had been mentioned that they weren't looking for people either.

There was a new issue of Vertical Mag, and in the back you see lots of advertisements for pilots - unfortunately, I think those ads have all been bought in a block format and are just there - sadly giving some of us false hope.

I saw Ultra put out their usual spring advertisement - but who knows their true intentions. Good timing on the Guardian Helicopters job, I just saw that one show up today. There is a job going for Cougar, but you need some decent experience under your belt, and ATPL and IR.

I guess, I am hopeful, for everyone, that there will be good work this summer in Canada - but I cant shake the feeling, that after the way things went last summer and the talks going on in a lot of companies, its just not gonna happen this summer.

It is a strange old market though. It seemed that CHC were losing contracts, Africa and Thailand, but today I heard they just won some contracts in Thailand again - so here's hoping. Although, I am sure Bristow were disappointed hearing that, as they were swooping in there with their 76's, but a lost cause now. It would seem that Bristow are poised to become the biggest and greatest, but even though have been cutting back on hiring globally.

I dunno, cant keep up with it all. I just think that for a low timer starting out, this is gonna be one of the hardest summers in a long time to get at it. However, by all means, go for it!! Dont let anyone hold you back or get in your way. Determination usually gets people through. Best of luck to you all!
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Old 10th Feb 2009, 23:05
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Check out this site.

Helicopter Employment Available

Basicly, lots of lower time Canadian pilots looking for work who by law and moral code are first in line.
Sorry, but Canada,s hot Heli market has cooled alot in the last 12 month,s, and we are all sad to see the glory days gone.
A good bumper sticker making the rounds again here-
Please God, let there be another oil boom, and I,ll promise not to pi$$ it all away this time!

Sorry I could not be abit more positive, but this unfortunate reality is upon us.

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Old 11th Feb 2009, 08:35
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Basicly, lots of lower time Canadian pilots looking for work who by law and moral code are first in line.
I'm sorry, but take for example the working holiday visa scheme. It allows the applicant, who has to be under a certain age, to work under the same conditions as a local for a certain amount of time, normally 1 - 2 years. It's based on reciprocity, which means that if for example 500 Swedes are allowed to go to Canada, 500 Canadians are allowed to go to Sweden to work.

Why are Canadians "by law and moral" first in line for a job, when Canadians can come here and take up work here? The JAR CPL(H) theory is (to be?) made easier so a conversion is not as a big deal as it was before.
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 23:20
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It is pretty easy economics, a Canadian low time pilot will stay and work in Canada, allowing the Canadian industry to prosper as a whole. Where as a low time pilot from some other country will most likely go home after their visa expires, taking their new found experience and talents home with them.
The way the system works, if there is a need in excess of what Canada, and Canadians can fulfill, then by all means, come on over and take advantage of some great flying and learning.
But, if the need for excess pilots is no longer there, then it is reasonable to assume that we take care of own first, and only when the need arises to hire foreigners again arises, will we hire foreigners.
The industry here in Canada is in for some very tough years, and saying to a low time pilot that it is fine to come over and spend a ton of money when the chance of being hired is almost zero, I think is irresponsible.
Right now, as I look out my door, I see 8 helicopters on the ground with no work, and another 3 that are on contract.
I look out my window and I have two 10,000 hour pilots clearing snow in the customers parking lot that is empty, and has been all week. We stopped paying for a company to come clear the snow for us.
The front desk has a 12,000 hour pilot sitting behind it, because the last receptionist is on reduced hours, the other two were let go.
We have all taken a 10% wage cut, 20% for me and the Chief Eng. until things improve.
We were a medium sized company with 13 heli,s, now reduced to 8.
We used to have 8 pickups on lease over the winter, up to 12 in the summer, only 2 today.
We used to bring on a 100 hr pilot most winters to mentor and bring up through the ranks, not this year, nor for the forseeable future.
We used to hire foreign pilots, but right now we have Canadians who have 5000 hours out of work, and you think that we should consider hiring some foreigner before one of these guys, WHY, because you think it,s your fricken right.
I say, save your money until the economy has improved, and has been improving for a few years, and when we need extra guys, we,ll be happy to have you back.
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What goes around.

Good thoughts Longdog and very honest.

We just had a low hour Canadian post on an Australian web site looking to come down and go mustering or whatever he can get, why do ppl imagine that the industry must be thriving in Australia/NZ just because it's on a downturn in the North?

The grass is not always greener on the side of the fence (or the Atlantic) guys. Sometimes you have to ride out the economic down turn in your own country and support your own industries.

It's tough all over.
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Old 19th Jan 2010, 19:35
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Question Finding a job in Canada?

Hello all,

An update, ive now moved to Canada i have a 2 year work permit CanadianCPL and Aussie, Full Mountain course and about 300hr most in turbines.

Ive been on the road for a month now looking for work through BC and Alberta.

Still nothing.

If anyone has any hints or useful comments please drop me a line as ive been looking for work for 3 years as a pilot or even ground crew but im striking out.

Thanks John

50hrs EC120B
100hrs AS350B/B2
60hrs B206
90hrs B47
5hrs R44

Sling
Fixed 206 Floats
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Mountain Course
Night

Thanks ttt

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Old 19th Jan 2010, 19:52
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it is pretty early in the season for operator's to be hiring, so don't get discouraged. also, i think that operators are being pretty tentative with personnel commitments at the moment due to economic jitters. fortunately, last year was a good fire year in western canada which kept many operators afloat so there are still lots of options. have you tried bailey helicopters in fort st john?
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Ill try them now thanks, i did get alot of people saying mayby but none willing to say yes
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 07:47
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I have heard that Icefield Helicopters in Alberta hires lower time pilots for doing scenic tours and a bit of long lining. Check out there website www.icefieldheli.com. The only concrete near the operation are the highways, so its not for everyone (city slickers). Although there is a lot of granite and beautiful glaciers and scenery in the area.
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 14:13
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Times are very tough. CHL, the largest Canadian operator, has laid off pilots, AMEs and support staff. The VFR market will be VERY tough this year. IF you have B212 and /or S61 time and want to work in Afghanistan, we are creating a wish list but many of the pilots on that list are experienced, mountain guys with lots of hours.

If it was me, I would not spend a lot of money travelling Canada looking for a low time VFR job this season.

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Old 4th May 2010, 16:48
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Any update on the job searching this season folks? Are things as bad as last year, or have they starting to pick up a bit again?
Any companies taking on low timers?
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Old 3rd Dec 2010, 07:56
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Job prospects in Canada/USA for UK CPL (H)

Hi Guys, I'm currently working in the UK as a CPL (H), on a SE Turbine, with over 2500TT and was wondering what i would have to do, to be considered for work in either USA or Canada or indeed anywhere else in the world with a slightly better climate than the UK!

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Old 3rd Dec 2010, 08:39
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Sorry to burst the bubble...Not going to happen in the US.

There are hundreds if not thousands of unemployed helicopter pilots with more hours than you. ON top of that, I am guessing you are not legal to work here.
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Old 3rd Dec 2010, 08:57
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First step would probably be get the necessary visas and permissions to work in either territory. Given that both Canada and the USA have plenty of pilots looking for work already, if you don't even have the right to work, why would they even consider you over them?
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Old 3rd Dec 2010, 09:10
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Job prospects in Canada/USA for UK CPL (H)

Thanx for the reply lads,,,it was the "getting legal to work" bit i was pondering?
However, given the situation you describe over ther,,,it looks like back to th edrawing board!
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Old 21st May 2014, 00:39
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Any Low timer jobs out there in Canada?

Hey guys, I've checked most of the companies from west to east, not many options for low timers out there right now. Does anyone know of someone who is hiring within Canada, 250TT R22/B206?
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Old 21st May 2014, 02:11
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Sorry mate Canada is really slow at the moment. Hard enough with a few 1000 hrs!

If you have the right to work in Canada maybe try the like of Airborne and the like that operate 44s on the oil patch!

Good luck wish I was back there this year!
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I heard there's a bit of a need for helicopter pilots in Canada. Also I see a lot of news regarding immigration to Canada getting "easier/ faster" for certain jobs/ people. Is it worth to apply for a Visa as a helicopter pilot? Is Sponsorship essential to having a chance? What are the chances with an EASA + FAA CPLH + FI-H? I have 2500 hours total (1500 piston/ 1000 turbine), current on AS 350, R44 and MD500, currently flying pipeline/ powerline utility, charters, instruction.

I'm 40 years old, not married, financially stable. Looking for a long term perspective, that pretty much has disappeared here in Germany over the last years. No career to speak of, too few jobs, no progression, pay and conditions are a joke compared to other countries. I know the grass is allways greener on the other side but over the last 7 years I've been in this industry in this country I've kept telling myself that things would improve with 1000 hours/ 2000 hours/ the right type rating etc. lot's of unpaid overtime/ weekends, all the stuff that apparently helps. Reality is that you never have the right Type Rating, are allways 20 hours short, applied 2 weeks too late, still need that MCC course, another training etc.

Any pointers are appreciated and of course I would be willing to agree to a bonding of some sort if that get's me into a decent company with a real long term perspective
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Old 12th Jun 2022, 08:15
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The only advice I can offer is take a look at the cost of housing and the cost of living in general (mobile phone, TV+internet, dairy, car insurance, etc). Make sure you can afford to live there on the "poor" wages generally on offer.
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