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varigflier 10th Apr 2008 01:03

Rishworth and Parc for sure. I believe there is one more but I don't know the name.

AlohaG 10th Apr 2008 01:17

Thanks so much. Any advice on which airlines are the best and worst, in the contract field. Some I'm looking at are ANA group (though I'm not sure if Parc and Rishworth have that one) and Air Pacific. I'm just out on the street from Aloha and just didn't know much about this before. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

varigflier 10th Apr 2008 01:22

Sorry to hear about Aloha. I flew with you guys alot when I was living in Hawaii. Best time of my life so far. As to your question, I am also new at contract flying so I don't have an answer for you but I am sure people will answer your questions pretty soon. Good luck with the job hunt.

AlohaG 10th Apr 2008 01:29

Thanks, I really appreciate that.

Dream Land 11th Apr 2008 06:04

AlohaG, sorry to here about your situation, not good conditions to start looking for a job, Vietnam Airlines hires only current and qualified, mainly on the small bus, my suggestion is to contact the big agencies with your details, they only make money when you are working-so they will be happy to put you back to work ASAP, pilots working in Japan seem to be very happy, good for commuting to Hawaii if that's where your at, good luck.

777birdcage 11th Apr 2008 08:09

AlohaG: PARC, HACS (Hawaii) and IAC (Oz) hire for the ANA group. I use PARC and they have been fine for me. They sent a representative to Hawaii eariler in the week to meet with you guys at our request... They are also going to MDW to see the ATA guys.. Sad times for y'all.. Goodluck.

VA guys: ANY word on USA (or at least N. America) flying? I have read LAX via KIX a few months ago, and now nothing...


Dream Land 11th Apr 2008 09:10

I believe they are working out details like Sky Marshals etc., last word I heard was by the end of the year.

lubum 11th Apr 2008 20:32

on ATR
I am a french ATR Captain and expect to move to Vietnam (VN) on ATR via contract (parc or rishworth).My wife and my 2 sons will follow me.
I would like some informations about lifestyle,cost of life in Ho Chi Minh,rooster and atmosphere in VN.We know Thailand and Japan,not Vietnam.

Dream Land 12th Apr 2008 07:00

Similar to Thailand in some respects, housing, plan on $1500, tuition for intl. schools $800-1000 per kid. Food is great here, very healthy and safe cuisine, large western style grocery stores available. Lot's of historical sites, Vietnam is very beautiful, many areas completely untouched by tourists, people are very friendly and helpful to foreigners, even though Hochiminh is 8 million plus, safe to walk anywhere in the city at all hours.

On the negative, air pollution and traffic is bad in the city, infrastructure badly lacking, housing prices going off the chart, construction noise everywhere, driving conditions treacherous as law enforcement (and driver education) is non-existent.

On the line, aircraft are well maintained (IMO) and bad weather is very infrequent, mostly day flying on the small bus, standard Airbus SOP and friendly flight attendants.


kontur 12th Apr 2008 07:34

Agree with DL.But count twice as education fee for two kids(BIS,SSiS-around 1000$ per month,ABS-around 800$,)and decent 3 bedroom apartment around 1500$ can suck your pocket.Know some pilots(2+ kids)who has chosen airlines with an education support
PS. Heard that the French School is much cheaper(around 300$) but not sure

AlohaG 12th Apr 2008 20:53

Thanks everyone. I really appreciate the advice and the condolences.

abudhabitaxidriver 20th Apr 2008 14:10

Vietnam Airlines A330
I would appreciate any infos regarding the A330 fleet... routes, salary, roster, etc.... and by the way do they get enough drivers ????

tknapp 20th Apr 2008 14:24

Does anybody know what the normal wait time is to get a call?

discus2 2nd May 2008 13:25

As an ATR Captain, I am considering a contract with VLA.
What are the chances to be upgraded on the Jet fleet ?
Thanks for any info.

Dream Land 2nd May 2008 14:59

Actually there are at least four pilots from the ATR upgrading to the A320 now, all expats. :E

Inspector Clueless 3rd May 2008 18:58

Dream Land,
Is there ANY scope for an expat A320 rated FO to join and then upgrade or is this a non starter?

I have a friend with 3 yrs A320,resigned for new job in India,offer cancelled last month due DGCA ruling against expat FOs.He needs a new job as hes already resigned from his old firm.

Thanks and good luck,good info,


legion319 3rd May 2008 19:19

vietnam airlines medical
Where do you take your FAA medical in Vietnam, do they make you take one when you join?

Dream Land 4th May 2008 18:02

It's seems to be totally up to the system Chief Pilot as to who upgrades, if you're doing a good job in his eyes and they need the captains, you will eventually have a shot, there is no seniority here, and up till now there is no mention of upgrade in the pilot contract.

Where do you take your FAA medical in Vietnam
Well I think you actually refer to the class 1 medical (FAA is a U.S. thing), it's given in a medical facility near the company headquarters in Hanoi, the certifying authority here is the CAAV, or Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam.

Lost in Saigon 5th May 2008 12:41

You need a Vietnamese Pilot's Licence in order to crew a Vietnamese aircraft.

When you arrive in Vietnam, you do a groundschool in HCMC, and a Vietnamese medical in Hanoi. They will then issue you a temporary Vietnamese pilot's licence based on your ICAO licence. It is valid for 6 months.

Before the 6 months are up, you must go back to Hanoi and write an "Air Law" exam. Once that is completed you will be issued a permanent Vietnamese Airline Transport Licence.

I am not sure if you need a valid medical when you go to Vietnam. You are supposed to have a current type rating, minimum 500 hours on type, and experience on type within the last 6 months.

I left Vietnam in 2006, so things may have changed, but I believe this is accurate.

olepilot 5th May 2008 15:36

the x-ray doctor!

packoverheat 5th May 2008 16:23


Just wondering...how is flying? Airbus SOPs, I guess...Are there company SOPs regarding AP flying? Are you allowed to fly Athr, Ap, FD off...? Visual approaches? Is there good crm in the cockpit? And how about the FO position...?

Thanks a lot!!

boeingbusbenn 5th May 2008 19:33

Why on earth would you want to fly the Airbus without the AP and A/T?

packoverheat 5th May 2008 20:55

sorry, that was'nt too clear... I meant flying without Athr/AP during Take-off, approach (off course, not during cruise...):ok:


Dream Land 6th May 2008 03:31

Just wondering...how is flying? Airbus SOPs, I guess...Are there company SOPs regarding AP flying? Are you allowed to fly Athr, Ap, FD off...? Visual approaches? Is there good crm in the cockpit? And how about the FO position...?
My 2 cents, the flying is fun and relaxed, CRM is good IMO, flight attendants polite and happy, ground staff throughout the system are very accommodating and easy to work with. If you'd like to tune up your skills by flying manually, don't think you will run into any problems. Visual approaches are acceptable per the FOM, and yes we have FO's. :E

boeingbusbenn 6th May 2008 04:53

Ooops - I got the punctuation wrong....but the question remains...

Why would you want to "fly" the Airbus without the AP and A/T?


Actually....I see from your name that you probably flew a Boeing in a previous life?

Capt Wally 11th May 2008 12:34

FM Oz:-)
Hi guys

Just a quick question here & although it most likely will be read as WTF I have to start somewhere.
I am considering obtaining an A320 endo from Canada in the not too distant future & then seeking work in the Asia Pacific region. Obvioulsy I won't have any time on type just the bare endo.And obviously nobody is born with time on type so any sugestions as to how to start the ball rolling & with whom (if any) would consider employing a F/O with no large jet time other than 600 hrs on L35/36?

TT 6000hrs

Tnxs in advance.

capt wally from OZ

Dream Land 11th May 2008 15:49

My suggestion is to go to the contractors web sites and look at the qualifications required, as an experienced pilot you would need only about 500 in type to qualify for A320 captain at several locations nowadays, Rishworth Aviation and PARC Aviation have plenty of work in this area, good luck.

stork 12th May 2008 01:14

from the PARC website.
Rated and Non-Rated A320 Opportunities in Vietnam


stardustcologne 13th May 2008 15:39

So, Parc is not looking for A330 F/Os for HCMC any more, but Rishworth does. And as far as I could compare both contracts, they are quite the same - more or less.

I would go there immediately, but I am still in a position here in Europe and I can't get out.
So they seem to be always looking for crews, right? OMG, the next time is for me!

Please, how do you guys over there find accomodation? I guess I wouldn't find one out of the local newspapers...
Is there a list or a info-pool for foreign pilots?
And how do you come to work to the airport? By an own car or rather by train?

What about children? Is anyone there with little children? Does it work fine?

Dream Land 13th May 2008 18:45

Please, how do you guys over there find accomodation?

It's a big city, plenty of real estate agents, you could also google for rental property in Hochiminh.

I guess I wouldn't find one out of the local newspapers...

Yes, here's the link.

And how do you come to work to the airport? By an own car or rather by train?

No trains for local transport, mopeds or taxis.
What about children? Is anyone there with little children? Does it work fine?

International schools very expensive, $900 to $1000 per month, per child. As of present, the company isn't making any contribution for tuition, several families living here though, the city is very safe.

Capt Wally 19th May 2008 10:12

Thanks guys I appreciate the lead/s


stardustcologne 19th May 2008 20:58

You go there?
Anyone here who just started this spring and can tell a bit how it goes?

Well, and thanks to dreamland for the answers...

ImperialxRat 19th May 2008 23:20

Pilots who satisfy these requirements and who would be interested in receiving more details on this assignment should send their current CV quoting reference no. FCA320NR to [email protected]. As soon as more details become available, they will sent to those who satisfy these minimum requirements and who have included a CV with their email.
This may sound like a silly question, but what is a CV?

captseth 19th May 2008 23:27

CV = Carriculum Vita.

ImperialxRat 19th May 2008 23:36

Unfortunately that isn't making any sense to me. Is it basically asking for a resume and cover letter?

varigflier 20th May 2008 00:55

Just a resume would be good enough.....;)

squidward 20th May 2008 01:02

don't bother.... Parc have been waiting since January for them to finalise the contract for type rated with no time on type guys

jumpdrive 20th May 2008 12:02


curriculum vitae

c ya

doggydog 22nd May 2008 11:52

Gdayz all,

Anybody got any links on retal websites. Just would like to know how much it costs for a 1 bedroom fully furnished apartment these days. Any info is much appreciated.


Dream Land 22nd May 2008 13:20

You could do a search on "property rental Hochiminh".

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