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Subject: Jobs for Pilot/Mechanic position
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07/27/2011 11:12 PM  
Hello folks. I am a bit inquisitive as to how many of you are Pilot/Mechanics? I currently hold my CPL and hopefully my CFI (22's) this summer. By the end of this winter i will have my first mechanic rating (Airframe). When i have both of my A&P ratings, i would like to work for an operator maintaining their helicopter while logging flight time for them. One of my instructors did this as a humanitarian pilot overseas in a C206, and i would like to do similar work. I know that i will need to have performed the maintenance previously, or be supervised, so maybe i will need some maintenance experience before this is realistic? I guess mainly i don't see a whole lot of job openings requesting a pilot/mechanic position; so what can i look forward too, and how marketable will i really be? Will i ever log flight time or just be used up as a wrench most of the time? Experienced words welcome-lay it on me, thank you.
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07/28/2011 5:29 PM  
I knew a CFI once who was also an A&P, he complained a lot about spending too much time working on the helicopters, while the other CFIs were out flying them.

I've heard that Tuna Boat operators like someone who is both. Other than that, I suggest you take the first job you can find, in either field, then look for one with both?
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07/28/2011 9:08 PM  
yeah, that is sound advice. i actually know someone who did the tuna boat thing! he was a pilot/mechanic and i think he made really good money at it. with the way things are i guess i should just take what i can get, besides i only have 213hrs TT and will not have my inspectors authorization any time soon. anyone else have experience as a pilot/mechanic?
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01/31/2012 9:37 PM  
There are quite a few companies up in Alaska who love pilots that have an A&P. Look up here would be my suggestion.
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02/01/2012 8:53 PM  
To OP, are you talking fixed, or rotary ?
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02/29/2012 7:26 AM  
One word - 'Tuna Boats', well actually that's two words, the second I'll give you for free.

But seriously, to give your pilot / mech career a decent chance, give one of the tuna boat heli operators a call. If you are interested in flying and spannering 500's, go get 10 or so hours in a 500 then approach Hansen's out of Guam. Tropics may also be worth calling but more difficult to get into with low hours as they must meet insurance requirements, were-as Hansen's is 'self insured' which gives them a little more flexibility.

Good luck
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