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Subject: another career question
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motoxer66User is Offline
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01/19/2012 1:38 AM  
So im looking at expanding my aviation experience into helis via add ons and instructing eventually.... from what ive seen (which is probably a small window) a lot of the next step jobs require turbine time...and a lot of it which we all know isnt cheap....my question is how did you make the step up to the more complex helis and or career positions. Thanks
skipperUser is Offline
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01/19/2012 10:25 AM  
It just boils down to hours. Once you have them, you will get hired, and then you will start flying turbines.
DynamicallyUnstableUser is Offline
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01/19/2012 5:48 PM  
Agrees with Skipper, get the hours built up and apply for those entry level turbine jobs.

I would add that the KEY is to network as much as you can. Get to know people in the industry. Attend everything "helicopter" that you can including Heli-Expo, etc. Every position I have gotten has had something to do with someone I know or met.

That is the best way to stand out above the others that have the hours as well.

Good luck
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02/09/2012 11:47 PM  
If you have a fixed wing rating and you add-on a helicopter rating be aware of the reality of insurance companies that insure helicopters usually look carefully at the number of helo hours.   If you have 10,000 jet hours and 67 hours in helo and even with a cfii(h) you might encounter a 300 hours requirement to instruct in a piston or 1000 hours to do tours in a turbine. 

My insurance says 300 hours to instruct in our piston helicopters.     Tour operators have a group that requires 1000 hours. 

We have a discounted program to get to 300 hours that recognizes that you would be an easy student.  We can make it work but history has shown the fixed wing add on guys choose the cheapest route to a rotor wing rating and then don't get a job because they didn't get to know the company that already laid out a plan for them to get into a real job.
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