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Subject: Heli USAVegas hiring and buying AW-119s
 
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02/02/2012 10:14 AM  
Heli USA has reached ut and is hiring hi time guys, and they are buying/leasing new AW-119s. Question...these tour companies (some? All?) Have spotty reps...question; anybody worked for them in recent times? And if so, seeking Intel on pay, bennies and management etc. Thanks...ALL THE WAY!

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02/04/2012 12:17 AM  
I worked for Maverick a few years ago and it was a good company to work for. You get what you give. Bust your azz and be the pilot they can depend on and you will have a good experience and make some decent money (over 100K possible). They are the highest paying in the canyon and have the newest fleet of EC130's exclusively.

I don't know about HeliUSA these days but when I was in Vegas everyone knew that they were NOT the company to work for. I was told that the Astars were junk, MX was shoddy, and the pay was the lowest. I haven't seen pics or anything of the "new 119's," yet so I guess I'll believe it when I see it.

Everyone I knew from Sundance was happy there and felt like they were treated well...same with Papillon.

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02/05/2012 4:50 PM  
Stay away from heli I have had friends that have worked for them and friends that have tried to work for them. They have a tendency to jerk you around is what I was told from friends. If you do manage to get a job, maintenance is not that great and nor is pay. I would not work for them unless it is the absolute last resort job.

As said before there are great companies out here. Maverick, papillon, and Sundance all good companies as well as the smaller company Serenity (Some may not agree). Maverick as said is of the highest and or tied for the highest paid here. I use to work for Papillon and its a great company that is getting better. They are improving working conditions as well as pay. They have pretty good equipment too. I know Papillon and Serenity are hiring at this moment.

HeliUSA could have the makings to be a great company but there is one thing in the way of progress sad to say and thats Nigel.

Hope that helps.
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02/09/2012 5:14 AM  
I worked at Heli from 2006 to 2008. I do keep in touch with some friends that still work there and things have gotten worse since I left. The aircraft are OLD and have seen better days. The airframes flexed so much that all the small rear exit doors were safety wired shut to keep them from opening in flight. Because of the pay, there is a very high turnover in the maintenance dept. As a result, the mechanics that have some time there do double duty babysitting the new guys.

When I was there alot of things fell through the cracks in the maintenance dept. I experienced a low-side governor failure and Maintenance replaced the unit. Two days later while I checking the maintenance log during my pre-flight of another aircraft that needed a test flight, I noted that the fuel control unit of this aircraft had timed out and was replaced. The replaced unit was the one that failed and was removed from the aircraft I had flown two ago. In another instance during the morning pre-flight, one of my buddies called me over to show me what he had found on his aircraft which just came out of maintenance. The main fuel line was never reconnected to the fuel control unit. The work was signed off by the DOM.

Heli has a very high pilot turnover so the remaining pilots have to take up the slack and end up working for long periods without any time off. I believe that they now expect you to work there for two years to recover some of their training costs and I know of at least one instance that they witheld a final paycheck of a pilot who left prematurely.

My advice would be to look at Maverick, Sundance, Papillon and Serenity unless you are desperate and really need the work. Other than the aspect of safety, I don't know how much of a difference new aircraft would make. The company is rotten from the inside out and will stay that way as long as the present owner is at the helm. He has a very low opinion of the pilots that work for him and he doesn't make any secret about it. By the way, I wasn't fired....I resigned....no sour grapes here. I hope that this was of some help to you.
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02/09/2012 5:23 AM  
I'm sorry about the long paragraph...........I can't get my message to display the way it was formatted on my computer.
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02/09/2012 6:11 PM  
Posted By Taipan on 02/09/2012 5:23 AM
I'm sorry about the long paragraph...........I can't get my message to display the way it was formatted on my computer.


You probably have a Mac like me.

I know for sure that < / p > works, I just used it.

I left spaces in so you would see it, and that it wouldn't be hidden in reveal codes.

So use the same code, but leave no spaces.

I also think < / brk > will work (with no spaces), but not so sure about that one.
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02/10/2012 3:49 AM  
Thanks............I don't have a MAC but that fixed it.
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02/10/2012 4:30 PM  
Yes, it looks much better now. Good job.
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