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Subject: Landing that first Job....
 
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knightmare75User is Offline
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03/14/2012 2:40 PM  
I would just like some of the pilots who have been flying for a while to post their personal story as to how they landed their first flying job after getting their ratings. I think it would be helpful for all the nubies. (myself included)
oceancowboyUser is Offline
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03/14/2012 10:24 PM  
First job was working for the same 'old guy' that taught me to fly. Was in the utility / agriculture field for a single helicopter company. Didn't attend a cookie-cutter 'school' and feel real sorry for those who do / did.
jrspilot32User is Offline
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03/17/2012 12:56 PM  
Spent 7 months sending out resumes. Probably sent 150 resumes across the country. No call backs. Tried to sell myself as a CFI on Ebay. No calls. Finally got a call from a small school in the middle of nowhere Tennessee (one R22, 3 students). Packed everything I could on the Southwest flight out there. Bought a junk car in Nashville and drove to start my new job making $15 an hour! Flight school got the R22 repossessed 2 months later and i had no job, was broke and stuck in the middle of nowhere Tennessee. Called a the only other flight school within 200 miles and landed an interview. Hired there and taught students for 2 months. Then had the opportunity to move to North Georgia to fly R44 tours. Did that for a year before that tour business shut down. So back to Tennessee to fly tours in the Bell Longranger!!!! But here's the catch- I had to pay my own way through the Bell Factory School. So what's another $10,000 on top of the $80,000 already spent on flight training? Got a year of turbine time getting paid $80 a day + tips. Then Maverick in Vegas was hiring. Started sending them a resume a couple times a month with updated hours. Flew to Vegas on my own dime and met with chief pilot and got hired. Big thanks to Jim Garst of Sevier County Choppers(formerly of Smoky Mountain Helicopters) for helping me get a foot in the door!
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03/17/2012 2:55 PM  
jrspilot32 Your kind of dedication and perseverance will always advance a career of anyone who uses your example.
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