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Subject: Does turbine time really help under 1000 hours
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01/12/2013 2:47 PM  
So the past few weeks I've been looking around at what my options are I have 400 hours with around 250 hours of it being in a 500e 206B and L and am coming to realization that what good does this turbine time do for me until I reach my big 1K is this true?
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01/12/2013 3:36 PM  
Of course there's always the exception, but I'd have to say, until you have at least 1000-1500 hours total time, turbine time ain't worth jack!
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01/12/2013 3:37 PM  
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01/12/2013 7:01 PM  
Generally, no. If you had closer to 500TT, you could try Scenic Helicopter Tours in Sevierville, TN. Stranger things have happened.
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01/12/2013 7:02 PM  
I would have to agree with raven, only to add that, that time will help when it does come time to land that 1k hr turbine job
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01/14/2013 10:39 AM  
Your upward mobility as a pro-helo pilot is generated by your total flight time, in helicopters. The more time you have, the better your chances are to move up. With that, it doesn’t matter if your time is in a piston machine or turbine machine. Simply put; your value as a helo-pro is based on your judgment and decision making abilities (which comes with time). Not the type of engine turning the blades….
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02/01/2013 7:06 PM  
Carabe Do you have more info on scenic helicopters in Tennessee such as pay, work schedule, management attitudes.
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02/01/2013 8:21 PM  
Here is a real world scenario

I am coming up on 1000hrs in MD500s and fly one full time. Outside of law enforcement I still cant get in to anything., Even though I have decent long line time, mountain, 200+NVG, plenty of night, and probably 700hrs of cross country. I also have about 2,000hrs of airplane time as well. Im also a dual CFI. Ive looked in to some part time turbine helicopter work and I am still told "The day you hit 1500 helicopter Ill put you to work, but until then I cant because of insurance." Ill be honest, Im not looking at doing any CFI or any piston work. If I was, there may be some other options. But that 1000-1500hrs seems to be the magic number regardless of who you are.

Its often a real harsh reality when I talk to the local Army Guard pilots who have just a few hundred hours and thought the world would be their oyster after graduating flight school.

If you can get it, sure... go for it. But dont pay for it. In fact, I would caution anyone on paying for it. If you have that kind of money laying around, get some long line training in a 300C or a Robbie. You wont be a precision LL pilot, but at least youll have a basic foundation. Long Line is Long Line. THe load doesnt care if its a piston or a turbine. Well...... unless you are lifting an 18 wheeler or something :)
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