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02/06/2013 6:11 AM  
For those with some experience in the civilian hiring process, how do you think civilian operators, EMS and petroleum in particular, will treat tiltrotor (V-22) time? I'm getting closer to the day I've got to start applying and I'm trying to orient my job search. Two years to go in the USMC, and if predictions come true, I'll be going to a tiltrotor job for that last stretch. I have a little over 2000 hours of turbine helo time, but it's gotten a bit stale. I've been flying V-22s for a bit, and have just over 1000 hours there, plus whatever the last couple years get me. Any advice is appreciated, whether it's about where to search or what I need to do personally. Thanks.
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02/06/2013 7:23 AM  
If you haven't yet, get your commercial license with the military competency route. Will be interesting to see how the ticket will read! I say get it now before the regs change again, as they are aiways in flux. Hmmm, Airplane single/multi engine, Instrument, Helicopter, type rating? I'm fairly certain you did helicopter training prior to going Osprey? I mentioned once before one of the USMC 2Lt's I put through IFS in Mobile came by one day to tell me he had gone to Ospreys and while I can picture his face and grin, damned if I can remember his name. I last saw him in Bay Minette about 3-4 years ago? Overall, I'd say your chances for employment are excellent but it depends on the economy and who knows what it will be in two years? You're still in good shape though experience wise.
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02/06/2013 9:13 AM  
I've got my SE APLN and helo commercial and instruments. I need to get to the FSDO and get my "powered lift" certification as well. I don't know how much good that will do. Before anyone says,"Agusta 609," please don't. There are going to be about 20 jobs in the world for that, and 18 of them are going to be working for some prince in the UAE!.

I think I'll do my ME APLN and ATP at either an FBO or AllATPs next year, just to broaden my overall hireability and aviation cred. Those should both be relatively cheap and easy. Is it worth getting my ATP(Helicopter) endorsement?

Since my aircraft is somewhat of an unknown quantity, I'm concerned about how hiring managers will see it. My last true helo hours were several years ago now.
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02/06/2013 7:59 PM  
Of course the ATP wil help out. I got my first ATP listed about 1972 and it has always helped to put me one step ahead of someone equally quailifed as a stick but with a commercial license. If you endeavor to do overseas work, the ATP is nearly mandatory to be in contention. Especially for any heavy iron. As for type ratings, get as many as you can because it may be the only one who shows up for a job opening? Don't poo poo the UAE because they pay pretty nicely?! Sure its a pain to work there but the money is great and you can stash some quickly while you look for mundane flying the rest of the community does. Over time, the unique skills you have will definately put you at the head of the line for some high paying seats.
I seem to recall the first name of that 2Lt ...Eric? something? Ring any bells? Would love to hear from him.
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02/06/2013 10:44 PM  
Thanks Supremo. It's good to have someone like you around here!

Having done some port time in UAE, I actually like it a lot. I'm not sure the family thing would work out so well there, though. If I could do something on a 6mo/1yr contract basis and bank that, I'd consider it. I'll have to keep researching there.

I won't be getting any type ratings in the next 2 years. The Corps has my time and I ain't got the money! I will be trying to do that gradually as time goes on, though.
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