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Subject: How to get on with PHI?
 
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10/25/2013 1:05 PM  
How long does it usually take to get on with PHI? I have been waiting for two months... is that usual? Can I expect it to take much longer? I have almost 5000 hours of turbine rotary wing experience, which I think should be enough? I don't know how long I should expect to wait for an answer. I also have an application in with ERA and I wouldn't mind getting on with them in their SAR mission. Either one would be great at this point. I have a passion for flying and I am eager to get on in the GoM. Can anyone give me any guidance?
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10/25/2013 5:04 PM  
You would probably get a lot more and better feedback on www.verticalreference.com

This site here is owned by the same person, but doesn't get much activity.
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10/26/2013 7:30 AM  
Thanks for the advice. I have joined the vertical reference forum and I hope to get some information.
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10/26/2013 8:18 AM  
I waited for over 9 months and during that time had job offers from 3 other good companies, 2 in EMS and 1 in OIL & Gas internationally, and I preferred to wait for PHI. I'm extremely glad I did. PHI has a long list of pilots wanting to come aboard but like every company if you have the right experience and are there when they need you it might be a "being at the right place at the right time deal".

The problem is (and it's also a good thing) that PHI doesn't do things half assed so until they can get a slot scheduled in Flight Safety they won't hire a new pilot. I had to go to Lafayette for a week then Flight Safety in Dallas for another week then back to Lafayette for NVG and checkrides another week. After that I still had to fly a 4th week at my base with a local pilot to get to know all the places we go. That's almost 2 months that go by right there but PHI does training the right way, and we're a safer company for it. That's why lots of people want to come work at PHI.

One thing I'll tell you, it's worth the wait. You coming directly out of the military you might not know the difference. I've worked with PHI pilots who complain about how PHI does some things. The reason they complain is because they came directly from the ARMY to PHI so they don't know how good they have it compared to other EMS companies out there. All companies have employees with questionable work ethics and lack of integrity and PHI doesn't have the magic wand to weed them out 100% during the hiring process but I can say they are very good and working very hard to identify them and bring them over to the correct side of doing things.

If you like following company rules and following FAA Regulations then you'll do great at PHI. I know you're coming out of the military so I'd assume you do but I've seen military pilots who will say one thing then do whatever they want. This isn't a war zone so you can't improvise at PHI. Everything is written in the Ops Manual and it's there for a reason and as they say "written in blood". PHI learns from everybody's mishaps and it shows in our safe operations. Also attitude goes a long way. If you feel you're God's gift to aviation that might not always translate into a good thing. They're looking for people who are consistent, have high standards, and posses the integrity needed to be safe employees.

PHI is not a lip service company when it comes to Safety. I can tell you, and I've worked at a a few other EMS companies in the States and overseas in my years, that PHI takes safety extremely seriously and that's just one of the things I love about working at PHI.

I wish you luck. If you really want to work for a great company and if your financials can take it, I'd wait for PHI.

Carlos

Self discipline is when you do something that you know is right even though you don't want to do it. As a professional and safe pilot you have to maintain control over your desires & emotions. Have INTEGRITY and great WORK ETHIC and you'll succeed in life.
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10/26/2013 8:19 AM  
BTW, I did get an email from Justhelicopters with your email attached but still haven't been able to find a way to reply to it. That's why I posted it here.

Self discipline is when you do something that you know is right even though you don't want to do it. As a professional and safe pilot you have to maintain control over your desires & emotions. Have INTEGRITY and great WORK ETHIC and you'll succeed in life.
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10/26/2013 8:42 AM  
Carlos, Thanks for your great response. I'm not actually coming right out of the Army, I have done a couple of years contracting, so I have some familiarity with civilian aviation. I have an offer to do another contracting gig overseas but I'd rather work for PHI. I figure the 2-3 more years I spend contracting overseas would be better spent proving myself and climbing the ladder at PHI. Following the rules and regs is a perfect fit for me. I certainly don't consider myself God's gift to aviation (or anything else). I'm just a pilot who loves to fly safely and I'm trying to get into a good company which could provide reliable long-term employment. I'm not expecting to progress too quickly, I just think that I have the experience to be successful. Thanks again for the response. I think I have the information I need now to turn down the contract gig and wait for PHI! Alex
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10/26/2013 7:43 PM  
Good deal then you'll do great at PHI.

I wish you good luck and hang in there. Calling HR every other week doesn't hurt either because it keeps your name on their mind. Just don't call on Mondays when they have all their meetings and they're putting out any fires that came up during the weekend.

Self discipline is when you do something that you know is right even though you don't want to do it. As a professional and safe pilot you have to maintain control over your desires & emotions. Have INTEGRITY and great WORK ETHIC and you'll succeed in life.
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