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03/16/2014 6:47 PM  
I was wondering what you guys think is the better route to EMS, SAR, or aerial forest fire fighting pilot? I am not the military type. I am doing civilian so would oil rig flying or flight seeing be better? I personally am thinking oil rig because it seems to be growing but more importantly the experience seems closer to what is needed. By saying that I mean more advanced aircraft, more variations to tasks and more stressful operations. Also more advanced decision making. Do you agree with me? Thanks!
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03/18/2014 4:04 PM  
There's a good chance you'll have to fly tours first to get the experience needed to fly to the oil rigs.
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03/18/2014 6:59 PM  
Okay, that helps then. So I can probably start of instructing, move in to tours in NYC, then rigs, then EMS. Makes sense. Thank you!
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03/28/2014 1:17 AM  
Whatever you decide to do make sure you get plenty of night time BEFORE you go fly tours. Get real night time in other words cross country night time, not only in the pattern or flying Vegas over the zillion city lights. Once you go to the oil fields you'll only fly during that day so that will inhibit your chances of EMS if you don't have the night experience before going in.

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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03/28/2014 10:55 AM  
I actually never thought of that. That's a great idea and I'm glad I know that now. Thanks for your help!
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04/07/2014 5:28 AM  
Yeah, 135pd is right on. As a student and an instructor, try to do as much as possible of yours/your students instrument rating at night. Try to have AT LEAST 100hrs of night before you leave your instructor gig. 100hrs is bare minimum for EMS and for the current ATP requirements. Not sure if the latter will be the same as they're soon to be changing up quite a bit for getting an ATP.
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