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Subject: Low hour pilot jobs
 
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jholmesUser is Offline
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03/17/2014 12:51 PM  
Hello everybody! I'm new to the aviation world and am currently finishing my commercial helicopter rating. I have known a few people who have found some low time jobs flying. When i say low time i mean around 200 hours low. I was wondering if that would be a wise decision or if i should go the instructor route? They seem to put on hours quickly doing this.
Any feedback is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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03/17/2014 5:32 PM  
Get your CFI. Besides being the best way to build time, it'll also make you a better pilot. After you've built about 500 hrs or so, you might be lucky enough to snag a job flying pipeline.
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03/18/2014 4:01 PM  
If you can find a job at 200 hours that doesn't envolve teaching GO FOR IT BECAUSE YOU JUST WON THE LOTTERY!

Pipeline at 500 hours? Yeah that's one lucky dude!
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03/20/2014 9:48 PM  
we have programs that get you to a guaranteed job with us. Our insurance requires 300 hours and cfi. $225/hour for 100 hours and cfi of $5000. I recommend you do 50 hour right seat and then 50 hours left seat and then about 2 hours of touchdowns. This might not be what you are looking for but might be what you need. Tom, BOATPIX, WWW.R22.US 561-346-2816 (and I've been an advertiser on this site since 2000).
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03/21/2014 12:25 AM  
300 hours to do photo flights? I've met guys flying tours with just 200 hours (not to mention flight instruction),...you need a new insurance company!
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03/31/2014 7:44 PM  
There was a time I hired CFi's at 150 hours prior to SFAR 73 that came out in 1994. SFAR 73 states 200 hours and then around 2001 Pathfinder upped it to 300 hours because perhaps Frank Robinson thought that it was harder to do flight instruction than tours. Most people would agree and most people would think the higher minimum applies. We teach pilots awareness of some of the issues that created safety notices that suggest 500 hours should be required for over water and for photo flights in the RHC POH. Regardless of what your thoughts are, if a person is looking for a job our requirements are 300 hours, cfi, rhc school and 100 hours working on our contract. If you are a helicopter pilot looking for a job we have this option. The guy that got hired at 200 hours obviously doesn't need this program but perhaps there is someone that does. The 15 instructors that I employ all needed this program and now have jobs.
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03/31/2014 11:42 PM  
If you're going by SFAR 73 it only states 200 hours to be a CFI and you don't need to be a CFI to fly a photographer around. So you can go back to hiring 150 hour pilots!

If you're going by the safety notices SN-19 states you should maintain 500 feet above the water, not 500 hours to do so. It also says to avoid maneuvers below 200 feet while over water, which may make it difficult for your operation.(you guys go all the way down to about 5 feet right).

Its SN-34 which states that you should have 500 hours to do photo flights and 100 in model (I would bet though that they mean R22 vs. R44 and not mariner vs. beta)!

So anyway, if you want to use the safety notices as a basis for your minimums then you should require 500 hours!
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04/08/2014 7:43 PM  
That's why you are paying for the training; to teach you how to do this.
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04/08/2014 7:44 PM  
To do the job with less than the suggested 500 hours. So, I think we are in agreement with this guy with respect to low hour pilot jobs and my firm offering a solution?
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04/29/2014 7:23 PM  
I just wanted to thank everyone for the replies.. I'll be in a similar situation in the near future and was curious about the best "road to take"
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05/01/2014 4:23 AM  
It is a tough row to hoe. I'm near the end of my flying days and often wonder how I ever stuck it out. 25Khours+ and more than 9K rotor. I did the CFI route to keep me busy in off times and it barely paid the bills. Oddly enough, the pay for a CFI is about the same today as it was 40 years ago! I know one youngster who came to us with a PPL rotor and a total of about 60 hours. He worked his azz off doing whatever was needed in our crop spraying operations and as time permitted, we gave him additional stick time and dual. He borrowed money from his family to get his commercial and eventually started doing ag work. Now he has well over 7-8000 hours and doing well for himself.

Risk is the price you pay to avoid a dull life.
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