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Subject: EMS helicopter pilot
 
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03/28/2014 10:58 AM  
I am 18 and am going to become an EMS pilot in the long run. I was just wondering if I get my EMT training, will that look good for applying. I am with my fire department and will be getting it. I just want to know if it would open up more options?
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03/29/2014 10:55 PM  
From the looks of it, you’re really focused on becoming an EMS pilot and are asking some great questions. However, I suggest you don’t get too far ahead of yourself and this take one step at a time. To answer your question, no, an EMT certificate will not help you when applying for an EMS pilot job. The first step in this endeavor is to accumulate the cash in order to pay for training and in today’s marketplace; you’re looking at approximately $90K. Then you’ll need to choose a school and schedule the training. The total timeframe should range in the 12 to 18 months as a full-time student pilot, depending on the school. After that, it’s getting medically qualified. You do this by visiting a FAA Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) and getting a Class II medical. After that, you train and get qualified for the entry level job market and that is as a Certified Flight Instructor with an Instrument Instructor Rating (CFII). Once you finish your training (through CFII) you’ll need to find a job as a flight instructor and the goal here is to get hired on at the school where you trained. After a few years, you should have accumulated the necessary time required to apply for entry level turbine jobs like tours or the GOM. Here you’re target flight time should be in the 1500 to the 2000 hour helicopter Pilot In Command (PIC) time range. After a couple years building turbine time, then you’ll qualify for EMS jobs. While the above describes the initial path to someday become an EMS pilot, please see it as a very brief overview of the monumental endeavor you are seeking. Meaning; keep asking questions and doing a lot more research…… Good luck.
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03/31/2014 2:41 AM  
Thanks for your detailed advice. I really appreciate the help. I meant more if I was competing against someone similar to me. I understand what your saying though and I agree. Thank you!
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