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narcotraficanteUser is Offline
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02/11/2008 2:53 PM  
I'm really considering in becoming a helicopter pilot as im tired of the IT field/ Real estate. Realistically how hard or what will i have to do to make 6 figures in this field? how long will it take?
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02/11/2008 5:43 PM  
Rob banks on your days off. It should only take 2 minutes at a time if your good. Just kidding of course. Some pilots do make 6 figures but its not the norm. You will make pretty low wages for the first few years and if your lucky enough to get into mediums or heavys then you can probably start making that kind of dough. Once guys or girls get into that position they don't tend to let go of it too easily. I've said it before on here if your in it for the money you will be very disapointed. Good luck.
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02/11/2008 5:51 PM  
lol... You can make that right out of school... if you count the figures after the decimal place :P Seriously, though... In Canada a 6 figure income isn't that uncommon. There are some 22-25 year old pilots that I know who are making that. Seems that the States doesn't pay as well from what I've learnt. A company called Heli-Explore posted a job ad that I saw recently advertising 185 days off a year and pay starting at 90k up to 130k, depending on experience level. Minimum was 1500 PIC. A fellow I know who graduated from heli-school last spring has already got close to 800 hours. How fast you get those hours to make yourself marketable depends on luck, your experience in other related fields, and the people skills/attitude that gets you the flying job you want right out of school. Most people start as ground crew.. So, you have to kind of expect you'll work ground crew for a couple years. Expect the worst ;) Anyway, there ya go, my 2 cents. - rob
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02/12/2008 6:09 PM  
If you're considering becoming a helicopter pilot because of the money, don't waste your time. Not trying to discourage you, but I have to be honest, the money is not great for 95% of the available positions. There are a few 6 figure (US$) helicopter jobs out there, but they are few and far between and require either a boatload of experience, or a great deal of personal sacrifice (long periods away from family/home) or both. Not surprisingly, most of those high paying jobs are flled by word of mouth, i.e. you have to know someone in the right place at the right time to get them. If you want it badly enough, and stick with it long enough, you will probably be able to find a "6 figure" job, but whether or not it is one you'd be happy doing is a different subject. The key to finding any job tho, is networking. Make friends in the industry, build yourself a solid reputation (it is a very SMALL industry) and work hard, and after a long while, you'll find jobs being offered to you. Blue Skies, Gene
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02/12/2008 8:56 PM  
I agree and have said the same thing as well. Helicopter pilots don't do it for the money. That is to say they(we) don't do it to get rich. Yes, right now I think the industry is under paid. We have seen an increase in salaries in the last few years. However, 6 figure incomes will still be quite out of reach except, as Gene pointed out for those jobs with special requirements. Then there is nothing to say you'll like that job. Here in the US, salaries seem to start around: CFI's: $30,000 Gulf of Mexico, Grand Canyon tours: $52,000 EMS,ENG: $48,000-$52,000 Keep in mind there are a few companies who will pay more or have a cost of living supplement in addition to base pay. I think these numbers are pretty much on point. There is a heli salary site you can go to. Visit, www.helicoptersalaries.com for more information and company listing. I don't really have any ball park numbers for utility and fire fighting but they are more than the above.
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02/12/2008 11:41 PM  
thanks for the info guys. I'm planning to move to Texas( Most likely El Paso) How's mexico for pilot jobs? any good jobs out there?
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10/07/2012 11:06 PM  
I am a lead pilot in El Paso, not a lot of positions for helo pilots but I currently have two slots open for an experienced pilot. I passed the amount of pay expected for the year in June. I'll easily go over 100k flying EMS. But I am a work over hound, I have gotten two aircraft quals and have been anywhere they want pilots sometimes with only an hour of notice. So, it is not hard to go over 100k in a year and it is easy if you love the job. I could work nearly any day I want between ferrying aircraft, extra shifts, etc... Again though, you have to want to do it, I know guys who don't want any work over. I am paid for my travel time, reimbursed mileage, some bases in the area have additional pay for taking overtime there, etc...
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10/11/2012 5:40 PM  
Mexico? Based on your screen name, you shouldnt have any issues at all finding someone in Mexico to pay you 6 figures to fly.
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11/05/2012 8:11 PM  
I went about it the Police Department way. We have 16 pilots assigned to our air unit in Las Vegas, all of us make over 100K per year and the department pays for our flight training through commercial rotorcraft rating in their helicopters. All training is done in house on MD 530 FF so it's all turbine time too. The only down side is that you need to be a police officer on the streets for a minimum of 5 years before you can apply for the air support section.
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12/17/2012 6:52 AM  
Companies like CHC start out their captains making $100k before per diem and country incentives. Much more can be made based on jobs like, training capt., management, etc... while still flying. The down side is that many times you must work in a country that is third-world.
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