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  1. Cole is right. I won't be needing an apartment in Calgary anytime soon. I recieved a letter in the mail from GSHL saying they will not be running the school this year. Basically the letter said that they can't comfortably offer employment to any graduates in the spring of 2009, and they did not want anyone to make such a substantial investment in training with them if they would not be able to consider them for emplyment. It came as a pretty big shock, and i was pretty sad as i was really looking forward to this course. BUT, it was good of GSHL to do what they did. I would rather this happen then for me to spend all that money and be jobless for the next few years. This really shows they are not training to make money, but simply they intend to hire the pilots upon completion. So now i'm going to wait it out, and hopefully it will re-open next year. Great Slave Helicopters is a great company, and very professional, and i hope one day i will be able to train and work with them.
  2. Well i have been apartment hunting like crazy, and i haven't had the best of luck. I seem to find that the one bedroom apartments and basement suite's are at about $1000 including everything, and that the two bedroom's are in the $1200 range on the west side of Calgary, and in Cochrane. So i'm thinking, if there is anyone else out there looking for a place to stay? Maybe it would be smart to get something and split the costs. I will be training at GSH myself, starting October 1st. Jordan
  3. I have looked around, i found a few but i think the best deal would be for 2 guys to get in on a small house or basement suite to cut down on the costs. Right now it looks like i can get a one bedroom apartment place for about $1000/month, but if i can get a two bedroom and two people split the costs of lets say, $1200/month, it would save a bit of money. I'm looking in Cochrane and the west side of Calgary. It's not easy over the interenet. When do you start training?
  4. Anyone from here training at GSH flight school in October? Did you find any places to stay yet?
  5. I think they also give you a flight or two with another instructor.
  6. Wow thats for all the info guys. Yah Cole i hear the instuctor knows within 10-15 hours if you are cut out for flying or not, and if your not then they recomend that your quit the course. Hopefully that dosen't happen to me!! But thanks for all the info guys, this site sure is helpful. Jord
  7. Thanks for the info Cole, sounds like you know the stuff. Just a question about the written test. My buddy is a commercial fixed-wing pilot, his test was multiple choice and the passing park was 70% he said, this would be over 10 years ago. Is the test still multiple choice, or is it all essay questions? Doing all the homework i can on this. Thanks man Jordan
  8. Thanks for the info guys. Another thing, the written test. You have more then 1 chance to pass? What is the passing mark? I'm not planning on failing it, but i would hate to spend all this money and not get my license becasue i can't pass the test. Also, is there an oral examination? I like that you can do your flight test over if you have to, but how long is the flight test, because the cost of the heli to do the test is not included in the course and i just want to find out how many hours i will have to rent a heli to take the test. Thanks guys. Jordan
  9. i got another question....it's pretty random when you go for your flight test how long is it? 2 hours? And if you fail a certain part do you have to do it all over again or do you just do the certain section you failed over again? Thanks, Jordan
  10. I never said that if you train with piston time that you won't get a job with GSH for example, i'm just saying you have a higher chance when it comes time to try and get a job there. For example, around the end of November GSH looks to be hiring more new pilots, but to apply for the job they send you up in a 206B and see how you can fly it (This is on thier website right now). Most likely the guy that did all 100 hours on the 206 will be better at flying that heli then someone who just has a 5 hour endorsement on it. And great slave does higher out of their training school, all of their students usually. But wherever you go, good luck with flight school!! Jord
  11. Thanks for all the infomation guys!! I really like this site already. I see lots of you give advise about getting the CPL on piston time. I'm still not 100% sure what i'm doing yet, but i'm leaning towards turbine time on a 206B at the moment with Great Slave helicopters. What i have found mostly while searching through heli training schools is that most training schools (In Canada anyways) say they will help you find a job after the course is finished. But even then it will be hard for a year or two by the sounds of it to find a first job with only 100 hours under the belt. But when i research Great Slave Helicopters with turbine time, it sounds like they hire all of their students right out of training (If they are professional and have good attitude that is). So if i can get hired right away, start making money and building hours, it kinda makes sense to me to get a loan and spend the extra bit of money on Turbine time to have a quaranteed job. It is just what i'm thinking right now. But if i go do it with an R22 it will cost about $50,000, if i go do it with a 206B with Great Slave it will cost about $85,000, so thats about a $35,000 difference. But when you consider that all flight school is tax deductable, then actaully it will cost me about an extra 20,000 to get turbine time. But i'm still doing alot of searching around and i really appreciate the help that you guys are giving me. I'm 19 right now and this looks like a very good career decision. I really like flying, the outdoors and seeing the country, so what could possibilty be a better job. Thanks alot guys. Jordan
  12. I'm very interested in this school and i plan on visiting them in a month or so to see what it's like. Everyone i talk to i hear great thing about this school, so hopefully i will be apart of it next fall. Jord
  13. I'm thinking of getting my commercial license. I'm 19 and out of high school with some money saved up, not alot but something to start with. I have done a lot of research, but i still can't really figure out what school to go through. I'm not sure if i should get turbine time or go with piston time. I know i could get my license as cheap as 50 grand with the R22, or as expensive as 90 grand with the 206B. If i went with the turbine i would have to get about a 50,000 loan, which i am not looking forward too. Just a couple of quesions.... I'm willing to go anywhere for school, what do you think is the best place to go to get piston time? What do you think is the best piston helicoptor to get your time on? R-22? SCH 300? What about turbine time? Is is worth while to spend the extra money to have the turbine time? I know low-time pilots don't make much money, but roughly how much would a low hour-pilot make? If you have any other advise it is greatly appreciated, if i do go with my turbine time i'm thinking of going to great slave helicoptors. Thanks, jordan
  14. I'm also thinking of maybe going there and taking the 100 hour commercial license. I'm still wondering about how i will ever pay for it though lol. But that is why i came to this site, to get some info about pursuing my career has a heli pilot.
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