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  1. I 100% agree with you on second chances that is for sure, I thank all who keep giving me chances, seems I am always buggering things up. When it comes to being a helicopter pilot smuggling drugs its a bit different then setting the neighbours garbage can on fire or shaking the guy at the arcade for change while playing hookey. I agree with everyone has a past but my actual stab if it was perceived as one was not at the actual employee but at the company for hiring the person that took his licence and abused it- I on the other hand would be abit more careful who I hired as you could end up in abit of hot water having hoodlums of the industry working for you. Like I said I dont care if you were a hard rock that spent your whole teen life in prison got out seen the light and changed, good on the fella whole perseveres and gets on with things but the fella who gets a license and then abuses it as an adult, no tolerance should be allowed, not in this industry.


    Well said,


    You can't fault an individual for continuing to pursue flying even with a past like this. If anything I say good for him because it can't be easy to get another shot with a criminal record with so much competition assuming he is upfront with his past? As for the employer, if they want to avoid this then it's their responsibility to screen potential employees. If they choose not to then then it's obviously not a concern to them.

  2. Sorry I didn't mean for it to be offensive but now that I read it again I see how it came across that way - I apologize.


    What I'm trying to get at is that if you aren't established in another career beforehand it's going to be very difficult to save for training. Financing is the only option for some.


    No offense taken.


    You're right it is difficult and many people will choose to finance the course. Today's society wants it now and wants to pay for it later. Which is fine I guess but is also one of the reasons we are experiencing a recession. Anyone pursuing financial aid for a commercial licesnse should seriously do some research as to what they can expect upon completion and educate themselves as to what they are committing to, which is hard to do. That goes for all educations in my opinion. Go house shopping in Phoenix or Florida right now to experience this first hand. While you're there stop by your local Starbucks and ask your barrista how their business degree is working out for them. I don't want to sound like a downer because flying is a great experience and a rewarding one on many levels. After listnening to the schools narcissitic sales pitch on what it's like to be the "heli hero" also consider what it will be like to be working an odd job with a $1000 month loan payment because that is the reality for many. If you're prepared for either situation then I say go for it. If you're truly prepared

    you will succeed.

  3. "thats great that you were able to, the reality is most people don't have 50+ in their back pocket."


    I'm sorry but I take offence to this statement. When I decided to pursue this career I had nowhere close to $50,000 in my "back pocket". I worked my *** off for 3yrs/sacrificed many luxuries and saved every penny to put myself in a position to do this because I truly believed that it was the right way to succeed at this. If I can do it anyone can.

  4. Something to think about for anyone considering gettting their license


    Student loan


    50,000 @ 5%interest = $23872.77 paid in interest over 8yrs = $73872.77 paid for license while making monthly payments while possibly not even working in the industry.


    Paid for out of pocket


    50,000 + $25,000 (25hrs with Icefield earning your Mtn. Course which you will have forever)

    = $75,000


    Simple math, and I'm not saying one way is better than the other. This is not a easy industry to crack and you're gonna pay for your start one way or the other. I think it's best to maximize your investment in this career short term as well as the long term and if you can receive added value to your investment then I believe you'll be ultimately, farther ahead.

  5. I wouldn't recommend anyone financing their license. I paid for my license out of my pocket. It took longer to put myself in a position to do it this way but it also put me in a position after my training to not be pushed/stressed pigeon holed into making decisions. Debt always limits your opportunities/choices. With the amount of unemployed low time pilots I think it's a pretty big gamble to finance your license. I know that not everyone can do it this way but in my opinion if you can't afford the process of getting your license and sacfifising financially for at least a 1-2yrs afterwords until you've built some hrs up you have no business being in this business.

  6. I think it is irrelevant to a 100hr pilot whether or not working here is good/bad for the industry. It's easy for a 5000hr pilot to sit here and pass judgement on this company. But as a 100hr pilot your opportunities are very limited starting out. It's great if you can find a flying job out of school but realistically many don't. Because of this working for Icefield is a real opportunity that a fresh pilot would be foolish not to consider. As mentioned in a previous post this company lays out it's pilot format upfront before you start working for them and Ralph will not withold any information from you if you ask the right questions. So going into an interview here you have the power to know everything you need to and make the decision whether it will work for you/can make it work for you or know upfront that it won't work for you. It's an opportunity and as a 100hr pilot what more can you expect. Just be realistic about what their expectations are as well as yours.


    "If you know you're being manipulated then you're not being manipulated"

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