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  1. As someone who is about to embark on flight training, this is disturbing to say the least...but not surprising. The problems for low time pilots have been pointed out repeatedly, as well as the use of foreign pilots by Canadian companies. I was hoping that rather than continue to discuss the problem, the community might start to discuss possible solutions. Nike and Gap didn't stop using child labour to manufacture their goods until it became a public embarassment. While I don't see the naming of names happening on this forum, I wonder what would encourage (not force) these companies to change their practices. That said, the flip side is that while they may use more affordable (??) pilots, they are atleast willing to give the low timers a chance to earn hours. So what are the possible solutions? Term contracts like hockey players use so that an employer can lock in wages for a defined number of years? Establishing a fixed period where pilots are expected to fly for free, such that everyone does the same work and all employers are free to use their services without negative connotation? This forum seems to have excellent participation, frankness, and willingness to share information. I think the sharing of ideas to identify all the underlying causes of this problem would be beneficial, as well as ideas for how to improve the situation. Just two cents from someone who is very new to this board.
  2. Thanks for the advice. Very much appreciated. If I could extend the question a little more, I'm wondering about the advantages of training on different machines at additional cost for a fresh pilot. I'm wondering if a course such as KVH, which offers training on the R44 (80 h) and Bell 206 (20 h), provide better employability than some of the courses that offer 90 h on the R22 and 10 h on the R44 or Bell 206. That said, I'm sure that the quality of training makes a difference in the job hunt, and potentially the instructor's network. As for trouble finding work, I can assure you that it's in every industry. After 6 months of unemployment with three engineering degrees, I'm considering pursuing my childhood dream. Thanks again to everyone for their replies.
  3. I'm currently in the search for a flight school in either BC or Alberta to acquire my commercial license. I was wondering if people would be willing to provide any positive or negative feedback about the flight schools they attended and the instructors they studied under. I've done a fair bit of reading on the internet, but the testimonials on the flight school websites are only one side of the coin. I'm simply trying to obtain the full picture before making a decision. Many thanx.
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