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  1. Hi there I was wondering if somebody knows anything about the hiring of low timers with Taiga helicopters in Whitecourt, AB!? Any pros or cons? Anything known about the time in ground crew or from prev. on the average time they have u in ground before u get a chance to fly? Heard once that its more like 2-3 years ground before they let you go since they got no work for low timers can somebody confirm or deny this rumor? thxs
  2. Well guys as it seems you are all working on getting a place close to springbank! I might be able to help you out or give you a hint to help you out. If you are attending flight training from Mountain View Helicopters then talk to Kelda (she will be able to give you the right contact) about rooms or basements that can be rented through them (they know people that rent rooms cheaper to students of MVH). That way you will not be far away from school and can live to a somewhat normal price range close by! Calgary is not cheap and besides the price you have to pay for school another 1000$ a month is alot that you dont really have. To the time period the training might go (I just finished a few weeks ago and started in Jan. 09): Weather is always the biggest problem rain, snow, fog, wind (15 knots+) and temp. under -20c you will not be able to fly. In average school will go about 2 weeks longer then planed considering the weather. There is another thing that can push it out and that is how much you learn and if you can pass your Transport Canada exam on your first try (I myself had to wait 14 days to rewrite) that pushes you behind. If all goes well after about 18 weeks you should be finished (16 weeks school is planed). If you guys have any questions just PM me and love to help out since we will foresure meet sometime in class! Tom
  3. Well as Darren says life is hard but if you work hard you will reach your goal to become a pilot. I myself just finished school 5 weeks ago same as Darren at Mountain View Helicopters and it is not easy to get a job but with a bit of effort and searching (has to be done for any dream job) everyone will find a job. To the beginning money should not be something you should look for be happy to get hours first. The more you have the better chances you will have in getting a job. If becoming a pilot is your dream then do it and plan upfront that you have a bit of money to back you up when you are finished with school since pay checks stay small for a while. I started my training since it was a dream i followed since 20 years almost and no matter what I will get a job and will live my dream. Money is nice but "flying" well what should I say, there is nothing nicer!
  4. I did my training at Mountain View Helicopters at Springbank airport west of Calgary, Alberta in the spring of 2009 and my instructor was Ashleigh Prior.
  5. oreomaster


    Thanks alot! Well they do not hire everybody but about 5-6 people every year! So far I was not lucky myself to get a job there. But they always get back to there students if a spot opens and for that I am hoping. Even though, they are still the place to go for training and am very happy to have chosen them for my training!
  6. oreomaster


    To your question: So I just finished off this spring my commercial training at Mountain View Helicopters at Springbank airport just west of Calgary. My training was set up as to 95 hours with the R22, 5 hours R44 and 10 hours on the B206 (optional) (long and short line + bucket training). Everyone there is friendly and helpful. They have the knowledge needed to train you and are willing to give everything to make you become the best! They have 3 classes a year (Jan., May, Sep.) and there is space for up to 12 people. As far as I know there are for this fall still 5 spots open! The costs vary to what ratings you are after. They do have adv. training to offer after you finish off like Mountain Training, IFR (R44) and night rating. To the area of training. Springbank airport is located about 10 km west of Calgary city limits and offers a wide area of training possibilities. Prairies, Rivers and 15 min to the mountains. The airport itself has 2 runways (North - South, East - West) and offers alot of air traffic to the benefit that you learn from the beginning on how to work yourself around busy airports and learn to talk on the radio when there is alot going on. Springbank airport has on some days almost the same amount of traffic as Calgary Int. this sounds like alot of work for a rookie but believe me this is more fun then radio silence! MVH does hire there on pilots as needed for their summer tours in Drumheller and for News Helicopters in a few cities across Canada. You can look them up on their webpage under http://www.mvheli.com/training/disc_flights.aspx. Hope this helps you out a bit if there are any question please go ahead and PM me anytime. Thomas
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