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  1. Thanks a lot for all the info guys, I really appreciate it. Im going to talk to him this weekend and see whats up
  2. Well, Im going to go out on a limb and guess that he is figuring that I would learn with his pilots teaching me, or something along those lines... not too sure though
  3. Pretty unclear at this point. I'm going to go talk to him this weekend...
  4. Any input would be greatly appreciated
  5. Hey guys, so I've been thinking about switching careers and becoming a heli pilot for a couple years now and I had an option offered to me recently.... A relative runs a spraying company and he offered his fleet for me to learn. And so I presume that I would do ground school at a flight school and then log most of my flying time on his choppers. So I'm wondering if this would be a good idea for me to get my license this way or not. Once I get licensed I'd be flying for him anyway..... Any thoughts would be appreciated
  6. I know its been a while since I've looked on here but I have been thinking from a different angle lately.... That being said, does anyone have an opinion or comment about Great Lakes Helicopters for training? Im thinking that this place is easily within commuting distance, and I can still work a weekend shift (full time) at my job while I train here. Any info is great Thanks
  7. Does anyone here work for Hydro One? Or has anyone worked there in the past?
  8. Has anyone, or do they currently work for Hydro One in Ontario? Any thoughts?
  9. thanks for all the replies so far. So, Im assuming that a "IFR" is an instrument rating correct? So what is the VFR?
  10. So, to elaborate on the last post I put up, I thought I'd just ask to see where in Canada some of you guys do work? And additionally, what kind of income could I expect within 5 years of becoming a helicopter pilot? (assuming that I can find work next spring)
  11. Thanks for the reply. Any other real input?
  12. So I am further researching the idea of becoming a career pilot and I would like anyones input on whether there is a part of Canada that I would find more work. Or is there a province that is bad for finding work as a pilot
  13. Thanks for all the input guys. Very Helpful!
  14. I was looking into Chinook. or perhaps another place in the rockies. just to gain mountain experience. any thoughts?
  15. So, I figured I'd post another question here in hopes of helping me with this decision. Where would you recommend to go for pilot training and why? Thanks
  16. "Do your research before you spend all your money on something that doesn't even guarantee you a job. It took me 5 years to get my first job. Something to think about. " Marblearch Point taken.... I am still in the process of weighing out the pros and cons of all of this and so if you can point me to any other resources to help me research this decision further, I would really appreciate it Thanks
  17. Ouch! Only $100 000+?? Lol, I would love to be in such a position! Is this actually realistic?
  18. Thanks Pilot5 and Iceman, Its nice to see that there are guys that have "normal" family lives in this business. I dont have a family yet and so I think that I am probably in a good position to pursue this career in that aspect. And I totally agree with you Pilot5, I would much rather regret the things I've done in my life than the things I haven't. And I realize that for the most part with online forums there are people always posting that seem to only have a bitter opinion of something and want nothing more than for their opinion to be heard for whatever reason so I am taking all of
  19. Thanks HelicopterJim I think thats the most positive post on here lol. But I do appreciate the honesty from everyone. I had considered the option of buying a helicopter/buying into a company and I think that I could realistically have that as an option (financing aside). I have some family members that are in the business and so I think that there could be some potential on that end of things but I dont want to count on that.
  20. Wow, I must say, this is pretty depressing.....
  21. So, I'm new to this forum, and so far I've found it quite helpful. Here's my deal I'm currently a 27 year old tool and die maker and considering a career change, looking into getting a helicopter pilot license. I have found in my research so far that this is a tough career to get into as it seems that there aren't too many jobs available. So, my first question is: Is this just a slow time in the industry or is this always the way it is? Secondly, I live in southwestern Ontario and I am wondering, once I finish my training, would it be feasible to expect to find a job within a few mo
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