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  1. 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

  2. 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


  3. "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. "



    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


  4. 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 this with a grain of salt lol

    And just to clear this up..... Its tool and "die" lol. I dont work with color or ink haha

  5. 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.

  6. 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 months of graduating in Ontario? Or should I expect to go out of province to find work?

    Another question, which pilot training schools would anyone recommend? And for what reasons?


    Any help would be much appreciated


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