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  1. Understood! The pandemic has certainly hurt the aviation industry as a whole but so long as you have drive and a bit of luck all will hopefully turn out, best of luck either way!
  2. Both options your going to pay alot of money to start out at the bottom and not make much money. Having friends who went the fixed wing route they generally started to fly sooner, but making less than I did once I got flying. If your worried about feeding a family I would invest that 80,000 in something better and keep your current job. There are always those opportunities that are few and far between where guys start flying right away, but expect to move the family
  3. Back when I was on the ground I made $12/hr (10 years ago). I worked my butt off but for a great group of guys who went through the same type of thing when they were low time/apprentices. What was more important to me than money was the opportunity, I could pay my bills and feed myself and I knew if I kept my head down I wasn't going to be on the ground for forever.
  4. Very cool thanks for posting!
  5. I'm curious what the situation must be like at schools, has training has stopped outright?
  6. Yeah that will throw a wrench into some companies operations for sure.
  7. When I went there they were pushing a "150 hour CPL" as a means of putting you ahead of the 100 hr guys, they also seemed to be alot more focused on the international students then the Canadian guys. That hopefully could have changed as that was a number of years ago now..
  8. If you can do your whole CPL on the 22, keep costs down and go from there. Once your done training your first job will be the biggest priority. If that company trains low time guys on their aircraft then it would be pointless to have spent more on endorsements if you don't need them. Each company could vary. If a rating will be required then you can decide at the time. I did the 44 rating in school and never flew it beyond the rating. I have friends who did only the 22 in school and have never been held back because they didn't have a 44 or 206 rating. Hope that helps
  9. Couldn’t agree with you more Bif! The guys at Valhalla and Wildcat would likely know what’s required to fly in Oz, but from what little I know there I assume they are flying C- Reg machines? If you have a lack of things to do, it’s possible to find companies putting job ads on very random hiring sites in an effort to make it seem like they are looking for Canadian employees.
  10. Good find. No shock there. I know quite a few guys that came to Canada with Quest and then ventured off to other companies after a season or 2. Quest isn’t the only place though who hires TFW’s or who actively looks for them.
  11. I have seen a couple guys in their 40's get a start and make a career out of it. Keep in mind that past life experience isn't going to put you above sweeping floors and cleaning bathrooms just like everyone else! Best of luck and enjoy it!
  12. I know everything is pretty slow industry wide, and from what I hear the IFR side is quiet also. I am looking to make the switch, have been for years, to the IFR side and for an advantage I am looking to gain some twin time. Is there anywhere I should be looking to get into twin engine machines? Any help is appreciated. Thanks
  13. really appreciate the insights gents. I did my training at MVH and enjoyed my time there. The person who I am posting this for is keen to stick around the Van area and has only heard great things about Chinook. I would say that 90% of the guys and gals I know both at the company I work for and others have attended Chinook and all say great things. Thanks again and any more insight, if not for me to pass on, will hopefully be seen by future students as well!
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