Daz Posted May 6, 2009 Report Share Posted May 6, 2009 Hey y'all... Long time no post - I thought I'd start a new thread to chronicle my continued learning in the world of a low-time commercial pilot. Hopefully this will provide some insight for other newbies and folks considering this career. For all of you old salts, this might stir up some old memories - your experiences, anecdotes and - as always - advice and input are appreciated. I'm happy to say I've found work! Over the summer, me and two other pilots from my class will be working for our school (Mountain View Helicopters) flying sightseeing tours over the Horseshoe Canyon near Drumheller. Training and PPC should be next week, then we start getting everything ready for the summer operation. Should be heaps of fun!! Something notable (and encouraging): Out of my class of ten, ALL of us (except the one PPL-H fellow) have found work - most of us flying! One's at Gemini, two are doing ground work (and one's getting ready to delve into AME studies), and the rest of us are employed by Mountain View Helicopters. Two guys will be travelling to various fairs and towns for "barnstorming", three of us are out at Drumheller, and one is now flying the traffic helicopter over Winnipeg. I can't say enough good things about Paul and the MVHeli crew for helping us all get our start - especially with the industry so quiet! A little background first (this might be beneficial for other low-timers out there): My job interview and checkride with Paul B. was back on April 15. I hadn't flown for three months, and it showed!! I was a little nervous, so I regressed into über-careful student mode; slow, deliberate, double-checking my checklists. In fact, I got so wrapped up in checklists and radio calls that I let the machine get ahead of me. Nothing dangerous, just sloppy flying. And I was told exactly that. My advice to other new-timers - if it's been a while, go and do an hour or so of recurrent training BEFORE your checkride!! It's good to be safe, but an operational pilot needs to be safe AND efficient. I wasn't. Anyways, the interview was done by 10:00, so Paul mentioned that I was welcome to hang around. So I did; I found little jobs to do, helped out around the hangar here and there, and just generally tried to walk the fine line between absorbing information, helping out and not getting in the way. It paid off, 'cause at the end of the day, Paul and Ihad a quick chat: P: "So... are you in town tomorrow?" Me: "I can be; I have no plans and my winter job finished last week" P: "Stick around - Ill see if I can get you up in the news helicopter for a couple hours of dual time" Me: :punk: :up: :blur: So the next day, I got three hours of flight time in the Global News R44!. The day after, I showed up at the hangar at ten to eight and spent the day "working". This also paid off - at the end of the day, Paul said "hey... why dont'cha stick around next week - you can go out with the news helicopter every day" :up: :punk: So, I did. In return for all the flight time, I was there at eight every morning helping out where I could. My job interview went from a sloppy 0.8hr checkride to around 15 hours of flight time! I busted my hump to become more efficient and operational, I learned a bunch, and I can't thank Kelda, Ashleigh and Phil enough for grilling me and pushing me to fly better. They could've just sat back done their jobs as traffic pilots, but instead they all had me practice lots of stuff (i.e. landing on the little trailer again and again and again - too much fun!). This paid off again - at the end of the week Paul said "Hey, wanna go an a trip?" Me: "Sure, where we going?" Paul: "Toronto. We take a helicopter to Winnipeg, then another one from Winnipeg to here" Me: :blur: :up: :punk: This is getting long, so I'll save that trip for the next post. The moral of the story: Smile, have a keen attitude, bust yer hump, and be around at the right time, and good things can happen! ... Darren Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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