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New Zealand Stigma?

Sky Monkey

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I'm looking to get into commercial helicopter aviation, and one pilot suggested that I look into New Zealand schools. For about the same amount of money, I can get 150 hours of flying time split between piston and turbine helicopters, a mountain rating, and a night endorsement compared to the 100 hour program most schools offer here. On top of that, I would still have enough left over to convert to a Canadian license (assuming I can do that in 10 hours).


But after talking to a few Canadian schools, they claim the Canadian training is more valued, despite both schools being located in similar mountain ranges.


So my question is this: What is more attractive to employers... Exclusively Canadian experience, or an extra 50 hours with international experience?




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I am a kiwi pilot that trained in NZ and came to Canada and converted my license with Great Slave Heli in Villineuve and after the training i got i was really disappointed that i didnt do my whole license in Canada, as these guys really knew their stuff. I hadn't even done a full on auto til i got to canada!!!

The 10 hour " mountain " flying requirement in NZ isnt worth a **** in Canada as you will get proper mountain training when you are needed for the mountains or forestry.

The night flying requirement is also not worth it, as i feel the 10 hour instrument requirement in canada is far more valuable, and not many operators do night ops anyway.

The extra 50 hours you will have on your license i don't think will impress too many employees anyway cos 50 hours doesnt really make much difference.

If you train with a company that is also operational in canada you have a chance of getting hired on with them if you impress them enough.

In NZ you may go to a reputable flying school and still end up getting flight training from a guy with 400 hours total time consisting of frost protection and joy rides!!! a far cry from a guy with 10000 hours that is production long lining and fire fighting during summer and instructing during winter.

Just my thoughts after having gone down that road myself.



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