Hover-Pig Posted February 12, 2005 Report Share Posted February 12, 2005 The contract announcement is imminent. Both bidders are offering our current Jet Rangers and a twin. One offer refurbishes some of our Griffons for the school and the other would see some A109s. The problem the military will run into is finding enough pilots as instructors. As it is now we have a difficult time getting 20 pilots from our operational units to come to Portage as instructors. With the new system using the single and twins on NVG we will need 45 pilots. The units just cannot swallow this loss. The new two type system will mean that the Jet Ranger instructors no longer do any cross country trips, no navigation and only basic instrument flying in the local area. We won't even be allowed to take the machines to Winnipeg. Military pilots are not interested in coming to Portage and be completely restricted to the local airfield for four years. It will be impossible to entice pilots for this job, they will only be interested in flying the twin, whichever one is used. A possible solution will be to hire civilian helicopter instructors for the ab initio part on the Jet Ranger and military pilots for the twin phase. Keep your eyes posted on the announcement of this contract for future developements. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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