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Curious what steps are needed or routes I should take to get back in the seat after a 10year break from flying?

What's required, who had the best answers. Seems to be a grey area for info.

 

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Well this could vary depending on who you go to work for but for the last 2 years I spend 3 days writing exams...8 hr days. Then recurrent training on whatever it is you are going to fly. In my case it was on jetbox,longdog and 407.Then you will have to do a ride for your ppc which will take about an hour so you can look at at least 4-5 days before your back in THE seat.

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What zazu said and if you let your medical lapse you will be in for some real fun. Be prepared to send the folks lots of tests. If you have passed 55 you will be  getting a hearing test by a specialist and in my case I had to take an instructor pilot for a ride to verify that you can actually hear what atc is asking you.. I did mine in company helicopter and paid the guy a $100 bucks. They don't care that  radios and most headsets have volume controls....I called TC and had a chat about that! I also had to pay to have my hearing test completed. They will want lots of other tests completed and sent in to Ottawa. Have fun! And then there is the on line tests to do for TC after you have written days of tests. And they just put out a new one just in case you thinking you're finished...CRM is suppose to take between 8-10 hrs of classroom time and I haven't heard if you have to write a test after the course. I wrote a stack of tests that had to be 2 inches thick...have fun. Oh and lets not forget Dangerous goods which you will probably do on line...another day or two. And now you better read up on the new rules....can;t wait to see how operators are going to handle that one. Also you will have to forget about ever having a cold brew after a hard day of flying as the new rules put a kybosh on that!

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DG takes three hours. Quit wining about how long it takes to get back in the seat. The paying customer has a right to expect that whoever is flying them is current. Welcome back to the industry. I much prefer working with old timers. Less drama. 

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On 1/6/2019 at 6:52 AM, DGP said:

What zazu said and if you let your medical lapse you will be in for some real fun. Be prepared to send the folks lots of tests. If you have passed 55 you will be  getting a hearing test by a specialist and in my case I had to take an instructor pilot for a ride to verify that you can actually hear what atc is asking you.. I did mine in company helicopter and paid the guy a $100 bucks. They don't care that  radios and most headsets have volume controls....I called TC and had a chat about that! I also had to pay to have my hearing test completed. They will want lots of other tests completed and sent in to Ottawa. Have fun! And then there is the on line tests to do for TC after you have written days of tests. And they just put out a new one just in case you thinking you're finished...CRM is suppose to take between 8-10 hrs of classroom time and I haven't heard if you have to write a test after the course. I wrote a stack of tests that had to be 2 inches thick...have fun. Oh and lets not forget Dangerous goods which you will probably do on line...another day or two. And now you better read up on the new rules....can;t wait to see how operators are going to handle that one. Also you will have to forget about ever having a cold brew after a hard day of flying as the new rules put a kybosh on that!

A day or two to do DG wow! How many times did you fail it? 

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7 hours ago, Land Where? said:

Forget the VFR Bu#@Sh&*......Go IFR...Life is way better!!!!

I have my IFR, it landed me some interesting international jobs, but if i wanted to sit in a cockpit and do next to nothing, and see next to nothing, I would have gone fixed wing. ;) 

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