mckied Posted June 14, 2007 Report Share Posted June 14, 2007 I was at the Galore Creek job the other day and all the companies there have hired fresh commercial guys for PAID ground crew positions. Chatting to one companys senior pilots and to the new guys themselves reveals that they are all dissatisfied with their current standing and cannot fathom why they are not flying yet. Most have been employed for a month. Two of them got up and left. One left after one tour and the other after only a week. Both cited that it wasn't what they expected? Its a cushy number, they are staying at Bell 2, they are working around and under the 206's, 205's, Kamov, Vertol, Chinook and the Mil 26? They sometimes have to clean the inside of the machine but pretty much they are there to meet and greet, refuel and hook up loads. Seems to me to be a dream come true personally and some of them are even getting the odd fly of the 205. When a 100hr wonder says its not what he was expecting and why am I not flying? One has to ask what the #### are they being told in flight school? The schools are churning the pilots out in only 3 months and leaving us with the job of making them useful. Its a ripoff for the industry and depressing to see the calibre of guy that is wanting to become a pilot these days. Most of us can relate to many years of ground work and its becoming irritating to listen to the delusions of these new guys and to watch their lack of enthusiasm, commonsense and work ethic. Someone explain. I wish I has a job like that!!! Those guys need to open their eyes and realize it's almost impossible to get your first flying job. I myself am still trying to find that first flying job after many years and I have over 500 hours sitting co-joe in a 214. Yes, its not a PIC job which companies are eager to point out (which I understand) but it is great operational experience. And yes I'm willing to do a ground crew job if it will lead to a entry level flying job. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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