rainman Posted July 4, 2007 Report Share Posted July 4, 2007 Thanks for your reply . In all honesty , I haven't decided against a career as a pilot , and will most likely never work in the mines . My old man worked in the mines along with many familly members and friends .... it's not my kind of work . I was just using the mines as an example to spark a discussion as to why someone should become a helicopter pilot ( hoping the get all the PROs out , because I've read a lot of the CONs in this discussion). I've done the college route for a couple of years and have a Civil Engineering paper but it's time for something different . At 24, I was hoping to go back to school this fall ( or next fall) and attend Canadore College in North Bay . I was looking at the Rotary program that they offer and was also looking at the Aviation Maintenance program . I've gotten the info from Gateway about the Heli training .... $65 000 and am still waiting to visit the Campus to check out the Maintenance program ( approx $3000) . I know you should always do something you love first and money should be 2nd , but is mopping floors and re-shingling ( examples given in this thread) doing something you love? I know there's dues to be paid ... I've done them with jobs I've held ... but they were always job related. So I guess what I'm saying , is that I'm looking for the POSITIVE remarks to becoming a helicopter pilot ... because 99% of what's been posted has been negative ( divorce , no OT pay, excessive long hours , unrelated job tasks). Why do you want to become a helicopter pilot?? Have you ever been in one? Talking positively, flying is, for me, the most satisfying, enjoyable job I could ever imagine. The looks on peoples faces when you take a newbie up, or the hoots of joy from the heli-skiers or even the nod of a job well done from the dirty diamond driller. Not to mention the actual flying part. All these things and countless others are positives. If you are looking at the "negative stuff" That would be very short sighted, every job has dues to be paid, with Helicopters it's long for some a quite streamlined for others. In the end, once you're flying fulltime and loving life. It all is worth it. But ya know, i never considered it " paying my dues" It was interesting work from the get go, lot's of new lingo, ops etc to learn. We are (mostly) a professional bunch flying everyone from tree planters to billionaires. You're average joe can't just jump in the chair with 101 hrs and expect to succesfully get er done. It also seems to me that maybe it's not for someone who questions the negative stuff, there has to be no doubt in your mind and if someone says "it's a tough road, you might not make it". You shouldn't care at all what he says. You know you will be a heli pilot. I'm sure most of us out there were like that Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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