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Any Helicopter Pilots or Fix Winged Pilots here? - August 25, 2009, 09:56 AM

i am interested in learning to fly.

What's the job market for fix winged pilots vs rotatory pilots?

would like some information on schools, instructors and etc. i am totally green.

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http://www.aopa.org/

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a buddy of mine is about to start helicopter pilot school...i can ask him Hao


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yes?? Keep living the dream...you'll wake-up with a nightmare. Seriously, it's fun fun! I got more certificates & hours than I know what to do with...I'll sell 'em to you.

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i have a pilot's license and started to get my instrument rating, but would never want to get into the job market as a pilot. i can only imagine how miserable that would be. it seems like you spend a crapload of money to get your cert and ratings and then barely make minimum wage to start. i'm hoping to be an instructor some day, but that's my after-retirement goal. i can't imagine trying to live on an instructor's income.


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i am reading that entry position for helicopter pilots make 40k-60k with 500-1000hrs. experienced helicopter pilots make 80k-150k with +2000hrs

out of pocket cost to get hired is around $75k for schooling and certs.
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military would be the best way I would think....'sides they got all the cool aircraft anyway

...I'd love to fly UAVs, just like a video game ...den u don't need 20/20


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i have a pilot's license and started to get my instrument rating, but would never want to get into the job market as a pilot. i can only imagine how miserable that would be. it seems like you spend a crapload of money to get your cert and ratings and then barely make minimum wage to start. i'm hoping to be an instructor some day, but that's my after-retirement goal. i can't imagine trying to live on an instructor's income.
+1 Agree w/Novasuid. I was eating using food stamps years ago when I was instructing. But get ur instrument man!! Well worth it.

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i am reading that entry position for helicopter pilots make 40k-60k with 500-1000hrs. experienced helicopter pilots make 80k-150k with +2000hrs

out of pocket cost to get hired is around $75k for schooling and certs.
Good luck Paybands for pilots (fixed/helo) are WAY across the board.

http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20...YT01/804100353

Do it as a hobby instead

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military would be the best way I would think....'sides they got all the cool aircraft anyway

...I'd love to fly UAVs, just like a video game ...den u don't need 20/20
Agree...but the military has age cut-off for pilots. UAVs....yes, IMHO, but nothing like sitting in the tin can




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yes?? Keep living the dream...you'll wake-up with a nightmare. Seriously, it's fun fun! I got more certificates & hours than I know what to do with...I'll sell 'em to you.

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i am reading that entry position for helicopter pilots make 40k-60k with 500-1000hrs. experienced helicopter pilots make 80k-150k with +2000hrs

out of pocket cost to get hired is around $75k for schooling and certs.

think about how you'll get to those 1000-2000 hours needed for a decent piloting gig. most people get their hours by instructing, and most instructors barely make enough to feed themselves. my instructor's girlfriend kicked him out of their house because he wasn't pulling in his fair share of income. no joke! she eventually took him back in though. he ended up working 2 other night jobs to pull in enough money. and i would think heli student pilots are even more scarce, so the demand for heli instructors would be even less.

do it as a hobby. it's still expensive, almost like paying a 2nd mortgage if you fly often, but much more enjoyable. or get a partnership with a few people and buy your own plane/heli, that's another option.

who wants to go in on a partnership for a plane?

edit: sorry man, don't mean to poo poo all over you dreams and hopes of becoming a pilot. just trying to convey the crap i noticed that pilots have to go through to become a commercial pilot. the forums on aopa.org is a great resource for stuff like this, you should check it out.


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I'm "Living the Dream" but my wife is the main bread winner....that's how I can afford to play pilot. It will take years of crap pay before you have the hours to get a "good" job with crap pay.

Heli world is similar... I got a friend that got his rating relatively cheap....knew the right people and was flying a turbine heli right after he got his rating.....He has over 1500 hrs turbine heli time and can't get one of those "good" jobs yet...

I'd say 5 years before you will make a good income....maybe sooner or it may take longer.... It's fun some days, you hate it the next day....its a job.


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