Sorry for the absence. I’ve been given some new duties at work that have kept me very busy. So here is just something while I prepare something more useful. I’ll try to dedicate a page to “How to Become a Helicopter Pilot” when I get time for it.
In the meanwhile here are some shots from today.
9 thoughts on “On the Ice”
First of all! Thanks for the time spending to this Blog. I love all your Stories and Contributions.
I personally would highly appreciate to get tips from a Helicopter Industry Insider about the Pros and Cons of Integrated or Modular courses, maybe you can share your opinion and your own path. For me the question is not “if” but what’s the “most elegant” and promising way to become a professional helicopter pilot with a job one day!
Thanks and always happy landings! 🙂
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Love your blog. Keep up the good work.
I’m wondering about the same thing. I want to become a pilot but I’m afraid of using all of my money on a career where I might not get a job. I’m wondering more specifically about the job market in Norway. How is it? And what’s the chances of getting a job?
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For me it’s not the exact same thing 😉 I mean the chance that we( you and me and many other future pilots) will spent all our saving and not getting a job(soon) is quite high, i think it takes a lot of persistance, hard work AND a lot of good LUCK! Anyway i will do it! The market in general is good for well expierienced pilots as far as i am informed! I am just struggeling with the decision on which path (into the cockpit) i should spend my money 😉
No Offense! I hope you will make it if you want it! I just think it’s not the same question 🙂
Oh sorry i misunderstood your question.
Another question I’m wondering about is what school would you recommend?
Thank you both for commenting. I’ll see if I can get my page dedicated to this up and running as soon as possible. But to give a short answer to you both first:
I think the bottom line for choosing one or the other is if you are planning on working on your license full-time or not. The modular course often times give you more flexibility and can easier be combined with working on the side for example. But that means if you do that, chances are you’ll end up spending more time on it. As far as I remember you also end up with roughly 50 hours more on the modular course on the EASA CPL-H. This could be a MINOR advantage, depending on what your next-step is. I’m guessing these 50 added hrs will make this a more costly approach though. If it wasn’t for the fact that I got a job before finishing my flying and put that on hold, I could have completed the CPL-H in less than 10 months on the integrated course that I took.
There is no short answer to what you are asking, but generally speaking getting a job is hard. The best thing to do is decide what kind of flying you want to be doing, then ask someone with that job how they got to where they are. I think that if you are hard-working anything is possible. But you should be fully aware of the challenges that lie ahead, and if that is something you are up to.
The choices you are making requires a bit of research from both of you. And that means not only taking my advice, but talking to as many as possible. You should not let one individual or one organization dictate what is essentially your future. Don’t buy blindly into “facts” presented by flight training organizations, they just want your money, plain and simple. They really don’t care if you get a job.
All this being said, if you do your research and decide that the bumpy road ahead looks like something you’d be able to get through, go for it! The world still needs pilots, and we all started with nothing. Just make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Disse bildene du har tatt fra “One the Ice”, er de tatt på Styggevatn i Jostedalen?
How old were you, when you flew at the first time a real helicopter?😊 Have a nice day!
Oh, and how it is the best way to become helicopterpilot? 😊 And sorry, my English isn’t so good because I’m from Switzerland😂