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Articles for category Career Development




Apr
22
2011

Waiting in the Wings - Qualified Pilot Internship Pipeline

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By Barry Pomeroy - The answer to the shortage of qualified helicopter pilots and the ‘gray area’ for certified low time commercial helicopter pilots are; Interns - voluntary second pilots in VFR/SPIFR commercial and HEMS operations. I am Barry Pomeroy, I am a low time Commercial pilot with an existing career, and I am writing this as the result of a failure matrix analysis after observing and participating in the industry for approximately six years. I attend, listen, and read everything I can get my hands on from the helicopter world. [Read More...]

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Jan
29
2011

GOMER - Working in the Gulf of Mexico: Part 3

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ARTICLE&VIDEO GOMER - Flyin in the Gulf of Mexico:Part 3 In the previous two articles and video supplements I covered the required qualifications and training involved for pilots who wish to work in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). In this installment, my intent is to explore a few issues that impact the lifestyle of a pilot working in the GOM and some tips for adjusting to this unique work environment. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryHelicopter Sectors



Nov
29
2010

GOMER: Working in the Gulf of Mexico - Part 2

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GOMER: Working in the Gulf of Mexico - Part 2 Article, Photos, & Video by Lyn Burks In my experience, if you would like to see how serious a helicopter operator is about safety, then look no further than its new hire or recurrent pilot training programs. On one hand, there are programs which barely meet the FAA minimums, with their training program loosely packaged between the covers of Part 135 Operations Specifications. On the other, there are operators who go beyond the OpSpecs and fill the training “tool box” with innovative techniques and dedicated people. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryBecoming A Pilot categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors



Sep
28
2010

GOMER - Working in the Gulf of Mexico: Part1

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Written &Video Feature! Article. photos, and video by Lyn Burks I remember when I was a much younger helicopter pilot clawing my way up through the helicopter world, one airframe and one mission at a time. Training, ENG, Utility, EMS, Corporate, you know, the usual stuff. I recall the first time I saw the term GOMER on the Justhelicopters.com message board and thought, “what the heck is a GOMER?” Frankly, it doesn’t really sound all that cool! [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryHelicopter Sectors



Aug
17
2010

Need Money To Fly?

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In aviation today, it is financially difficult to fund advancement in the helicopter industry. However, there are opportunities out there. These opportunities can be found through the Whirly-Girls Organization. The Whirly-Girls Organization is a non-profit organization of International Female Helicopter Pilots. The organization is a charitable organization that is dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation through the industry’s largest pool of annual scholarships, while providing women helicopter pilots a forum for the exchange of information and opportunities. Each year, the Whirly-Girls Organization attends the HAI conference and awards these scholarships. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryBecoming A Pilot categoryTraining



Jul
20
2010

Heli – Success! 3rd Annual Career Development Seminar & Networking Event

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Heli – Success!ThirdAnnual Career Development Seminar & Networking Event Las Vegas, NV. October 31 & November 1, 2010 –Put a face to a name! Shake hands with the hiring authorities! Get your resume into the right hands of the right people! Sponsored by Bristow Group and Rotorcraft Pro Media Network, and produced by the team from Verticalreference.com and Justhelicopters.com, comes a two day Helicopter Career Development Seminar and Networking Event for Helicopter Pilots, Mechanics and Operators titled “Heli-Success” [READMORE] [Read More...]

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Apr
20
2010

Getting the Maximum from VFR Minimums

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Categories: categoryCareer Development categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors



Apr
13
2010

Advanced Helicopter Training with FlightSafety International

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Written &Video Feature:Advanced Helicopter Training with FlightSafety International By Lyn Burks - Having been in the helicopter industry for a little while, I have been fortunate enough to experience many levels of training. While recently attending an S76C++ transition course at FlightSafety International (FlightSafety), I am reminded of the stark differences between the "haves" and the "have nots." My reference to "haves" and "have nots" is not meant to be deprecating to those who offer or attend helicopter training at traditional facilities. It’s really more of an analogy which notes the difference in the level of training provided by FlightSafety as compared to other training providers I have experienced. The present model of our training industry is what it is, and this article will not change it. [VIEWVIDEOANDARTICLENOW] [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryCompany Profiles categoryTraining



Apr
06
2010

How to Handle the Phone Interview

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By Lyn Burks - In previous career development articles we left off with the importance of the resume, along with several tips for “spooling up” your resume to a higher level of professionalism. Assuming you did everything right and your resume has convinced the hiring authority that you may be the person for the job; you may now be facing a new hurdle. The phone interview. [Read More...]

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Dec
28
2009

Understanding the Hiring Process

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Understanding the Hiring Process! By Lyn Burks As published in Rotorcraft Professional Magazine December 2008 So here you are, a Helicopter CFII who has been teaching in the "training bubble" for the last eighteen months and now you are bucking your first job in the real world of working helicopters. Or, perhaps you are transitioning out of Military flying and into the Civilian market. In either case, you may be looking for a little insight into what the general hiring process is like. [Read More...]

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