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by Duffman
Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: cessna 180 vs 172XP floatplane amphibian?
Replies: 16
Views: 5553

Re: cessna 180 vs 172XP floatplane amphibian?

What kind of work are you doing with it? The 172 XP is great for training and maybe sightseeing with two passengers. I don't think it would be very useful for anything else. Even the work you can do with a 180 will be very limited if you're carrying a bit of gas. There are some operators using 180's...
by Duffman
Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Another CMA Thread
Replies: 19
Views: 3697

Re: Another CMA Thread

So what is CMA like for guys with a couple thousand hours who get hired as an FO hoping for a somewhat quick upgrade? Clearly the pay sucks as it looks like it's even less than Georgian and EVAS but what is it like to work there?
by Duffman
Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Air Georgian CRJ Pay Scale
Replies: 22
Views: 8222

Re: Air Georgian CRJ Pay Scale

I make substantially more than that on the Caravan. But you'll get jet time :shock:
by Duffman
Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Beaver chief pilot / ops manager Day VFR 703 SALARY ?
Replies: 6
Views: 2208

Re: Beaver chief pilot / ops manager Day VFR 703 SALARY ?

Is it seasonal? At least 6 grand. Even then I think thats on the low side.
by Duffman
Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: 50 hrs. on floats vs. 15 hrs. + MEIFR
Replies: 9
Views: 1203

Re: 50 hrs. on floats vs. 15 hrs. + MEIFR

We (a float company) get lots of resumes from guys with a $10,000+ multi IFR and 7 hours on floats. The first thing I wonder is how serious this pilot actually is. If you want to do floats as a career (and its a good career) or even if you want to do it for a few years, get the float time now and wo...
by Duffman
Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Float Rating In Southern Ontario - Inquiry
Replies: 20
Views: 1818

Re: Float Rating In Southern Ontario - Inquiry

I don't really understand whats so wrong about him going right seat in the twin otter with no float time. The guy in the left seat is going to babysit him anyway. I do ratings once in a while but I just help out at a school out west when i'm not working so that wouldn't really work. I think you shou...
by Duffman
Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:24 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Float Rating In Southern Ontario - Inquiry
Replies: 20
Views: 1818

Re: Float Rating In Southern Ontario - Inquiry

Take your pick, Georgian Bay or Lake Country. Lake Country is the cheaper option because they use the 172 instead of the 180. I think the only other option in that area would be to find a private guy willing to train you.
by Duffman
Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: 2015 Float season.
Replies: 35
Views: 8435

Re: 2015 Float season.

We're going to start training pilots middle of next week and hoping the following week we can get into some of our lakes. I did a little fly around yesterday to check out a few places and it looks way better than last year.
by Duffman
Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Last hope from a desperate aviatior-in-training
Replies: 47
Views: 3649

Re: Last hope from a desperate aviatior-in-training

I was in a similar situation to you. I had two maxed out credit cards, a line of credit and a personal loan by the time I finished my CPL in 2012. A few weeks later I started my first job flying and started paying it off. I will have it all paid off by the end of this float season. I don't advocate ...
by Duffman
Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Sea plane rating question.
Replies: 35
Views: 3303

Re: Sea plane rating question.

phillyfan wrote:The real question should be, How many people actually do the "solo" time during a float endorsement?
I had one student that I couldn't let go solo without extra training, it wasn't in his budget so he didn't get his rating. He was really pissed off and I felt bad for him but what could I do...
by Duffman
Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Dock vs. Ramp First Job
Replies: 23
Views: 2168

Re: Dock vs. Ramp First Job

When I got my first job I had a few hundred on floats and sometimes I still felt like I didn't really know what I was doing. That's pretty lucky to have been able to rack up 100+ hrs on floats before even getting a gig. I was lucky enough in that I could build up some float PIC by ferrying floatpla...
by Duffman
Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Dock vs. Ramp First Job
Replies: 23
Views: 2168

Re: Dock vs. Ramp First Job

With all due respect you are incorrect. I agree with you that 7 hours is not enough but the operators i've listed have hired 7 hour float pilots, done their required 3 hours of training and cut them loose. I have personally seen it. I do not think it's a good idea and I have an understanding of my c...
by Duffman
Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Dock vs. Ramp First Job
Replies: 23
Views: 2168

Re: Dock vs. Ramp First Job

^ That was a useful reply. I just posted a list of operators that do exactly what I said.
by Duffman
Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:21 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Sea plane rating question.
Replies: 35
Views: 3303

Re: Sea plane rating question.

I only do ratings once in a while when I have time but 100% of my students get trained on glassy water. It doesn't matter if they need to come back in a few weeks to get it. If there are schools doing glassy training without real glassy water the student is going to be in a bad situation the first t...
by Duffman
Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:09 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Dock vs. Ramp First Job
Replies: 23
Views: 2168

Re: Dock vs. Ramp First Job

Sandy Lake Seaplane, Kenora Air, River Air, Chimo, Adventure Air, Atikokan Aero.

I'm not recommending that someone who wants a float job only gets a 7 hour rating but it is possible.
by Duffman
Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Dock vs. Ramp First Job
Replies: 23
Views: 2168

Re: Dock vs. Ramp First Job

Floats is by far the easiest way to get PIC time these days. After the first season of flying/dock work you're flying every day, anywhere from 300-600 hours per season. Even if your goal is to fly for an airline eventually (which is way less fun than flying a floatplane, but to each their own) it's ...
by Duffman
Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Slate Falls Air Otter job
Replies: 14
Views: 4084

Re: Slate Falls Air Otter job

I looked into flying on the west coast and last year a couple companies, Harbour Air was one of them, showed interest in me but the pay was shockingly low. Harbour Air was paying less than half of what I get in NWO. And here I get room and board and tips. There is no manual labour involved with HA b...
by Duffman
Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Slate Falls Air Otter job
Replies: 14
Views: 4084

Re: Slate Falls Air Otter job

Sounds like an average salary. I'm sure there are folks making more and some making less. There are hardly any higher time float guys around in NWO so you have to pay well to have a chance at getting anyone good.
by Duffman
Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: 2015 Float season.
Replies: 35
Views: 8435

Re: 2015 Float season.

What kind of pay increase do you guys usually get each year? Given how competitive it is getting I think going back to the same company warrants at least a $500/month raise. It's kind of strange that a few years ago I was sending out resumes and begging for my first job and now i'm getting unsolicit...
by Duffman
Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: 2015 Float season.
Replies: 35
Views: 8435

Re: 2015 Float season.

Yeah you're spot on shimmy. We do really work hard during the summer. I'm still fairly young but not sure I want to be humping drums around when i'm older.

It is nice to be able to work for 5 months a year and then travel and screw off to Florida or wherever for the rest of the year though.
by Duffman
Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: 2015 Float season.
Replies: 35
Views: 8435

Re: 2015 Float season.

I agree Cat. Per month I make nearly double what a Q400 captain at Encore makes, they can keep their smart people and i'll keep driving my little 9 seat floatplane :mrgreen:
by Duffman
Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: 2015 Float season.
Replies: 35
Views: 8435

Re: 2015 Float season.

Bump... has the water turned liquid up north yet? Seeing a lot of float driver adds showing up in the job postings. Still at least 2 months to go for that. Last year I was dodging chunks of ice at the beginning of June. New pilots starting flight training don't really seem that interested in floats...
by Duffman
Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Aircraft on Lake by Kasabonika
Replies: 46
Views: 5257

Re: Aircraft on Lake by Kasabonika

I don't understand why you guys are jumping all over these kids. Maybe you have info that I don't but how old was Max Ward when he started his air service? Early 20's? I say good on these guys for having entrepreneurial spirit. They had an oil problem, who knows why, maybe they had no business flyin...
by Duffman
Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Not the best time to put the oil cap in place
Replies: 6
Views: 1817

Re: Not the best time to put the oil cap in place

I think every Beaver guy with any significant time has had that happen a few times. Some of my passengers are pretty hefty and barely fit in that seat so it aways gets bumped.
by Duffman
Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:11 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Time to Complete Instrument Rating?
Replies: 12
Views: 1091

Re: Time to Complete Instrument Rating?

I agree with you Illya and I tried to do the same thing but in my experience nobody would look at me unless I already had the group 1 on my license. I'm not really sure why but nobody wants to hire a pilot without the group 1 even if a PPC would upgrade his IFR to the group 1 anyway. When I only had...

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