Discovery Air Fire Detection Pilots

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Discovery Air Fire Detection Pilots

#1 Post by shamrock104 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:35 pm

Anyone got any up to date info on these guys?
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Re: Discovery Air Fire Detection Pilots

#2 Post by Illya Kuryakin » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:02 pm

What do you need to know? The ad is pretty clear. It's summer camp with a bonus at the end. Free place to stay.
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Re: Discovery Air Fire Detection Pilots

#3 Post by 172_Captain » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:23 am

^ ^
Basically what he said. Great summer gig.

In the past 1,000TT, and 100MEPIC was needed to get on, however they were flexible and could take you with as low as 75MEPIC. I think because of industry movement tho, they are having a harder time finding qualified guys and so they've put the absolute minimum requirements in the job ad it seems now to be more enticing. If you don't have 75MEPIC, I really wouldn't bother applying. If you do, then apply. Everyone who wants to move on by end of season does move on. Places like Bearskin, Thunder, Ornge, Skycare, Wasaya, etc are full of discovery guys.
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Re: Discovery Air Fire Detection Pilots

#4 Post by goingnowherefast » Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:38 am

Some guys go back for 2 or 3 years. That's gotta be a good sign.

I guess you could say it's like float job without the gruelling long hours of loading fuel barrels (or getting wet). You get to fly around beautiful scenery all summer long and get the winter off.
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Re: Discovery Air Fire Detection Pilots

#5 Post by jeremyh1 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:11 am

Speaking from personal experience, the two summers I spent with DAFS (1 Detection, 1 Birddog) were fantastic. Met a lot of great folks while living in free (and clean) accommodation. Lots of downtime in the mornings and evenings to be spent at your leisure. If you have the 1000tt/75mpic requirements I am sure they would love to hear from you. Most guys who do put in a full summer with DAFS have no trouble finding further employment, just make sure you honour your commitment in staying the entire season and play nice with others. If you do, they will honour their commitment in terms of giving a great reference out the door.

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Re: Discovery Air Fire Detection Pilots

#6 Post by Blueshift » Mon May 22, 2017 9:25 pm

What's the usual season for fire detection pilots? Would they be flexible for someone in university? How many hours can be expected to be flown in a season?

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Re: Discovery Air Fire Detection Pilots

#7 Post by 172_Captain » Thu May 25, 2017 8:36 pm

Blueshift wrote:What's the usual season for fire detection pilots? Would they be flexible for someone in university? How many hours can be expected to be flown in a season?

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None of the answers to your questions matter if you don't get the job. You don't get the job unless you apply. So...apply to the job ad, if you get interviewed ask the questions then. It's really that easy and they'll be your best source for answers.
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Re: Discovery Air Fire Detection Pilots

#8 Post by Zaibatsu » Thu May 25, 2017 9:29 pm

They do a retention bonus if you stick around for whole season. They understand if you get the call from Jazz or have other commitments, but you'll be saying goodbye to a good chunck of change.
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Re: Discovery Air Fire Detection Pilots

#9 Post by 7507 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:38 pm

What’s the schedule and pay like?
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Re: Discovery Air Fire Detection Pilots

#10 Post by spruceair » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:25 pm

7507 wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:38 pm
What’s the schedule and pay like?
I've heard $1200 take home every two weeks, $4000 retention bonus if you finish the contract. 21 on, 7 off. Not sure how current/accurate that is though.
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