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Bush Flying pilot license

Post by RozRoyal » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:56 pm

Hi all! I was wondering how do you become a pilot of a bush plane? What kind of a pilot license do I need, here in Canada?
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Re: Bush Flying pilot license

Post by propfeather » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:57 am

CPL or ATPL
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Re: Bush Flying pilot license

Post by Beefitarian » Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:53 am

That's not true. If he can afford to buy a bush plane he can fly it with a PPL.

Check out Trent Palmer and his buddies. They build and fly bush planes, most of them are private pilots. They are in the United States but as long as you have the money or credit you could do that here in the great white north.



Maybe you'd paint your Kitfox just red and white with maple leafs instead of stars but...

If you want to get a job flying in the bush you will need a commercial license but only because you need that for any job as a pilot. As for flying a plane in the bush you could even do it with a recreational license.

You will want to get some good training but that is a much longer story. Regardless you will need to start with finding a school you like.
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Re: Bush Flying pilot license

Post by amikaviation1 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:28 am

Air Hart Aviation in Kelowna, BC offers a float course for your CPL.
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Re: Bush Flying pilot license

Post by KissPlusOne » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:00 am

"Bush Pilot" is the wrong term for Trent Palmer and his flying cowboys. Being a bush pilot is a lifestyle. It comes with years of experience in THE BUSH! That title is earned after a few seasons of hauling moose (or any other animal/dense objects) out of a strip in the middle of nowhere. It comes after you've lived in the bush, whether seasonally or year round.

Calling those guys bush pilots is an affront to the men and women who fly in the bush every day. Whether you're supporting your life or a community's, being a bush pilot is (typically) not something you do for recognition. You do it because you love it (or because no one else would hire you :P )

Calling the Utah/Nevada deserts "bush" is a sorry misinterpretation. I can agree with the term "back country". But, when you can land, call your wife to ask what's for supper, then keep flying your grossly overpowered and under stressed airplane for fun? That's not a bush pilot.

I WILL say that those guys are a necessary force in the industry these days. It's people like that that brought us to where we are today, and it'll be people like that (LOTS of money and influence) that will keep GA alive and safe. At least for our U.S. brethren.

Back to the original question.

CPL is enough to make a living as a bush pilot. But remember: the best qualification for being a bush pilot is how well you can handle a chainsaw and a shovel :)

Flying will be the most rewarding, but likely will be the smallest amount of time that engages you as a "Bush Pilot". I highly recommend it, but just be prepared to work as hard as you can. Yet another reason the flying cowboys can't claim the title- they aren't working when they fly. They're just horsing around; that is fine and dandy, but don't use the term Bush Pilot....... Have I said that yet??
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Re: Bush Flying pilot license

Post by digits_ » Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:00 pm

RozRoyal wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:56 pm
Hi all! I was wondering how do you become a pilot of a bush plane? What kind of a pilot license do I need, here in Canada?
Nowadays, you can call yourself a bush pilot if you fly more northern than the guy you are talking to.
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Re: Bush Flying pilot license

Post by Beefitarian » Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:26 pm

Too many trees there? I'll concede the difference between bush and back country. Carry on.
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Re: Bush Flying pilot license

Post by rigpiggy » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:38 pm

trees, gee son I left the treeline over an hour ago
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