I am interested in the fixed-wing IFR side.
The info that I got from an ex RCMP Air Services pilot is that they are moving away from police officers as pilots, and moving to hiring from industry, as the selection pool is much larger. The rationale is, you don't need to be a police officer to fly. It has been increasingly difficult to find the number(s) of pilots from within the RCMP, with required CPL, and TT hours, without training from scratch.
They are hiring new pilots and engineers as they need them, as existing staff retire. The new people are being brought in as Civilian Members of the RCMP, and are not unionized. They are paid at the same pay rate as -(Transport Canada) pilots and engineers.
The last civilian pilot hired in Edmonton (about 2 years ago) was for their Bell 206L and was hired from private industry. Excellent pilot with IFR and major TT hours.
Just for your info, the RCMP in Vancouver is currently advertising from outside, for an AME-E with 5 years experience. They have an add in this months copy of Helicopters Magazine. Page 32.
The attached web page will give you a heads-up on their aircraft inventory, for each Province. There are a few errors on the list, but it gives you a general idea.
http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/waf/canada/ ... entory.htm
http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/waf/canada/ ... -orbat.htm
I haven't seen any recent adds for pilots, in any National Aviation Magazines. You can try the local RCMP recruiting unit for more information.
Same deal...3000 min, Single pilot PC12...Fairly good pay...Most work is in remote areas at least for less senior guys...
I believe Officers still fly the birds and you might not be welcomed as you dreamed...Lots of the regular members traveling onboard would love to see an RCMP member pulling the yoke...
Quote from a friend flying there: It's great, but I wish I'd done something else!! Go figure!!!
The best info that I can get is, " To be hired by Air Services, pilots must have at least 3,000 hours of relevant flying experience". You have to impress them with your dazzling CV.
3 x Cessna U206G
3 x 208
3 x Cessna 210R
12 x PC-12
2 x DH-6-300
1 x Piaggio P180
Wages range from $65K and run to $75K.
My friend was hired on the PC-12, with promises of training on the new twin (some kind of Piaggio??). Pay was approx 80 K/ yr with gov't benefits. Friend had probably about 4000 TT with 2000 + PIC multi-turbine in a 1900.
That's about all I can tell ya.