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Just curious. Where are mercenary pilots working these days? DR Congo? Somalia? Central America? Anybody know?
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Do you mean missionary pilots?
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I think he means merc's. I think they all work for the cia doing stuff like renditions, i.e., dropping poor beggars from places like gitmo in countries, and I mean any country, anywhere, that are willing to dissappear them. You would have to be a merc at heart to do that stuff, regardless of who signs your paycheque.
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"Mercenary" is what I meant.

I'm not in agreement with missionary work.
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Your best bet would be to google merc's and find one of their forums.

Executive Outcomes(one of the former bigger operators) didn't have an aviation department. I'm guessing the guerrillas/gov't/mercenary agencies charter out.

I think you might be thinking of drug/weapon smugglers("lord of war")??

and if you're thinking of "Air America" type of "mercenary" type deals, it's all governmental agencies, and you'll have a tough time getting in.

Why do you ask???

PS. Where ever they're fighting, is where you'll find "merc pilots," logisticsally someone needs to be chartering in merc ground troops + supplies.
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Dyncorp
http://www.dyn-intl.com/

I understand they used to doing some Air America type flying
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Rudy...is that a KTM?
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most work for air canada
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Post by cyyz »

Nice post Snow, Dyncorp does look like a good choice..

Also L3-communications,

http://www.l-3com.com/

if this is what we were talking about as "merc" hiring.
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Oh,
Dyncorp. That's even worse. Their employees were part of a sex slavery ring in Bosnia.

Doc, Nope it's a Honda.
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You meet the nicest people on a Honda.
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Doc wrote:You meet the nicest people on a Honda.
I feel offended by doc's new avatar... <grrrr> sexy...

But I won't complain, because I believe in DDoc's freedom of "speech"
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Post by 27pilot »

I was curious about merc flying as I have been doing more reading about current events lately. If someone wanted to, I think he could just go to a war-tone area like DR Congo or Somalia and offer his services as a merc pilot to a militia or a government. That is my impression.
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Post by Rudy »

27pilot wrote:If someone wanted to, I think he could just go to a war-tone area like DR Congo or Somalia and offer his services as a merc pilot to a militia or a government. That is my impression.
Sounds well thought out.
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Rudy wrote:
27pilot wrote:If someone wanted to, I think he could just go to a war-tone area like DR Congo or Somalia and offer his services as a merc pilot to a militia or a government. That is my impression.
Sounds well thought out.
what part of that was "well thought out?"

The governments don't need pilots, they need equipment, if you brought your own gunship(huey's/Mi-8's), or herc, maybe they'll take you.

I don't think a 172 will cut it either, they need transports, and a few helicopters, all of which they aquire from the russians for dirt cheap and the equipment is crewed.

Also, I don't think you'll be able to log the time, or you can "log it" but i'm not sure who will hire you on your word that you were flying Ilyushin XXX's.. In a war torn part of africa for the rebels or for the government.

Don't go to those parts of the world offering your services... Go to a reputable merc company and apply. Or a reputable logistics company, dyncorp, l3 and apply, and maybe they'll give you a shady job...
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Post by rotorfloat »

There's also Blackwater USA

Currently hiring rotary only though...
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Post by Rudy »

Yeah, that was sarcasm sorry. It's obviously ridiculous.
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I talked to one guy who got his instrument rating at Pro IFR a while ago. He flew a Caravan in Kenya. He said that he knows some pilots that flew light twins in the DR Congo and that militias had offered them money to transport troops and supplies. My impression was that they did not accept the job.
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If you get caught flying as a merc, be prepared to lose your citizenship. Of course, so what? :shock:
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