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P2f and helicopters

#1 Post by timel » Thu May 21, 2015 7:17 pm

Hey folks,

Is it a standard practice for Canadian Helicopter pilots to pay for a type rating in order to have a job?
Are you aware of pilots who do pay partial costs on commercial operations in order to accumulate hours?

I was told it was happening in Quebec few years ago, I am just wondering if it is still current.

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#2 Post by Heliian » Fri May 22, 2015 6:08 am

As in any business, there are people just trying to squeeze every last cent from you. Icefield heli used to have some racket like a training bond, I imagine there are others out there too. Quebec is a totally different ballgame as there are tons of pilots who only had to pay a couple of grand for training.
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#3 Post by snoopy » Sun May 24, 2015 1:45 pm

@Heliian, what do you mean by this: Quebec is a totally different ballgame as there are tons of pilots who only had to pay a couple of grand for training. ?
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#4 Post by esp803 » Sun May 24, 2015 1:49 pm

Snoopy,

I suspect he is talking about Chicoutimi College, where you can go get a government funded Helicopter license for pennies on the dollar. It's a shame that the rest of the provinces don't offer up programs like that. Free education, and increase the standard required for entrance.

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#5 Post by snoopy » Sun May 24, 2015 8:03 pm

Ahhhhhh! Thanks for the clarification! And they still do this? I believe Ontario had a similar program through Canadore? I remember following up a lead years ago when trying to figure out how to afford the conversion. Aside from the residency requirements I'm sure the competition was quiet fierce to get in - does that program still exist?

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#6 Post by Gilles Hudicourt » Sun May 24, 2015 8:29 pm

The college in Chicoutimi pumps out about 40 pilots a year, some in Airline, some in Bush and some in Helicopters
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#7 Post by The Mole » Sun May 31, 2015 10:54 am

Its not common. Only if your a low timer, do you get exploited by some companies. Ive never paid for training. But I do know of pilots who signed under duress. Training bonds don't hold water, but if you need a job, signing under duress may be your only option.
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#8 Post by timel » Sun Jun 14, 2015 1:44 pm

From what I can understand foreign nationals or locals flying at passport helicopter are/were proposed a commercial training package of 100 000$.
That package included ferry flight for commercial purpose or maintenance purpose where candidate would build hours by paying some of the cost of the flights (like 400$/hr instead or 1200$/hr an astar) or fuel cost on robinsons.

Helicraft would do the same kind of arrangements for low timers.
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