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How to be a Bush/Sea Plane Pilot

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 6:17 pm
by GJOYT
Hi lads. I know this topic may have been brought up before. I am about to bite the bullet and do the ATPL exams distance learning but I am just wondering how one would one go about getting into bush/sea plane flying and not just in Ireland anywhere in the world like Africa or Canada. I almost have the 150hrs got and I get a thrill from short take offs and landings. I've had a few goes at sea plane too and really like it. Its a side to aviation that I think I would love to get into for a few years even though its a little bit dangerous but if anyone has any advice or know any particular requirements for it please dont hesitate to let me know.

Cheers! :D

Keith

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U7SBGfT2No

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:05 am
by j3cub
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Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:14 pm
by Cosmic
Maun in Botswana is a place that quite a few rookies get their start as crusty Bush Pilots. You'll start flying sightseers around in C172s and C206s but once you have a few hours and a season under your belt it opens up that chance for more adventures with other operators in Tanzania and Kenya.

To get employed in Maun you need to get your camping gear and head down there at the start of the tourist season, sending CVs is a futile exercise. You need to be there in person and spend the daytime dropping off your CV and shaking hands with the Chief Pilots, at night get drunk and party with them around town.

There are loads of Ozzies and Seth Afrikan Pilots hanging around the campsites looking for work at the start of the season, I hear that craic is mighty and even if you don't find a job you'll have a good time.

It's dangerous sh888y work, you'll be expected to break all the rules and take risks with your life but I've never met someone who flew and Africa and didn't think it was the best experience of their flying careers. Of course some don't come back. Best of luck.