Helicopter Pilot

by Tim M. and Tylor H.

Helicoptor Pilot
Helicoptor pilot can be an extremely dangerous job, and can be found in the most remote places of the world. wether its bringing skiers to the summit of a mountain, flying troops into the line of fire, or bringing everyday workers to an offshore oilrig, it is always dangerous and the pilots must be highly trained. Since helicoptor pilots can be working in many different jobs and condition, the salary between two pilots can majorly differ, for instince a pilot straight out of pilot school can make $20,000 a year while a pilot with seniority working for a private firm can make upwards of $200,000 a year.
Helicoptor pilot atempting a smooth take off
Helicoptor pilot atempting a smooth take off
Helicoptors commonly used for transporting workers to offshore oilrigs
Helicoptors commonly used for transporting workers to offshore oilrigs
The recent Cougar 491 crash showing the true dangers of the job
The recent Cougar 491 crash showing the true dangers of the job


Training
First you must obtain a commercial pilot’s licence issued by Transport Canada. After this you need to complete a helicopter training course, available through flight schools across Canada. The course ranges from about 3-6 months in length, consisting of an industry training program (designed to prepare students/pilots for the industry), Ground school (sling load operations, Log pad constuction, confined area operations, and related breifings), And flight training (minumum of 5 hours slinging using multiple loads, 2 hours log pad landings, and 3 hours confined area operations). Also applicants must be 18 years of age, be literate in the english language, and pass a medical exam. there is no diploma recomended although it is helpful when job searching.



Working Conditions
Helicoptor pilots can work in hangars, offices, and helicopters, while military pilots may work aboard aircraft carriers or at bases around the world. You must realize that helicoptop pilots are often cramped up in small, noisy cockpits, while often wearing bulky survival suits. Helicoptop pilots have irregular hours, meaning they could be flying at anytime of the day or night to some of the most remote spaces of the world.

Man checking out how small the cockpit truely is
Man checking out how small the cockpit truely is


Resources
http://www.helicopterscanada.com/industry.html
http://www.ehow.com/about_5502032_helicopter-pilot.html
http://www.careercruising.com/Careers/JobDetails.aspx?LoginID=85ae553e-dd8b-4aff-95c3-153a32eba552-&OccNumber=214&field=JobDesc
http://www.chinookhelicopters.com/