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5 Steps on How to Make Bush Flying Your Career

Step 1 - Research Companies & Areas you want to work inThis is a guide on how to become a Bush Pilot. I have gone through all these steps and failed to do some. These are the things I could have done to get to where I am today slightly quicker.

STEP 1 : RESEARCH COMPANIES YOU WANT TO WORK FOR

Pick the area or company that you want to work for. Setting yourself a goal gives you something to work towards. It will keep you motivated to become a bush pilot.

Trust me when I say there have been days briefing for 3 hours with my monotone voice. The student giving me the, “My eyes are open but on the inside, I’m asleep”, look. That’s when I bring out the bush flying YouTube videos and we both wake up!Read More

Pilot CV – What are you missing on yours?

INTRO

It took me awhile in the industry to figure out what I was doing wrong with my Pilot CV.

First off, I’ll say that I messed up tons of job opportunities because I would just email the chief pilot asking him what the minimum requirements were to join the company.

#TIP NUMBER ONE, chief pilots get tons of emails from people and they don’t have the time to reply to an email of some random person they have never heard of.

Here is a CV Template available here, so you don’t have to wait until the end if that is all you came here for.

The Pilot CV headingTHE PILOT CV/RESUME

I’ll start from the top

YOUR NAME!

No funny word art, just a clean bold large font. Eg. Chuck Yeager (If I got a CV from someone called Chuck Yeager, he would be hired immediately hahaha).

The aviation industry is smaller than you think and your name may have been overheard by the chief pilot etc. No need to include the word resume or CV, the chief pilot will know what it is when he sees it.

OBJECTIVE

Tell the company what position you are applying for, aviation companies can be massive. It helps to show your intentions clearly, right on the CV. This also helps to show that there was some prior research made into the company and that the CV is tailored for them, make the employer feel special!

PERSONAL INFORMATION

This is where people vary in what they want to include but the definites to include are and why they are included are :

NATIONALITY

Helps if you’ll need a work visa etc. some pilots are employed because it is easier for them to receive a work permit than another pilot. 

If you have dual citizenship, include that!

TELEPHONE NUMBER & EMAIL

You need to be contacted, I usually include preferred method of contact and hours available to be contacted via telephone (remember to put in the country code too!). If an employer cannot get hold of you, he will just move onto the next pilot on the list.

LICENSE NUMBER & ISSUING AUTHORITY

Some companies check up with the local authority and find out if there are any accident or incidents related to the licence number. They also check to see if the licence is actually legitimate.

AVAILABILITY

This is something I have previously not had on my CV but I definitely think it is an awesome idea that I got after reading sabushpilot’s post!

DATE OF BIRTH

An easy way to determine your age, some positions are more suited to younger or older pilots

FLIGHT TIME

This is the main one that anyone considering a pilot CV will look to find immediately, this is why I usually include it near the top of the CV. Make it easy to read. If applying for a caravan position, put the amount of experience you have in a caravan. If applying for an instructor position, include the amount of instructing experience you have.

Adapt, adapt,  adapt! each job is different and needs to be tailored to. Basic things that need to be included are :

Total, PIC, Multi Engine, Instructor, Instrument, Night

I prefer to round my flight time down to the nearest 5 when sending CV, some advice I received from my father was, “under promise, over deliver!”

CERTIFICATIONS & RATINGS

Multi Engine, Night, Instrument, Dangerous Goods, CRM & MCC, make sure to add every expiry date of your certificates.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Only include your aviation related jobs, some people will title this “experience/ work experience” instead.

If you are proud that you worked hard to get your licence working at a bar for two years this will come out in the actual interview.

Make sure to put the most recent employer at the top of the list and then work down from there. There is no need to include the full job description, just the job title and a short description will do.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Briefly include your high school, university (if you have a degree) & latest training (include the date of training, where it was held and the simulator/aircraft used)

REFERENCES

Only include this if you have enough space at the bottom and if the employer specifically asks for them.

PILOT CV TIPS

  • Keep it to one page
  • Be to the point, don’t include too much fluffy extra stuff
  • Only include a photograph if it is requested, people do judge on first appearances
  • Tailor the CV to the specific company you are applying to
  • Use one font throughout, make it easy to read
  • Send it as a pdf! This makes the file smaller and easier to download
  • Don’t forget to attach the CV to your cover letter, yes this has happened to me.

Keep an eye for next month when we cover the cover letter! Yes I said cover twice. So you have updated your CV and want to know how to get your first bush pilot job, have a look at this post

What You Need to Know – When Buying an Aviation Headset

Buying an aviation headset is like picking your life partner, you test it out for a while and if you don’t like it you go on the hunt for a new one.

Everyone has their own preference for what to buy when purchasing a headset as well as their own price range. These are the things you need to consider when buying them:

In EarBenefites of in ear aviation headset

Out of Ear

Comfort & Weight

You will be wearing these bad boys for a few solid hours at a time, find a headset that fits comfortably.

Pilots that wear caps and sunglasses while flying should take them with and try the headset on over the top.

It may make you look like a fool for a few minutes but that’s such a small price to pay for hours of comfort.

Try it on for at least 10 minutes to get a proper feel for it.

Plugs & Cables

Aviation Headset Cable Types

There are specific jacks/plugs depending on the aircraft type you fly:

 

  • Helicopter (one plug),
  • General Aviation (twin plug),
  • lemo plug (for fancy planes that allows you to power your ANR headset without batteries)
  • and the XLR (airline and corporate). Make sure you get the right type, pretty pictures below to help you know which is which.

ANR/PNR/DNR

Acitve Noise Reduction Headset

The magic headset fairies (microphones placed in the earcup) listen out to what low frequency noises (below 300Hz eg. the buzz of the engine) are out there and they cancel most of that noise out by screaming (a speaker inside the earcup emits an exact mirror of the noise) so you can protect your hearing!

If you decide on an ANR headset, have a look at the battery life, you don’t want to continuously be replacing batteries.

Passive Noise Reduction Headset

There’s no magic fairies here, just good old fashion foam or gel that create a seal around your ear.

 

Dynamic Noise Reduction Headset

These magic headset fairies are on steroids. These guys seek out and cancel out repetitive higher frequency noises.

 

Headset Noise Reduction Rating: What the hell is that?

In simple terms if a headset has a NRR of 20db, it reduces the sound by that much. The ANR (Active Noise Reduction) manufacturers usually give us two NRR figures. “Why 2 figures!? you ask”, so you know what the NRR is with the ANR on or off.

Sound Quality

Being able to listen to Beethoven’s symphony with absolute clarity is of utmost importance, the air traffic controller just interrupts the beauty (jokes). Having a good quality of sound will improve your communication with controllers.

I am currently flying in Indonesia where HF radio are used (lots of static), couple that with getting weather reports in Indonesian (which I am still learning) you need the best quality of sound that you can get!

Aviation Headset Microphone

Electret Mic

No, I didn’t make a spelling error, it is indeed electret which produces louder and clearer transmissions. The most modern headsets have Electret Microphones.

Dynamic

Handle abuse and vibrations a lot better and therefore they are usually found in open cockpits and helicopters.

Bluetooth

Perfect for when you’re doing ferry flights and need to keep your concentration up with podcasts etc. I did have a situation where I had a radio failure and I used my phone through my headset to stay in two-way communication with ATC.

There are also apps that can record transmissions via Bluetooth. When you get weather reports in Indonesian as an English speaker this allows you to play it back a few billion times to try get an understanding of what is going on.

Cheaper Quality ABR headset you didn't consider

 

The Bose Quiet comfort range can be converted to an aviation headset with Uflymike. You get the Bose quality ANR with BOSE technology and the UFlymike quality microphones.

Worth considering if you really want an ANR headset but can’t afford the hefty price tag of the Bose A20 or Zulu 3s.

Price

You may be tempted to go cheap, but you get what you pay for. Can you really put a price on your hearing? (well I guess you can, about 1000USD for a hearing aid)

 

Is there anything else that I should add to this list? Please comment below

Finding a Flight School – 5 Factors to Consider

Finding a Flight School - 5 Things I Wish I Knew ThenI remember when I picked my flight school. Filled with excitement to get in an aircraft and start flying. The flight school I ended up choosing was the one closest and that would let me learn to fly right then.

This is a list of factors that I wish someone had sat me down and said, “Paddy Ol’ Boy, this is what flight schools don’t tell you to consider”.Read More

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