Here's one story of a student pilot's first job fresh out of flight school. When I look at the pictures it makes me appreciate my cushy job wearing a white "short sleeve" shirt at flight level 390. :)
I've flown over CYMO enroute to more exotic destinations, plus I used to analyze upper air data from the weather balloon they launch twice a day from there.
But as the saying goes, "we all got to start somewhere." And yes, I've been there. :)
I've been teaching a one year aviation college diploma at the Brampton Flight Center the last few years. It will cost you about $55,000 to $60,000, but with it, you'll come out with a multi-engine IFR ticket with an "aviation diploma." This year enrollment is up. For those that absolutely know flying is what they want to do, then a "quickie" diploma course is the way to go. (I think) Part of my routine includes taking them to Toronto's deice center and giving a tour of Air Canada's flight planning facility. Plus I teach them high level 'met.'
Here's David's story (slightly modified)
I first heard about this job through an instructor at Brampton. He said that Wabusk Air was looking for rampies to start immediately. I sent in my cover letter and resume that day and was surprised to get a response the next day. That weekend my dad and I drove to Cochrane and took the train to Moosonee. We were shown the operation and got a little tour of the town and I had my interview. A week later I was offered the job thanks to (CFI of Brampton) who knew the cheif pilot very well. I started on September 6, 2010 as a ramp attendant and part time pilot. At first I wasn't expecting to fly for at least 6 months when my probation was up, but started occasionally flying the King Air 90 about a month after I started. Since then I've logged about 30 hours on it and there's talk about starting training on the Navajo. I won't become a full time pilot until I've reached 500 hours and theres another rampie to replace me. You don't make much starting out ($15,000/yr) but you will get raises as you move up the ladder. Its a lot of hard work and its not for everyone but you will gain lots of experience very quickly if you tough it out.
This is David trying out the deice simulator during our tour last year.
His first airline.
Some of the beautiful hangars he gets to see.
Some of the neat airports he will fly to.
A couple of King Airs. For most pining for the sky getting on a "twin" like this would make them drool. True story.
Typical day at work contending with icing conditions.
An iced up windshield...been there.
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