How did you get a job as a bush pilot?
You can read the full story on how I ended up flying the PC-6 in Papua on this page of my blog.
How do I get a job with your company?
The best source of up-to-date information on recruiting is this blog here: http://susiairinterview.blogspot.com (Not run by me and opens in a new window/tab).
I have PC-6 time, could I apply for a job?
If you have over 1000 hours total time, you are eligible to be PIC of an aircraft in Indonesia and hence might be suitable for a job here. I’d recommend emailing our recruitment address here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know of any other operators in Papua looking for pilots?
There’s usually one or two operators out here looking for pilots. A Google search should find most of their websites where you’ll be able to find their recruitment addresses.
What sort of roster do you work?
It varies depending on many things including if I’ve requested longer holidays or other pilots want time off etc. Usually it’s 4 weeks on and 2 weeks off.
How much do you earn?
More than when I first starting flying which was $600 a month for a year as a copilot on the C208. However I stuck with it and now earn enough to enjoy my time off and put a bit away each month for a rainy day.
How many hours do you fly a year?
It really varies from year to year. Usually around 400-600 hours.
What is a typical day like?
For all our Porter bases we work 6 days on and 1 day off. Here’s a typical work day:
04:15 – wake-up, get dressed, breakfast etc.
05:10 – get to the airport and give the aircraft a check over
05:30 – first departure of usually five flights
13:00ish – finish flying for the day and head back to the mess to relax
20:30 – bed time and sleep for the next day
What do you do on your time off in Papua?
Depends where I am. Anything from mountain biking, sea kayaking, learning the guitar, chatting to other pilots, drinking, editing videos/photos, planning the next holiday, updating this blog etc.
How do you attach the camera in your videos?
I use a GoPro HD mk1 with the wifi bacpac to start and stop it remotely. It’s usually attached to the wing strut using the GoPro suction cup. I also secure the whole thing around the tie-down point with string in-case the suction fails. Never had a problem as I’m very careful amount making sure both the strut and suction cup are clean and dry.
Can I use any of the photos/videos from your blog?
Please contact me regarding this as it depends on what you want to reprint.
Do you have a Facebook/Twitter/YouTube page?
All my social media links are at the top and bottom on the right hand side of each page. Although I have a YouTube channel I don’t use it much these days and prefer Vimeo for videos.
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