I go to Surinam tomorrow, I'll see if they have any openings in the jungle flying there. If you really interested in this stuff call Air Serve International, Redlands, CA. If you have the flight time you'll be in Sudan, or wherever living in a tent with your own Caravan in no time.I was serious about Angola, one of the biggest C-130 operations in the world is based there, but you will be shot at. Colombia is heating up, I grew up in the boonees there, you will get shot at, if your into those tracers going across your nose. Join the Air Force and fly for AMC, the Gitmo route is getting to ge real popular.
Wasn't there an article in one of the flying magazines a few months back about airlines in Belize using Caravans and needing pilots? I heard about it somewhere. About $40,000 tax free per year. I find the whole single engine way out over shark infested waters rather intimidating though. Call me a coward, but I come from a long line of living cowards. I found a VFR chart for that area as well. Looks like a place where you could disappear and never be found. If that appeals to you, check it out. Me, I will bide my time here on furlough and try to find ways to make money off of the football pool.
I should have remembered this one long before for you.
www.fcilax.com. Captain Mac has many leads about jobs outside of the U.S. as well as a good selection of domestic jobs. Unlike some of the hucksters such as Kit Darby and others, Captain Mac will give it to you straight.
Annual membership may be $150, but well worth it in terms of job leads and dealings with a real gentleman.
Hope this helps, and sorry I didn't think of this earlier.
Since flying sucks in Germany and Europe, I wanna go international.
Hey TurboS7, I'm not really into those tracers, but I'd still be curious about that C-130 outfit. Any contact info on that one ?
When I said: " ...wanna fly Air America Style ", I didn't mean that I'd like to get shot at or that I'm looking to fly in a war zone or else.
It's just that they fly really cool airplanes in that movie. The type of flying they do I like too...dirtstrips and stuff. Not that a movie can ever be compared to real live, but everybody needs his own little phantasy.
Well, I hope everybody is clear about this now.
If you like short dirt strips try to research companies in Alaska. I'm told there is C130 outfit that has a run to the far east from there and there is some DC6 outfits that haul fuel oil also. I don't know personally but I've flown with Alaska pilots and they have some pretty interesting stories that sound like the type of flying that interests you. Good Luck.
I would watch my butt if you try south america. I did some flying as an aircrew out of Panama and flew all over Columbia and other parts of South America. Their military down their shoot first and usually don't bother to ask any questions. Also there is a lot of jungle. Just remember it's a different world outside of the US try Alaska!
Hey all I know is what I saw. When we chased a small twin in country the "Colombia" military had two gunship waiting to take the plane out when it landed(and everyone around it). I didn't get to see any fireworks though because they had to return to base because of fuel. Also another crew got photos of an aircraft getting wasted. I never had any encounters with rebel (thank God) but those guys down there don't play around.
Sure you weren't in Peru? That sounds like RDTF, not CNP or COLAR.
In any case, yes, any work outside the US can be hazardous. If you're going to be running aircraft into remote locations, realize that a good share of the world's population is fighting. Even if they're not, realize that US citizens are NOT popular; we're Yanqui; the ugly american. Watch your back.
Locations that utilize the kind of operation in question are often high risk places. Before wanting to go play "air america," check your qualifications to determine that you're prepared.
I recently had correspondence with someone who wanted to get involved in such an operation. He assured me that he wanted adventure. I made a couple of recommendations, and he said he didn't want to get hurt or shot at. He just wanted to fly some neat airplanes. He also wanted to be rambo, without any risk or pain, and I severed contact with him. Either you're willing to face the risks, or you don't get to play. It's that simple. It's not a matter of being negative, but you do need to face the reality of what is out there.
When you get shot down and captured (if you saw the recent movie "proof of life," it was accurate, and well portrayed, but you need to multiply that by 6,000 cases annually for the country it was really intended to portray), don't count on the US embassy to help. Don't count on anybody to help. The reality is that for all the adventure and perceived glory, your greatest trial will be getting from the airport to the motel in country; your highest risk is becoming a political casualty or a kidnap victim. It happens a LOT. It doesn't matter much where you go, either.
If you want dirt airstrips, fly from Talkeetna to the back country, or go fly on the Navajo res. Fly in Idaho, for that matter; you can face as much beauty, adventure, and risk there as anywhere. If you go abroad looking for adventure, you'll likely find it, but based on your responses, it will certainly be more than you bargain for. Good luck!!
Lynden Air Cargo is the operator in Alaska using the C-130's. Northern Air Cargo and Air Cargo Express utilize the DC-6,7 and C-46. Look into Maldivian Air Taxi located in the Maldives. They fly the twin otter on floats. Kenn Borek Air in Canada does the hiring for these folks. The flying in Colombia requires aerial application experience and they are operating a souped-up turbine thrush, OV-10's and they have some transport planes. You have to be capable of speaking spanish as well. You should also look into flying the Idaho backcountry. However, these operators don't pay very well($20-25/tach hour). You will get plenty of " Air America" style flying only you'll be flying a beat up cessna 206. The airstrips in Idaho go from 4,000 ft. grass/dirt strips to 600 ft. goat trails in the bottom of a canyon with a river on one side and 50-100 ft. pines on the other. Mile High airstrip is a mile high, has a 30% grade, is a one way strip and you only get 540 feet to use. If anything else this type of flying will get you prepared for something a little more adventurous. If you happen to be European, can speak French and Portugese and have tailwheel time you should talk with Zimex. They operate the PC-6 Pilatus Porter(The ones Air America used) and C-130 throughout Northern Africa supporting the oil exploration industry. Good luck and if you find something let me know through a private message.