North Wright Airways 2019/2020

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Laythe
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North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by Laythe » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:31 pm

With the job posting accepting 200hr pilots and me just finishing up my Multi IFR soon does anyone have any current info about the company?

Few question in particuler

Time on ramp until flying
Base and room quality
Time to upgrade
What kind of requirements to fly the Twin Otter (Also do you have to have a float rating to fly the otter, and if so how much float time do you need)
Salary

I am very interested in working for them and any info would be appreciated as this would be my first job. Also while I'm flying around training does anyone think it would be worth it to do a cross county up to Norman Wells and drop off a resume in person, or would they not care about that sort of thing?

Thanks!
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by joshiscool26 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:57 am

If your coming north come to tindi. No bonds or contracts, super amazing Twin Otter flying and amazing captain to learn from, great pay and schedule, flight benefits on all the major carriers and a better life style living in Yellowknife. Also amazing chances for career advancement. If you have any other questions send me a PM. Also if you have your group 3 and a multi rating they are cool with you doing the IFR upgrade in the PPC. Also if you stick with it you get to fly the dash 7 before they are all gone.
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by leftoftrack » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:05 am

still a 2 year wait on the ramp at Tindi? considering they had a King Air flying around with 1 attitude indicator for a significant amount of time prior to losing that one and killing the crew. What do you base the statement that you have amazing captain's to learn from on? Tindi has a piss poor culture with a shitty attitude towards saftey and they've kill 1 crew with that attitude so far this year. If you value your life, don't work somewhere where they value getting the job done over getting the job done safely.
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by C.W.E. » Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:15 pm

considering they had a King Air flying around with 1 attitude indicator for a significant amount of time prior to losing that one and killing the crew.
When did that happen?

Has the accident report been released?
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by Laythe » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:30 pm

I'm hoping we can avoid derailing this thread. Is there anyone who has worked for North Wright recently or knows anyone who would be able to help answer some of these questions?
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by Pacqing » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:23 pm

I know a guy who is currently rotating out of Calgary and heard him say best job he ever had. I've never worked with this guy and don't know his flying history but have no reason to doubt what he said. I believe he is Left seat in the 1900.
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by Laythe » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:40 am

That's awesome, I didn't even know they did rotations. If you get the chance could you ask him how long new people usually end up on the ramp for?
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by Blueshift » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:03 am

The only people doing rotational schedules are direct-entry captains. Everyone else is on a 50 weeks on / 2 weeks off schedule.

To answer your questions:
  • The last I heard, it was only a few months on the ramp before being trained on the 206/207. I would assume at least six months before being trained on a twin turbine.
  • The main base is Norman Wells. You are provided housing in the crew camp to start, then a house in town once you get seniority. They recently did renovations on camp, so I heard it's pretty nice now.
  • Again, likely at least six months until twin turbine. From there, I would expect around two years until you're trained on the caravan and three years until twin turbine captain, but these may have gone down with all the movement.
  • There's no extra requirements to fly the twin otter beside a CPL/MIFR. A float rating would likely help quite a bit though. If they like you, they'll still train you on the twin otter then let you go down south and do your float rating during your vacation.
  • Expect minimum wage to start. The pay goes up slightly once you're trained on something. You'll start making decent money once you're on the caravan. Since housing is provided, it is possible to save a little without too much effort, even at the start.

Overall, it's a good place to get a start and gain experience. The flying up there is second-to-none, but expect to be worked hard. Norman Wells is a pretty small town too, so be prepared for that. The best thing you can do is to go in with an open mind and enjoy the outdoors as much as you can.
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by Pacqing » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:25 am

Don't forget Tuesday wing night at the hotel/restaurant its the highlight of the week.
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by KissPlusOne » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:14 am

I never worked for North-Wright, but I worked at a hunting camp that they chartered for. Really great guys from my perspective. I was in the Mackenzies. Beautiful country. If you go, you'd make a lot of great memories, and gain a lot of practical experience. If I wasn't already married, I might consider applying myself........ Norman Wells is a little, um, quaint.
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by Laythe » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:20 am

Blueshift wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:03 am
The only people doing rotational schedules are direct-entry captains. Everyone else is on a 50 weeks on / 2 weeks off schedule.

To answer your questions:
  • The last I heard, it was only a few months on the ramp before being trained on the 206/207. I would assume at least six months before being trained on a twin turbine.
  • The main base is Norman Wells. You are provided housing in the crew camp to start, then a house in town once you get seniority. They recently did renovations on camp, so I heard it's pretty nice now.
  • Again, likely at least six months until twin turbine. From there, I would expect around two years until you're trained on the caravan and three years until twin turbine captain, but these may have gone down with all the movement.
  • There's no extra requirements to fly the twin otter beside a CPL/MIFR. A float rating would likely help quite a bit though. If they like you, they'll still train you on the twin otter then let you go down south and do your float rating during your vacation.
  • Expect minimum wage to start. The pay goes up slightly once you're trained on something. You'll start making decent money once you're on the caravan. Since housing is provided, it is possible to save a little without too much effort, even at the start.

Overall, it's a good place to get a start and gain experience. The flying up there is second-to-none, but expect to be worked hard. Norman Wells is a pretty small town too, so be prepared for that. The best thing you can do is to go in with an open mind and enjoy the outdoors as much as you can.

Thank you, this was a lot of the info I was looking for! Being in Norman wells will definetly be a big change from the city life I'm use too. But the flying they do is simply unreal. I don't wanna just grind instruct for 1000 hours and go right seat at the regionals so I'm really looking for a challenge.

Does anyone know how the interview goes? Will I need to fly up their for it or do they do a phone/video call?
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by leftoftrack » Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:49 am

not sure why my IP address was blocked from this site, but for an airline pilot who knows little about computers. Is blocking an IP for speaking the truth the direction you want to go as a site? also, when I get to each new respective hotel, do I get a new IP?
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by digits_ » Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:54 am

leftoftrack wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:49 am
not sure why my IP address was blocked from this site, but for an airline pilot who knows little about computers. Is blocking an IP for speaking the truth the direction you want to go as a site? also, when I get to each new respective hotel, do I get a new IP?
Join the club. It is ridiculous. And yes, new IP for every hotel, untill one spammer stays in that hotel and then that IP gets blocked as well. Good thing pilots hardly ever stay in hotels...
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by Victory » Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:00 am

If you got IP banned for the above comment that's ridiculous. You just said what we are all thinking. Skimping on maintenance of primary flight instruments shows little regard for the lives of your crews and borders on criminally negligent manslaughter. I'd never work for a company that did that.
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by leftoftrack » Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:39 pm

I was till I checked out of my hotel room. feel sorry for the other crews who stay there now
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by valleyboy » Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:28 pm

use a vpn which everyone should do in a hotel
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by PersonPersonson » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:57 am

leftoftrack wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:05 am
still a 2 year wait on the ramp at Tindi? considering they had a King Air flying around with 1 attitude indicator for a significant amount of time prior to losing that one and killing the crew. What do you base the statement that you have amazing captain's to learn from on? Tindi has a piss poor culture with a shitty attitude towards saftey and they've kill 1 crew with that attitude so far this year. If you value your life, don't work somewhere where they value getting the job done over getting the job done safely.

Not sure where you are getting your info from but it is incredibly incorrect. The way you wrote your post tells me that you have either never worked for Tindi or if you did it was 20 years ago. You are entitled to your opinion but dont state your opinion as if it is a fact.
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by leftoftrack » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:38 pm

https://nnsl.com/yellowknifer/key-fligh ... ndi-crash/

not sure what info you think is incorrect. Here's the president of tindi talking about the decision making of the pilots who work for him though.
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Re: North Wright Airways 2019/2020

Post by co-joe » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:44 pm

One issue with being a rampie in the wells is they don't let you fly much. I was told there's 3 FO/ rampies per captain, that way it takes 3 times as long to build the hours you need to leave. (told to me by one who left) Other than slow progression he didn't have any bad things to say.
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