Aerial work: Airborne Survey

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Re: Aerial work: Airborne Survey

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Thanks again!, the insight is much appreciated. Looks like i'll have to wait a bit and start saving my pennies for a group 1.
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Re: Aerial work: Airborne Survey

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Some questions answered about Sanders in this topic.
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TG wrote:I like the idea of burning fuel (flying) looking for fuel!
They will not stop doing it anytime soon if you know what I mean.
But that's only one side of the job.

Some used it as a step stone, some as a career, I will be happy to help anyone gearing himself or herself into Airborne Survey.

There is some great people in this board who did it or are still doing it and I welcome them too...
To help me!
So I won't always be struggling with the answers :wink:
Looking to get into some survey work, sounds like it would be something I would enjoy. I have applied to several companies but nothing yet, wondering if the survey world is slow like everything else.

I have a decent amount of hours as well as MIFR, turbine and low level experience. Any info or advice you could pass along would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Re: Aerial work: Airborne Survey

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Hey Sam
In general, survey is fairly slow right now. I don't know of any that are hiring (pilots are sticking around longer because of the lack of movement elsewhere) and regardless of the economy, winter is always a slower time of year for us.
If I were you, I'd send a fresh round of resumes out in late February/March, as many companies typically do their hiring in springtime. If you can do it in person (call ahead!), even better.

Do you have an ATPL/IATRA? How's your PIC time?
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chipmunk wrote:Hey Sam
In general, survey is fairly slow right now. I don't know of any that are hiring (pilots are sticking around longer because of the lack of movement elsewhere) and regardless of the economy, winter is always a slower time of year for us.
If I were you, I'd send a fresh round of resumes out in late February/March, as many companies typically do their hiring in springtime. If you can do it in person (call ahead!), even better.

Do you have an ATPL/IATRA? How's your PIC time?
Writing the exams soon(hopefully)approx.4800 pic.(looking for something new) Maybe I'll take a road trip and see some operators just to intoduce myself, schedule is open now. If it is slow might be a good chance to meet some people, and chat with them about survey work. Can you point out some good operators to go see? Thanks in advance

P.S. Have a good Thanksgiving weekend!
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Sam300 wrote: Writing the exams soon(hopefully)approx.4800 pic.(looking for something new) Maybe I'll take a road trip and see some operators just to intoduce myself, schedule is open now. If it is slow might be a good chance to meet some people, and chat with them about survey work. Can you point out some good operators to go see? Thanks in advance
P.S. Have a good Thanksgiving weekend!
Wow, well you'd definitely be competitive once things start moving a bit!
Good operators that I would suggest going to see are Aries Aviation in AB and Sander Geophysics & Fugro Airborne Surveys in Ottawa (definitely call ahead for Fugro, the CP/DFO is a pretty busy guy.)

Others may have some more suggestions, but those are some of the better ones that's for sure.
Good luck!
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Thanks for the info, I have applied to them but I think I'll try and meet with them and see if something is coming up soon.
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Re: Aerial work: Airborne Survey

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Another topic about Sanders:
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Keep in mind there is a ton of different survey work and not all of it is low level. There is LIDAR and thermal imaging as well plus others. Most of our LIDAR work takes place 1000m agl and above depending on point density and spec for the job. Geomag isn't the only survey work to be had.
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True, some are even done at FL350 +
But that is another ball game.
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