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Navy To Airlines?

Thu May 09, 2002 1:50 am

Just wondering if anybody can shed some light on the idea of Royal Navy helicopter pilots leaving the Navy and applying to airlines(as some will take pilots with helicopter experience), has anybody heard of this or any useful information?
Obviously Harrier pilots from the Navy applying to airlines would be more common, just interested about helicopter pilots.(as this situation could apply to me in a few years)
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RE: Navy To Airlines?

Thu May 09, 2002 2:17 am

SAS and many others takes helo pilots from NO/SE/DK air forces, so why not?  Smile
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RE: Navy To Airlines?

Thu May 09, 2002 3:04 am

Thanks Anders!! nice to hear from our friends over the North Sea
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RE: Navy To Airlines?

Thu May 09, 2002 12:47 pm


I can't inform you about British practices, but I have been told that USN helo pilots, who receive basic fixed-wing flight training, can and do go from service to airline flying. Unfortunately, I don't believe that airlines count helo hours, so these pilots are not credited with much experience going in.

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RE: Navy To Airlines?

Thu May 09, 2002 1:49 pm

The Brazilian Navy (Marinha Brasileira, or MB) is getting it´s first fixed wing planes (in the last 50 or 40 years, I guess), and it is converting the only pilots they got. Helicopter pilots. They are doing just fine too! Not a very easy thing to fly a carrier plane.

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