Helicopter swap anyone?
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ianu
Member Since : 2011
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Helicopter swap anyone?

09-01-2011 08:28:06

I am planning this winters escape down south (I live in Canada) and was wondering if someone in a warmer clime, or preferably southern hemisphere, would like to swap time on their R44 for time on mine.  The deal could work like this; we agree on a maximum number of hours that can be flown and duration (for example 2 weeks, 20 hours) we then sort out mutually agreeable time to "swap" machines.  Sound interesting? For my side I have a 2009 Clipper II.  I live on Vancouver Island close to some the most gorgeous flying you are ever likely to do (Desolation Sound, Broughton Archipelago, Pacific Rim Park, etc.) close to Vancouver and Victoria.  For a mutual deal I'll even throw in the use of other toys like waterfront guest house, boat and car.  Obviously there are lots of details to sort out but this could be a great way of getting some flying in different part of the world. :)

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Blue Thunder
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08-31-2011 11:57:11
I hope it works for you Ian, I've always thought of doing the same-I just figured it would be too much red tape to sort through.  There is one member on the board who will rent a 44 in Greece as long as you had a current Canadian or US License and medical.  I applied for a "Private" US license a couple years back which they gave me, but I think you need to have at least a commercial Canadian License to have this done without having to do exams/flight test.  I do believe you would need this to fly a US registered aircraft.  I'm not sure if the same would go for other countries as well, but I'll be watching to see how you made out with this.  Give me a shout when you're in Calgary again.  Matt
ianu
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09-04-2011 09:38:51
I checked the situation for Canadian's flying US ships with a US-CFI that has experience with Canadian's passing through his school and this is his response:

For an FAA PPL H , you need to do the validation of your Canadian PPL H ? follow this link

http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/foreign_license_verification/

This will give you a 6 month restricted PPL H but if you want an unrestricted licence all you have to do is pass a short multi guess written test and present this pass to the FSDO in Seattle and they will give you an unrestricted FAA PPL H


I posted a similar notice about swapping machines on www.bladeslapper.com (Australian heli site) and have had a couple of interesting responses.  I'll let you know if anything pans out.

Cheers,  Ian