Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

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Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby KOALA » Fri Feb 1 2019, 21:49

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• Horn Island, QLD

Nautilus Aviation has been providing high quality, safe and reliable aviation services for over 25 years throughout Australia. Our services include search and rescue, aerial firefighting, disaster relief, specialised aerial work, tourism, corporate charter and flight training.

We operate one of the largest and diverse fleets of helicopters in the country to provide aircraft solutions that best fit the needs of our customers. Our fleet includes the B412, BK117, H130T2, H125 B3e, B505, B407, B206B/L and R44.

Our team is comprised of committed professionals with a drive to provide excellence in our services.

The role

Due to continued expansion, we are currently seeking pilots for multiple positions at our Horn Island base for charter and utility operations.

About you

To be successful in this role you will possess the following:

• Right to live and work in Australia

• CASA CPL (H)

• CASA Class 1 Medical

• 500 hours minimum helicopter Pilot in Command

• Low Level Rating

• ASIC

• HUET

• Dangerous Goods Awareness Course

• Proficient knowledge of Australian aviation legislation

• High level of written and verbal communication skills

The following will also be highly regarded:

• ATPL (H) or completed subjects

• IREX

• EC130, H125 B3e and B407 experience

• Sling load experience

How to apply

If you would like to be part of our team, forward a current resume and covering letter that addresses the role’s essential criteria to resumes AT nautilusaviation dot com dot au titled “LINE PILOT – HORN ISLAND”.

Nautilus Aviation values diversity in the workplace.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.

All employees must comply with the Nautilus Aviation Drug and Alcohol Management Plan (DAMP) as required by CASA and may be subject to random workplace testing.

Criminal Record and Working With Children Checks also apply.
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby lowlevelhell » Sat Feb 2 2019, 00:14

Their "expression of interest" has been running since august last year, might have something to do with finding people living permanently up there I'd say....
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby Eric Hunt » Sat Feb 2 2019, 03:56

Horny Island is an interesting place to fly, if you like being hot. Living there full time presents cost challenges, which the FIFO pilots don't face - FIFO can bring an esky full of frozen meals from home, to last for 2 weeks, but full-timers are faced with buying local which is pretty expensive. But a single bloke can survive on packet noodles and beer.
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby lowlevelhell » Sat Feb 2 2019, 05:18

Eric Hunt wrote:Horny Island is an interesting place to fly, if you like being hot. Living there full time presents cost challenges, which the FIFO pilots don't face - FIFO can bring an esky full of frozen meals from home, to last for 2 weeks, but full-timers are faced with buying local which is pretty expensive. But a single bloke can survive on packet noodles and beer.


Yeah I've done the fifo experience up there, good challenging flying, and it's always great to board your freedom bird home after a couple weeks, but to live up there permenantly on those wages, high grocery costs and full-time communal living can be a drag even for a single bloke. Looks like they've knocked 500 hrs off the minimums since the last time they advertised, re-instate fifo and I might be interested..... :wink:
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby Jeffory » Sat Feb 2 2019, 12:08

Stick it out for a few years up there and you can move into the lucrative scenic flight market
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby Mag seal » Sat Feb 2 2019, 20:42

lowlevelhell wrote:Their "expression of interest" has been running since august last year, might have something to do with finding people living permanently up there I'd say....



They are looking for someone with 500 hours. It's highly unlikely to be a touring position with a 6 figure salary at that level.

I guess it's one of those jobs where you go to get some experience then move to one of the other bases. Doing your apprenticeship so to speak. High turn over probably but I bet no shortage of applicants.
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby Coast2coast » Sat Feb 2 2019, 21:21

If they did a touring roster I’d be keen.
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby hand in pants » Sat Feb 2 2019, 22:44

Those keen if it was touring, have you spoken to the CP at all??
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby Cleared Hot » Sun Feb 3 2019, 01:05

Regardless of touring or live on, they don’t pay very well. Then they say ec130, h125, b407 highly desirable are they just listing desirable aircraft for pilots as like we didn’t know andthen no mention what you will be flying which is a b206l and a r44 by the way. Lift your game nautilus if you want pilots make it desirable for us too. Simple.
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby lowlevelhell » Sun Feb 3 2019, 09:47

Cleared Hot wrote:Regardless of touring or live on, they don’t pay very well. Then they say ec130, h125, b407 highly desirable are they just listing desirable aircraft for pilots as like we didn’t know andthen no mention what you will be flying which is a b206l and a r44 by the way. Lift your game nautilus if you want pilots make it desirable for us too. Simple.


Agreed! paying crap PLUS the high cost of living up there AND having to live fulltime in a share house will only appeal to those willing to do their "apprenticeship". Years ago when I fifo'd out of there the company paid my airfare from Sydney to Cairns for the company checkride then paid to fifo me every 3 weeks, now they want YOU to pay your own way up for the company checkride and if successful you get housed up there permanently with NO guarantee of on-going employment to fly their more "exotic" machines once your stint up there is done. I wonder how long before we see Indian/African/ SE Asian pilot's being brought in on visas to fill these kinda positions.... pop;
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby bladepitch » Sun Feb 3 2019, 13:20

Look i dont work for them, never have.. and have zero interest in their operation

But its a job.. you either will do what it takes to get the position and you career moves forward in one way or another or if not then find a more desirable position that suits your low experience levels and expectations

Everyone that is enjoying a succesful career has been there and done the hard / low pay / living away jobs..

Its almost become a right of passage... its just the way it is...
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby havick » Sun Feb 3 2019, 19:10

Agree with bladepitch.

It’s an entry level job. They’ve advertised the terms of the job, take it or leave it.

If there’s not enough takers or attrition outpaces reasonable training costs to get checked to line, then the terms will change.

There are a lot worse entry level jobs than this one.
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby hand in pants » Sun Feb 3 2019, 20:20

Well said bladepitch and havic.
Don't want the job, don't apply.
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby FerrariFlyer » Mon Feb 4 2019, 08:01

Working on Horn Island isn’t so bad. Many moons ago I did a stint for 3 years as a touring aircrewman there and loved it. Shortly after I returned as a low time pilot and with a few exceptions I had a great time despite being full time in shared accommodation. You just have to make the most of it.

From my time there:

Pros....

- Beautiful tropical island scenery to fly over every day,
- Challenging weather and flight planning,
- Great variety of interesting work,
- Very good fishing and great seafood (often favours are paid in cray tails and other fresh fish)
- Great social life if you make a go of it and get out and explore (BBQs on beaches, house parties etc)
- Cheap mud crabs from Saibai Island,
- Good networking opportunity too.

Cons....

- It’s remote and food is expensive (we used to order from supermarket in Cairns and have it delivered to Seaswift to be shipped up),
- Shared accommodation can be a challenge at times,
- The weather is hot and humid during the wet season,
- The locals can be socially ‘fickle’.

It’s not forever but a great learning environment. Some of my most enjoyable flying ever was in the Torres Straits.
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby stick_monkey » Mon Feb 4 2019, 21:26

FerrariFlyer wrote:Working on Horn Island isn’t so bad. Many moons ago I did a stint for 3 years as a touring aircrewman there and loved it. Shortly after I returned as a low time pilot and with a few exceptions I had a great time despite being full time in shared accommodation. You just have to make the most of it.

From my time there:

Pros....

- Beautiful tropical island scenery to fly over every day,
- Challenging weather and flight planning,
- Great variety of interesting work,
- Very good fishing and great seafood (often favours are paid in cray tails and other fresh fish)
- Great social life if you make a go of it and get out and explore (BBQs on beaches, house parties etc)
- Cheap mud crabs from Saibai Island,
- Good networking opportunity too.

Cons....

- It’s remote and food is expensive (we used to order from supermarket in Cairns and have it delivered to Seaswift to be shipped up),
- Shared accommodation can be a challenge at times,
- The weather is hot and humid during the wet season,
- The locals can be socially ‘fickle’.

It’s not forever but a great learning environment. Some of my most enjoyable flying ever was in the Torres Straits.


Well said FF. I did my time there as well and had a similar experience. I look back on most of those memories fondly
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby Eric Hunt » Mon Feb 4 2019, 23:55

Dunno about shared accommodation, I spent my shifts in the Wongai, in a teensy little room next to the bar, no comfortable chair to sit on, 2 rotten TV channels to watch, the sewer backed up every high tide and someone else's poo was in my toilet, the ants carried away anything that looked like food, and the noise from the bar made the air conditioner sound like music. No kitten to cook food, just a microwave to heat up the frozos from home.

Bah. Humbug. (I actually wrote Kilo India Tango Charlie Hotel Echo November, but the forum changed it to a little cat.)
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Re: Helicopter Pilots Nautilus Aviation - Horn Island, QLD

Postby FerrariFlyer » Tue Feb 5 2019, 00:06

The Wongai changed over the years after some Melbournians bought it and spend some money on the place. It’s a nice spot in comparison to then when it was a hole.

And not sure what that happens when you type
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