The Hard Work Finally Pays Off: I Have a Job!

I am at a loss for words, unsure of how to begin this post, so I’ll simply say it: it appears that I have landed a flying job!

I joined the local skydiving club, and not as a jumper, but as a pilot. How did this come to be? To be frank, I still find it hard to believe. Now, I have gained a reputation as the guy who “showed up and refused to leave until securing a job.” While not entirely accurate, it does highlight the level of persistence I demonstrated.

It’s not a stroke of luck, though. I knew this day would eventually arrive. I submitted applications to literally all the dropzones across the country. I even had an interview with one of them, but they hired a pilot with prior skydiving experience. I cast my applications far and wide, reaching out to every aircraft operator I could find. Care to guess how many responses I received?..

But I refused to give up. Determined, I began knocking on doors in person. I focused my efforts on dropzones located near major cities since relocating to a remote area wasn’t preferable at the moment. Actually, no one offered me a flying position in any remote location yet.

I must admit that luck played a part in my success. I kept showing up at the nearest dropzone which potentially did not fill up all the pilot positions yet and from which I did not get a definitive “NO” by email or in person.

I engaged in conversations, and eventually, I had the opportunity to meet the chief pilot. I spent an entire day at the dropzone, despite my wife’s frustration at what she saw as a weekend wasted. However, I managed to take a few flights, at that moment as a passenger, familiarizing myself with the landmarks and company procedures. Days later, I received a call. Thankfully, my wife forgave me as well 🙂

Today marks the start of my company training and PCC (Pilot Competency Check) for the Cessna 182. If I succeed, I will be flying skydivers!

(Note: PCC stands for Pilot Competency Check, which is a process to ensure pilots meet the necessary requirements and maintain their proficiency in flying.)





2 responses to “The Hard Work Finally Pays Off: I Have a Job!”

  1. Danny Avatar

    Hi Viktor,

    Congratulations on your new job as a skydive pilot. I am also a new pilot of around 330 hours, just got my FAA MEL commercial add-on, and working on converting my FAA IR to TCCA so I am studying for the FAAIA. I live in Vancouver so when I finish the conversion I will start applying for flying jobs. Where in Canada are you based?

    1. avtomaton Avatar

      I am pretty close to the GTA, and made my license conversion in the Toronto main office. The market is relatively hot now, it’s been tough to find a flying position for a low-hour pilot. I believe that in Vancouver area it’s even worse now, so consider getting your flight instructor rating, or volunteer as a tow pilot in a gliding club. If you consider seaplanes, some operators are offering dock jobs with some flight time. Or if you don’t mind moving, I know that some skydiving club near Calgary was looking for a pilot. Anyway, good luck, if you are really motivated, you will find a job some day!

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