EX­PAND­ING HORI­ZONS

Flying - - INBOX - Re­tired Capt. Ray He­im­becker

I en­joyed ycur great Avi­a­tion Ca­reer sae [Septem­ber] I would sug­gest there are even rro•e in­ter­est­ing and fun ways to build hours than in­struct­ing. I started my ca­reer fly­ing on floats in north­ern CanaCa Wh le I had hopec for im­me­di­ate mutt erg:re ex­pe­ri­ence, this was idyl­lic, low-level fly­ing in a J-3 Cub, drop­ping into small lakes to de­liver food to hunters or min­ers, or pick­ing up bags of rice at First Na­tion rice camps. This par­tic­u­lar J-3 had no electrics, so no ra­dio, and I had to swing the prop by hand to start the en­gine. Some of the most fun I had fly­ing any air­craft. Next, I flew in Kenya to build time, which im­pressed the air­line I would later work for. I went on to have a very en­joy­able ca­reer, fly­ing the DC-9, Boe­ing 767 and Air­bus fam­ily of air­craft. My ad­vice to as­pir­ing pro­fes­sional pi­lots is don’t be afraid of look­ing for un­usual jobs too.

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