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Going out of flight school with a private helicopter pilot's license, what are some jobs in which I'd be eligible to still make a wage?

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Originally, I had applied to the Coast Guard Academy to become a helicopter pilot and got hours that way, but recently was rejected. My backup plan is to go through a private pilot school and get my license that way. The issue I am running into is how to go about still gaining hours, while making a livable income, with just a private pilot's license. #pilot #college

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Sungmo David’s Answer

If you are looking for ideas as a helicopter pilot there is always the helicopter tour pilots, oil rig transport, news chopper pilot, law enforcement, corporate pilot, famous people pilot :-) just to name a few.
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Alan’s Answer

There are very strict limitations on what you can, and cannot, do for pay without a commercial pilot's license. Whether you are fixed wing or rotor wing doesn't matter. Mostly, without a commercial license, you cannot (emphasize cannot) get paid to fly. However, IF flying is incidental to your job, i.e. you get paid to do construction in another city or town, and it is necessary to fly (commute) to the job site, you can get paid. Bear in mind, you are being paid as a construction worker, NOT as a pilot.

To summarize; without a commercial license, you cannot be paid to fly. You can SHARE expenses, but there are also strict limitations on what is considered "sharing expenses".

Hope that helps.

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John’s Answer

Please keep in mind that my professional career is in software development, and flying was a hobby. For fixed wing flying, an intermediate job used to get hours built up is flight instruction. I don't know if that translates to flying helicopters or not.
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Greg’s Answer

I’m a fixed wing pilot, not a helicopter pilot so I’m not the best person to answer this. However, I do know some helicopter guys and they say this can be a challenge. Without a commercial and instructor rating, you won’t be able to get paid to fly. I would suggest contacting a helicopter flight instructor and see what they recommend.
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