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I am a 21 year old bush pilot in the Australian outback AMA

Sep 25th 2014 by freshyrocks • 33 Questions • 641 Points

Been flying out here for 6 months. It's plenty entertaining. Ask me anything but where and who I work for.

Proof:

Argyle Diamond Mine

Cockpit

Edit: /u/deadcunt is going to be here as well. His proof.

Edit 2: Our Chief Masturabatory Officer /u/carra909 is trying to get in on the action. Feel free to call him a cunt.

Q:

Do you think you'll keep doing it? Any of hope of going from there to an airline?

A:

it takes a while. There is not much movement in Australian airlines at the moment. Although personally I wanna fly float planes.


Q:

It's like the opposite here in Canada, no one wants to fly bush really, vs local regional stuff, but there is northern pay in my province because there's some oil and gas sites up north in remote areas that need equipment and supplies, they run hot shot flights into barren areas, they will usually get paid a good amount extra, but again, flying into the middle of nowhere, usually shitty weather etc.

A:

Yeah I've heard Canadian aviation is very similar to ours. Same types same industries (mining and oil).


Q:

But its cold

A:

Opposite side of the Earths temperature spectrum.


Q:

Do you ever tell women, "Hey, I'm a bush pilot. Welcome to my cockpit." ?

A:

Yes. Navigating a bush can be hard work.


Q:

Is it true that women glow and men plunder?

Follow up: can you hear the thunder?

A:

Yes they glow. Yes, plunder is possible. Not right now.


Q:

Would that mean that I better run? I better take cover?

A:

If you're buying bread from a man in Brussels.


Q:

Yes but only if he's 6'4 and full of muscles.

A:

Did you ask him if he speaka ya language?


Q:

Ever get lost? What kind of Nav-aids do you have out there?

A:

Cara909 has this answered. Sometimes the vis is so bad from haze flying straight can be a pain in the ass. For example this from last week still has 8km vis for legal VFR navigation, but at that point you just fly on instruments.


Q:

What specifically do you do / transport? Are you transporting people or goods? Pictures look awesome!

A:

Aboriginal people from the desert communities, doctors, nurses, teachers, tradesmen. A lot of cargo flights in the wet season when the roads flood and the only way to get supplies in is to fly.


Q:

As far as I know /u/freshyrocks doesn't fly bush. It's been 7 months and he hasn't flown a single bush.

A:

Faaaaaarrrrk off.


Q:

That's how you keep the rocks freshy.

A:

Like a babies buttocks.


Q:

I've spoken to my copilot about this as well. She usually requires a substantial amount of alcohol in order to authorize a dirt landing. I don't always get a dirt landing, but I always ask if the dirt strip is available.

A:

I find sometimes the dirt strip is completely unusable.


Q:

True, it can be a pretty tight space for a Royal Flying Doctor.

A:

Yeah sometimes they have to go elsewhere, especially if it's not going in.


Q:

Do you get to wear a cool pilot's hat?

A:

If by pilots hat you mean a baseball cap with the companies logo on it... then nope.


Q:

Ever thought about flying in Africa? Always see some ads for bush pilots wanted there

A:

The pay is a bit worse, flying is moderately more dangerous and you have to work with the French.


Q:

Very much so, one of the reasons i came up here was to see what its like. We have the worlds second highest tides (second to Canada) and worlds second oldest rocks (fucking canada again) 3,000 million- 2,400 million; So old that they even predate life. I still find it amazing looking at the structure of the land around me when im flying. A birds eye view on anything will change your perspective on any place and i find it cool looking at a vein of quarts or a massive sandstone cliff and imaging what its been through in the many millions of years to get to the stage its at right now.


Q:

Disregard what /u/freshyrocks said. Fuck that.

I am a badass and I live the dream every day! I fly planes for fucks sake!

A:

Don't feel like a badass... am I really?


Q:

MADDDD!!!! na its pretty humbling to be living out a dream that we have all been working hard for. Hopefuly it pays off one day.


Q:

Do you do your own repairs?

A:

We are allowed to do certain maintenance as pilots. It is called Schedule 8.

We pretty much only end up doing 50 hourly oil and filter changes at the remote base. Everything else we fly to the companies home base. If the problem grounds the aeroplane an engineer will fly out to us.


Q:

look up a map of the US overlaid on Australia.. We're a big continent and we pretty much all live on the coastal bits, so its very sparse.

That said, yes there are places to buy fuel and there are roads mostly used for trucking/lots of dirt roads.

Driving out there is: - boring as fuck/easy to zone out. - you will have to share the road with road trains/get frustrated as fuck sitting behind one for hours, it doesn't have any intention of dealing with the fuck around that is pulling over a road train & you don't fancy your odds of overtaking it. - if a road train hits you, your dead. They look like this:

http://i.imgur.com/EJ4wDRi.jpg

& normally sit on 110-140 kilometres - hour. Their stopping distance is laughably long.. Don't cut them off, don't tail gate them too hard, the driver is probably high on meth so leave them the fuck alone.

As an idea of how sparse it can get... Look up Anna creek station.. 6x the size of the largest farm in the states, larger than the nation of israel, less than 10 people live & work there at the moment.

A:

You think driving for a few hours is boring. Try out cruising in a straight line for 2 hours at 6 in the morning. Coffee all the way.


Q:

mind describing how flying over Australia is like?

I'm from Los Angeles soon to go to Australia one of these days.

A:

A vast majority of the population lives within an hour of the coast. Inside is just huge tracks of nothing. Oh... and it is very fucking hot.


Q:

does your cesna have aircon? or you don't need it that high up?

A:

No aircon. It was an option when the aircraft were new. On the ground it would be nice. But in cruise it's not necessary.


Q:

Wait, what? Two families fighting?

A:

The town is controlled by two families. The north camp and south camp fight for control of the general store in order to starve the other out. Coppers say it has been going on for 50 years. Some bloke was trying to hit people with his car just last week.


Q:

Hey bebe, Want sum Fuck?

A:

Yes.


Q:

What's your ride?

A:

Cessna 210 and 206.


Q:

Have you ever seen a yowie?

A:

Had to google it. No yowies in WA.


Q:

Do you think the gods are crazy? And have you ever found a coke bottle out in the bush?

A:

Not quite, but if you every find a bottle of yellow water in the outback DO NOT DRINK IT.

You have been warned, and possibly warmed.


Q:

Do you get a lot of strange nookie with a cool job like that?

A:

Not nearly enough. But I have been told my game is below par.


Q:

On long trips, do you take a vegemite sandwich?

A:

Beef Jerky: Pilot food from the gods.


Q:

Except when you get a piece that has sinew or muscle. Yuck.

A:

Then you have to swallow this chunk of half chewed cow cause you don't wanna be they guy that spits out jerky. Life is hard.


Q:

have you ever been on any clich├ę adventures while beating around the bush? Do you see yourself as a han solo type character? Have you ever "transported" an old man, a teenager and two droids?

A:

I swear our jobs would still exist in the Star Wars universe.


Q:

Would you bullseye womp rats in your T-52?

A:

Maybe???


Q:

More Vegemite sandwiches please!!!

A:

Kraft Vegemite® powers Australian aviation.