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Sounds like Customs and Border Protection upped their pay so you start at 100K

srn121

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I just got an email from them and maybe I'm not understanding their offer correctly. For their continental US locations you're looking at 98K your first year, 117K your second year and 138k your third year. The Caribbean locations start at 108K up to 155k on year 3. They also dropped their minimums and are no long requiring pilots to have 100 hours in the last year.
 

jspeed87

Well-Known Member
Interesting for sure. And I bet the flying must be fun. But likely locations would probably be Yuma and middle of nowhere texas. Would be nice if they had home basing.
 

srn121

Well-Known Member
Interesting for sure. And I bet the flying must be fun. But likely locations would probably be Yuma and middle of nowhere texas. Would be nice if they had home basing.
They've got Puerto Rico, San Angelo (which I hear has great hunting and wasn't bad from the little time I was there) and some small city maybe an hour from Tucson, and Fargo, ND among a few others. I was considering it for a bit as there are quite a few nice locations to upgrade to, but I have no idea on how many years it would be before I'd have an opportunity to. A mechanic I was talking to said that they're buying some gyrocopters and I think it'd be fun as hell to learn how to fly them if the opportunity presented itself, but I've barely looked into it. For a young guy or girl with the time for the regionals this might be a quick way to pay down some big student loans as I can't imagine the CoL is all that bad in any of the spots and you'll have job security.
 

killbilly

Vocals, Lyrics, Triangle, Washboard, Kittens
They've got Puerto Rico, San Angelo (which I hear has great hunting and wasn't bad from the little time I was there) and some small city maybe an hour from Tucson, and Fargo, ND among a few others. I was considering it for a bit as there are quite a few nice locations to upgrade to, but I have no idea on how many years it would be before I'd have an opportunity to. A mechanic I was talking to said that they're buying some gyrocopters and I think it'd be fun as hell to learn how to fly them if the opportunity presented itself, but I've barely looked into it. For a young guy or girl with the time for the regionals this might be a quick way to pay down some big student loans as I can't imagine the CoL is all that bad in any of the spots and you'll have job security.
Wait. What? CBP is buying gyrocopters?
 

srn121

Well-Known Member
Wait. What? CBP is buying gyrocopters?
That's what a mechanic told me. He said his friend that built them had a two or three year backlog as sales had been through the roof, but I haven't been able to verify the CBP is using them.
 

deadstick

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That's what a mechanic told me. He said his friend that built them had a two or three year backlog as sales had been through the roof, but I haven't been able to verify the CBP is using them.

Are they air conditioned??? Or at least have some shade?
 

daydreamer

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How does the schedule work for something like this?

If you are not flying, are you doing other work?

Seems like they do a intense background check on you and thorough screening before bringing you on board
 

srn121

Well-Known Member
How does the schedule work for something like this?

If you are not flying, are you doing other work?

Seems like they do a intense background check on you and thorough screening before bringing you on board
No idea, but they've been extremely good about getting in touch with me compared to most private sector jobs, much less USAJobs.gov and I didn't even attach a resume just told them roughly had much time I had. If you're at all interested maybe it'd be worth shooting them an email cbp_amo_recruiting@cbp.dhs.gov
 

srn121

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Are they air conditioned??? Or at least have some shade?
There's a Texas police department that has an open, tandem cockpit so I'm sure that keeps them plenty cool. I have no idea what kinds the CBP are ordering, if they'll ever be delivered or if what the person who told me was incorrect or I misheard. It does seem like gyrocopters are having a big resurgence.
 

Lawman

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The Kurdish state police used to fly Gyrocopters out of Erbil. Apparently it was a combination of flight school and highway/traffic enforcement or something.

All I know is the damn thing made no radio calls and would come out of nowhere.
 

nibake

Powder hound
They've got Puerto Rico, San Angelo (which I hear has great hunting and wasn't bad from the little time I was there) and some small city maybe an hour from Tucson, and Fargo, ND among a few others. I was considering it for a bit as there are quite a few nice locations to upgrade to, but I have no idea on how many years it would be before I'd have an opportunity to. A mechanic I was talking to said that they're buying some gyrocopters and I think it'd be fun as hell to learn how to fly them if the opportunity presented itself, but I've barely looked into it. For a young guy or girl with the time for the regionals this might be a quick way to pay down some big student loans as I can't imagine the CoL is all that bad in any of the spots and you'll have job security.
I believe it's Grand Forks, not Fargo, if that distinction even matters to anyone.
 
I just got an email from them and maybe I'm not understanding their offer correctly. For their continental US locations you're looking at 98K your first year, 117K your second year and 138k your third year. The Caribbean locations start at 108K up to 155k on year 3. They also dropped their minimums and are no long requiring pilots to have 100 hours in the last year.
More pay for less experience! So much good governance! So much winning!
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
For anyone considering the job, ensure that you understand that this is an LE job and that you have the desire to do LE work. It's not a primarily-flying job. That's a little factoid that has tripped some guys up who weren't mentally/physically prepared or had no desire, to do LE work.
 

nibake

Powder hound
For anyone considering the job, ensure that you understand that this is an LE job and that you have the desire to do LE work. It's not a primarily-flying job. That's a little factoid that has tripped some guys up who weren't mentally/physically prepared or had no desire, to do LE work.
What kind of LE are we talking about? I had a systems instructor that left flying for law enforcement. He talked about the day to day experience and I realized that was something I would never want to do. Shoot, I wouldn't even like to do helicopter medevac since their patients tend to be a lot more bloody than mine. I'm interested to know if this CBP would be on par with having a beat in a big city or if it would be a different LE experience.
 

Cóndor

Well-Known Member
Seems like they do a intense background check on you and thorough screening before bringing you on board
Yup, including a polygraph :oops: . Their blood pressure upper range limits seem to be more stringent than the FAA medical ones so you may be asked to do some extra medical screenings separate from the one for which they pay. There's also a screening physical test that includes push-ups, sit-ups and 5 minutes doing up and down steps on a platform.
 
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