I'm very glad that I have found this forum. Let me introduce myself - I'm a South African helicopter pilot and instructor currently living in Cape Town. I've got a passion for science and have always been particularly fascinated by Antarctica.
What I would like to know is if anyone here knows which countries/operators have the largest helicopter presence in Antarctica, and what sort of skills they are looking for. I'm 23 now and would like to start working towards the qualifications/skills they need - I don't yet know how I'm going to do it, but all I know is that I am going to do it.
I have about 2 years volunteer experience working as deck-hand/radio operator/IT on research/environmental ships. It was on them that I had my first helicopter flight. That really got me hooked on flying - so I slowly worked my way up to CPL-H (commercial pilot license) with an instructors rating.
If anyone can please give me some pointers I would really appreciate it!
All the best,