Anyone know of any hiring in the OK region. I need a job (or one time trip) to pay some bills while I finish up (wait for checkride date) my CFI. Comm ASEL/AMEL IA....I also have my high perf. & high alt. endorsements. It is worth a shot right???
Well the Air Force is waiting for me to graduate.....god i cant wait for that day. I think I may hit up climbto350 maybe some pipeline patrol....oklahoma has plenty of oil. Cushing is 15 minutes away, I would love to fly skydivers.....thanks for the suggestions.
Get a camera and try to line up some aerial photo gigs. I just signed one this past week for a few thousand bucks. It's not steady income but it gives me some beer money in addition to my real life job.
I have tried mass mailings, email/snail mail (a few responses but no takers)
I had a cheap website built (most of my gigs start at my website)
I advertise my website on the back of my truck
I have biz cards that I place everytime I see a place I can stick one
I am going to do some advertising in a few local papers
I donated a few photo gigs to a couple of charity auctions (great way to get your name out there) Plus nobody ever contacts me about the photo they bid on (go figure)
I managed to get my website name on a radio spot (people actually told me they heard the DJ's mention the name.
I took some free photos of my boss's house while on a flight one day (it doesn't hurt that he is on the town council in a very wealthy town).
It's all in name recognition..... There are other aerial photographers in my area but you really have to do some serious searching to find out about them.
You have to go beyond the obvious and approach the customer at a different angle, it's what sets you apart from the others. My main goal right now is to provide amazing customer service and get my name known in my area so when people think aerial photos, they will think of me.
If you have an FBO nearby, rent a plane and take some pictures. If they frown upon you using the plane for your business purposes take a starving CFI with you and let them fly the plane while you shoot. (hint, always pay them extra beyond what the FBO pays them per hour).
You need to research what aerial photographers are charging in your area. Give them a call and create a story about needing photos of a piece of property and see what they say. I called one this past winter and was shocked at the total line of B.S. they fed me. Act like you don't know anything about aviation and get ready for the amazing stories about what it costs to fly a Cessna 172 for an hour. talk very little and listen to what they say.... You will find that most people will get a bad case of diahrrea of the mouth if given the opportunity to speak. ( I think I am getting that way right now).