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#1 UNCphillips

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 18:15

Members,

Just looking to speak or have someone indulge the forum on the quality of life, and general lifestyle for those working for ERA up in Alaska.

For any current or former ERA employees, feel free to PM me.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 21:57

I guess the tour season's winding up there about now. I'd love to hear how things went this summer. Thanks.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 21:33

Not much help here it seems.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:24

My old CFI is coming back from a summer season with Era. He was up in Denali. I'll see if he can jump on here and add some insight.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 18:30

JJ,

Thank you for the push of information. Please if it's not too much trouble I am sure there are a few guys on here who would be interested in hearing about flying for ERA probably both Alaska and the GOM.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 14:29

I know quite a but about Era GOM. I can answer most questions, but I'm not so into the PM thing. I was wondering what part of AK Era you were asking about: tours or offshore?
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 22:32

Not to hijack UNC's question, but myself personally, tours in Ak. Thanks C of G.
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Posted 28 September 2012 - 09:36

I don't know much about the tours, as they changed the process a few years back. But I believe they are the best paid and housing is ok. Busy enough from what I'm told. Not many days off, just the minimum per quarter.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:49

Thanks!

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:57

So my buddy says he worked 7 days a week and was on call from 7a to 9p. He said that Juneau had apartments for the pilots and Denali had a dorm where each pilot got his own room. He said it was a lot of fun and his pictures were amazing. I got the same response for him as most anyone else who flies in Alaska, he said if you get the chance, do it. I'll try to find out some more info for ya, sorry it's kind of meager. He's headed to the GOM in a little bit so I can find out about that as well.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 19:10

Nothing is too crazy. I'm an older pilot (depending on who you talk to) but looking for the adventure and flying side of life.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:38

I'm sure it varies from person to person, but any idea how much they flew? I'm thinking about heading up there for a season to get some Astar time if they stay busy enough

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:55

I'm sure it varies from person to person, but any idea how much they flew? I'm thinking about heading up there for a season to get some Astar time if they stay busy enough


Typically 2-400 hours. It's based on weather that season, more so than the pilot. Temsco will generally fly more from what I'm told.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 13:49

Aah I see. 200 would suck, especially working 14 hour days.

The era job posting days 7-12 days in a row, 14 hour days, no scheduled days off. What's that mean, 8 days on then 1 off, 12 on then 3 off? I don't mean those exact numbers, more of a random thing.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 16:41

Aah I see. 200 would suck, especially working 14 hour days.

The era job posting days 7-12 days in a row, 14 hour days, no scheduled days off. What's that mean, 8 days on then 1 off, 12 on then 3 off? I don't mean those exact numbers, more of a random thing.


They operate under the same 135 certificate as the rest of Era and have the same rest requirements. It is worked around because it tends to fit into one calandar quarter. The days off tend to float from what I recall.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 19:24

I gotcha.

Thanks for the info, if I give it a shot, I'll keep you guys posted :-)

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 15:23

Good morning,

Has anyone flown for Era Alaska and then transferred down to the Gulf? Just wondering if inter-company transfers would be possible/easy?

Cheers



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 19:36

No personal experience but, a guy I talked to that fly's for ERA said transferring from AK to the GOM isn't to hard but going from GOM to AK can really take some time/effort.  

 

As far as the state, go if you get a chance!  I loved the 6 years I spent near Fairbanks, and the south coast is great.  If you go seasonal, the summer is awesome, if you go year round, you will find beauty in the winter... for awhile ( the winters will start to wear on you).  Of course winter in the south is more bearable but, you would get more snow.

 

Any more questions about the state I may be able to answer, unfortunately I can't offer much info about working there as a helicopter pilot... Maybe one day.



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 13:32

Thanks gary-mike,

Wonder why it's difficult on the reverse? 

I'm keen as mustard to get up there. Spent 4 years on cruise ships and has been my goal ever since to fly there.

Good luck in your quest to fly too...

Cheers



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 21:21

Hi

 

Do you guys know what the minimum hours would be to do this? I want to do it next year as I should have my ATP by then.

 

Also, any advice on how to actually get in a position to land a job would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance, great post!


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