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#1 Colosuper

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 18:16

Does anyone know the going pay rate for international pilots performing tour and VIP operations?

I know tour operations in the US pay a pretty widely scaled rate from operation to operation, but does anyone know what pilots whom are recruited to fly overseas tend to be paid?


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Posted 23 April 2015 - 18:56

Where are the big tour spots overseas?

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 21:29

International tour pilots don't fly tours or VIP flights. They usually fly offshore oil and gas or other nasty missions, usually in remote and/or hostile areas. I think you are confused by what they call international touring pilots. 


Edited by helonorth, 23 April 2015 - 21:45.


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 08:19

Where are the big tour spots overseas?

 

are you suggesting that the only helicopter tours are in usa?



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 08:21

International tour pilots don't fly tours or VIP flights. They usually fly offshore oil and gas or other nasty missions, usually in remote and/or hostile areas. I think you are confused by what they call international touring pilots. 

 

i would venture to guess that tour pilots fly ALL over the world



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 08:22

Does anyone know the going pay rate for international pilots performing tour and VIP operations?

I know tour operations in the US pay a pretty widely scaled rate from operation to operation, but does anyone know what pilots whom are recruited to fly overseas tend to be paid?

 

sorry i don't,, and seems so far? no-one else does either.



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 08:24

this sounds like a topic for someone with the worldly experience of our own avbug



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 09:50

I know tour operations in the US pay a pretty widely scaled rate from operation to operation...

 

The same applies to the rest of the world. How long is a piece of string?



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 10:34

but does anyone know what pilots whom are recruited to fly overseas tend to be paid?


Do tour/sight seeing companies recruit from overseas?

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 18:30

are you suggesting that the only helicopter tours are in usa?


No I'm asking where their version of the Grand Canyon/Vegas is?

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 22:33

Australia's Ayers Rock/Uluru is comparable to The Ditch. Similar patterns, restrictions but only two companies there flying.
But does it really matter if you don't have a visa/work permit?
helonorth is spot on.

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 23:58

Australia's Ayers Rock/Uluru is comparable to The Ditch. Similar patterns, restrictions but only two companies there flying.
But does it really matter if you don't have a visa/work permit?
helonorth is spot on.


I wonder if the eminent TPP 'free trade' agreement allow me, with my FAA certs, to seek employment easily in the land down under?

I only hear about provisions allowing foreign workers into the USA but how bout Mericans' going abroad?
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Posted 25 April 2015 - 19:42

Here's a more international helicopter pilot forum:

http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads-23/


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Just a pilot (retired, so I have a LOT of time)...


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 13:17

There are international tour pilots, however, your probably not going to get any info on salaries. there's a lot more than just getting a work visa to landing a job overseas.

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 23:35

Does anyone know the going pay rate for international pilots performing tour and VIP operations?

 

No......


Edited by Spike, 26 April 2015 - 23:37.


#16 helonorth

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 08:32

There are international tour pilots, however, your probably not going to get any info on salaries. there's a lot more than just getting a work visa to landing a job overseas.

Where do they work? The only company I ever saw that advertised for a tour pilot overseas was a company in the Seychelles and they went out of business a couple years ago. I don't think the pay was much.



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Posted 27 April 2015 - 09:11

just out of curiosity, i did a google search for: mallorca, rome,& paris. Seems just about any city or tropical destination. one can find a helicopter to see it from the air.


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Posted 27 April 2015 - 18:56

just out of curiosity, i did a google search for: mallorca, rome,& paris. Seems just about any city or tropical destination. one can find a helicopter to see it from the air.

But how many employ ex pat Americans? Probably none.


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Posted 27 April 2015 - 20:22

Exactly. There are lots of tours but how many "need" to hire expats? I'm sure you can get a job with one if you try hard enough.

A few places I've seen are EC 120 and 130's in New Zealand. There some version of the 206 flying in Belize. R44 all over Argentina. Specifically down in Ushuia. There's helicopters flying over the Nazca lines in Peru. Bells? Also, while you wouldn't be an expat, ther's some R44's in Puerto Rico.

Or you can start your own. My free business idea for the day....
Cabo Mexico. An untapped market for tours. Big tourist trap. Lots of money down there. Lots of big expensive beach resorts. No helicopters. You could give rides from the little airport an offer vip shuttles from the big airport to people's beach resorts if you get resorts in on it. Most of the locals and tourists speak english. Heck, they even price it all in US dollars. Ask a bartender how much a beer is in pesos and they pull out the calculator.

I give this free idea away because I have no intention of ever owning a tour buisness or living in Cabo. I only ask if you get one started, let me know and I'll come visit for a free ride with my family :D.

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 02:52

this sounds like a topic for someone with the worldly experience of our own avbug

 

My international "tours" were in places where you don't want to go, and they did not involve tourists.

 

Domestically I flew tours in the Grand Canyon years ago, and maintain a SFAR authorization presently, but don't fly tours there.  

 

I've done a lot of international flying; not as a tourist, and not flying tourists.  

 

Perhaps you can give us the perspective of your own international experience.


Edited by avbug, 29 April 2015 - 02:53.






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