ratat98 Posted August 18, 2013 Report Share Posted August 18, 2013 Hello all,I am playing with the idea of starting a small single-ship helicopter business. Most of the work would be agricultural (spraying, livestock control, predator control, etc.), but there are other opporitunitues with oilfield, etc. I'm looking for a reasonably priced R44 with decent time and this is my plan: 1. Get financing2. Start LLC3. Insurance4. Helicopter5. Additional Certifications (Part 133, 137, etc.)6. Work my a## off. Here's the advice part.As most of you have already probably figured out by the above list, I'm new at this. I don't have a clue what I'm doing, and I need all the advice I can get. I'm reasonably low-time, 200-250 hours, and I want to know if this is even feasable.So far I have a bank that "might" finance me, but only if it's at least 90% agricultural work. I think insurance is going to be even harder than finding a bank from the research I have done. I do, however, have a local ag chemical/spray company willing to fit me under their spraying liability insurance, and the guy even offered to buy a spray system as long as we make a contract for me to pay it off eventually. He already has plenty of acres lined up for me to spray for next season if this all works out. His brother has hinted that he "might" even put me under his 137 certificate until I get on my feet.I understand there are a lot of "mights" but I plan on getting all this in writing eventually if I can get over a few hurdles. So everyone tell me if I'm crazy. Please. I know this doesn't sound like anything set in stone, but right now it's mostly in just the beginning stages, and that's why I'm here to ask for advice from those who know. The owner of the local helo school is excited about it, and thinks I should go for it, but that's about all the advice I have gotten out of him.Also, let me know what else I need to be thinking about.Thanks in advance!-Patrick 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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