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Can I fly offshore if I don't work sundays?


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I plan on being a helicopter pilot, and I wanted to do offshore transport for a while, but most companies have a 7/7 or 14/14 schedule where you'd have to work on Sundays. But because of my religion I don't work on Sundays except for necessary things like police, EMS, etc. So my question is: Will offshore companies with 7/7, 14/14 schedules hire people who don't work on Sundays?

 

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Short answer, no. If you won't work Sundays, then you won't work at all. There are no holidays in the oil patch - it goes on 7 days/week, 365 days/year, including Christmas, Easter, and every other day. It's pretty much the same for every other aviation job. If you won't work on Sundays, you need to look at other careers.

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Doesn't work that way in EMS either--unless you can switch days with other guys. But, most like their weekends off.

 

However, you could set it up that you only work nights on Sunday. When I'm on my normal schedule two of us work every other fri-sat-sun days, then mon-tues-wed-thurs nights. So that puts two of the other guys on mon-tues-wed-thurs days, fri-sat-sun nights. I don't know if that would help your situation.

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I am a Mormon... (pretty strict)PLEASE NO JOKES I ONLY HAVE ONE WIFE! It like all other religions that fallow the King James Version believe in keeping the Sabbath day holly and that means exactly that so chose to or not to but till you get rich or work for a bank you may have to continue to dig the pig from the mire. I believe that God has these obstacles in life to test or faith and resolve as well as willing ness to sacrifice Steve Young, Dale Murphy, Chad Lewis are very faithful member of my church and have all work every Sunday through their carrier and not to judge or anything but I most certainly don’t think they are going to "H-E- double hockey sticks. Working on Sunday is nothing like playing on Sunday …”well kinds of you are flying”

 

Ok I got the sermon in for the day sorry brothers and sisters.

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You might see this as being as necessary as police, or ems. I'm not trying to be a smart alec, just trying to see things from another perspective. I know absolutely nothing about the oil patch. All I know is what I've read on these forums. From that lack of knowledge I'll make an ignorant observation. It may be very difficult to shut down the operations even for one day a week. So in a sense it is necessary. Or it may be greed. I don't know. I do know that if you believe God has called you to this profession then he'll either provide a work-around or you'll just have to get your "Sabbaths" on other days.

Maybe if you talk with your pastor or whatever religious leader you have he can provide some insight about these kinds of situations.

Just remember that in the end it is your choice not his and you must live with the consequences-good or bad--not him.

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I too am faced with the same issue! I currently am working on my ppl with EMS as my goal, but to get there, time in the "oil patch" is very likely. My thought would be that oil is something we need pretty much every day and you probably cant just shut it down for a day without having problems so I could see it as a necessary job.

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I too am faced with the same issue! I currently am working on my ppl with EMS as my goal, but to get there, time in the "oil patch" is very likely. My thought would be that oil is something we need pretty much every day and you probably cant just shut it down for a day without having problems so I could see it as a necessary job.

Not likely in the oil patch... or any other aviation job. About the best you'll be able to do is find yourself a Part 91 job. But thats gonna be iffy too.

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Aviation tends to be a full-time job, 7 days/week. People don't stop having accidents, pumping oil & gas, or traveling on Sundays. If you won't work Sundays, you need to look at a different occupation. If God is telling you not to work on Sunday, he's telling you not to be a pilot. There are lots of jobs which allow you to be off on Sundays, but aviation is not one of them.

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