6th May 2012, 21:49
Curious what the average/reasonal prices are for hiring a helicopter per hour for various sorts of work.
Powerline, pipeline, charter, etc.
Interested in hourly rates on 206's, 500's, 300's, r44's and a-stars.
Any websites with up to date information on this subject?
9th May 2012, 01:04
One source of comparative data: USFS CWN rates (http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/contracting/helicopters_cwn/flt_chrt_awarded_2011-2013.pdf)
One source of comparative data: USFS CWN rates
These rates are in addition to daily rates. Each company that has a contract will have already charged a rate for each day on contract and is then paid these rates for any flight time. As an example, last year I was getting $2,385 per day for 200 or so days regardless of whether I flew or not.
The rates for "non-government" work will vary with location also---in Northern California we will charge around $800/hr for a 206B3, and yet in SoCal we charge almost $1,000.