mate $2.50 aint bad. i received a princely sum of one dollar per PAYING passenger. so i would take a 182 with 2 tandems and camera plus me and get paid TWO DOLLARS
for that load. if at the end of the day i made nineteen dollars the boss would go looking for change instead of slipping me the cool twenty. i did this for 800 hours and never complained once, got drunk regularly and generally had a great time flying there.
i logged one saturday 4.6 hours day and 5.1 hours at night, landing on dirt with three kero lanterns down one side of the strip. finished flying about one am and got paid $24. yeeeehaaaa. enough money there to pay for the petrol to get to the dropzone.