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MOST IMPORTANTLY, PILOTS AT THE BASE ARE PROVIDED WITH THIER OWN PRIVATE BED- ROOM AND BATHROOM WHILE LIVING THERE ON HITCH.


SCHEDULES Generally speaking the work schedule can come in several forms.


The most common schedules are 7-7 or 14-14. That is to say, one day off for every day on duty. The days working are typically called “on hitch” and the days off are called “on break”. This type of schedule is an interesting one and very specific to the offshore oil and support industry. Many years ago, helicopter operators in the GOM had come to a hard reality. The realization was that many of the small Gulf Coast towns might not be the most attractive places to live year round and raise a family (at least to non-locals). In order to attract pilots from a larger more “National” pool, they created a schedule that would enable pilots to live in various parts of the country, thus allowing them to commute to work. For those who find it viable to move to the Gulf Coast and live full-time, there are other work schedules available that might represent a more normal work schedule, such as a 5 on and 2 off.


ROTORCRAFTPROFESSIONAL 30 FYI – Jim Palmer, Bristow Group Human Resources Partner, cau-


tions new hires by painting a realistic picture by adding this informa- tion into the equation: Commuters should expect to add a travel day onto each end of their work hitch. So for example, depending on how far you must commute, a 7 on - 7 off may become a 9 on – 5 off.


PAY A couple helicopter operators in the GOM, Bristow being one


of them, has a pilot work force that works under a Collective Bargain Agreement also known as a CBA or Union Contract. The CBA defines very clearly how much a pilot gets paid and can be affected by such factors as seniority within the company, type of helicopter flown, and a variety of other possible incentives. Generally speaking a new pilot in the GOM can expect to earn a salary that


ranges


between $50k – $60k during their first year. Pilots will also have avail- able traditional benefits that can include medical/dental insurance, vaca-


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