Or day trips to Sedona? For the sake of simple math, let’s round that up to $1,400 per hour (every tach hour) with a 500-hour season. We also have additional eq. For the over the past 30 years, helicopters fitted with an Isolair Spray system have provided customers with innovative spray systems that are proven to be both reliable and extremely cost effective. But with that said, I don’t see any reason why the manufacturer needs to profit from these required changes. I also know about that R22 blade AD — I was fortunate enough to sell mine about a month before it was issued. Unfortunately, however, Robinson prorates this fixed annual amount over 500 hours of flight time per year. I’m with you however. Plus, everyone knows that an ag-plane is not productive 100% of the hours logged in a season. Any machine that turns gasoline into noise and life ain’t gonna be cheap to own or fix. There has to be a cushion to allow for hidden costs (advertising, work clothes, legal/accounting fees, etc.). And oil: Robinson estimates 50¢/hour. According to Latvian entrepreneur Elviss Straupenieks, it costs about US$65,000 a year to pesticide-spray an average-size vineyard using a helicopter. Tell that to the folks at Grand Canyon, who hit me up for $6/gallon early this month. Realistically, its more like 15-17 gallons per hour. Of course, to replace it, you have to pull the tail cone, then put it back on and rebalance the fan scroll. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated! About Us. What a fantastic article, from a first time helicopter purchaser – well, maybe now………..!!! Of course, anyone can tear holes into the above numbers. As for grammar/punctuation (which you probably read about in a different post) — yes, I agree. Thanks again for the great blog posts… I just found your site thru a link…. I am not a pilot just a former wannabe but I still enjoyed reading the comments on this thread. Or to put it another way – Why believe you? Hello Maria, Nice to ready your valuable comments. This is not one of the estimated costs on Robinson’s fairy tale cost estimate marketing document. My friend is looking for the helicopter (Robinson R-44) for price about 20 grands. If you like helicopters, you’ll love the FlyingMAir YouTube Channel. Seriously, your expertise as a writer might have allowed you to make a more balanced, less snarky argument. RotorWay Exec-90 two-seat helicopter kit—about 90% assembled and 95%* complete. Robinson and the manufacturer know there’s a problem but can’t seem to fix it. I say that to say this, I know NOTHING about helicopters. How far does the range go from the most affordable to the most expensive? The values are conservative, which really means, it costs more than what I’ve portrayed here. US $3600-$4900 / Set. As you can see all this comes to much more than the av. There simply is no way around it. … I’m sure each company has it’s own flaws, but it seems the “affordable helicopter company” isn’t so affordable. This helicopter has very low total time (just over 2000hr) and only 100hr since major overhaul in … Like Robinson, he based his proration of fixed costs such as insurance on a 500-hour flight year. Needs to written off. My six-figure income years are gone. When you look at the cost of acquisition, the fixed cost of ownership, and operating costs, a helicopter like mine costs a heck of a lot more than the $185.10 per hour Robinson estimates. Obviously, I can’t survive on that. Yet on October 3, 2000, I took delivery of my first helicopter, a 1999 Robinson R22 Beta II. But, they should point out the apparent need for each operator to come up with his own true costs with a margin of error. The values I use are provided by respected individuals in the marketplace, as well as from attendees to JD’s seminars. You are not alone w this .every school the operates the Robinson lines suffers w the Same problems that you have.remember every time you start you helo is for making the hour meter run that’s mean Where are these costs in the $1,146 per hour gross? We operate two Truck helipads with 10,000L capability and the ability to carry 4x 1000L chemical shuttles. I enjoyed your story…Some ideas to make your business more profitable… People are so freaking clueless sometimes. Robinson’s insurance costs are based on Pathfinder rates. The first major component to need replacement was the starter and ring gear. Insurance/Other (Work. If you don’t like he way I write, don’t come back. 100.00 10. I’m starting to think that getting a real job as a helicopter pilot might be a better way to get my “fix.”, How true ! There are a lot of assumptions with these calculations. I own a house in the burbs and a ranch 50mi to the north, in Texas. Spraying. Divide that by the 1100 hours I flew during that period and you get $200 per hour. Wow I ended up here after seeing on the news that the city of winnipeg pays a contractor $ 5300/hr for a little piss cutter Robinson style helicopter to drop a solid pesticide that kills mosquito larvae. -40 to -50c with wind chill. I agree: the Robinson is a cost-effective machine to operate at a profit. Airframe maintenance (includes prop, GPS, radios, etc.) Here Carlos in Chicago Now I need to find your little ‘donate’ button. Compared to a fixed wing aircraft the helicopter offers a much lower application speed and higher downwash from the rotor blades, this means an overall better result for the farmer. These are just the things I’m remembering off the top of my head. It just irks me a bit that the operating cost estimates were so far off from what I’ve experienced. My personal opinion on the matter is that the starter was defective and did not fully engage with the ring gear on every start. US $3500-$4300 / Set. Ground Operations (loader truck repairs, trade pick-up every fourth year, fuel, general maintenance) $25,000 a year. If you plan to keep it beyond overhaul, do set aside that money every hour; you’ll be glad you did. Wow, Mike. That’s not the case. Manufacturer Low Cost Cheap Helicopter Sprayer For Sale Plant Conservation Uav Seed Spreading Drone. Boost your bottom line with the helicopter spraying services from M&D Aerial in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The auxiliary fuel pump went after about 500 hours. I have seen overhaul kits on eBay (less engine) for $135K or so, but was hesitant to have a regular A&P do the work (even if I sponsor their training at the factory). I could go on, but you get the picture. In shortcoming in the above calculations come out of the 18.7% profit margin. If I pulled out my Engine and Aircraft log books, I’m sure I could list a lot more of the same: items that are supposed to last the life of the aircraft (okay, well maybe not the battery) simply not lasting. Expect running cost of the turbine. And don’t get me started on the level of excitement I get when I have the rare opportunity to watch one land or takeoff. This is an incredible service to so many around the world who have the same questions I have had. Best regards Each one of these required maintenance items cost money — sometimes thousands of dollars. Maybe I’ll find a solution that’ll combine a readout for that stupid RA with ADS-B In/Out, which I’ll need in 2020. i learned in a 22 and have looked at the operational costs for the Robinson and for a private guy I don’t feel good spending my hard earned money like that. If so, then should you make the same percentage of the gross as the pilot? I started getting slammed with unexpected costs not long after purchase. I own several fixed wing aircraft and only recently got my hell ticket. Pilot’s pay ($1,500 hr gross X 20%) 300.00 6. He told me about his plans to lease an R44 helicopter to start a business in a small Wyoming city. Bond sold their Hillers in 1986 to a company in Lincolnshire who were also spaying with a 206. It won’t be a fixed amount. Six months after purchasing the ship, which had 900 hours and was always hangared, I received an AD requiring new main rotor blades at a cost of $12k per blade. But thanks for the suggestions. cost I mentioned above. Fortunately, I run a small operation with a tight rein on costs. Do you think helicopter manufacturer affects op costs significantly? Granted, Robinson’s figures are rosy – but so is the MPG sticker on your car. course, and then use them for your ship. I am from Sri Lanka and came across you blog. Manned aircraft you have to fly to the location). As someone who is close to fifty, I have been seriously considering changing careers to become a helicopter pilot. Please read the directions on the first tab completely before using the spreadsheet. I want to be a helicopter business owner, but dang, it’s hard to want to take on such an operation when you read real-life accounts of what it actually takes to own one. The following year, it was still leaking and now overheating. It began breaking teeth off the ring gear. You may never know exactly, but you must have some gauge to go by. They whined and complained to Robinson and may have even threatened legal action. But, your break even cost (a new calculation) will go up! This is not your final figure. It cost about $220K. Replace my numbers with yours and see if you are making or losing money. thanks. Thank you again for your openness. Are they kidding us? Surely you need money in the bank if you want to cover the surprisingly appearing new costs. I don’t blog every flight I do. Us wrench-turners gotta eat too! First, in July 2006, came Safety Notice 40, which states: There have been a number of cases where helicopter or light plane occupants have survived an accident only to be severely burned by fire following the accident. Don’t count on this rule of thumb to be an easy way to calculate your costs. ;-) It amazes me that anyone thinks a helicopter- ANY helicopter- is cheap to operate. Since writing this post, I’ve had several major life changes and finally found a nice doing contract work with my R44 that covers all my costs and helps me live the kind of lifestyle I like: simple and mostly stress-free. But, so does the “break-even factor”, where you have to get past a certain point in your gross to make a profit. I can tell you exactly how much I spent on insurance, fuel, oil, maintenance, and repairs over the past 6 years: $208,000. At the same time, I had one mechanic charging me $95/hour and another charging me $105/hour. During the summer season, these helicopters spray over 6,000 hectares of sugar cane and grazing country as well as applying fertiliser and seeding. And that’s what bugs me about this fuel tank issue. Helicopters are always more expensive than similarly performing airplanes. I thought you had to have your ATP or at least someone thats flys for you has to have their ATP in order for you to run a 135 operation? 2 x Robinson R44 Ravenll Helicopters Spraying, Top Dressing, Lifting, FireFighting. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. The W100+ oil I use costs about $6/quart and I seem to be adding a quart every 5 hours or so. I guess that’s why I wrote this. ... Looks a much more suited helicopter to the job, larger tanks, more fuel. I’m glad you found the blog helpful. To start, let’s assume we are discussing a single, turbine aircraft operation flying 500 hours a year. Although my R44 was just overhauled and is running better than ever (really! And then there are the Airworthiness Directives, Service Bulletins, and Service Letters. With a utilization of about 150 hours per year, a 44 is rent about 600 euros per hour and that makes some profit. Factors would include pilot costs, insurance, fuel, application products, etc. Similarly, this fuel system retrofit is beyond reason. Use the link above to download the Excel spreadsheet. that would perform 80% of your missions and still allow you to enjoy flying. He could fly along on one of your you tube flights. Agricultural crop spraying Helicopters offer many advantages for modern green farming; Spraying nozzles can be changed depending of the plant and crop application type, efficiently saving time, money and manpower; Average person can crop spray 0.24 acres every half hour; Align E1 can crop spray up to 0.48 acres per minute Remember that attitude matters as much as aptitude. This will share the burden of the retrofit’s cost. If you use a smaller aircraft, for instance a piston-powered aircraft without the ability to gross $1,500 an hour, you really find yourself in a dilemma. I live in the desert and my helicopter is hangared. Better idea to buy a turbine as the Robo isn’t all that cheap. To prevent legal action against the company, Robinson started issuing documents. This was hands down the most useful article I have found on the web. If you think you are building equity in your aircraft, maybe even in your business, that could be another whole topic of debate. With 10% down ($65,000) and financing the balance of $585,000 at 5.5% with seven annual payments = $103,000 a year, divided by 500 hours = $206 2. Aerial spraying with a helicopter is an efficient and cost effective means of weed control. I’m a recent owner of a R44 II and have already seen that the truth is not as rosy as Robinson, or any other involved company, states. This method of spraying has many advantages, such as: No trampling of crops No ruts in the field Extremely accurate (GPS technology) I think gyros are very cool. Very well documented-Recent SB’s and Ad’s seem to have put alot of ships on the used market-All the good pr Frank received over the years especially regarding LOW OPERATING COSTS for his piston ships seem to be taking a huge chunk of cash from his loyal customers,as they accumulate hours.I trained in an R-22,but would never buy a robinson helicopter.The R-66 should be interesting as it gathers time in the field,to see what extra cost and repairs it incurs. Best wishes! Preciso de mais informações sobre o seguro do R22 você pode me ajudar ? As a point of note In my 16,000 plus hours I have flown most types of helicopter work. Start with $3 million! Still, when I made my purchase/ownership decision, I plugged in whatever known numbers I had and relied on Robinson’s numbers for the unknown — especially the cost of periodic inspections and unscheduled maintenance. I’m worried mostly about liability if something happens and the tanks are not installed. Gyr. Fantastic information! LOL. The annual premium in the current estimated operating costs — around $11,000 — aren’t too far off from what I paid when I insured with them for my commercial operation. I had just talked with an operator who had attended one of JD’s convention seminars. Have a lot of extra money to use so I felt like buying a small,,,possibly used Helicopter…..after reading the articles and every ones comments….I think I’ll just buy an office building and then jump out of it…….it’s cheaper US $3499-$3999 / Unit. Thanks again! Just wanted to thank you for sharing with us the true cost of helicopter ownership. Then, to prevent other owners from giving them grief about it, they put out a service bulletin to address it. Too many of us are “programmed” at a young age to seek careers that pay good money and then get sucked into jobs we hate. And he didn’t consider the cost of service bulletins and airworthiness directives and unscheduled maintenance beyond what Robinson estimates. 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There’s no proof that this retrofit would prevent a fire anyway. Just crossing the border from Arizona to California, you can expect to spend 50¢ more per gallon on auto fuel. Do you believe it is a function of fuel used and engine time only? I’ll itemize costs for a better visualization: Per Hour Costs: 1. Aircraft insurance (hull/liability), based on $26,000 premium 60.00 3. Reading your post, I’m certain of that! Alex. My technical manager called me today about the bladder tanks and I found some comfort in your text :) We are operating in Norway and our cost estimates are somewhat different. Do you have an idea what the burn rate is & how that impacts cost per hour (my guess is that the $200 an hour on the Robbie brochures is a bit optimistic for this type of flying)? I now fly Bell 206B3 and L3 helicopters and I agree with all your comments. Ok, where are we now with our hourly gross? Our specialist low drift nozzle systems are used for accurate placement and … Here’s an example. Because I operate under Part 135, these are not optional. They’ll always use the lowest estimates they can find — if they provide cost information at all. So his numbers were very low and I knew it. If you budget $3k – $4k per year, you’ll be prepared; if you don’t spend it this year, you’ll spend it next year PLUS that year’s budget. Robinson is based in California, which has some of the highest taxes on fuel around. Maybe he thought I was trying to discourage him, to minimize my competition. One bad way to look at it is this: If I don’t get it changed per the SB and my passengers die in a post-crash fire, the liability for the fire falls on me, even if they can’t prove that the fire was caused by a tank design issue. Lower acquisition costs versus larger pieces of equipment (ground spraying tractors) or manned aircraft. I agree: it’s best to get information from people with first-hand experience. It has been going a long time. And then again another 500 hours later. And I replaced the seat belt attachment points and changed the throttle link and swapped out the frame tube clamp and fiddled with the throttle linkage and changed the fuel hose supports and replaced the hard fuel lines and replaced the gascolator assembly and did something to the clutch actuator fuse holder wiring. I’m not getting rich, but I’m comfortable and, at the age of 56, now enjoy a semi-retired lifestyle where I fly for half the year and goof off the other half. What is really going on here is the need for a budget. I just simply love them. Sure, it’s cheaper to own an R44 than an EC130, but it’s even cheaper to own a Honda Accord. If I had the time to learn to fly them, I would. I have been maintaining Robinsons in Greece for more than 5 years. How much would all this cost from the most affordable to the most expensive if I never flew it? For example, what about personal health and life insurance premiums, employee benefits, the costs to earn CEUs, attending conventions, incidental meals? Office (hangar rent, phone, utilities) 50.00, Total Costs = $1146.00 per hour. Comp., operations, etc.) I charged $48.00 an hour for a Hughes 269A that sold for $22,500.00. I’m in the UK – if you send me your e-mail – if you’re allowed to on this site – I’ll send you some pictures of my open cock-pit gyro-plane – it is such fun to be out in the elements – to look over the side, and see straight down – field of view is incredible – not all round, but about 270 degrees horizontal, and 330 in a vertical circle. I hope I hurry up and find the right place at the right time cause I’m 52 in November and time doesn’t stop for anyone. Yet the Robinson document is never seriously questioned by anyone. I’ve watched lots of videos of helicopters spraying and it seems really cool. A handful of bestselling computer how-to books — yes, they do exist — and a few good real estate investments left me with an excess of cash. Thanks, and I look forward to reading other posts. Hello Maria, It’ll give you an idea how it works and from that you can interpolate your costs. So, I’ll take the simplest example possible and work from there. j-p: The Aux Fuel Pump (I assume that’s what you’re referring to as a “boost pump” is a killer. I have no idea what the going price is for a timed-out R44. I was interested to hear that you were able to send a mechanic to the factory maint. Spam-free; unsubscribe anytime. Spraying Our helicopters come equipped with DGPS for accurate application and these line files can be provided for you upon request. We understand the needs associated with farming and the importance of completing specific tasks within the appropriate time frame. It costs about $1,500 each time. Bob: I’m not convinced it’s just a way to make money. Are these perks enough? He won’t find an R44 in flyable condition for $20,000. Another $100 a tach hour, driving the gross to $1,500 an hour? An operator — or possibly multiple operators — experience a problem. I understand the issue regarding the tools needed. It’s the unexpected costs — SBs, SLs, ADs, and parts breaking too soon — that really hit hard. He didn’t have the experience or specialized tools for the helicopter-specific inspections and maintenance I sometimes needed. Unortunately this time will come much faster than expected. All this eq. I work for a sizeable EMS operator, and I know the ballpark of what we charge per flight. My helicopter actually settled down cost-wise after I wrote this post. If I still had that big writing income, I wouldn’t mind so much. Knowing how much it cost to operate your aircraft is a complex issue. Do you honestly think I care? something must be done by Robinson to m ake good on their reputation and design..now the 2 SB from dec 29, fuel bladder, cluctch mechanism… This is where honesty begins to come into the equation, being honest with one’s self. The muffler cost another $2,200 this year. On the other hand I have very rarely had a commercial mission cancelled due to a tech fault in my 3000hrs in the Robbie. 5.0 (2) "Good work" Contact Supplier. I was thinking about a heli to run back and forth, but thanks to Maria sharing her experience I will no longer pursue this. In other words, I don’t live beyond my means. You must be honest with yourself. 5 Sets (Min. I have seen a timed out R44ll with A/C and bladder tanks for $130k, but fear this is still too much money. When calculating your per hour costs, do you really take into consideration all of your business expenses? The pilot made almost $20,000 more without the financial risks. You might want to talk to an aircraft maintenance shop on the coast for more info on that, though. Based on the above scenario, it is doubtful an operation with a single 500-gallon turbine aircraft can operate 500 hours in a season for less than $7.50 an acre. I do really appreciate your reply. Helicopter Pilot Training Cost. They examine the problem area and come up with a new design to fix it in the future. And why? Helicopter Charter & Rental Service Aircraft-Charter, Rental & Leasing Airlines. I am jealous as being able to afford any aircraft is not in my reach have fun flying though. Thank You Maria, always had a pipe dream to own my own, but I definitely, would be breaking the bank if I had to absorb all those occurrences that you did. Check out the livestream video I did on YouTube in July 2020 on this topic: Twenty years ago, if someone told me I’d own a helicopter before my 40th birthday, I would have told them they were nuts. I tried to tell him, but I don’t think he believed me. I was making a lot of money as a writer back then. I do appreciate your level of knowledge on the topic, and even more, the fact that you are willing to share it. Of course, that calculation doesn’t include my other costs to operate a business: advertising, supplies, travel, hangar rent, automobiles, taxes, fees, etc., etc. Okay, this makes sense. Would love to hear your expert opinion on this https://www.dawn.com/news/1429640. There are currently 135 New or Pre-Owned Helicopters for sale on Globalair.com. What do you think about the Enstrom 280FX or 480B or the Schweitzer 333, I know the last 2 are turbine. Aerial Forestry Services offers turnkey helicopter applications. Mike. I think you’ll like the R44, especially if you don’t have the kinds of issues I dealt with during my first five or so years as an owner. it seems that helicopter manufacturers have absolutely no shame about sending their customers slowly broke, and take no responsabilities,….I’ll buy a boat instead..cheers. I have a quick question for you. Do my ten years of experience as a helicopter owner give me any more insight than a marketing document cooked up by the company manufacturing and selling the helicopters? And how much can I expect to spend in fuel, again a range from the most affordable to the most expensive? Maybe one day if I win the lottery. :-). Based on your comments it seems like he is burning a lot of fuel. Being the pilot and any combination of manager and owner, you expose yourself tremendously, as the entire operation is dependant upon your good health. Excellent post really. They are absolutely horrible there. Do they have the same DA problems all the time? 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