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What's a helicopter pilot's schedule? Is it flexible enough to hold another career?

I'm willing to gain a commerical helicopter license and become a pilot-for-hire for transportation/charter-related jobs. At the same time I have aspirations to be a musician as part of a musical rockband that performs occasional tours. So we're talking about two careers that require a lot of time and effort: Music and Commercial Rotercraft Transportation. Is there a median schedule that a helicopter pilot, specifically a charter helicopter pilot, has to abide by, or does it depend on the type of pilot job I'm taking?

Asked By: - 1/8/2013
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Stick to your music career, your question does not display sufficient intelligence to qualify you as a Commercial (note the correct spelling of that word) Helicopter Pilot... More
Answered By: Eric West - 1/9/2013
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You want to fly charter which means you fly when a customer pays to go! It is an on-demand position. There are some jobs that remain flexible outside of that but jobs that require specific hours (like music) may or may not work out too well! If either job conflicts which one do you pick? Sorry, can't fly now I have a... More
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Answered By: Tracy L - 1/9/2013
 
Many commercial helicopter jobs are in the agricultural field, and therefore seasonal. When I worked for a company based in Oregon, they'd hire a bunch of pilots in April for the summer who would fly their a$$es off doing things like crop spraying, forest fire fighting, and logging, then lay the majority of them off... More
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Answered By: Bob G - 1/9/2013
 
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