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Subject: ERA seasonal tour positions in Alaska
 
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01/22/2012 6:46 AM  
Does anyone have any experience with ERA's operation in Juneau and Denali? I'm interested in getting info regarding the living quarters, the range of the daily rate they pay and the number of flight hours one could expect to log on an average day. I'm scheduled for an interview with them in March and would like to know what to expect there. I tried without success to get specifics about the pay range directly from them. Thanks in advance for any input.
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01/28/2012 12:53 PM  
I am somewhat familiar with their Juneau ops and know that they are on par with TEMSCO these days (ERA used to be better pay and have year round opportunities but unfortunately they caught on). Expect to train in March/April as the cruise season arrives in SE AK usually the first week in May. Living accommodations are typically several shared rooms in a house and a few singles for returning pilots. Pilots who bring spouses or dogs find their own housing in town which isn't particularly abundant but do-able and starts around $500+/mo for a room. Pay is somewhere around $2500/mo usually with a bonus for staying the entire season (a lot of people can't stand the weather, isolation and down time and bail early). Cruise season runs through the end of September. Expect to hang around on standby all day and fly 300hrs+/- for the season depending on weather. It's around 50% wx days if not a little more. Not sure about ERA but TEMSCO expects you to find busy work when not flying. Days are loooong with 20+hrs of daylight. If at all possible, bring your own vehicle. Sharing is not fun and will make you feel more trapped as most things are not walking distance. It's my absolute favorite place on earth and on beautiful days you'll never see anything like it again. But it's definitely not for everyone, the lifestyle is rugged and lonely. Good luck.
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01/28/2012 5:19 PM  
Posted By winterfarm03 on 01/28/2012 12:53 PM
...Pay is somewhere around $2500/mo usually with a bonus for staying the entire season... ...Not sure about ERA but TEMSCO expects you to find busy work when not flying...


Is that flight pay, or a salary? What type of "busy work" are they talking about?,...helping out in the shop, or the local McDonalds?
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01/28/2012 6:32 PM  
Not sure how they divide it up these days, at the big red T it was a daily for a 6 days on schedule. No extra flight pay, weather days may be half pay or none. Busy work means sweeping hangars, stacking boxes, organizing junk, taking out garbage, shoveling mud, fixing pilot house, etc. All the stuff you paid dearly to learn how to do in flight school.
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01/28/2012 7:58 PM  
Ok got some better info. It is the $2500/mo and they dropped the $10/hr flight pay last year. Bummer. The housing is better, it's 2BR apts downtown split with 2 pilots, you can bring your dogs, you pay the pet deposit. Sounds like with Era you can fly up to 140hrs/mo (maybe their camps are lower elevation? Dunno) and they don't expect busy work on weather days. It all adds up since TEMSCO will hire on at 1000hrs and Era wants some experience.
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01/28/2012 11:57 PM  
I do have experience working for ERA at their Juneau base as well as the Denali base.  For the Juneau base what "winterfarm03" said does generally hold true.  I wont speak to salary (which has been daily rate wx or no) or flight pay, since those can change.  However, the housing is two pilots to a two bedroom apartment furnished and paid for by the company.  If your are bringing a spouse then you would probably be required to "buy out" the other half of an apartment or rent one on your own.  Keep in mind that housing is TIGHT in the downtown area of Juneau, which is where you need to be unless you bring your own transportation.  As for transportation, it is provided to and from work and at times is provided to go shopping etc.  Pets have been disallowed in company housing in the past, and I'm not aware that the policy has changed.  As for the flying, it will be less than you want in the beginning and possibly more than you want by the end depending on how much you like doing tours.  The "busy work" is going to be work around the base to keep it clean and in working order, everybody will have some sort of chore to do.  Some people have found the idea of doing anything other than flying offensive, if that's you please take a job somewhere else.  The biggest issue in Juneau by far is the weather.  When its beautiful it is a truly amazing place to be.  When its been raining sideways for a week...
It's a tour job which means its all about people and customer service.  Five months may not sound like that long, but if its not the job for you it will be an eternity.
Good luck at the interview!
pm me if you want to know anything else.
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01/29/2012 1:35 AM  
Well there ya go. My info came from 02-07ish with some recent trickle down thrown in. Glad someone more current chimed in! Like I said, it's an incredible place, but the circumstances can definitely be trying at best and are not for everyone. Enjoy!
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01/29/2012 5:07 AM  
My thanks to everyone for the replies and the info. Your responses were very informative. They do pay a "Daily Rate" now, but I cant get anyone to disclose the High-Low spread. I guess that I'll just wait until my interview to find out. Fly safe......Phil
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07/03/2012 4:27 AM  
Hi Taipan, just wondering if you got the job? If so, how's the season going? My heli dream is to work up there and I'm hoping 2014 will be my season. Can you give some insight into daily life & flying please?
Thanks, be safe.
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07/11/2012 9:10 AM  
Hi Little Bird, I'm sorry it took so long for me to reply to your post. The interview process at ERA was probably one of the most convoluted hiring process I have ever been involved in. There were a total of twelve candidates, myself included. After the interview process concluded, none of us knew whether we were going to be hired. We were told that we would be notified by email. While I was waiting to hear from them, I was offered and accepted a position flying tours out of Boulder City to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, I can't give you any personal insight about flying tours in Alaska.
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07/11/2012 9:50 PM  
Thanks Taipan. Funny how things work out right? Glad you're turning & burning, have fun out there!
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