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Subject: Oil Rig Operations
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04/19/2012 11:28 PM  
Hi you guys,

I am a student of aviation, and I was wondering if anyone was familiar with oil rig operations. I am trying to put together this business plan for school, and I was looking for information concerning (1) approximately how many flights are conducted a day and (2) the pricing for these services in regards to transporting equipment and personnel to and fro the base to the oil rigs.

Thanks in advance!

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03/23/2013 8:16 PM  
I don't know how much help this will be since I am just a line pilot and not "in the know" on the corporate side.

1- The number of flights can be looked at two ways, first you can look at it as 1 helicopter assigned to 1 customer for the day, in which case there are hundred of flights supporting O&G operations in the Gulf. The other way you can look at it is by takeoffs and landings, in which case there are thousands of flights every day. It is not uncommon for light ships to make 60+ movements in a day to support a large field. Big ships going to deep water may only make 1-2 trips a day due to the long legs and the fact that they may only support a few rigs or platforms, sometimes just one.

2. Pricing is based on contracts and I have no idea on those numbers as they differ with every company and customer. From what I understand, there are contract and one time rates. Contracts have a set monthly price with additional per flight hour costs. One time, ad hoc, rates obviously have a higher hourly rate, possibly combined with a daily rate. This way the company is making money even if the blades aren't turning. Otherwise a customer may want an aircraft but not end up using it for any number of reasons. The aircraft would be unavailable to sell to another customer and no money would be made, which obviously is bad for business.

Crap, just saw that this post is almost a year old...
Guess the deadline has passed on that school project.

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