Helicopter Pilot on a yacht is professional pilot working on request or as part of a regular service. He/she performs a number of tasks depending on the type of the aircraft and the yacht that uses his/her services.
In certain cases, especially for mega yachts, he/she may be hired as a year-round employee.
Tasks of the Helicopter Pilot on a yacht
Perform flying tasks to transport the yacht owner and guests from one point to another
Ensuring safety of cargoes or passengers by ensuring the proper functioning of the helicopter every time
Determine and execute flight plans according to a specific program
Ensuring landing and taking off of the helicopter on the yacht upon agreement with the captain and crew members
Skills of the Helicopter Pilot on a yacht
Proven experience in aeronautics is mandatory
Must have excellent physical and mental skills to cope with difficult conditions of a flight and landing on the yacht
Have a perfect mastery of air navigation charts and air navigation tools
Know the regulations for flying over areas requiring or not requiring particular attention
Mandatory pilot’s licence
Training of the Helicopter Pilot on a yacht
To become a helicopter pilot, one has to take an approved training course with at least 45 hours of flight time. Professional pilots should have at least 150 hours of flight time.
Yacht helicopter pilot salary
The salary of a yacht helicopter pilot can vary widely depending on their experience, skills, and the type of yacht they work for. On average, a yacht helicopter pilot can expect to earn around $150,000 to $250,000 per year. However, those with more experience and working for high-end yachts can earn upwards of $500,000 annually. In addition to the base salary, yacht helicopter pilots may also receive bonuses and other benefits, such as housing, health insurance, and travel expenses. The job of a yacht helicopter pilot requires a significant amount of training and experience, including a commercial pilot's license and specialized training in helicopter operations. As such, those who work as yacht helicopter pilots are highly skilled and in-demand professionals who can command high salaries.