ERA Helicopters, LLC, maintains a large fleet of helicopters in Alaska
with their smallest platform being the Eurocopter AS 350B2, a single engine
turbine helicopter that leases out for $1950 per hour of flight time, including pilot plus fuel
. The typical fuel consumption
for this helicopter is 48 gallons per hour at an Alaskan average cost of $6.69 per gallon. That equates to approximately $2,271 per hour.
Maritime Helicopters, Inc., from Homer, Alaska
, which has been in operation since 1973, operates three Bell Helicopters, a 206B-3 Jet Ranger
, a 206L-3 Long Ranger
, and Bell 407. These three platforms are the mainstay of their fleet. These conventional helicopters lease
out for $995 to $1,875 per hour of flight time, including pilot, plus fuel cost. The fuel consumption
for these helicopters is 32 gallons per hour for the 206B2 and 206B3 and 47 gallons per hour for the Bell 407 with the same average fuel cost as mentioned above. This adds $214 and $314 per hour respectively.
This is some market research
I have been doing, hopefully can put things into a real world perspective. Now these are much smaller than what they use in SAR business. And they are not nearly as well equipped.