Essential Flight Operations is experienced in fruit drying and understands the commitment that needs to exist with the farmer. We do not put an individual helicopter on more than one contract at a time to ensure that the pilot and machine are always available to the farmer, getting the assigned acreage done on time. Many operators will overextend themselves with multiple contracts for one machine and are unable to protect the crop before it is ruined or hover too fast doing an incomplete job.
Our contracts are setup with a fixed rate for each helicopter and pilot on standby and a fixed flight rate per hour when the machine is flying. This arrangement dedicates the machine to the farmer for the standby time, but also allows the pilot to fly as slow as the farmer wants to do a thorough job of protecting the crop.
Essential has access to multiple helicopters for larger jobs and provides its own support equipment for fueling and maintenance in the field.
Please contact us for more information