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    Is it customary to tip the pilot? If so, what percentage of dollar amount is appropriate? What if pilot owns the plane, still tip?

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    It's not customary to tip your pilot, unless he is also going to be your guide. I have been guiding in the North for 15 years and the amount of times that I have heard that the pilot got a tip was 1.

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    I don't always tip, but I do tip about half the time and most of my friends do about the same. I would not say a big tip, but a 20 spot goes along way. Most of my buddies don't use guides, but I personally would use the same philosophy.

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    This has been debated at great lengths (and with a degree of controversy) here.

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    I tip the pilot if the plane dosen't crash.... But if he is also my guide then It's all in one.
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    We just round up if say a trip cost $440 we give him $500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK2AZ View Post
    We just round up if say a trip cost $440 we give him $500.
    That sounds good to me.

    Being the tipping type, I always consider the service more than the actual fare as being obligatory.

    If I can give a lady with no education $1.00 for fixing me a cup of coffee, I can give a greater gratuity to those that are skilled and trained at their own expense. Whitewater guides, pilots, fishing/hunting guides, and etc., have all trained to aide you... usually at great personal expense.

    Tip, tip, tip!
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    tip the dock boy
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Does the majority (or even just a good %) of the Pilot's wages come from tips - like a guide or a waitress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Does the majority (or even just a good %) of the Pilot's wages come from tips - like a guide or a waitress?
    Pilots who fly "tours" like in around here in Ketchikan do pretty good on tips.

    Lodge pilots like in the Bristol Bay region do ok on tips too.

    Hardcore bush pilots, like those at Wrights up in Fairbanks not so well; comparatively to the other two 'kinds' of pilots.

    But none "depend" on tips to make up a portion of their pay.

    Typically bush pilots are getting around 3 to maybe 4k month and lodge/tour pilots 6 to 8K per month.

    It probably is harder to justify tips for those guys who scrape and save for a hunting trip compared to fisherman who spend 5K or more for 6 days of fishing and those who spend 250 bucks for a once in a life time hour and a half ride to see the glaciers.


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    FYI, I posted this same question even earlier here:
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ad.php?t=18615

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