Tipping a Ferry Pilot

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  1. JohnAJohnson

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    Is it normally done and how much is appropriate?

    Flight is 5 hours
     
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    Just pay him his quoted rate. If he wanted or expected more, he should have asked for more.
     
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    Tipping is about service. If he went substantially above and beyond due to maintenance, weather issues, etc., to get the airplane moved, a tip would be appropriate IMO.

    Otherwise, I'd pay the agreed-upon rate.
     
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    Do what you feel is right.
    Ether way you’re good :)
     
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    Are you paying him directly, or does he work for a company. If he’s working for someone, he may not get all of it.
     
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    Give them this tip,, "don't fly junk"
     
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    I've done many ferry flights for numerous clients around the U.S. Some tip, some don't. I charge enough that I make money either way and I don't feel put out if they don't. I want them to call me next time.

    More often than not, you'll be asked to fly something the owner doesn't want to.
     
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    But than you’d have to fly all our own planes Tom! ;)
     
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    Is it okay if the junk is in the trunk? Errr baggage area?
     
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    Entirely up to you, but certainly not expected.

    I do a lot of ferry flying and I think I’ve had two clients add extra/round up on the check at delivery and those were multi day trips.

    I certainly appreciated it, but don’t think any less of all the folks who haven’t tipped.
     
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    I have gotten the impression that folks on the east coast are likely to assume that tipping is expected for more occupations than folks in the west. True or false?
     
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    Thanks all. He works for a company. He kept my plane in his hangar (at his home) while waiting for good weather, and took care of the plane before and during the trip. I tipped him.
     
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    Yep. Service above and beyond deserves a gratuity.

    -Skip
     
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    I’m from the west and currently live in the east. I haven’t noticed a difference in that regard.

    I currently fly HNWIs around the east coast and not a single one of those people tip.
     
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    I misunderstood. I thought this was about the junior version of cow tipping. Some ferry pilots aren’t all that stable on their feet.
     
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    Just talk in a British accent and they'll love you for how you talk and definitely accept that they won't get a tip.
     
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    For me, I think it may depend on whether you are flying with the ferry pilot. I flew with my ferry pilot from Indiana to Washington state. Since he was a CFII, I was able to receive some instrument instruction and logged something like 10 hrs of instrument time during the flights back. And he was a wiz with the 530W and taught me a fair amount about loading SIDs, approaches, etc. Well worth the tip!
     
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    True, especially NY area. We tip for almost anything.
     
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    Not expected but I have received a few tips.
     
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    Every time I see this thread title I think “cow tipping”.

    Carry on.
     
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    Me too. Thinking "you have to sneak up on 'em at night" as a response.

    Or maybe "I always heard you can tip a ferry Pilot, but you can't tip him MUCH!"

    Oh wait...maybe that was something else.

    It's been a long day.
     
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    But airline pilots get tipsy on their own. :D
     
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    Truth right there.
    I've yet to ferry a plane that was represented accurately.
    I don't mind some deferred items but I'm insistent that the flippers stay on and the fan keeps turning.