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Author: been there   Date: 11/3/2019 10:10:11 PM  +1/-0   Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

Pretty well answered already.

However, I disagree with the premise that there's something wrong (cheap) about driving the fuel truck.  Most likely during your first couple seasons you're not going to be the lead mech, and therefor not going to fly with the aircraft when it moves between locations. 

So you're going to either drive the truck and service trailer to the next location, ride as a passenger in the truck/service trailer, maybe drive the 'crew rig' if the crew is big enough, or drive the fuel truck.

At a minimum you should get 20¢ a mile for driving the fuel truck as you'll have the responsibilty, skills (CDL/hazmat/tanker endorsment), and the risks involved with driving the fuel truck.

The benefit of an A&P driving the fuel truck is that when you get where you're going, you have that extra qualified mechanic to work on the helicopter, instead of a fuel truck driver.  Not bad mouthing fuel truck drivers, just pointing out an advantage.

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