Alaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 14 Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3953 times:
I was looking through some of the Kai Tak photos and came across this Tyrolean Dash 8 in Kai Tak, how did this make it to HKG? I doubt somebody would charter a Dash 8 from Austria or from any location in Europe, or was there somekind of DeHavilland facility there?
Joe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3927 times:
Ivan its one of the worst jobs actually. When I was out in HNL 3 years ago doing a job, some weird Dash 8 came in- i was like what the... -it was an Air Vanatu Dash 8- being ferried from Canada via Oakland to HNL, then I forget what islands down in the Pacific then finally to Vanatu- I b.s'd with the pilot and he told me its "bloody boring" doing these ferry jobs especially props which are slow and take hours to make these trips. At HNL the 2 man crew took a day rest and stayed the night in HNL before leaving in the morning to continue to journey.
T prop From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1032 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3847 times:
Yes, sometimes small aircraft are disassembled and sent in a container but then it's being shipped not ferried. As far as air freight, who can afford that? The only aircraft that I have ever seen air freighted other than for the military, was a helicopter. Most times the aircraft are flown, smallest I've seen, and this is in Honolulu, are Cessna 172's and Piper Cadets. Here's a link to an interesting article in the Honolulu Star Bulletin about a pilot ferrying a Piper Cadet.
Radarbeam From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 1310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3835 times:
No, Cessnas and other light general aviation planes are flow to the buyer's country. So when Cessna gets a new order from some guy in France, they load the plane with extra fuel tanks (and all the vents and vanes that comes with it) An HF radio and the pilot is equipped with top-notch survival equipment. The wet suit the pilot use can keep a man alive in the cold Atlantic waters for 6 hours, there is also an inflatable raft equipped with a roof and an ELT (Emergency Location transmitter). All this comes with a pile of documents that certifies the aircraft to fly with an higher gross weight than in normal operations.
After all this is done the plane will fly a northern route, usually taking it up to Labrador or Nunavut (Frosbisher Bay- Iqualuit typically) then the plane will cross into Greenland to land at Sondre Stromfjord (Kangerlussuaq), refuel and go for a flight over Greenland's icecap to Kulusuk which is on the Eastern coast of Greenland. After that a flight over the ocean to reach Keflavik in Iceland, then to either the Faeroe Islands or direct to Scotland. This flight could take anything between a small week to 2 months to complete depending on the weather conditions, which can be unpredictable in that part of the world. The route is typical but sometimes they use other airports.
Sometimes also, if winds are favorable some ferry pilots will choose to go direct.
Then for the return flight, a nice first class airline ticket
Android From Japan, joined Jun 2002, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3823 times:
When the last Dash-8 classic was delivered to Japan (S/N 583- JA803K) to Air Nippon Network(A-net)the ferry route was via Iceland-Greenland-Europe-Mid East- India- Thailand-Taiwan with entry into Japan at Kansai.Takes around 8 days with 2 days for crew rest along the way.The Q400 can usually take the pacific routing(Alaska-Russia). We tried a route across Russia once but it was a nightmare and the fuel quality at some of the airports enroute was questionable.
The Tyrolean airplane was on a demo tour of Asia (leased to Bombardier)most likely demonstrating the NVS when it became standard equipment.Unlike Cessna's Dash-8 's cannot be disassembled for shipping.