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Cool, Old Aircraft To Fly In Central America?  
User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19193 posts, RR: 52
Posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

We'll be travelling through Mexico to Panama for a coupla months starting later this year.

Are there any cool, old aircraft that I could fly aboard - cheaply - from any Central American capital as a day trip?

Thanks.

[Edited 2007-10-07 12:48:20]


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

There are F27's, BAC1-11, Let 410's, manky old DC-9's still floating around in that part of the world. Also Shorts of various descriptions (360's for sure, possibly 330's too). Have a hunt around on Amadeus.net

User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19193 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

Yeah doing some searching now.

Found Islena (Honduras). They did have Shorts 360's, but seem to only have ATR's now.  Sad



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

Try looking for routes between secondary cities like Roatan, San Pedro Sula, Antigua, Tikal and secondary cities in Nicaragua, and Belize. More likely to find older, wierder aircraft on less busy routes.

User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19193 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

Atlantic Airlines apparently has F27s and L-410s as well as 732s. Flown on lots of 732s but never either prop. Any idea what sectors the props op?

http://www.atlanticairlinesint.com/html/itinerario_y_tarifas.php



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User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

Anything worth going out of the way for in Costa Rica?


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User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4668 times:
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Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 4):
Atlantic Airlines apparently has F27s and L-410s as well as 732s. Flown on lots of 732s but never either prop. Any idea what sectors the props op?

And Fairchild Hiller FH-227!!!

Quoting Bok269 (Reply 5):
Anything worth going out of the way for in Costa Rica?

Well, there are a pair of Britten Norman BN2 Islanders, a pair of Gippsland and many Cessna Grand Caravan.

In Guatemala you can fly in the last airline operating for passenger the Nord 262 (RACSA - Rutas Aereas Centro Americanas). Interesting, no?  Wow!

Gerard



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

Quoting RAFVC10 (Reply 6):
Britten Norman BN2 Islanders, a pair of Gippsland and many Cessna Grand Caravan.

Off-topic, but these can also be flown on 01-DEC-2007 from Emden to the island of Borkum (Germany) made available through airevents.com

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
Are there any cool, old aircraft that I could fly

Any DC-3 still flying pax ?
Last I heard, the C-46's Commandoo's were restricted to haul cargo, but might be an option to ask for a ride. $$$ make many things possible in that part of the world.

Plus: Try to get into contact with PRGDLGUY. IIRC he had been doing some unusual flying in that part of the world not too long ago.
-HT



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

Last month was in Guatemala and Honduras prop hunting. My conclusions were not too bright

* TACA Regional flies Shorts 360s in Honduras, I think Panama and Nicaragua too. I flew the Shorts 360 of Islena between Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba
* Unfortunately NO FH-227s are flying anymore. In Honduras, Air Atlantic and Aerolineas Sosa each officially have one Fairchild F-27 in their fleets but unfortunately they don't fly much. Most domestic flights are done with the Let-410s. They both told me they'd fly the F-27 in December and next high season (june?). Air Atlantic flies a 737-200 though, on for instance La Ceiba-Georgetown Cayman Islands
* Air Panama has F-27s.
* Tikal of Guatemala has ceased operations. Their BAC 1-11s were gone in 2003 already
* RACSA (and Aerolineas Sosa) also quited the Nord 262
* No commercial DC-3s and C-46s in central America. The Guatemalan Air Force has some, and IAI Arava's and other rare museum pieces.
* Venezuela still has some commercial pax DC-3s, DC-9s, 737s, 727s etc, Ecuador has 727s, F-28s and 737s, maybe even C-130 Herculeses used for pax flights, Peru: F-27, An-24, Bolivia: 727, Convair 580, so that might be the better places to go.



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4645 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
Are there any cool, old aircraft that I could fly aboard - cheaply - from any Central American capital as a day trip?

You could fly Air Panama on an SJO-PTY flight. They operate a fleet of a handful F-27s, although they've been introducing the Dash-8Q300 recently. They also operate Twotters and Islanders, but those probably fly domestic flights in Panama, as I've never seen them at SJO.

http://www.flyairpanama.com/

Another alternative would be Nature Air out of SYQ (you could stop by my place, I live very close to SYQ   ) to domestic destinations in Costa Rica. Their fleet is mostly of Twotters with Vistaliner conversion (hence bigger windows), plus some of the airfields they serve tend to have spectacular approaches.

http://www.natureair.com/

Or, if you're very desperate, you could try to jumpseat on one of ER's 727s that fly in and out of SJO and PTY if possible.  Wink ER operates them through Aeroexpreso from Panama.

Quoting HT (Reply 7):
Any DC-3 still flying pax ?

I believe not. To my knowledge, RZ was the last PAX operator of DC-3s in the region. Correct me if I'm wrong though.

[Edited 2007-10-10 01:12:29]

User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4590 times:

Quoting RAFVC10 (Reply 6):

THanks for the info. For the BN2 Id most likely take Winair next time im in the Caribbean. C208 is cool, but nothing I couldnt get stateside.



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4578 times:

If you count Cuba as central America, you could get on Il-62, Yak-42, An-26 and maybe Il-18.

Quoting MEA-707" class=quote target=_blank>MEA-707 (Reply 8):
Venezuela still has some commercial pax DC-3s

Interesting to hear DC-3 in commercial pax. There are not many still flying. I think there are few in Congo.

How many BAC-111 still flying pax? MEA-707 mentioned that Tikal retired them in 2003. Is there any other airline still flying BAC-111 in Central America or anywhere in the world?

Cheers


User currently offlineNWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1404 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4528 times:
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Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):
They did have Shorts 360's


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I used to fly Shorts a/c ; LNS (Lancaster, PA) - PHL during the 1980's, probably a -330. The flights were quite turbulent (compared to jet flights) - I loved it! Big grin

Anyway, if you have a chance to fly on a Shorts 360, do so. These "flying boxes" (as they were called) are few and far between  Sad.

Good Day  Smile

Russell



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