JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2691 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
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2691 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.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4117 posts, RR: 37 Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2691 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.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 51 Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2668 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.
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.