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Shuttling Cessnas Over The Ocean  
User currently offline22right From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 420 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

Someone else had started a thread asking how Airbus are transferred over the Atlantic. I have a related but different enough question.

How are small prop planes like Cessnas, Pipers, etc shuttled over large oceans? I dont think extra fuel tanks (if even possible) can quite do the trick here. So how are these transferred say from Wichita, KS to Africa or Australia? Is it by ship or transport planes or ...?

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User currently offlineSimProgrammer From France, joined Aug 2004, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

A bladder tank, it goes on the LH seat.

Drive a bus, an Airbus, easier than a London bus!
User currently offlineStearmanNut From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

I have experience with ferrying Beechcrafts and Snow ag planes to and from Europe and Mexico. Usually, a fuel cell was added in the back seat area or chemical hopper.

Ag aircraft are routinely ferried to AUS and NZ with extra tanks and routing for fuel stops along the way. Very long navigational hops over water are made easier nowadays with GPS equipment. When I used to make such flights, LORAN was just coming about and was much more complicated as it was usually a permanent installation than usually portable GPS units. (Now, GPS units are a permanent must for ag aircraft as it eliminates the need for flagging crew and ensures accuracy in placing chemicals in the correct areas.)

Usually, most GA aircraft are shipped via boat and assembled in AUS. That is why there is a great demand for A@E rated people in those countries.

If wishes were horses, a Tail Dragger I would fly...
User currently offlineLimaFoxTango From Antigua and Barbuda, joined Jun 2004, 904 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2429 times:

So in short, there are two ways:

1. Add extra tanks inside,

or an easier and sometimes even cheaper way is to:

2. Take wings off, tail too if necessary, crate it, and ship it.

You are said to be a good pilot when your take-off's equal your landings.
User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2410 times:

I have heard sometimes the big freight planes sometimes take them (AN124)

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