22right From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 420 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2025 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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StearmanNut From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1990 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.
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