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Pilots Ferrying To Desert  
User currently offlineSkyTeam7488 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 93 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4401 times:

I just thought of something really unique that I never heard talked about on here but....After I pilot is finished ferrying a plane for storage in the desert, how does the crew get back home? I was just thinkin this as I was looking at the planes at Mojave and such on here. Is there anyone that can answer my question?

Thanks in advance,
TonyO


You only live once... So live the high life.
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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4373 times:

A van picks them up and they drive to the nearest airport.



User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

B747-437B,

That's cold!! But you took the words right out of my mouth.

SATL382G


User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4250 times:

For the final DL L-1011 flight to VCV, the crew (and a number of guests) were bussed back to LAX.

-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineSkyTeam7488 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4136 times:

Now it seems silly in the first place...that's what I was thinking anyways  Laugh out loud...oh well..thanks for your help.

TonyO



You only live once... So live the high life.
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4101 times:

In the case of a NW A320 crew, a DC-9 usually picks them up.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineAa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3778 times:

--In the case of a NWA320 crew a DC9 picks them up?????

What did I miss something....is NW parking their A320's.....


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3760 times:

Aa777, I think you missed a lot more than that  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7529 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3712 times:

LMFAO Aa777 its a joke at NW, when the last A320 is retired, a DC-9 will be there to take them home.


"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3003 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3413 times:

Well this brings up another question do the pilots get paid a little extra for flying it to the desert?

User currently offlineFlybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1801 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3061 times:

How much does it cost to park an aircraft in the desert indefinitely rather than scrapping it immediately?


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User currently offlineAv757 From Colombia, joined Apr 2004, 660 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2981 times:
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After landing and leaving the airplane at GYR we travel to PHX take a comercial flight as passengers to MIA to deadhead back to BOG on AV.

AV757


User currently offlineFokkerf28 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 152 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2309 times:
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I was talking to a retired America West pilot that was ferrying one of our 737-200 from the desert. Still gets to fly even after retirement..

User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

How much does it cost to park an aircraft in the desert indefinitely rather than scrapping it immediately?
I think it is relatively low, around 100,000-300,000 per frame, although size (DC-9 vs 747) and amount does affect the deal.

If you are looking for exact/closer numbers, you could try posting a message at the MHV Yahoo group.

-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineFoxecho From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 746 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

SafetyDude- (per your post in 3)

Dont know if you were there, for that VCV flight, but the nonrev line at LAX looked like we had just been fished out of the ocean or whatever...,seat cushions , Oxygen masks, almost anything not nailed down (even some that was) and about 150+ people trying to nonrev to Atlanta!

I was JFK based at the time so it was real simple, but a 9 hour wait for my flight...

quite an experience

Andrew
JFK/MEM/MCI



..uh, we'll need that to live......
User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

Nope, I was not there, but I heard some stories and can only imagine the rest.  Big grin

-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7084 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

Is there a runway in the desert or do they just land on the dirt like the space shuttle?

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