EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9348 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2794 times:
You need to remember the Continental Express back then was nowhere near what it is today. Back then it was several independently operated airlines flying as a code share. Today you have one airline, ExpressJet a direct subsidiary of Continental flying as Continental Express. We have also recently added a few 'Connection' carriers to the mix....
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
After the DHC-7s arrived, the Twin Otters saw limited service into the mountains, though I do recall some scheduled DHC-6 flights into SBS. After a few years, the city of Avon changed the zoning for the Avon STOLport that permitted only DHC-7s. So whenever the microwave approach system (TALAR, not the FAA style MLS) needed to be flight tested, RMA had to get approval for a temporary zoning variance to do the flight check if using a Twin Otter.
Also, IIRC, RMA operated DHC-6s to Leadville and Granby, though that was way before my time there.