Threepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2245 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7960 times:
Quoting LifelinerOne (Reply 1): Well, maybe orders will pick up now the first Western customer has bought it.
Quoting LifelinerOne (Reply 1): This is one Russian design I'm surprised hasn't sold in larger numbers outside the normal Russian "sphere of influence".
Politics and certification boards will ensure that this aircraft (nor the IL-76) will fly in a firefighting fleet in North America anytime soon, if ever. Watch the sales staff and lobbyists from Bombardier ramp up their efforts to ensure the likes of France, Italy, Slovenia etc remain loyal 415 customers.
Quoting LifelinerOne (Reply 1): It seems like the perfect solution to the firefighting challenge.
Only in the right areas, of which there are surprisingly few. This aircraft seems ideal for Greece, with its relatively low terrain and proximity to the sea everywhere. At first glance, a good purchase. But part from the coastal fringes of southern California and the western Mediterranean, most water scooping aircraft are limited by the availability (or lack thereof) of suitable water sources. Despite its technical merit and performance, the Be-200 will not be a wise investment for the firefighting agencies in western North America, Australia, South Africa or great swaths of France and Italy. If I held the purse-strings, I would be tempted to invest the same money and obtain greater capacity and flexibility with multiple CL-415s.
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Rikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1756 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7843 times:
What I find interesting is the commercial airline variant of this aircraft. If the numbers allowed it, this aircraft could be an interesting aircraft to run between Vancouver and Victoria (B.C., Canada) harbours... and from Miami to the islands off of Florida....
Vega9000 From Portugal, joined Aug 2006, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7768 times:
It was also deployed in Portugal, two years ago if I remember correctly, on a "loan/test" basis.
I don't quite recall why it wasn't ordered (yet), but I think it had some issues with water reloading. It seems that there were actually very few places with enough space for doing so, due to the lenght required, and the average dam lake was not enough...
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