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Shorts 330 Over San Fernando Valley  
User currently offlineWHPBUR From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 30 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1843 times:

Over the past few months I've noticed a Shorts 330 flying west over the San Fernando Valley north of L.A. in the mornings and the same plane flying east in the afternoons. Anybody know who it belongs to and what mission it's on?

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User currently offlineRscaife1682 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Might be transporting jumpers to the jump zone

RYAN


User currently offlineGreg3322 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1672 times:



Quoting WHPBUR (Thread starter):
Over the past few months I've noticed a Shorts 330 flying west over the San Fernando Valley north of L.A. in the mornings and the same plane flying east in the afternoons. Anybody know who it belongs to and what mission it's on?

Just a wild guess, but is it a feeder airline supporting DHL, FedEx, or UPS? Maybe a flight from ONT to SBA?

Greg


User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

Air Cargo Carriers, Inc - most likely - http://aircar.com/acci/

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SNC1433 - ONT-SBA

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SNC1133 - SBA-ONT

http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/5254/routemapee4.jpg

I saw N334AC once - I think it was SDF

[Edited 2008-05-20 12:34:35]

User currently offlineWHPBUR From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1525 times:

That would explain it! Thanks! It had a dark tail and white body too, just like the picture on the aircar.com website.

User currently offlineKstatepilot From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

I used to fly for that company, and flew that very same airplane. Those were some fun times.The Shorts is a really great airplane to fly, it handles nicely and you can do anything to it and it'll still fly!

User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1367 times:



Quoting WHPBUR (Reply 4):
That would explain it! Thanks! It had a dark tail and white body too, just like the picture on the aircar.com website.

I'm impressed you can look at an aircraft flying at 7 or 8,000 feet and figure out that it's a Shorts 330.

Not a lot of people in this country even know Shorts Brothers ever made aircraft or that many of them are still flying.


User currently offlineRikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1674 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1305 times:


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Ahhh, I remember going to the 1975 (or 1976) "AG-EXPO" (AGricultural EXPOsition) in Lethbridge, AB,Canada (YYC)... and in amongst the tractors and fertilizer displays was this square trailer with big windows. Low and Behold it was the fuselage demonstrator for the Shorts 330, showing off in the guise of launch customer Time Air. This was Lethbridge's biggest annual event, and as the hometown airline, Time Air and Shorts had a bit of a captive audience! I grew up with the small fleet buzzing over my house on final aproach to the YYC airport... and always had LEGO in hand, frantically being able to successfully model the boxy aircraft with square blocks....

The fleet was known as "the flying boxcars", and were fondly enjoyed by Time Air's customers. Putting aside the fact they were not pressurized, the roomy interior and big windows were always enjoyed when flying over the prairies...

...More importantly, with it's distinctive fuselage and tail configuartion, it was always easy to spot and identify this truly unique plane.



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