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Looking For Rough Field/unpaved Runway Operators  
User currently offlineAirimages From Switzerland, joined Feb 2005, 118 posts, RR: 4
Posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3575 times:
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Hi all,

I am looking for companies that operate their aircraft on rough fields/unpaved runways.

Can somebody help?

Thank you.

Best regards,

Jerome

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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3547 times:

Canadian North and First Air I think still have gravel kitted 732s and operate on unpaved runways. All of the airports that AS flies to now are paved.


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User currently offlinefreeskies From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3526 times:

AS has since retired its 732s Combis, which I believe were the only variant of 737s equipped for this type of operation (with Gravel Kits.

Air North still operates 732s Combis with Gravel Kits.


User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

Found this gravel kit 732 at Air North,

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Is that the only one they have?



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User currently offlineharleydriver From United States of America, joined May 2010, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3464 times:

Loganair out of the UK flies their Twin Otters and maybe the Islanders to Barra. As they use the sand as the runway I believe they base their arrival and departure times on the tides? I thought I heard that once but I could be wrong.


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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2390 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

There is a company that flies A319 to Antarctica. They're charter flights on behalf of a New Zealand or Australian government agency.

The USAF flies to the McMurdo sea ice field... tickets are sold through Milo Minderbinder. 



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User currently offlinefreeskies From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3382 times:

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 3):
Is that the only one they have?

According to their website, they have 3 732s in service, one of which is a combi. My previous post was a somewhat ambiguous, but I'm not sure if it's just the combi with Gravel Kit or all of their 732s.


User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3331 times:

I don't know if they are still happening, but there used to be a load of 727's down in Angola flying into dirt strips, loads of footage on youtube of it.

User currently offlineIberia727 From Ireland, joined Apr 2011, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3308 times:

And Ilyushin Il-18s!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ogb69OBceRI


User currently offlinedelta2ual From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3293 times:

When I flew for MarkAir, we did. I know AS did as well into places like Dutch Harbor,AK. They now use the 737-400 Combis, right? Do they still fly to Dutch Harbor?


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User currently offlineykaops From Canada, joined Nov 2010, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

TO /FROM where .. Canada, the US, Timbuktu?

Several off field operators in Canada

5T , 4N , 3H (B737-200'S) with gravel kits
7F (B737-200's w gravel kits) , L100 Hercules
Arctic Sunwest (DHC5 Buffalo, Twin otters)
Air Tindi (DHC7-Dash 7's, Twin Otters)
Summit Air DO228's
Buffalo Airways (DC3, C46, L188)

Depending on what you want to haul and from /to where.. anyone of the above would likely have something in their fleet as they also have various other aircraft in their fleet..


User currently offlineRWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3205 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3124 times:

Are all the runways used on UA/CO's Island hopper service from HNL to GUM paved? I thought at least 1 of them was crushed coral.


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User currently offlinesandyb123 From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2007, 1105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3106 times:
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Not sure if you are looking exclusively in North America but the most famous one local to here is Barra which is a beach runway.


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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3012 posts, RR: 37
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3087 times:
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There's several more in Canada:

Air Creebec, Wasaya Airways, Calm Air, Perimeter Airways, Air Inuit... and many more all operate turboprops of various sizes up to Dash 8s, ATR42s, HS748s and Saab 340s off of Gravel strips.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25191 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3084 times:

6 current Canadian operators of 732s with gravel kits: Air Inuit, Canadian North, First Air, Air North, Nolinor (charter), XStrata (mining company, worker shuttle):


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In Nunavut, the largest of the 3 Canadian northern territories (about 20% of Canada's total area but only about 33,000 total population), I believe only 2 airports have paved runways -- Iqaluit (YFB) and Rankin Inlet (YRT).

Also dozens of small airports with gravel runways in Manitoba, northern Ontario etc., with scheduled service by smaller propeller aircraft.


User currently offlineairman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 975 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3066 times:

Trans Capital Air of Centre Island Airport DT Toronto also flies Dash 7's 102 ( pax ) 103 ( combi ) Amazing STOL performance. Landed on many Dirt and unprepared landing strips the last year. Loved that plane!! They have a large fleet, do most of their flying for the United Nations, and also special Charters.


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User currently offlineykaops From Canada, joined Nov 2010, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2991 times:

First Air Hercules on CDL7 ice strip
Arctic Sunwest DHC5 Buffalo @ CHB3
Canadian North B737 @CDL7


2 on the ice at CDL7 and 1 on the 3000' gravel strip


User currently offlineAirimages From Switzerland, joined Feb 2005, 118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2768 times:
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Are there any other operators with smaller aircraft (like King Airs...)?

Worldwide of course!

Cheers,

Jerome


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7478 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

Quoting harleydriver (Reply 4):
Loganair out of the UK flies their Twin Otters and maybe the Islanders to Barra. As they use the sand as the runway I believe they base their arrival and departure times on the tides? I thought I heard that once but I could be wrong.

Correct - see photos in Reply 12.

Here I guess that either the flight had been delayed or the tide came in more quickly than anticipated:


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User currently offlineimiakhtar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2728 times:

Quoting Airimages (Reply 17):
Are there any other operators with smaller aircraft (like King Airs...)?

Worldwide of course!

Royal Flying Doctor Service - Australia

http://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/Aviation/Our-Aircraft/

They operate King Airs and PC-12s in the Australian bush.


User currently offlinewedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5902 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2610 times:
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Don't you watch Flying Wild Alaska??? Era Alaska. Then you have PenAir and all those bush airlines in Alaska.

User currently offlineykaops From Canada, joined Nov 2010, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

http://www.north-wrightairways.com/aboutus/ouraircraft/index.shtml

Used NorthWright (previously known as Nahanni Air) exclusively in the 80's to charter into our 1200' "strip" in the Mckenzie mountains using the Twin Otter and Pilatus Porter. The Porter is an amazing machine!!!


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