bjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 4298 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2818 times:
As having started my aviation career in the early 80's with a small commuter in the upper Midwest that flew Chietains (or Mojave/T-1020/T-1040 variant). I was wondering if any were still flying in any USA scheduled commercial pax ops? Thanks.
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woodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1039 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2374 times:
There are lots of Navajo's that fly out of Fairbanks, AK for the various air taxi services out to the villages of the Interior. Warbelows Air Ventures and Air Arctic are just two of the Navajo Chieftan operators. It is however true that some of the other Navajo operators have replaced them mostly with Caravans.
HAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2610 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2119 times:
I flew Chieftains out of FAI for Warbelows in 2003 - '04. They're still in business, although they recently cut back a portion of their service, quoting loss of revenue from the end of some mail contracts and medevac agreements. woodsboy is correct though - there are a lot of PA-31 operators still going in Alaska. Personally, I loved flying them, even if it was while on furlough from a 767 job.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14703 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2107 times:
Some years ago I repaired one belonging to a Swiss air taxi company after it did an emergency landing in HHN. They were on their way from Eindhoven, Netherland to Geneva, with all of Europe covered by a dense layer of clouds and fog when the had a complete failure of electrics above the clouds. Fortunately the pilots had a handheld VHF radio and a handheld GPS with them, so they knew their position and could call for help, but they knew that they would have a 90% chance to hit a mountain should they descend through the clouds. The mayday call got responded by an USAF A-10 from Spangdahlem airbase, which then guided the Piper through the clouds to land in HHN in CAT 3 conditions.