Loran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 554 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2650 times:
Sad news. I was there late May 2012 and had missed it by two weeks. There was a recent trip report from some lucky member in the Trip Reports forum. Also, the staff at the check-in desks advised that the aircraft was due to do some crew training early June which from her point of view showed some committment to operate the type for longer.
I admit the check-in staff may not be the best informed person to ask, but I'd give them a call and ask if it is retired for good or if it comes back next summer. The closest alternative is probably Tiara Air in Aruba.
haggisman From Canada, joined Feb 2010, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2508 times:
I flew the Pacific Coastal Shorts 360 in 2005 from Comox to YVR ... noisy beast but a very comfy cabin. The windows are nice and big too, so flying down the Straits of Georgia on a sunny day was absolutely gorgeous.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2040 times:
Alas, the Grumman Goose has also been "parked":
"As the aircraft age, our inability to acquire certified parts has made it impossible for us to continue to maintain and operate the Grumman Goose to Pacific Coastal Airlines and Transport Canada standards. This obstacle puts the ongoing, long-term viability of operating the Grumman Goose into question.
With this in mind, we have made the decision to park the Grumman fleet while we determine the options".