El Al 001 From Israel, joined Oct 1999, 1063 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 709 times:
I had lots of flights in the DHC-7, all of them were operated by Arkia Israeli Airlines.
I flew with them:
TLV-RPN-KSW (only 6 min' between RPN & KSW!!!)
KSW-RPN-TLV (only 6 min' between RPN & KSW!!!)
All these routes are domestic lines inside Israel.
Arkia used to fly 12 of them, today IIRC they operate only 6 side by side with ATR72s, most of them are in the new Arkia c/s and they in good shape also from the inside.
Last June when I flew with Arkia from ETH to SDV on an ATR I spoke to the pilot and we compared the DH7 with the AT7, all in all, he said that those DH7s are more helicopters than a/cs...:D (all they need is 600 metters and they are airborned!!!)
The DH7 is known for it's reliablity, at Arkia they claim that it is the best a/c they have for bad weather, but soon enough they will all be gone....
Whiskeynovembr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 688 times:
I know someone who spent some time flying Dash-7s. He said that, even when heavy, he would typically land and get it stopped in about 500 feet...without a significant headwind. Bear in mind, this is a ~50,000 pound airliner we're talking about.
The Dash-7 was ideal for flying into and out of London City, where the glideslope was well over 3 degrees (I think about 7 or so) and led to a 3000-4000 foot runway.
L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1583 posts, RR: 10 Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 651 times:
The Dash 7 is the only commuter aircraft I've ever felt safe in. The four engines and powerful but short takeoff roll are very impressive. I've been on quite a few, and was sorry to see them replaced with Dash 8s and J-41s.
Delta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 7 Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 645 times:
Many of the Dash-7's were bought by the US military for reconnaisance roles, and designated the RC-7. Prior to that, I have seen them around ATL flying for ASA, but that must have been 10-15 years ago.
Lymanm From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 1133 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 629 times:
I used to work at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa, where the Dash-7 prototype is currently on display (if you consider sitting out and rotting away on the tarma "on display"). It's sad to see the plane so neglected. Nonetheless, it's a fascinating plane!
What did it in was it's slow cruise, limited range and the fact that the Dash-8-300 has similar performance/pax seating with MUCH less fuel burn.
El Al 001 From Israel, joined Oct 1999, 1063 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 602 times:
No, Arkia does not operate from JRS anymore, there was never too much of demand, and a great number of the flights between JRS and ETH were coming from or leaving to SDV.
Anyway, the service via JRS was not efficient at all and therefore was ceased.