Fly707 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 343 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4283 times:
I need some help about the C-130 :
-Operational costs ?
-Is it possible to freight vegetables , fruits & life animals on board or no?
-Can it cross the Atlantic ocean or no , Is it equipped with ETOPS or no ?
As I know any three or four jet engine aircrafts are considered to be ETOPS is this rule also on turboprops or no .
Bobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4250 times:
Which variant are you thinking of?
-Operational costs ?
Relatively low, it seems, although I think Lockheed said they could drastically reduce operating costs with the L100J so there must be room for improvement.
I remember seeing a figure of US$7500 per hour, although that's not much use without context. Anybody got better figures?
Is it possible to freight vegetables , fruits & life animals on board or no?
People can - and have - carried almost anything in the C-130.
Whether or not it's a good idea - let alone economically viable - is impossible to say.
Can it cross the Atlantic ocean or no
Yes, in principle. Empty, I think all variants are capable of YHZ-SNN or something like that (say, as a delivery flight). You couldn't use it commercially across the ocean.
Is it equipped with ETOPS or no ?
"ETOPS regulations govern the design and operation of twin-engined aircraft on routes which contain a point further than one hour’s fliying time at the one-engine inoperative speed."
The Herc is not twin-engined.
Airplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4194 times:
Pretty much any airplane can cross the Atlantic. The routes you wish to travel are the variabe here. "Blue Spruce" routes that put you within reasonable range of land during the entire trip are the long way around, but can be travelled by most airplanes.
The premium lanes are reserved for multi-engine aircraft with RVSM and NATMNPS capabilities. (Reduced Vertical Separation Minima and North Atlantic Minimum Navigation Performance Sprecifications)
ETOPS is just a special operational approval for twin engine aircraft to fly farther away from land then typically allowed. There are various ETOPS time approvals. The airline must not only prove it has capable aircraft, but it's operations and maintenance system are reviewed.
Hercs? There are a few commercial operators out there but it's a specialized area. You have to be willing to go worldwide and the Herc isn't neccessarily the best airplane for the job unless you have alot of big stuff to move long distances.