SkyTeam7488
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Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Sun Sep 05, 2004 6:31 am

I just thought of something really unique that I never heard talked about on here but....After I pilot is finished ferrying a plane for storage in the desert, how does the crew get back home? I was just thinkin this as I was looking at the planes at Mojave and such on here. Is there anyone that can answer my question?

Thanks in advance,
TonyO
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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Sun Sep 05, 2004 6:34 am

A van picks them up and they drive to the nearest airport.

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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Sun Sep 05, 2004 7:07 am

B747-437B,

That's cold!! But you took the words right out of my mouth.

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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Sun Sep 05, 2004 7:24 am

For the final DL L-1011 flight to VCV, the crew (and a number of guests) were bussed back to LAX.

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SkyTeam7488
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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Sun Sep 05, 2004 8:42 am

Now it seems silly in the first place...that's what I was thinking anyways  Laugh out loud...oh well..thanks for your help.

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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Sun Sep 05, 2004 9:00 am

In the case of a NW A320 crew, a DC-9 usually picks them up.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Mon Sep 06, 2004 1:36 am

--In the case of a NWA320 crew a DC9 picks them up?????

What did I miss something....is NW parking their A320's.....
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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Mon Sep 06, 2004 1:39 am

Aa777, I think you missed a lot more than that  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Mon Sep 06, 2004 1:45 am

LMFAO Aa777 its a joke at NW, when the last A320 is retired, a DC-9 will be there to take them home.
 
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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Mon Sep 06, 2004 2:35 am

Well this brings up another question do the pilots get paid a little extra for flying it to the desert?
 
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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Mon Sep 06, 2004 3:40 am

How much does it cost to park an aircraft in the desert indefinitely rather than scrapping it immediately?
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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Mon Sep 06, 2004 3:56 am

After landing and leaving the airplane at GYR we travel to PHX take a comercial flight as passengers to MIA to deadhead back to BOG on AV.

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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Mon Sep 06, 2004 6:27 am

I was talking to a retired America West pilot that was ferrying one of our 737-200 from the desert. Still gets to fly even after retirement..
 
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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Mon Sep 06, 2004 9:54 am

How much does it cost to park an aircraft in the desert indefinitely rather than scrapping it immediately?
I think it is relatively low, around 100,000-300,000 per frame, although size (DC-9 vs 747) and amount does affect the deal.

If you are looking for exact/closer numbers, you could try posting a message at the MHV Yahoo group.

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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Mon Sep 06, 2004 10:14 am

SafetyDude- (per your post in 3)

Dont know if you were there, for that VCV flight, but the nonrev line at LAX looked like we had just been fished out of the ocean or whatever...,seat cushions , Oxygen masks, almost anything not nailed down (even some that was) and about 150+ people trying to nonrev to Atlanta!

I was JFK based at the time so it was real simple, but a 9 hour wait for my flight...

quite an experience

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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Mon Sep 06, 2004 10:54 am

Nope, I was not there, but I heard some stories and can only imagine the rest.  Big grin

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RE: Pilots Ferrying To Desert

Mon Sep 06, 2004 6:28 pm

Is there a runway in the desert or do they just land on the dirt like the space shuttle?

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