avroarrow
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Chalk's Airlines Question

Fri Aug 11, 2006 1:40 pm

Please forgive my ignorance if this is a stupid question, but since I don't live in FLA information about Chalk's is very limited where I live. I saw this photo in the DB the other day:

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Photo © Randall Smith


And after seeing it I went to:
www.flychalks.com
As near as I can tell they will no longer be flying any seaplanes and will instead only be operating B1900s.
My question is: Is this actually the case? Are the Grummans gone for good?
I am well aware of (and greatly saddened by) the tragic accident they had, but was unaware that anything had been found to ground the entire fleet of Mallards.
Hopefully I am mistaken and they have found the rest of the fleet safe to use but from what little I can tell it would seem that they are gone for good. Or is it that Chalk's International is one entity and Chalks Ocean Airways still has the Mallards? Sorry if this has been discussed before, but I did a search for Chalk's and it didn't turn anything up.
It would be a shame if a sight like this were to never be seen again:

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RIP old girl and all who perished that tragic day.
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NASBWI
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RE: Chalk's Airlines Question

Fri Aug 11, 2006 2:30 pm

I think there was another topic about this posted pretty recently, and from what I recall of it, the B1900 is a temporary measure to resume services, until their G73s are proven airworthy again. Services will include a daily Bimini and Nassau flight.
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ImperialEagle
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RE: Chalk's Airlines Question

Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:17 pm

I really enjoyed flying on those old Grummans. The view flying over downtown Miami or MB was so scenic.

I suspect airworthyness may not be as big a hurdle for Chalks as liability insurance.

Chalks is SO Miami.

I wish them all well.
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KFLLCFII
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RE: Chalk's Airlines Question

Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:21 pm

Check the articles linked in this thread:
Chalk's To Resume Flights, But Without... (by KFLLCFII Aug 9 2006 in Civil Aviation)

They give a pretty good summary of Chalk's' current status.
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avroarrow
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RE: Chalk's Airlines Question

Fri Aug 11, 2006 11:17 pm

Thanks KFLLCFII, I don't know how I missed the other thread, but thanks for not flaming me for having missed it. I'll keep my fingers crossed for Chalk's.
Give me a mile of road and I can take you a mile. Give me a mile of runway and I can show you the world.