Yes, I really like your replies.
My own favourite for this role would be the Dash 8-200 maybe. Mainly because of the improved performance compared to the -100 series. The fact that Air Greenland could be forced to reduce the number of mechanic employees is scary, but may be a reality due to changing times. The ATR 42 has proven to be inefficient because it can't operate with maximum load and it could only operate from GOH, SFJ
, UAK, KUL
and JAV. That is a big issue for the company that does a lot of cargo operations with the Dash 7.
The Dash 8 was flying in Greenland this summer for Arctic Travel Group that leased a Dash 8-100 from Iceland. To me it was great, at first the fact the we saw it in Greenland thus we could see how it did. I haven't got any response from friends up north yet, but I know that it only could operate from GOH, SFJ
, UAK, JAV. Most of the airfields i Greenland, also very new, are 850 meters, while GOH i 950 meters and may be lengthened in some years.
I really can't find anything else that can take-off using only 3-400 meters and land on 2-300 meters..
Another thing to keep in mind is that the Dash 7 can keep it self airborne with 2 engines and in some cases 1 engine with very little load, I would be surprised if any Dash 8 could keep it self airborne with 2 engines unserviceable.