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Any Piper Chieftains Still In Sked. Pax Ops?

Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:18 pm

As having started my aviation career in the early 80's with a small commuter in the upper Midwest that flew Chietains (or Mojave/T-1020/T-1040 variant). I was wondering if any were still flying in any USA scheduled commercial pax ops? Thanks.
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RE: Any Piper Chieftains Still In Sked. Pax Ops?

Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:52 pm

I do recall recently Air Choice One had one flying the EAS route from IRK to STL about 2009 or so but I believe this service has ended. That's the closest thing I can come up with.
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RE: Any Piper Chieftains Still In Sked. Pax Ops?

Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:03 pm

I know Kenmore Air Express has a couple in operation as well as a Caravan. Based out of BFI.
 
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RE: Any Piper Chieftains Still In Sked. Pax Ops?

Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:44 pm

New England Air Transit (NEAT) ran scheduled service from Portland Maine to Presque Isle and Frenchville (up near the Canadian border) from 2008 to 2009 with a Navajo Chieftain.

Their scheduled ops ceased in October of '09, but I believe they continued the route as a charter until recently.

I've seen plenty of Chieftains down in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami area, running charter to the Caribbean. I'm not aware of any scheduled service at this time though.
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RE: Any Piper Chieftains Still In Sked. Pax Ops?

Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:48 pm

Orca Airways are still flying the Piper Navajo family of aircraft about British Columbia

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RE: Any Piper Chieftains Still In Sked. Pax Ops?

Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:55 pm

Quoting RogerThat (Reply 4):

Orca Airways are still flying the Piper Navajo family of aircraft about British Columbia

Scheduled flights ex YVR to Tofino and seasonal to YYJ, plus year round to YYJ from YXX.

Island Express also fly to YYJ from YXX.

KD Air frly from YVR to Qualicum Beach.

Many PA-31 operators in Canada, Keystone in MB is another off the top of my head.

Grant Aviation is one of several companies to fly them in Alaska too.
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RE: Any Piper Chieftains Still In Sked. Pax Ops?

Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:09 am

There are lots of Navajo's that fly out of Fairbanks, AK for the various air taxi services out to the villages of the Interior. Warbelows Air Ventures and Air Arctic are just two of the Navajo Chieftan operators. It is however true that some of the other Navajo operators have replaced them mostly with Caravans.
 
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RE: Any Piper Chieftains Still In Sked. Pax Ops?

Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:31 am

I flew Chieftains out of FAI for Warbelows in 2003 - '04. They're still in business, although they recently cut back a portion of their service, quoting loss of revenue from the end of some mail contracts and medevac agreements. woodsboy is correct though - there are a lot of PA-31 operators still going in Alaska. Personally, I loved flying them, even if it was while on furlough from a 767 job.


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RE: Any Piper Chieftains Still In Sked. Pax Ops?

Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:01 am

Some years ago I repaired one belonging to a Swiss air taxi company after it did an emergency landing in HHN. They were on their way from Eindhoven, Netherland to Geneva, with all of Europe covered by a dense layer of clouds and fog when the had a complete failure of electrics above the clouds. Fortunately the pilots had a handheld VHF radio and a handheld GPS with them, so they knew their position and could call for help, but they knew that they would have a 90% chance to hit a mountain should they descend through the clouds. The mayday call got responded by an USAF A-10 from Spangdahlem airbase, which then guided the Piper through the clouds to land in HHN in CAT 3 conditions.

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