There's one simple answer... "Welcome to Indonesia"
The well maintained ones cost the same as a 732 on an ACMI lease per hour! This country's crazy!
To make it more crazy, we've used it for 250hrs so far this year, before this, their average annual utility was <150hrs. We've doubled that for them.
Unfortunately, they were the only guys that would allow us to add an extra hole on the top for one extra antennae... most survey aircraft have 2 small additional survey antennaes on the top, we needed 3!
Not only that, they were the only ones that had the timeslot for us... Want to see the plane, search for PK
-VCD on the "other photo website"... (note, this is NOT an endorsement
This one is about US$600 per hour, a well maintained one would cost us 1200... a 732 I can grab for 1400 + fuel... go and figure... What makes these G/A planes expensive is that their utility is so low that their maintenance goes by calendar days AND hours... >200hrs per annum = hours...
If you think this PK
-VCD was bad, you should have seen PK
), France">AGF that we were going to use... the operators backed out at the last minute because he couldn't revalidate the CoAs in time... since then, one of them flew, used the whole 2900m of Halim's runway, to do circuits... just as they entered downwind, the left engine blew and the propeller almost flew off... limped back and never flew... the other one is now flying.
I have to carry an air force personell for survey missions. Have had 8 air force guys accompany our missions, all of us say they wouldn't touch PK
/F with a barge pole. So, it was the best deal out of the worst lot we could get.
VCD maybe a sh1thole... but it's still flying, the vibrations have been sorted I heard (haven't flown it for a while now, not my turn for a while)... prop was sorted and still handles nicely... Had the pleasure to fly it with my hands for 90 mins down to finals before we commenced our project 6 months ago...
Anyone wanna sell me a nice plane for survey?