LimaFoxTango
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Dash 8 Classic Upgrade

Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:06 am

Hi all. I understand Bombardier is offering Dash 8 100/300 operators the option of "refurbishing" their aircraft. This includes among other things, a new cabin interior, an overhaul of the hydraulic system and a new "glass" cockpit. I assume this glass cockpit is the same developed by FieldAviation http://fieldav.com/aircraft-modifica...dy-the-dash-8-cockpit-upgrade.aspx I have a few questions on this whole package.

1. What is the average cost of this upgrade per aircraft?
2. How long does the upgrade process take?
3. Has any airline done this upgrade to their aircraft yet?
4. Where is this upgrade process done?

[Edited 2012-04-03 21:10:09]
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RE: Dash 8 Classic Upgrade

Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:49 pm

With those added switches under the hydraulic panel, I want to know where the FO is going to put his feet.

Sorry I can't answer the rest of your question. I don't see many airlines spending this kind of money on their Dashes though.
 
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RE: Dash 8 Classic Upgrade

Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:11 pm

Always wonder why when Bombardier switched over to the Q why they did not incorporate the Q400 cockpit across the entire line.
 
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RE: Dash 8 Classic Upgrade

Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:28 pm

Quoting baje427 (Reply 2):
Always wonder why when Bombardier switched over to the Q why they did not incorporate the Q400 cockpit across the entire line.

Money.... Bombardier would have to recertify the aircraft. It would not have retained commonality with airlines who had existing fleets of earlier aircraft. Extra stores for those airlines, pilot differences training, etc....

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