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Baron 58's as Freighters?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:13 am

I happened to notice that Airnet Express in the US seems to make heavy use of their Beech Baron 58's on Flightaware, despite electronic banking taking away much of their former business (check transport).

Are they using their Baron fleet on regular scheduled overnight package/mail runs, or are they only used for on-demand charter flights for special items (medical, scientific, etc...)? Are there any other small cargo airlines that use Barons or similar-sized light craft for fast scheduled package service?


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Re: Baron 58's as Freighters?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:20 am

I always thought medical and organ transport would be a good business model.
 
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Re: Baron 58's as Freighters?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:31 am

JackMeahoff wrote:
I always thought medical and organ transport would be a good business model.

There's a lot of it. Mostly specimens.
 
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Re: Baron 58's as Freighters?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:49 am

I flew an old 58 several years ago, it's still used on a combination of courier services and on-demand. Loved it, with 500 or 600 pounds of freight it was still a rocket, would love to fly a new one. There's a 135 outfit that still flies 55s and 58s out of Dallas.
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Re: Baron 58's as Freighters?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:34 am

Falcon Flyer wrote:
I flew an old 58 several years ago, it's still used on a combination of courier services and on-demand. Loved it, with 500 or 600 pounds of freight it was still a rocket, would love to fly a new one. There's a 135 outfit that still flies 55s and 58s out of Dallas.


Hi Falcon Flyer

I spent two years in another life flying cancelled checks in an F33 Bonanza, then
a 55 Baron.

Beech simply builds the finest light aircraft
around


As old and beaten up as our Barons were
they were exceptionally nice flying aircraft
and rugged as hell


Best wishes
The best contribution to safety is a competent Pilot.


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