wjcandee wrote:MajMattMason wrote:569 has been a bit of a mystery. Thought it was supposed to be online Aug. Not sure what the issue is there.
Yeah, 569AZ has been at MEX for 11 months. Plainly, it's not going through the process at the same speed as others. Whether it has to do with whatever engineers/consultants Amazon is using to shepherd it through (as opposed to the greased wheels of CAM), or whether they're just not in a hurry, I don't know. I do know that they didn't have uber-specific plans for each aircraft when Amazon bought them, which is why they had the flexibility to send two to Cargojet to operate in Canada. I do note that 563AZ (now C-GAZF) took 10 months to be completed in MEX. Hard to know precisely-why. One possibility of course is also possibly Covid and the ability for MexicanaMRO to staff fully. With most of Israel fully-vaccinated, the Covid situation at IAI in TLV is very different than at their contract vendor at MEX.
Small World note: the guy (company, actually) that Cargojet used to manage the couple of conversions that it did "itself" through IAI was Tarpley, the guy who is part of the Mammoth Aviation lawsuit and purports to have all this conversion knowledge. It appears that he was employed by CAM for a long time in a role that involved interfacing with the conversion vendors, and after he left CAM, he set up a company to help others manage their own conversions. That's why he and the other Mammoth guy, who is an engineer, decided to join forces to try to do their own 777 conversion. (Tarpley was the "conversion expertise" guy, while the other guy was the "engineering expertise" guy.) The third guy involved, who is a defendant in their lawsuit, was a finance guy who walked away to start his own 777 conversion when they weren't willing to give him a third of the company to arrange the financing, and when they kind of downplayed his importance. He then kind of got the drop on them by lining up financing and associating with Wichita State as his engineering source and announcing his conversion. Now that the lawsuit is going hammer and tong, the Mammoth guys finally put up a web site and claim to have financing and to be moving forward fast enough to have a certified, flying, deliverable 777 freighter within 2 years from now. (We'll see.)
Thank you for all the information on the Seqouia & Mammoth setups. There is such a ton of perfectly setup 77Ws out there that I can't see just IAI running it alone. Shall be interesting to see how this plays out.