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Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:43 am

Wexford's Sterling Airways, run by former Republic Airways COO Wayne Heller, received Part 121 certification as an EMB-145 operator on March 16th, and can resume scheduled ops.
https://www.prweb.com/releases/sterling ... 798497.htm
This is the former VIA Airways certificate, "DBA" as Sterling Airways. HQ is listed as Jacksonville, but all of the top folks are from Indianapolis.

I know some of the top names involved with this, seems to be a Republic Alumni gathering!

Alex Osleger was the Chief Pilot, later Director of Ops for Chautauqua in the 90's, and later with Republic.
Jeff Greubel Dir. of Maint. is another Chautauqua alumni from the 90's, and later Republic, before moving on to positions Southwest, allegiant, and Jet Suite.
Scott Nemeth is a longtime CHQ/Republic name, having served in all kinds of positions.
Gerry Shutrup, the Director of Quality Chief Inspector, is another long time CHQ name, Colgan Airlines, Atlantic Coast Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, and Eastern Metro Express.
Jeremy Specht, former Chief Pilot at Compass.
Sam Arafat, Finance Controller, and former Director of Accounting at Republic.

As cheap as 145's.140's, and 135's are at the moment, with a fairly plentiful pilot pool, this could be exactly the right time to restart as a new airline.
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:45 am

Any relations to the former Danish airline with the same name apart from the name)?
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:48 am

Thunderboltdrgn wrote:
Any relations to the former Danish airline with the same name apart from the name)?

Doesn't appear to be, unless Wexford had a hand in that, as well.
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:57 am

More from CH-Aviation:
"The airline applied to resume commuter air services in three states using one, and later a second, 50-seat E145 during the first year of resumed operations."
https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news ... r-services
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:33 pm

The FAA filing notes "service to three states".
The original stories of Wexford buying VIA was that it would be used to replace RAVN services in Alaska, but that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, given the certificate in JAX, and Maint. seeming to be in ROA??
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:40 am

FlyingElvii wrote:
The FAA filing notes "service to three states".
The original stories of Wexford buying VIA was that it would be used to replace RAVN services in Alaska, but that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, given the certificate in JAX, and Maint. seeming to be in ROA??



...and that RAVN resumed operations under FLOAT Shuttle ownership. “We are evaluating initial launch markets and strategic partnerships, including, but not limited to, the Southeast, Midwest and Alaskan markets,” Heller said.
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Sun Apr 04, 2021 2:53 am

FlyingElvii wrote:
The FAA filing notes "service to three states".
The original stories of Wexford buying VIA was that it would be used to replace RAVN services in Alaska, but that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, given the certificate in JAX, and Maint. seeming to be in ROA??

New ravn is a disaster. Any pressure on them and they are going to fold.
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:47 am

32andBelow wrote:
FlyingElvii wrote:
The FAA filing notes "service to three states".
The original stories of Wexford buying VIA was that it would be used to replace RAVN services in Alaska, but that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, given the certificate in JAX, and Maint. seeming to be in ROA??

New ravn is a disaster. Any pressure on them and they are going to fold.

Reliability issues?
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:44 am

FlyingElvii wrote:
32andBelow wrote:
FlyingElvii wrote:
The FAA filing notes "service to three states".
The original stories of Wexford buying VIA was that it would be used to replace RAVN services in Alaska, but that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, given the certificate in JAX, and Maint. seeming to be in ROA??

New ravn is a disaster. Any pressure on them and they are going to fold.

Reliability issues?

They are spending money like they are a oligarch. They have small Load factors and keep launching more and more city pairs. Anyone that knows Alaska regional market thinks they are out of control. They also have lost almost all their veteran knowledge to other carriers namely northern air cargo.

Plus the gentleman’s agreement with Alaska airlines is dead. Alaska is on AKN DLG AND CDB year round. AKN and DLG was the majority of penairs business back in the day
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:34 am

32andBelow wrote:
FlyingElvii wrote:
32andBelow wrote:
New ravn is a disaster. Any pressure on them and they are going to fold.

Reliability issues?

They are spending money like they are a oligarch. They have small Load factors and keep launching more and more city pairs. Anyone that knows Alaska regional market thinks they are out of control. They also have lost almost all their veteran knowledge to other carriers namely northern air cargo.

Plus the gentleman’s agreement with Alaska airlines is dead. Alaska is on AKN DLG AND CDB year round. AKN and DLG was the majority of penairs business back in the day


Is anyone surprised? Rob McKinney is involved and anything he touches turns to mush. When will people learn that guy is the kiss of death for an airline.
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:03 am

Knowing the relationships between Sterling's leadership, and the I.A.A., Could they be picking up the IND Contract that Contour was supposed to get? I notice those cities are now off of Contour's website.
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Tue Aug 24, 2021 1:23 am

Sterling advertising began today for Station Managers in ANC and Dutch/ Unalaska

https://www.facebook.com/jobs/job-openi ... age_stream
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:43 am

FlyingElvii wrote:
Sterling advertising began today for Station Managers in ANC and Dutch/ Unalaska

https://www.facebook.com/jobs/job-openi ... age_stream


Looks like they’ll be flying Saab 2000’s on their Alaska route(s)
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Tue Aug 24, 2021 3:35 am

airlinepeanuts wrote:
FlyingElvii wrote:
Sterling advertising began today for Station Managers in ANC and Dutch/ Unalaska

https://www.facebook.com/jobs/job-openi ... age_stream


Looks like they’ll be flying Saab 2000’s on their Alaska route(s)

Saab’s? Or 140’s?
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Tue Aug 24, 2021 3:40 am

FlyingElvii wrote:
airlinepeanuts wrote:
FlyingElvii wrote:
Sterling advertising began today for Station Managers in ANC and Dutch/ Unalaska

https://www.facebook.com/jobs/job-openi ... age_stream


Looks like they’ll be flying Saab 2000’s on their Alaska route(s)

Saab’s? Or 140’s?


The new air service, using Saab 2000 aircraft, is a joint venture between long time airline investor Wexford Capital, Juneau-based Alaska Seaplanes, and McKinley Alaska Private Investment, LLC apparently operating under the name "Aleutian Airways.

Source: https://flysterling.com/aleutian-airway ... this-fall/
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Wed Nov 17, 2021 9:37 pm

airlinepeanuts wrote:
FlyingElvii wrote:
airlinepeanuts wrote:

Looks like they’ll be flying Saab 2000’s on their Alaska route(s)

Saab’s? Or 140’s?


The new air service, using Saab 2000 aircraft, is a joint venture between long time airline investor Wexford Capital, Juneau-based Alaska Seaplanes, and McKinley Alaska Private Investment, LLC apparently operating under the name "Aleutian Airways.

Source: https://flysterling.com/aleutian-airway ... this-fall/


Looks like the start of service to Dutch is delayed.
https://www.ktoo.org/2021/11/17/aleutia ... up-safety/
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Mon Nov 29, 2021 7:09 pm

"To tighten up safety..."
The Unalaska/Dutch Saab 2000 accident report that recently came out is very likely the reason.

As usual, it is always more than one factor involved in an accident.
In this case it was the Captain's decision to continue to land with a very gusty tailwind that was well over the allowable limits, after already going around once. From what I can find, there appears to be only one RNAV approach for PADU, so perhaps coming in from the other direction was not an option? In addition, the antilock braking system was cross-wired, imagine trying to slam the brakes with hard rudder and the plane veers the other direction? Probably wouldn't even notice it until you needed it.

The report seems to concentrate on experience flying into PADU, and decision-making.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/aviatio ... ska-crash/

For a "new" operation, I imagine that they have had to rethink the training they had planned for operating here.
This is not a shoe-string operation, there are some big names and big money behind them, so I don't think any delay is going to be much of an issue. Better to get it right the first time, cross the T's and dot the I's, than take any risks or repeating past mistakes just to get going, especially with the FAA noting the obvious PenAir faults in the report.
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:59 pm

I don’t see how the faa is going to approve that airplane for DUT with the ntsb saying the plane doesn’t mean the safety spec for the runway.
 
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Re: Wayne Heller's Sterling Airways Recieves Part 121 Cert, Approval to start Scheduled Ops.

Tue Nov 30, 2021 1:52 am

32andBelow wrote:
I don’t see how the faa is going to approve that airplane for DUT with the ntsb saying the plane doesn’t mean the safety spec for the runway.

The Saab2000 is about the only thing out there that can go 800 miles with a gross load, and back to ANC if required to Divert and Cold Bay isn’t an option, AND operate off of that runway, economically.

Yes, I know that Dash 8’s and 1900’s also fly there, but both, especially the Dash’s can’t do it full if there is even a question about weather.

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