FlapOperator wrote:2175301 wrote:
I'm sure that the SkyCourier will do fine in normal or even bad winter weather. However, things get extreme in the arctic and the carriers who operate there prefer well proven aircraft to handle those extremes. It's not worth the gamble to use an unproven aircraft in such an environment. There have been multiple cases of where things were really bad at the North or South Pole regions that the Twin Otter was to airplane of choice for the mission because everyone knows it can get in and out - even if its parked outside in the arctic weather.
Honestly, lots of that was a function of the Kenn Borek crews, vice the airframe. They use the Twotter for all sorts of reasons, but those guys are the secret sauce, versus the airframe, and I say that as an unabashed DHC fanboi.
Another fanboi here. I was pulled off a glacier by an Otter Twin on skis. It was a completely uneventful day for the aircraft, but given the circumstances that lead to my being on the glacier, one of the most eventful days I've had. Watching her land was a thing of beauty. A magnificent aircraft with the capability to get me home. I love the Otter Twin for that.
That's much more capacity than FedEx will ever need. They need a van, not a UTV. I expect the SkyCourier to have an amazing run on it's own merits, with maintenance costs that allow it to print money for those who can afford the price of admission. As you say, the airframe may or may not be the reason for the Otter's arctic success, but the lack of arctic ability will undoubtedly be the reason for the SkyCourier's sucess.