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Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:26 am
by crownvic
Tonight while watching Ice Pilots there was a nice shot of an AA 777 on the ramp at Yellowknife... Anyone recall when or why the incident occurred??? Mechanical... Medical...Weather diversion??

RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:31 am
by krisyyz
I believe it was this incident:

AA B777 ORD-NRT Diversion To Yellowknife Monday (by Viscount724 Mar 9 2010 in Civil Aviation)

KrisYYZ

RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:48 am
by crownvic
That appears to be spot on! Thanks...

RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:43 am
by PHX787
Quoting krisyyz (Reply 1):
I believe it was this incident:

AA B777 ORD-NRT Diversion To Yellowknife Monday (by Viscount724 Mar 9 2010 in Civil Aviation)

Precisely. Wow must have been crazy for the videographers, some luck too

RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:34 pm
by brilondon
I believe that this is a repeat episode. It was shown last season.

[Edited 2012-07-24 08:35:59]

RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:24 pm
by contrails15
Tad off topic... I'm glad to see there is a new season. Great show.

RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:42 pm
by ABQopsHP
Quoting contrails15 (Reply 6):
Tad off topic... I'm glad to see there is a new season. Great show.

Amen Contrails!. Love the show.

JD CRPXE

RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:46 pm
by fridgmus
I love this show!

Just wondering, for the DC-3 aircraft they fly, would a turbine conversion be cost effective?

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't turbines cheaper over time in regards to MX and MX costs?

Maybe the nice folks at P&W Canada can let them use a couple of PT-6's to try out?

Back in my skydiving days, I jumped out of a couple of turbine DC-3's. Smooth, quiet and faster.

Thanks,

F

RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:15 pm
by C46
Looks like a UA 777 to me  

RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:22 pm
by Viscount724
Quoting C46 (Reply 9):
Looks like a UA 777 to me

The one being discussed here is an AA 777, but a UA 777 did divert to Yellowknife in 2004 on a Europe-SFO flight and required an engine change. The engine had to be trucked to YZF.


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RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:46 pm
by C46
Thanks Viscount - I should have opened the second link  

RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:15 pm
by strfyr51
Quoting fridgmus (Reply 8):

there is a turbo dc3 conversion to pt6 engines

RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:12 pm
by Viscount724
Quoting strfyr51 (Reply 11):
Quoting fridgmus (Reply 8):

there is a turbo dc3 conversion to pt6 engines

There have been at least two DC-3/C-47 programs to convert to PT-6s. The South African Air Force converted 38. Most have since been disposed of but sources indicate that at least 10 are still in service with the SAAF.

Another is the Basler BT-67 conversion program in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. I think they've converted around 50. It's not cheap. They quote a base price of $6.5 million, a lot for a 70-year-old airframe. It includes a 40 inch forward fuselage stretch to offset the much lighter PT-6 engines.
http://www.baslerturbo.com/bt_overview.aspx

I believe about 1 in 5 of the remaining active DC-3s/C-47s are PT-6 conversions.


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RE: Ice Pilots... American 777

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:57 am
by ADent
There was a thread on this topic: Did I See An AA 737 On Ice Pilots? (by toering Jun 16 2012 in Civil Aviation)?threadid=5490711 .

It included a screen capture of the show and a pic of the 777 in Yellowknife.