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How to keep DC-3s flying in Europe on Air Transport Operations?

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Published Thu, Feb 14 2008 5:43 PM

Just a few thoughts whilst conceding I am not having to write out the cheques.

Cabin PA system: Frankly, many have had such systems and I am somewhat surprised that this was not done years ago. Many good systems are available and surely the UK CAA could facilitate the wiring approval in a spirit of co-operation?

WX Radar: Request an exemption and restrict operations to VFR and/or IFR only in conditions of no forecast icing. Not so easy in Europe I admit. (I don't know whether UK machines have airframe de-icing boots?) Otherwise examine the types of WX radar that are fitted to many lighter types. It does not have to be in nose.

PAX escape slide: Well that is just plain silly and for the sake of a few cms, an exemption would surely not be unreasonable. In any case the old Dak is likely to be on its belly. However, a solution might be to construct a simple slide which lies flat on floor and sort of rolls out and down. Would not have to be very large. But I guess it would have to be approved...more money.

Performance: Am out of touch re. current EU required single-engine take-off segment situation, but if you keep the weight down to about 25,000 lbs, the DC-3 should have no problem in the first and second segment; particularly in the low density altitudes that usually prevail in UK.

Was there something else? Am working straight off top-of-head down here in New Zealand where the NZ CAA have approved a C-47 and a PBY-5A Catalina for Air Transport ops.

Cheers from dakota67.

 

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# dakota67 said on 14 February 2008 19:12

Just had a further thought. What if the old girl is over on its nose? Long way down from cabin door! But most of those events were with empty or very light load (forward centre of gravity). With cabin load, machine would tend to fall back onto its tail. There is always the front left crew door but it is very small and only had a rope in old days. Not really a lot of fun for largeish or elderly passengers. I presume the overwing window exits are still in use? And there was an exit above cockpit which we did not play around with in case we induced yet more leaks onto ourselves. It rains a bit in Papua New Guinea............

# Jetwashed - The latest developments from AirSpace said on 04 March 2008 11:36

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