Friday, December 21, 2007
It's been awhile, but I'm back to torture you with more transportaion ideas for Labrador. I've had time to study alot of different things and hopefully have found things to your liking(or maybe not). I've also been a bit concerned about the lack of tourism planning that seems to be the course. I'm starting to see that could be an important key to unlocking valuable revenue streams that would benefit all. The problem is certainly not the lack of interest. It's the lack of information on the precious few available assets we have(motels and operators,ferries etc.). So really it matters not what fancy equipment you bring in. If you can't find a place or tourist operater to take them, it's all for not. Some people do take the time to figure out our transport system. However, many times more then them will not bother. There are plenty of other places that figure it out for them, and part them with their money accordingly. And those customers are most pleased about it. What's the point of a holiday if traveling about is too complex? Come to Labrador to get stressed out trying to see the place? Not a very good marketing plan I'm afraid. This has me wondering if pulling those assets together in Labrador and creating a marketing/reservation system that works together might be the best first option to follow. An intergrated and responsive system that all Labradorian businesses can interact with.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
One of the primary problems facing Labrador is moving goods in and out of the area. Clearly when talking about products available, there is an embarrassing amount of good traded at regional trade ports not that far away. The issue is no one is offering the bulk carriage ability to fetch these goods, and more importantly, deliver them to outlying Labrador and Quebec North shore communities. There are some important factors to consider. You need an aircraft which can carry a heavy load. You'd be very luck to find one which could take a heavy but reduced load to the smallest fields in Labrador. You are now entering the special world of military air freighters. These can be alarmingly costly aircraft. Hence this dictates not operating a large number of them. You would benefit most by having a small troop of them. These would from time to time service our small communities as needed. However, they could also earn their keep operating on certain trade port routes, handling commercial loads.
Powered by four amazingly powerful 14,000 hp turboprops driving D-27 contra-rotating props. The AN-70 can leap from a 600 meter strip with an unheard of 20 ton payload.All hats off to Antonov for yet another engineering feat And best of all, when given a nice big strip like Goose Bay, the AN-70 can carry a 47 ton payload a full 3000 KM. This puts many North American Trade ports suddenly on Labrador's doorsteps. They'd naturally be quite attractive to serving Labrador's burgeoning Natural Resources Industry. Al tough that would rate further down on it's priority of service charter, especially in light of not wanting to damage such valuable porters.
These AN-70's have all necessary gear to handle the job built right into them. In addition to the big yawning tail ramp, they have no less the four overhead hoist rails with a 12 ton lift capacity. And for mulish cargoes, there are front and back horizontal 1.5 ton winches to convince the load otherwise. Indeed I believe you can easy get most forms of transportion on board.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Another good feature which is unusual for this class is a "Stand up" Flight deck, where you can walk aboard head held high, rather then folding up and bowing your way to your seat. At least for most folks. Powered by a pair of 750shp Walter M601E engines, the LET L420 comfortably handles all adverse weather. Indeed the current L410 fleet daily navigates some of the earth's most unforgiving environments, with a very high degree of safety. Like most in this class, it features wide track, low pressure landing gear and is claimed to operate on ground supporting 85pd/inch, which is like rain soaked grass or gravel..Unlike the others, the Avionics are standard first rate western as basic fit, including weather radar and altimeter as well as EPGW and GPS. This speaks to LET's superior experience with rough field operators, it knows it's customers well. For all intents and purposes, the 15 seat, extra freight cabin would be just what Labrador ordered, with Tip tanks.
News From Kunovice!
We have heard from the Marketing Director at LET a Mrs.Pospíšilová . There are some items I may have been remiss in pointing out. The L420 is normally a 19 seat airliner. The configuration I mentioned is that of a replaceable freight module allowing more freight by removing four seats and replacing them with this handy freight rack:
This option allows the plane to rapidly switch between 15,17 or 19 seats as required. Quite handy. I also forgot to mention the option of TCAS II if that is desired. Finally, I failed to address some rather comforting looking seating arrangements:Some rather nice looking seats at that. My thanks to the folks at LET for the added information. I'm sure our readers will appreciate the added information.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
When dealing with flying into tough ice and snow cover short fields with nasty crosswinds, you hopefully have a craft designed for the task. That is precisely the idea behind the Bereiv BE-32K. The most amazing fact I can find about the BE-32K is that it is not in production. It already meets numerous certification types and likely would have no difficulty doing so. The quality of Beriev aircraft and the tough level of build usually exceeds that of western types. One must remember that this company's main business involves slamming large amphibious craft into violent sea states, so they know quite a bit about toughness. Particularly when given that those same aircraft are noted for fairly long life cycles doing so.
As you can see this is a twin engined craft, powered by two licensed production PT6-65B turboprops giving 820kw(1100shp) with a fuel load of 2250liters(594 us gal). The maximum payload is 1900KG, or 16 passengers . It has a span of 17meters, length of 15.7 meters and height of 5.52 meters, with a wing area of 32m2. . MTOW(max.takeoff weight) is 7300KG. It is an unpressurized aircraft with heated cabin, max altitude being 4200 meters. The wings and tail feature hot air de-icing, the windows and nose has electrical de-icing. The plane is designed to easily handle crosswinds up to 18meters per second. It has a 5.20 wide ground track with large low pressure tires to allow it to land on unpaved fields. This aircraft is most suitable to the mission of servicing Labrador's short fields. There are a few changes to recommend. Seating would be limited to 14 to allow for extra freight carriage. Preferably more fuel could be added to increase the range a bit. The avionics would have to include an advanced EPGW terrain avoidance unit and also good weather radar. One also wonders if any "stretched" models are available, although that would certainly require moving up to the next stage of PT-6 engine to compensate. All in all, this plane could quite honestly thrive in Labrador.
Mr. Vladimir Romanov from Beriev has contacted us and was pleased with the report. I have asked him some more questions and hopefully we will hear back soon. from him.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Looking at our situation so far tells us at least three separate craft will be needed. First off, a small nimble Short takeoff and Landing capable plane that is adept at flying in cold climate adverse weather, as well as manuevering in and around mountainous territory. There are actually quite a few aircraft that fit this description, and we will study these individually later. The second part is a competent Air Freighter. A craft that can pick up a heavy haul of groceries and drop them off at ANY of Labrador's demanding short feilds. There are only a few types that can pull off that stunt, and will be discussed later. Lastly if we've flown all these people into Goose Bay, do you really think they want you milling about aimlessly? Of course not, hence we need a standard larger airliner type to send you down the road. There are plenty of those types floundering about. And I'd be alot more interested to know where you'd like to go rather then look at all of those. So chime in and say where you'd like to fly to for much cheaper then you can now! Your input is priceless and highly valued here.
I hope that you will tell us where your at and the kind of places you wish today's air system would take you too. Mind you I do not intend this to be a critical attack on the current services. This is a forward looking and positive thinking approach to a workable and realistic safe alternative to today's standard. I hope to hear from you.