Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Beriev BE-32K

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

Those Tourist! How do we get them

Do you not pity those who have not seen the masjesty of Labrador. Labrador is a rare etheral creature these days. A place modern people crave to visit. Yet saddly in many ways we are not prepared to greet them yet. And I'm sure most agree, bringing in tourist should not be allowed to spoil our pristine lands. It needs to be done well and thoughtfully. I can guarentee you, I could travel to many an outdoors show and fill a notebook with people willing to pay good money to visit Labrador. It's really an opportunity we should explore. And we should address all areas of how to get there and where they can go. Please discuss your thoughts.

Think outside that old box

Has it come time to think about a new type of service for Labrador? We have boats,ships,planes and trains, as well as Ski-doos and Autos. But do we have Hover power? If you stop and think about it, large commercial hovercraft are a great fit for much of Labrador. Especially the coastal areas. They are not too weather dependant, unless there are particularly violent sea states. They are mostly diesel powered, and cost alot less to operate then ships or planes. And when was the last time you drove the Labrador Highway with 50 of your friends at 136KPH? I'd bet not alot of us. So maybe we should start to wonder wheter this is something we should think about. Please Discuss.

Aircraft for Labrador

Flying in Labrador is clearly different then most regional areas. Most of the populus is spread out in small communities serviced by quite small un-paved runways, most 2500 ft or less. Thankfully there are three longer runways available that are paved. However two are located at the west end of Labrador. Of course that leaves the priceless Goose Bay with it's world class 11,000 foot runway complete with advanced facilities. Quite clearly this offers the best site to hub local flights from. Part of the problem with current transport options is tie ins to traditional routes. This ties the current flyer from Labrador into some rather expensive flights. Apart from flyers, there is also trade which occurs. There are un-tapped opportunities to expand trading ties at a number of airport venues. This could stream demands for labrador goods as well.

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.