Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Something new and different

Up until now there have been few aviation developments to write about. Though there are a few aircraft we have not covered. Today we are viewing the new Dornier Seastar CD2. A unique new amphibious aircraft of composite fiber construction.

There are a number of interesting capabilities and facts on this aircraft. While the layout and design shows a lot of Dornier design heritage; the features used timelessly convey many excellent characteristics. The back to back centerline engines give simple and safe thrust lines free from torque issues. The low down beefy  sponsons soak up landing forces and hold a copious amount of fuel advantageous to maintaining a healthy center of gravity. The cabin enjoys very good vision.

 The carbon fiber construction provides a much lighter weight while maintaining a very tough structure. Meaning the aircraft can do more with less power/ or carry more given weight. This shows up quite well in direct aircraft comparisons. Where the Seastar absolutely murders the venerable Twin Otter Float plane. Taking 12 passengers/2400lbs nearly 900 miles compared to barely 300 miles for the old Twotter. And flying 50 knots faster while doing so.

 Maintence wise the old Twotter looks terrible as well on practically all fronts. It's old tech aluminum airframe at many disadvantages. Another great thing for the Seastar is that is being built right in Cananda.

 The only down side to the Seastar is it is not very cheap. Last I heard going for about $6 mil apiece. Though a comparative new build Twotter will set you back $4.5 mil each. I suppose it comes down to how much you plan to spend in maintaining your twotter safely.

 And lastly in keeping with our mission of bulldogging aircraft with useful STOL capability for the wilds of Labrador; the Seastar CD2 will take off and land within 500 meters. Whether you do it wet or dry.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Been real busy lately. Teresa's store: has finally got the dodgy bits removed and is google approved now. Got the printer running and we have grand baby Amanda in the house. Been reading about really high food costs on the North Coast once more. How many more studies are needed? There are many great solutions. But the only provincial intent seems to be making shipping companies rich. I think my Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut relatives and friends will have to hold firm to see any improvement. Plus with Burton Winter still fresh in our minds, there is clearly much room for improving Labrador Transportation. Oh my. The Aurora flight contract tift too. Time passes and little changes it seems. Oh yes. The last bit of info today. I fired off a query to the board that is overseeing the 2012 renewal of the Marine Mammal Protection act. Wondering if they would finally put in an exemption for Harp Seal Pelts for all Aboriginal communities in Canada. Reminding them that the ban on importation was a crushing economic blow to our communities. I hope for a response from them. It would be great to use the SEUS trade agreement to help open trade in pelts imported to the USA. There is a great market un-tapped here. If any of my Facebook family and friends have an interest, feel free to inbox me.