Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas to all!

Here's wishing you all enjoy a good holiday season, no matter what your religion is. The Season has kept us busy and occupied fairly heavily and posting time is few and far between. Hopefully the new year will bring better changes to the saga of transport issues in Labrador Canada. Alas  the province of Newfoundland is badly foot dragging on a new ship to replace the often broken down MV Northern Ranger. The Department of Transportation not even commissioning a request for a replacement yet.

In my analysis I'm seriously considering the Harbin Y-12F as a definitive option in place over the Beriev BE-32. The only problem there is the idea of finance. It would be easier perhaps to seek Russian financing and procure two types of Russian aircraft and try to get them to also fund a small portion for a non-Russian aircraft. With a lease option on a few AN-70's. Originally that seemed promising with a package of the IL-114-100, the BE-32K-100 and the AAC Angel.

 The AAC Angel could be substituted by the new Racehorse aircraft and it would give a full Turbine powered fleet. But the production of the IL-114-100 is also now in doubt. There is the SU-80 but it's much smaller. And I really shudder to replace the AAC Angel as it is far more useful in serving very small Island and Coastal towns too small to justify any other air service.

 The other issue is the fare system, which is not really applicable to this market. The idea is to do this marginally over cost. Just covering operations, staff and maintenance. Currently the Aviation market uses aircraft that require heavy subsidies from the government. It's ironic that I suspect the most economically sound aircraft would most likely be the largest and smallest aircraft being considered. Which is yet another option. And let the rest of the market serve the other segments.

 For sure though the first choice of doing business up there would be an energy company. Targeting Peat and Natural Gas in the area. With peat being job one. For so many reasons Peat is so applicable to Labrador. It can easily power small Labrador communities in a green and carbon positive manner without destroying the bogs. It can offer a huge solution to community waste disposal. It can join with the distressed timber industry and offer valuable exports for cash income.

 Using wise peat harvesting practices, peat electric and heating stations could slowly spread to all of our communities. Giving local jobs and security. This would also provide benefit to add to the marine shipping industry both locally and abroad.

 Let us hope the new year brings some of all of it!

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