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Question: what is a typical operating costs using a DC-8 F with the C-56 engines??
...and, will such an aircraft be allowed to be put on a European AOC and fly in/out of Europe with cargo??
...and, are there any such airctafts....like x-UPS available?.
.....any sim for such aircraft somewhere???
....and, any idea of asking price for such and aircraft or leasing price????
Falcon, DC8-71/73 fully compliant with Europe and noise/RVSM requirements.If you own the airplane and its on something like US register/121 cert it would cost less than a CFM B737F European registered and carry 3 times more ( with the high cost payments on B737-3/4F ) and can tanker fuel to the expensive places in Nth Africa which the little airplanes can't, this is a BIG cost saving. There are plenty out there I think UPS had 18 with glass cockpit. There are several Sims in United States Pan Am, crews and mechanics are available but all US FAA certified, this may be a problem in Europe and elsewhere as they seem a bit uptight. The purchase cost is low cost depends on the 4 engines CFM-56-2. Lease would be not much,you would be better to cash buy it. They are a solid "truck" and take 8 ton per overwing position. go 8 hours direct and carry 40-50ton. 4H.
I would agree. operating a DC8 even with CFM56 engines under EU ops will be a pain. Having worked for MK Airlines with there -55 and -63's they are a great airplane and I like them but are they ecconomical today?
What you telling in generic terms is a common mistake. Sending your airplane wherever for maintenance? Fine. But how many exactly EASA Part-145 providers are there for DC8-70 and who are them? And who are the shops releasing components with EASA Form 1 for this type?
Experienced guys and hangar space? But do they have EASA certification for this type and rating still valid?
Sim check in US? Tell me which US sim for DC-8-70 is certified according to JAR STD? And are there any JAR FCL licensed SFE/TRE for this type who's license is still valid?
I can't think of any insane flight crew member who is still keeping this DC-8 rating current on JAR license, especially considering this is nearly mission impossible.
It is possible to do all of that from scratch but the cost will make the project no-go.
I see three DC8-73 operators have Australian/NZ part 129 operational and FAA 121 and they also operate in/out of Europe so why would you want a EuropeanAOC when you can use FAA and fly in/out of Europe,wet lease to an African company and fly in reverse.Presume UPSwill be flying 757s internal Europe with N numbers now TNT is gone ? How to complicate something let the Europeans get involved they will regulate themselves to death?
If I were operating my own commercial aircraft, European is the last registration I would want. Having said that, I've never had to be fingerprinted and "processed" by a third party in order to use a training facility in Europe! - see link below regarding non-US citizen flight training in the USA:
UPS DC-8-71/73's were excellent airplanes. They were all converted to glass cockpits. Any of those resurrected from the desert would be a reasonable choice. The -73, with it's long wing, extra fuel and higher GW made the best freighter. The -72 has the same wing and fuel, but it is 30 feet shorter, and there aren't many around.
As far as operating costs, they burn 12K/hour. With experienced maintenance they can be a very reliable airplane. UPS went with 767-300ER's as replacements and the operating costs were less.
Simulators in the U.S are becoming a difficult proposition. No Level C's left. Pan Am's in Miami is not operational, and may not be again. There's one in Cincinnati and one in Wilmington. I don't know what happened to the UPS -71 sim (with matching glass cockpit). It was a good Level C.
I'm just a pilot, and not a bean counter, but the DC-8 has soul and character compared to what can replace it today. Too bad they're a dying breed along with the folks who flew them worldwide.