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Air Charters Express DC-8

Old 14th Jul 2009, 17:25
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Air Charters Express DC-8

Anyone has more details about this DC-8 outfit out of Ostend? They are running a class as we speak. I know someone in that class and I am told the company changes the word on them all the times, it is very deceiving, no pay so far, asking them to find their way to Ostend with a possible future reimbursement which it seems will never happen according to the present signs. It seems owned by some kind of Iranian Mafia with total disregard to safety or respect for crews and their lifes.
I was thinking to apply but kind of scarry place to me. Any infos will be welcome.
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Old 14th Jul 2009, 19:51
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Hey Count, it seems you have the all the information one could ever desire. If I were you, I would tell your bud to bail now, leaving a spot open for someone else who may not be so paranoid. Last "Mafia" movie I watched, seems like most characters had Italian names for some reason. Buy your own ticket to be 'reimbursed'? My friend, unfortunately, that has been going on since the mid 80's. Don't be scared.............
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Old 19th Jul 2009, 17:21
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I had the pleasure of dispatching their DC-8 62F 9G-AED recently, though i couldnt believe how many hours it had in the tech log..some old machine!!
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Old 21st Jul 2009, 20:11
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I had the pleasure to fly 60/70 series DC-8, still the finest machine I've flown in 30 years. Stable, straight forward, tough old sob. Still the best thrust reversers I have seen (hydraulic).
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Old 23rd Jul 2009, 01:30
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Aero Service in MIA I believe.
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Old 23rd Jul 2009, 15:05
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The DC-8 sim in MIA might not be FAA certified yet. Check with Aeroservice first. Also my undesrtanding is the ACE owner is related to HeavyLift owner. Both Ghana registered.
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 04:04
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flying officer kite9G AED, though flying on an ACE call sign is operated independently from the OST outfit and flown by a non ACE Ostend crew, she flies beautifully and is in good shape.
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Old 7th Aug 2009, 15:29
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Why does that remind me of so many outfits that I've worked for?

60 series DC 8, Wonderful aircraft.

Does anyone still operate any of the re-engined versions?
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Old 7th Aug 2009, 15:46
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At the moment, Astar is still flying 8 Diesel 73's for DHL in the states. Their days are numbered though. Looking at the tea leaves it looks like K. Allen is going to go with ATI/CCI for their lift needs.
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Old 7th Aug 2009, 16:29
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Saw a National DC-8-71 in Bagram the other day.

Welcome to NATIONAL AIRLINES – Cargo Services

National Air Cargo Extends Flights from Bagram Air Base to Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan

National Air Cargo

Wonder whose certificate that is (was)? Name has been around forever.....
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Old 10th Aug 2009, 11:36
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NAC bought the AOC from Murray Air.....about 1 year back.
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Old 10th Aug 2009, 12:03
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I have heard that ACE soon to have a name change to Meridian Cargo.
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Old 12th Aug 2009, 01:39
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Are they doing their own hiring, or going thru an agency?

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Old 22nd Aug 2009, 13:37
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Ace Tail Strike

Ace *** departing a Gloucestershire airfield had a tail strike last night. It left a hole in the runway reportedly. Hope it pressurised OK.
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Old 24th Aug 2009, 15:48
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I know which field this bird departed from. That's not the relevant bit here. However, his departure track, considering his destination, was quite elaborate.
Wonder if the aforementioned 'incident' had anything to do with that. i.e: he tracked a long way west before turning.
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Old 24th Aug 2009, 20:42
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Please elaborate, its a well known fact that he operates to a Middle East location from "Rompers Green" a secret military airbase
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Old 24th Aug 2009, 21:55
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Refering to this old girl:

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Old 25th Aug 2009, 23:19
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A dab of paint here, a dab there....whose to know?
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Old 26th Aug 2009, 05:23
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Sorry I have to agree with Fish Head, ACE planes have fresh C-Checks and fairly recent paint.

Also think you voicing an opinion that you know nothing about, and by the way, would like to hear you speak (and write) Fish Head's mother tongue.

Afraid he is 100% correct, you probably a bored enthusiast or trolley dolly again.
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Old 26th Aug 2009, 07:10
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ACE one one zero

Comes to our local airport very regularly. Video's about her on YOUTUBE.
She looks magnificent.

EBOS-SPOTTING.BE | Expected flights,movements and pictures (old and new) from Ostend Airport... LUCHTHAVEN OOSTENDE
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