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Shorts 330/360

Old 8th Apr 2015, 06:28
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Shorts 330/360

saw a thread on here the other day about 2 UK reg' Skyvans. Does anyone know if there are any 330's or 360's still flying. its a pity there aren,t any in the uk for airshow (rides)
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 06:37
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There is at least one German 360 that does freight flights.
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 07:11
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 07:21
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SHORTS 330/360

Why did they fall out of favour? It's hard to believe there are so few still operating!
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 07:27
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Cheap to operate, but slow and unpressurised.
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 07:30
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There is usually one up in INV, BenAir I think.
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 08:47
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i flew on a 360 a few weeks back operating out of punta cana (puj) on tourist trips. cant remember the operators name unfortunately. was in pretty good nick.
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 08:49
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Have some memories regarding Shorts 360. After running a conference in Liverpool Mrs hflymk3 joined me there for a few days where she announced that she thought she might be pregnant. She bought a diy kit and at breakfast at the hotel told me that the test was positive.


We were due to fly back to London that morning from the then Speke on a Manx Airline 360. While waiting in the departure lounge the pilot informed us that Heathrow was fog bound and that the plane was not classified to land in those conditions. However we would fly down there in the hope that the fog would clear. So we flew over a carpet of fog with only a few high rises and factory chimneys poking through the murk. Over London still no change, capt tells us that we can circle for 20 minutes before heading for an alternate which was Liverpool. So back up country we go. Although offered a coach back to London, Mrs hf3 and myself took the train on which I had a few G&Ts.


Shuttling up and down the country that day gave me time to contemplate impending fatherhood.


Our first born is now 28.


Happy days.
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 08:59
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SHORTS 330/360

Yes, they were unpressurized, but they weren't targeting long sectors, so it didn't really matter...
They were roomy, nice large windows, reasonably quiet....How come the "Bandit" (EMB-110) has outlived it?
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 09:46
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I believe there are still a number flying in the USA and Caribbean area, but mainly as cargo a/c.
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 09:59
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There must be a market for next generation 30 to 40 pax aircraft to replace the few that are still around. Only new DHC-6s so far available.
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 13:53
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There must be a market for next generation 30 to 40 pax aircraft to replace the few that are still around. Only new DHC-6s so far available.
The Twin Otter (also unpressurised, of course) only seats 19, so it doesn't compete in the 30-40 seat market.

In fact there's no real competitor currently in that size bracket, which is an indication of how manufacturers see the market.
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 16:11
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The 360 was the box that the 330 came in.
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 16:21
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The only jump seat I ever sat on that was on the left of the captain. Made for a weird perspective!
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 17:23
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The Skyvan...known affectionately in its home town as the Flying Henhouse.
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 17:54
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Also the 330 was known as the Shed and the 360 was known as the Super Shed or Vomit Comets
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 18:05
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"The Shoebox" at BMA.

Amazingly, Midland's sole 330, former G-BJFK, is still flying freight in The USA!
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 19:21
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shorts 360

you could always hire one from this company
Private Jet Charter | Hire | Shorts 360 | PrivateFly
at 9000 an hour if you could get 30 people that's 300 each for an hour.
I do not know weather this is still on there books but it would be a nice trip down memory lane. richard
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 22:36
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Amazingly, Midland's sole 330, former G-BJFK, is still flying freight in The USA!
Only had one trip on JFK, from Heathrow to EMA. Very gusty approach, and once we landed it was promptly grounded as the wind was above limits, so had to come back on the F-27.

Lovely aeroplane to fly, though, as was the 360.
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Old 9th Apr 2015, 05:25
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Shorts 330/360

Here in Oz, Sunstate had Shorts 330/360 but I believe Comalco wanted their staff to be able to fly in a pressurized turbine twin into Gladstone. Along comes a competitor with old Mohawk 298s! No faster, no bigger, but flew about 2,000 ft higher with pressurization!
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