Bombarding the Aircraft Industry
Hello, aircraft fans!
In this edition of the Plane View, we’ll take a look at the most popular short-range aircraft company in North America: Bombardier. Operating mainly from Canada, this company has made one of the most used short range jets (the CRJ700) and one of the best turboprop airliners available (being the Dash-8). It also has created a fine firefighter aircraft.
Back in 1965, Bombardier, along with De Havilland Canada, formed a plan to create a turboprop airliner. They did so, and the result was the Dash-7. It was indeed a major progressive step towards the Dash-8.
Meanwhile, Bombardier teamed up with Canadair design the CL-215/CL-415. Firefighting has always been its main role, and has been used by a number of operators in North America and Europe. It has been used since 1967, which was important as the Grumman G-21 Goose and Consolidated PBY Catalina had both become obsolete.
Again with Canadair, Bombardier created the CL-600 Challenger. It turned out to be a whole series of aircraft, but it had such a small load of only 19 passengers that it was not much more successful than the aircraft that it countered: the LearStar 600. Since 1978, it has not had as many sales, but is indeed a superior aircraft.
By 1983, the 1965 Dash-7 was rather obsolete, so Bombardier again teamed with De Havilland Canada to create the Dash-8. It has been extremely successful, and would have been even more so if the regional jet had been preferred over the regional turboprop. Over 600 have been sold, and the main users are Alaska, Horizon, and Air Canada.
In 1991, Bombardier and Canadair joined to make their most famous aircraft: the CRJ. The entire series has “bombarded” (get it?) the regional jet market. Airlines such as Alaska and Horizon have found it just perfect for regional flights, and the Boeings have put away for the long flights. But a few Boeings still remain in the regional service.
And now, one of Bombardier’s greatest feats: the BD-700 Global Express. Yes, the name is very fitting, as this aircraft can fly at 678 M.P.H. for 7,485 miles with 8 passengers at up to 51,000 feet. It can still fly with up to 19 passengers, but with a shorter range. It was designed to create a new meaning to speed, range, and comfort while on aircraft flights. It is capable of the New York to Tokyo run. And over 70 have been sold already.
The aircraft mentioned are Bombardier’s most successful airplanes. I’m also glad to hear that the Boeing 787 Dreamliners were grounded.
Have a great day!
The Beaver Bites the Floatplane Tree
Hello, aircraft fans!
In this edition of the Plane Crash, you’ll find out about the De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, DHC-3 Single Otter, and the DHC-6 Twin Otter. Also, we’ll take a look at one of Canada’s 50 best managed companies: Harbour Air.
Well, yes, it wasn’t much of a Super Bowl. The best part was when the Superdome had a power failure. And it took THAT to make it any type of game. It almost looks like the referees were taking a nap until they thought that San Francisco needed to be penalized. They were only awake for a call against Baltimore that shouldn’t have been called: When David Akers missed the field goal to end the half- even though he ran into the defender, they still gave it to San Francisco with 00:03 left to play in the 2nd quarter. Well, at least he made it the second time, not that it mattered. Because on the opening kick of the second half, they let the Ravens’ kick returner bring it back for six. At least the 49’ers made it 31-34. Bummer! Of course this is a very early prediction, but I smell a Denver vs. Seattle Super Bowl XLVIII.
Rugged and reliable, the Beaver dominated the float plane market. Let’s take a look at some of the specifications. The Beaver has a crew of one, along with one Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-14B/-16B Wasp Junior radial piston engine rated at 336kW(450hp), and the high-wing configuration. The performance is a maximum speed of 262km/h(163M.P.H.) with a cruise speed of 180km/h(110M.P.H.), a range of 794 miles, and a service ceiling of 3,000m(9,842.52 feet). The dimensions are as follows: a wingspan of 14.63m(48 feet), a length of 9.22m(30ft 3in), and a height of 2.74m(9ft.). It has 6 passenger seats. Twenty-five are used by Harbour Air, which operates out of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and flies to Whistler seasonally, as well as Nanaimo, Vancouver (B.C.), Richmond (B.C.), Maple Bay, Sechelt, Comox, and two of the Gulf Islands. They share Victoria’s Harbour along with Westcoast Air (part of Harbour Air), Kenmore Air, which flies between Victoria and Seattle, and a few other companies.
The DHC-3 has similar characteristics to that of the DHC-2, except for a few modifications. The engine is different, now being a Turbine, the cruise speed is 210km/h(130M.P.H.), and the passenger seats number 14, resulting in a longer, more streamlined aircraft. And yes, I have flown on one before. There are 18 in Harbour Air’s fleet.
Lastly, we shall look at the De Havilland DHC-6 Turbine Twin Otter. It has a crew of three, and two 429kW(575hp) Pratt & Whitney R-1860 Hornet radial piston engines. The cruise speed is 320km/h(226 M.P.H.), a range of 1609km(1,000miles), and a service ceiling of 7,620m(25,000ft.) Only four are in Harbour Air’s fleet; actually Westcoast Air’s fleet, but along with 18 passenger seats, this aircraft provides exactly what Harbour Air needs for some of the longer flights, such as the Comox, Vancouver, Richmond, and Sechelt flights. If I knew more about it, I could also tell you if the Turbine Twin Otter also did some of the Whistler flights. Indeed, the Twin Otter is a vital addition to Harbour Air.
To find out more about Harbour Air, just go to: harbourair.com or westcoastair.com. And no, if you are wondering by now, Harbour Air did not pay me to write this blog post. Also, don’t forget that this is my blog post and not a Harbour Air advertisement. For recommendations about films or other things about Harbour Air, please leave a comment. I will get back to you as soon as I am back in my website.
Have a great day!