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« on: March 06, 2012, 06:06:13 PM »

Just watched this on the Al Jazeera news channel and found it online here:
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/riskingitall/2011/05/201151112305049621.html

An eye-opening documentary on the small Colombian airlines such as Sadelca operating 1940s/50s Dakotas to remote Amazonian villages - it makes 'no frills' airlines look like Emirates first class!

Highlights include mending engines by the light from a cellphone because the power in the workshop has gone off; pilots not even knowing their destination until enough people turn up who want to go somewhere; and a cargo of hazardous material being well ventilated in the cargo hold by leaving all the doors open! Could have been a comedy, but isn't.
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2012, 09:04:59 PM »

Thanks for posting that video.  I enjoyed watching it!

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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2012, 10:23:12 PM »

I lived in Colombia from the mid-50's to the early '60's and flew on the DC-3's operated by AVIANCA AIRLINES.  Scary ? you better believe it.  Flew into Barrancabermeja a number of times - a dirt airstrip - at the end of which was a ravine about 100 meters deep; no terminal, just a tin hut. When you heard a bell ring it meant time to board.
Gasoline was put into the wing tanks just as you saw in the video.
Flew from Cali to Buenaventura weekly.  No heaters in the plane and the mountain pass was at 12,000 feet - a little chilly.  A great adventure.

But we survived.

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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2012, 07:31:16 AM »

 I can only imagine what that must have been like. I had no idea that so many of these DC3's were still flying!  I give a lot of credit to those pilots who fly them in any and all conditions. 
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2012, 11:11:51 AM »




                 Great video !!       thanks for posting it....

                 I've always thought I would LOVE to get a ride in a DC-3 - I'm rethinking that  shocked

                 It is a beautiful plane though, and it's amazing some are still flying......thanks
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2012, 07:52:37 AM »

Buffalo air in Canada still flys one for cargo.  On occasion they use it in passenger service also.  You can see it on "Ice Pilots" on the weather channel every once in awhile.

Still a pretty plane, I love the sound of those engines starting.  They always sound like your interrupting thier nap, until they catch, then they're ready for work....
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2012, 07:53:21 PM »

I like the yellow Garmin eTrex hiking GPS they are using in the cockpit.
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