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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2006, 08:14:10 AM »

The fact of the matter is that there are a lot of "old" aircraft out there, and quite a few of them are being used by charter and air taxi services around the world.

The reality of the situation, especially with float/sea plane services, is that there are simply very few replacement aircraft out there. For the most part those replacement aircraft are either not suited for the task at hand  or are simply too expensive to finance and operate i.e. Cessna Caravan on floats. $3Mil to purchase at basic levels plus insurance (not cheap since 9/11) operating costs in fuel (turbines are normaly not fuel friendly) and maintenance (hot section checks, hydralic & expensive avionics).

The majority of these old aircraft are very well taken care of and will probably continue flying as long as replacments parts are available. These airframes, for the most part, were constructed with far more stress in mind than they are subject to.
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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2006, 09:59:13 AM »

Agreed. They will keep flying and i really hope they do because its good history to teach the next generation. Thanks for your outlook.

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