Post by airfreighter on Oct 7, 2012 17:18:19 GMT -5
14 CFR Part 125 operator, Florida Air Transport (FAT), has recently made some noteworthy changes.
C-54/DC-4 N9015Q has been sold to Jet One Express, Inc. (owners of C-54/DC-4 N406WA). After the tragic loss of Convair N153JR along with owner Uriel Bristol in March, Fresh Air/Jet One Express has remained dormant for some time, however, they are planning on resuming operations in the future.
C-54/DC-4 N460WA remains active on oil-dispersant contracts in California.
FAT has pulled back the effort on the Part 129 DC-6 venture with Bahamian partner Package Delivery Express. The DC-6 is still active, however, and remains ready for private carriage contracts.
In order to continue promotion of air cargo service throughout the Lucayan region of the Caribbean, the holding group who owns Florida Air Transport has decided to acquire Convair 340 N145GT in order to offer competitive charter services to the Bahamas and beyond. The CV-340 is undergoing a full overhaul and inspection at Opa-locka and is planned to begin operations sometime during Q4 2012/Q1 2013. The CV-340 has been approved for 14 CFR 135 operations with Great Southern Airways and will undoubtedly be a nice choice for air cargo customers in the region. More Convairs will be added in the immediate future.
Post by airfreighter on Oct 8, 2012 20:08:29 GMT -5
The DC-7B (N836D) will remain in Charlotte until further notice. Costly engine work is required and until the funds and manpower can become readily available, it won't be 'wheels-up' anytime soon.
DC-7BF (N381AA) was sold to a couple of gentlemen in New Smyrna Beach, FL and is currently being made into a restaurant. It was planned to return it to work as an oil-dispersant tanker after years of dormancy, however, contract commitments never materialized and the airplane will live on as an eatery.