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Old 02-06-2020, 03:06 PM   #81
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Default Beriev Be-12 Chayka

Assuming that Kessler obtained a Be-12 amphibious aircraft shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, what is the most reasonable way for him to be able to use it?

I get the feeling that the FAA certification process in the US is absolutely not worth it for just one airframe and registering it as 'Experimental' would make it useless in that it would be confined close to its home field.

Since airplanes registered in a foreign country can fly through and land in territories where they are not registered, what are the practical limits on that?

For example, if an aircraft charter company was established in some Eastern Bloc country (or somewhere else in the world where a Be-12 is legal for commercial purposes), are there any limits on how long-term chartering an aircraft for them for use in another part of the world can be before you need to register a local company that is officially leasing the aircraft?

Say, if Kessler wanted the Be-12 to travel between various Caribbean islands to be available for SAR and medevac for certain 'Night Rider' (Monster Hunter) operations, could it just be registered in Russia or somewhere like Angola, Namibia or somewhere equivalent the entire time?

Also, does anyone have a rough guess about the operating costs for the Be-12?
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Old 02-06-2020, 03:12 PM   #82
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Default Re: Seaplanes or Amphibious Aircraft for Caribbean Adventuring and Logistics

A quick aside that occurred to me is that gun blisters replaced with bubble canopies would be good stations for spotters, particularly spotters with magically enhanced senses.
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Old 02-06-2020, 03:38 PM   #83
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A quick aside that occurred to me is that gun blisters replaced with bubble canopies would be good stations for spotters, particularly spotters with magically enhanced senses.
That's right, it could be useful for search & rescue or in some unimaginably horrible situation, when responding to a supernatural event unsubtle enough so that it can be seen from the air.

Aside from the PBY Catalina, what TL6 or TL7 amphibious aircraft that are still flying today have really good visibility?
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Old 02-07-2020, 09:55 AM   #84
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Default Home Bases for Transport Aircraft

Here is a preliminary list of the usual home bases for the transport aircraft that form Kessler's logistics network.

I'm still wondering where to put the Be-12 Chayka, depending on certification issues and what the practical legalities are on a plane registered to a foreign charter company operating out of airports on Caribbean islands.

Also, if Kessler has a Landseaire flying yacht made from a PBY-5 Catalina, where should that wonderful flying machine be based?

I should also probably station an aircraft of some sort on either Trinidad or Tobago islands, as Kessler has oil interests there and some people in his occult network have a lot of legitimate business on Trinidad and Tobago. Be good if they could be transported quickly to a trouble spot if necessary. Should be something simple that can take about six passengers on trips of up to 350 miles, something in the class of Beechcraft Bonanza, Cessna 206 or Piper Saratoga, although amphibious performance in salt water might not be a bad idea.

Also, should I add a few ultra compact seaplanes of some sort, small enough to carry on yachts, as toys and occasionally-useful adventurer equipment?

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Houston, TX; William P. Hobby Airport
Cessna 172P Skyhawk

Galveston, TX; Scholes International Airport at Galveston
Lake LA-4-200-EP 'Buccaneer' Amphibian
Beechcraft Bonanza A36
'Angelique'; Grumman McKinnon G21G 'Turbo Goose'
Ilyushin Il-76TD

Commemorative Air Force (loaned to Lone Star Flight Museum until 2017)
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

Beaumont, TX; Beaumont Municipal Airport
Cessna 172P Skyhawk

Port Arthur, TX; Jack Brooks Regional Airport
Lake LA-4-200-EP 'Buccaneer' Amphibian

New Orleans, LA; Lakefront Airport
Lake LA-250 Renegade

Gainesville, FL; Gainesville Regional Airport
Lake LA-4-200-EP 'Buccaneer' Amphibian
Beechcraft Bonanza A36

Key West, FL; Key West International Airport
de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver

Fort Lauderdale, FL; Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport
Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga

Nassau, New Providence Island, the Bahamas; Lynden Pindling International Airport
de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter

Cockburn Town, San Salvador Island, the Bahamas; San Salvador Airport
Cessna T207A Stationair 8

Beef Island, British Virgin Islands; Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport
Grumman G21A Goose

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands; Henry E. Rohlsen Airport
Grumman G21A Goose

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Cyril E. King Airport
Grumman JRF-5 Goose

Turks and Caicos Islands; Providenciales International Airport
de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver

Guadeloupe; Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport
Antonov An-2V

Dominica; Douglas-Charles Airport
'Dominique'; Grumman JRF-5 Goose

Estate by Petite Soufrière Bay
Antonov An-2V

Martinique; Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport
Antonov An-2V

St. Lucia; George F. L. Charles Airport
Cessna 172P Skyhawk
Beechcraft E55 Baron
Grumman JRF-5 Goose
Short S.25 Sandringham 5
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Anything I'm clearly doing wrong or something I'm obviously missing?
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Old 02-07-2020, 12:51 PM   #85
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That's quite a lot of transport assets, though most are small and they're very dispersed. I'm not saying it's too much or anything, and a lot of those if run by charter and freight companies could at least cover their costs, but he's got a decent sized private air fleet there.

One way to curry favour with local authorities would be volunteering the smaller planes for SAR work, and using both the smaller and larger ones for relief work after hurricanes.
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Old 02-07-2020, 01:19 PM   #86
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That's quite a lot of transport assets, though most are small and they're very dispersed. I'm not saying it's too much or anything, and a lot of those if run by charter and freight companies could at least cover their costs, but he's got a decent sized private air fleet there.
Yeah, it's a lot.

Mind you, the four Grumman Gooses that used to belong to Antilles Air Boats are actually and legitimately kept as sort of functioning museum pieces, dedicated to the aviation history of the Antilles islands (and kept on islands they used to fly to). They aren't kept at any sort of mission-ready profile and don't have a full-time salaried pilot assigned to them or anything, although all of them have a pilot available that can be warned to prepare them and remain on alert if the Night Riders are carrying out a mission nearby.

The Sandringham is a similar deal. It's function is to provide a way to fly the people of Kessler's network who live on Dominica and St. Lucia somewhere, but as they are mostly retired Night Riders, the Sandringham has been called upon maybe twice in the past decade. Otherwise, it's a museum piece lovingly maintained as the treasured relic of an Antilles Air Boats non-profit.

These five aircraft are included among the logistical fleet as they could be used that way in an emrgency, but they are really kept because Kessler is actually an enthusiast of seaplanes, Caribbean aviation and the Golden Age of Travel. There are tours. Air shows. Annual fancy balls where the guests are flown there in old Antilles Air Boats seaplanes with dressed-up crew emulating an idealized old-school Caribbean travel experience. Maureen O'Hara is always invited and came several times in the 90s. Kessler flirted outrageously with her.

As for the numbers otherwise, I added a bunch of more economical smaller planes anywhere I could see actual savings in total yearly costs by supplementing less efficient types that cost a lot per hour with more mundane planes for more mundane work.

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For any where it makes sense for the model, that's a good idea. Also good cover, because SAR is what they would probably be doing if called upon to respond immediately and go into a dangerous situation.
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