End of an era! PenAir and PASCo Gooses have been retired

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End of an era! PenAir and PASCo Gooses have been retired

Postby Rajay » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:03 am

A couple of months ago now Pacific Coastal Airlines in British Columbia, Canada announced that they could no longer properly support their fleet of 70+ year old Grumman G-21A Goose aircraft and so they were retiring and parking the last 4 that they had been operating. (They have been trying to sell at least one of them for the last 2 or more years.)

In the last few years, PenAir had two of their last four Gooses damaged in accidents. On April 9, 2008, N741 (s/n B-97) clipped a truck that was crossing the runway at Unalaska just as it (the Goose) was landing. On June 24, 2007, the pilot of N7811 (s/n B-122) lost control of it during a take-off at Dutch Harbor (he blamed a quartering tailwind) and after colliding with a tundra mound and nosing over, the right wing was knocked off as well. The wreck of N741 was sold as salvage by the insurance company in January 2010 to a guy in NY who wants to use it for parts to restore an older Goose and the on-going "restoration project" of N7811 was eventually sold in 2011 to the Evergreen museum in McMinnville, OR.

Now, the last two Gooses that had been owned and operated by PenAir have been sold too. N985R (s/n B-86) is going to a new owner in Massachusetts who apparently plans to restore it to its original US Navy WWII configuration and N22932 (s/n B-139) has been bought by Jerry Ball, owner of Freshwater Adventures in Dillingham, Alaska, where it will apparently join N159F (s/n B-55) flying private hunting and fishing charters into the bush.

I guess that means there are no more Gooses still operating anywhere in the world in "scheduled" airline service. That's probably the first time that's happened in almost 75 years! Think about that....
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Re: End of an era! PenAir and PASCo Gooses have been retire

Postby Pondskater » Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:17 am

Had to happen one day but amazing to think that the Goose has operated for such a large proportion of the time that scheduled airline services have been available.

Are there any scheduled flying boat services left anywhere??

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Re: End of an era! PenAir and PASCo Gooses have been retire

Postby N63350JR » Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:02 am

http://www.harveyflyingservice.com/

Maybe not scheduled, but a very active commercially operated Widgeon can be seen using the link above.
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Re: End of an era! PenAir and PASCo Gooses have been retire

Postby Rajay » Sun May 12, 2013 7:43 pm

Just heard a "rumor" yesterday that PCA may be putting two of its Gooses back "on line" for passenger service. Apparently they haven't been able to find any "takers" as far as selling them off.

Maybe too there are finally enough private restorations ongoing to stimulate interest in producing "new" spare parts as necessary and actual alternate commercial sources for them, too. Current owner/operators seem to be finally taking matters into their own hands and contracting with independent suppliers to manufacture new parts according to old specifications, blueprints, etc. It's not always cost effective for just one owner/operator to procure such parts for just one aircraft, but when those new spare parts can be PMA'd and sold to other owner/operators as well, it makes it a much more financially viable proposition.
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Re: End of an era! PenAir and PASCo Gooses have been retire

Postby Rajay » Mon May 13, 2013 2:38 am

Found this (or rather another link to it) a short while ago on the SPA Web site:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_GvN7jjf74

Apparently, some folks in the Aleutians were so saddened by the end of the PenAir Goose service there, they wrote and recorded (and posted on YouTube) a ballad dedicated to N22932 in particular.

I thought it was pretty good, but something other than a still photo of the Goose to "illustrate" it would have made it a whole lot nicer...
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Re: End of an era! PenAir and PASCo Gooses have been retire

Postby Rajay » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:46 pm

Been hearing some rumors that Pacific Coastal may put some of their Gooses back in service - they still have 4 AFAIK. Haven't confirmed it via any of my contacts there and also haven't heard just how many they would start using again, but however many they do start using again, it wll be welcome news if and when it actually happens...

I guess that they're basically the same rumors that I was hearing almost 2 months ago...
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Re: End of an era! PenAir and PASCo Gooses have been retire

Postby Gord21 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 2:47 am

Rumors are true. On May 1, 2014, we did our first revenue Goose flight since September 2012. We now have two Gooses operating, C-GDDJ, and C-FUAZ. It's been a lengthy and complex task getting certification for some key parts. We still have C-FIOL and C-FHUZ in the back of our hangar but there are no current plans to activate these two aircraft.
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Re: End of an era! PenAir and PASCo Gooses have been retire

Postby MrWidgeon » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:52 am

Now THAT is some Good News !
Oh yeah, Welcome Board Gord21, glad to have you. :lol:
Are they keeping C-FIOL and C-FHUZ as spares or just not sure yet ?

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Re: End of an era! PenAir and PASCo Gooses have been retire

Postby Gord21 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:05 pm

Hi Bill:

Yes - spares for now. There is some thought that, if business requires, we might get HUZ going again next year. One of our Pilots has some talent with a camera. I'll ask him to take some new photos of the fleet and send to Bryan for the website.

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Re: End of an era! PenAir and PASCo Gooses have been retire

Postby MrWidgeon » Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:17 am

The would be outstanding Gord.
Thanks for the info.

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