6
$\begingroup$

Inspired by KeithS's question about ATPLs and category/class ratings, I figured I'd throw another type-rating/airline-operations puzzler at you: are there any aircraft currently in scheduled airline service (i.e. operated under part 121) which would not require a type rating to fly? (I know part 135 operators often fly small aircraft due to the nature of their operation, with more intermittent or even on-demand service and the smaller locales they fly into.)

$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ FYI: Part 121 is defined as operating "any turbojet powered airplanes, or airplanes having a passenger-seat configuration of more than 9 passenger seats, excluding each crewmember seat, or airplanes having a payload capacity of more than 7,500 lb." So you are looking for non-turbojet aircraft with payloads over 7,500 lb or more than 9 seats, and MGTOW less than 12,500 lb. None have been posted so far. $\endgroup$ – fooot Jul 17 '15 at 16:08
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @fooot -- Beech 99s and 100s and MU-2s fit into that box, at least when used in pax service. $\endgroup$ – UnrecognizedFallingObject Jul 17 '15 at 22:17
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Yes, they are in that window. I haven't found any in 121 service though. $\endgroup$ – fooot Jul 17 '15 at 22:23
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @fooot -- that's interesting that the 99 is no longer in 121 service whatsoever; I'll do some more research on this. $\endgroup$ – UnrecognizedFallingObject Jul 18 '15 at 1:24
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Also -- FAR/CAR DHC-6 operations do not require a type rating, best I can tell (the Twotter's MTOW is exactly 12,500lbs); EASA takes a dim view of operating any turbine-powered aircraft w/o a type rating, though, apparently? $\endgroup$ – UnrecognizedFallingObject Jul 18 '15 at 1:45
4
$\begingroup$

Cape air has a fleet of 83 Cessna 402s, some of which are involved in its Part 121 operation.

$\endgroup$
1
$\begingroup$

I suspect you're thinking about passengers, not freight, but Fedex is a part 121 operator that operates the Cessna 208 (Caravan), which does not require a type rating in the US.

Regional airlines in Hawaii and Alaska also operate the 208, but they seem to be part 135 operations.

$\endgroup$
  • 4
    $\begingroup$ Is Fedex actually operating those caravans on their certificate? All of the caravans I can think of in Fedex paint are operated by smaller 135 carriers (e.g. Wiggins air). The planes are dry-leased to the feeder carriers. $\endgroup$ – casey Jul 17 '15 at 15:34
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @casey Good question, I really have no idea how or if it's possible to check that. $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Jul 17 '15 at 15:43
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ Wikipedia says all of their prop aircraft are dry leased to contract carriers. $\endgroup$ – fooot Jul 17 '15 at 15:45
0
$\begingroup$

Cape Air seems to be a Part 121 carrier, and since they fly the Cessna 402, that might be an answer.

$\endgroup$

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.