Charter planes with props.


#1

What is a aircraft King 200? It is a charter operation run by Concord something. I believe its a 2 engine prop.should one be comfortable flying as a passenger? Yup im a paranoid potentail passenger. Thank,for any info.


#2

King Airs are great airplanes, and extremely popular in the market. Like all aircraft built by Beechcraft, they are tough as nails.


#3

Thank you so much that certainly helps me decide if ii want to go. here’s another if you dont mind. Is it silly to ask for 2 pilots? If one pilot gets sick and cant fly what does one do if theres not another pilot to help? Yes sounds paranoid but if you use my analogy its really not. Will spare the details but as a nurse doing a routine delivery with one doctor we ran into some complications. Of course the father to be fainted so we knew he was no help. However, all the OB MD’s were out of the hospital at that time and we did several urgent pages. The good news was all was find in the end but do remember we were not up thousands of feet in the air. I just wonder how pilots feel about being the only ones who know how to fly a small aircraft should they need help for whatever reason! seems to me when your carry 10 people on board, heck even 1 person you are carrying a lot of responsibility alone on your shoulders. What do you think? thanks


#4

I think you should give up and drive.


#5

Where are you going to and from where? Driving or ground transportation may be better for your peace of mind.

Aviation can be divided into three groups: commercial (i.e. airlines), military/government, and general aviation (everything else). The majority of flights in the USA are operated in the general aviation capacity. Many, if not most, of these flights are operated by single pilots.

The odds of a single pilot becoming incapacitated is very low. That said, if you request two pilots for a company that normally provides only one then the charter rate will go up.

You also have to consider that with two pilots the responsibility for the flight will still be on the shoulders of just one person. The captain has absolute responsibility for his aircraft.


#6

The King Air, which are great aircraft, are all certified for single pilot operation and, depending on the intricacies of the flight, the company may only intend to provide one pilot. Chances are they’ll happily oblige as long as you foot the bill for the other pilot.

So, it’s not silly to ask, but a yes answer will almost definitely cost you money.


#7

The King Air is a turboprop. In simplest terms, it’s a jet engine connected to a propeller. Very dependable engines.


#8

+1


#9

May not have a choice. We should be trying to reassure him, not tell him to drive.


#10

There’s always a choice. And as someone who does this for a living, I’d much rather NOT have someone this paranoid on my aircraft. Nothing personal, but I don’t need someone deciding they REALLY don’t want to be there during a critical phase of flight.

Drive. Amtrak? Greyhound?


#11

How about boss says fly? I guess there’s still an option - quit your job.


#12

anyone conciser that the OP is heading to the Bahamas and might only have the option to fly?


#13

There is still an option. Don’t go or take a boat.

Or quit your job, as Dave said. No one said all the options were good ones.


#14

Other considerations:

  • Multiple stops during the day and the stops are not close to each other
  • Need to eliminate overnight stays. This would eliminate trips over about 300 miles roundtrip via ground
  • Bahamas as the destination is one idea. There are also other places where flying would be practical such as the islands in Puget Sound (Washington), the islands off the Maine coast, and the Alaskan panhandle (southern portion of the panhandle should be easily accessible by a King Air from northwest Washington).