Monday, February 26, 2007


Once again, Momma Nature interferes with the IFR Pilot's plan to use the aircraft for work-related purposes. As a result, I will be jammed into the Cattle Car (otherwise known as Southwest Airlines) for the trip to Baltimore, followed by a 2-hour drive to Delaware. This should be really joyful.

Here's a trivia question for you pundits: Is Delaware the only state in the United States that is not accessible by commercial airline service? To my knowledge, it is.

Update: I was wrong. From the Wikipedia entry for Wilmington, Delaware:

From 1991 through 1998 and again from 2000 to 2006, the state of Delaware was the only state in the union without any scheduled commercial flights in or out of the state. Shuttle America flew out of New Castle as an independent carrier from the airline's founding in November 1998 until February 2000. They offered service to Hartford, Buffalo, and Norfolk, using the 50-seat Dash 8-300 turboprop aircraft. Shuttle America would eventually discontinue its independent operations and become a commuter affiliate of United Express and Delta Connection. Prior to Shuttle America, the last scheduled service was provided to Parkersburg, West Virginia by USAir Express carrier Crown Airways in 1992-1993. United Airlines also served Wilmington, leaving in 1991.

The airport has one terminal, which served only car rental agencies during the time the airport did not have commercial air service. On June 29, 2006, Delta Air Lines began new services from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to New Castle Airport, making it the first commercial air service in six years. Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines operates the service using 40-seat CRJ regional jets, with two daily roundtrip flights.


Dave Starr said...

I think Wikipedia's info on Wilmington may be correct, but thos eguys are hardly much of a source ... the information on Wikipedia varies from not bad to abysmal.

If you look at the size of Delawre and the population, the lack of scope for commercial airlines is obvious ... I beleieve the distance from KPHL to Dover by road is less that the disance from KDEN to Denver City Hall as an example.

I was hoping to hear more about your landing rights negotiation at KDOV. I was stationed there several different times and even as long ago as 20 years or so there was talk of them adding a "civilian side" and making it a joint-use facility ... but I neer heard that anything like that had happened.

Hope your trip went well and next time fly into KPHL ;-)

Gary Mascelli said...

Give a call if you get into KILG!
the work no. 302 571-6375

I manage construction projects for the airport Authority (the signers of the paycheck) and keep the Archer II tied down there.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority operates the Civil Air Terminal at KDOV. Check out the DRBA web page for info on landing at the CAT.

PHL to Dover 1.5 hours on a good traffic day....but who can tell on I-95 or SR-1

Dave Starr said...

Interesing, Gary. Not much chance of me being there any time soon, I live in the Philippines now and am quite likely to stay here.

I'll look up the CAT info, thanks for the reference ... there's certainly a of of real estate there, might as well be put to a good use.

The 1.5 road time estimate KPHL to KDOV surprised me. When I worked at Dover I was also "trapped" (long story) into being at KWRI many times per week, so I commuted ... by road, would that I had had an airplane then ... usually about 2 hours flat, door to door ... of course that was not dealing with any airport traffic in Philadelphia ... IIRC it was right at 115 sm by my odometer.

After years living in Japan and the Philippines the only thing I miss from the US is the traffic ... you guys have _no_ idea what you're not putting up with. Best regards, Dave