This year will see and end to the long and flawless passenger carrying duties of the Dakota.
European legislation has decreed that all passenger-carrying aircraft must comply with certain criteria, whatever their age, and some of these modifications would be prohibitively expensive or impossible to carry out on the DC-3.
So with the implementation of the EU-OPS legislation in mid July 2008, Dakotas will no longer be allowed to carry passengers.
The DC-3 of Air Atlantique is on a farewell tour with flights from a dozen airports in the UK. Exeter will play its part in the final passenger flights and host the aircraft on:
30 June 2008 and 1 July 2008