By Joey Gerardi
Solar Nation Schedules First-of-its-Variety EAS Flight
In mid-July 2022, the Division of Transportation posted a doc choosing Solar Nation because the airline that can serve the Important Air Service of Eau Claire in Wisconsin. When the DOT determination was made it was a shock to most as there has by no means been an plane this massive working an EAS route inside the decrease 48 states. Southern Airways Specific even posted a letter arguing they didn’t meet sure EAS necessities.
The contract and the beginning of the flights to Eau Claire are each on the identical day, flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul begins on Dec. 1, 2022, though flights to Fort Myers don’t begin till Dec. 19, 2022. Flights to Ft. Myers will function on Fridays and Mondays, with flights working from Eau Claire to Minneapolis as soon as a day on Thursdays and Fridays and twice a day on Mondays. Flights from Minneapolis to Eau Claire function on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
On Mondays and Fridays, it seems an plane will function from Ft. Myers to Eau Claire and onto Minneapolis, and shortly after the identical factor will occur in reverse again to Florida. Though it’s 100% potential to fly from Florida to Minneapolis with a connection by Eau Claire on the identical plane given the present schedules, the airline doesn’t provide that flight choice on their web site. Though you possibly can ebook these flights individually in case you have a burning need to attach in Eau Claire.
With the present schedule to Eau Claire, the airline is barely working flights to the group on 4 days of the week with departures solely occurring from Eau Claire on three of them. This implies Eau Claire can have zero departures on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. On Sundays, there’s one arrival at 8:30 p.m. from Minneapolis that can sit in a single day in Eau Claire till the Monday morning departure at 5:15 a.m., and on Wednesdays, one arrival at 5:15 p.m. which then sits at Eau Claire for 12 hours in a single day till the 5:15 a.m. departure on Thursdays.
Again when the airline was nonetheless bidding for the contract, it talked about it will provide a bus service between Eau Claire and Minneapolis on the times they don’t provide flights. This bus/shuttle service shouldn’t be a part of the EAS contract, and never a single phrase has been talked about relating to the bottom transportation to Solar Nation’s Minneapolis hub or when it will begin.
Nevertheless, in case you are in search of a enjoyable AvGeek expertise, the inaugural flight to Eau Claire on Dec. 1 operates on a distinct schedule with the plane working from Minneapolis to Eau Claire and again in the midst of the day.