• NC Software is having a Black Friday Sale Event thru December 4th on Logbook Pro, APDL - Airline Pilot Logbook, Cirrus Elite Binders, and more. Use coupon code BF2020 at checkout to redeem 15% off your purchase. Click here to shop now.
  • NC Software is proud to announce the release of APDL - Airline Pilot Logbook version 10.0. Click here to view APDL on the Apple App store and install now.

Anyone know about chalks

MDP727

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 30, 2003
Posts
142
Total Time
6000+
Hey any of you guys know about chalks? I'm done with the airline buis and would like to find a fun flying job. Money is not important and I live in Florida.
I don't care about jets anymore, the older the better and round engines are fine.
 

V-STALL

The Resourcer!
Joined
May 11, 2004
Posts
370
Total Time
8200+
Chalk's Ocean Airways History
[SIZE=+1]Chalk's Ocean Airways is the world's oldest scheduled airline. The company was founded byhttp://www.flychalks.com/images/Pappy01.JPG Arthur B. Chalk, an automobile mechanic in Paducah, Kentucky when he was introduced in 1911 to the noted aviation pioneer, seaplane pilot and barnstormer Tony Janus, who subsequently gave Mr. Chalk flying lessons in exchange for repairs on his aircraft. Mr. Chalk soon followed the path of the early aviation pioneers, barnstorming around the south until he took up residence in the fledgling city of Miami in 1917. Following military service in the Air Corps during World War One, Mr. Chalk returned to Miami and began operations in 1919 as Chalk's Flying Service. Prohibition was still in effect and the smuggling of liquor between the Bahamas and the U.S. http://www.flychalks.com/images/Pappy02.JPGwas in full swing. Rum-running was a source of bountiful business for Chalk's and the company did not discriminate among passengers, carrying not only smugglers, but also the lawmen chasing them. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=+1]Business boomed and Chalk's grew. The company built a terminal on a newly created landfill named Watson Island in 1926. That same location, between downtown Miami and the popular South Beach tourist district, is now adjacent to the Port of Miami, which is the world's busiest cruise port, and remains the main operating base of the airline today. Chalk's seaplanes share the deep water channel and turning basin with oceangoing freighters and passenger liners from throughout the world.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=+1]With the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, Chalk's passengers became no less colorful. By that time the airlinehttp://www.flychalks.com/images/Chalks81.jpg was established as a fixture in the region and carried many famous passengers including notable personalities of that era such as Errol Flynn, Judy Garland, Howard Hughes, and Al Capone. Probably Chalk's most famous regular passenger was Ernest Hemingway, who like many others discovered that Bimini has some of the best big game fishing in the world and often flew Chalk's scheduled service to that island.

Chalk also used the versatility of the seaplanes to assist the public. After the devastating hurricane of 1926, Chalk's seaplanes assisted in search and rescue in the Florida Keys. In World War II, Chalk donated his planes and service to the Civil Air Patrol and flew hundreds of anti-submarine missions off the coast. He also assisted in training Navy seaplane pilots.
[/SIZE]


http://www.flychalks.com/images/Albatross03.JPG[SIZE=+1]Mr. Chalk was involved in the daily operations of the airline until 1975, sadly passing in 1977 at the age of 88. The airline was purchased in the 1980's by Resorts International, a hotel and casino property development company with extensive holdings in the Bahamas. At the direction of James Crosby, the President of Resorts International, the company began two significant initiatives to upgrade the airline's fleet, including the modernization of the company's Grumman G-73 Mallard aircraft by Frakes Aviation which included converting the piston-engine aircraft to Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop engines, as well as complete avionics upgrade and 17-seat interior refurbishment. Additionally, the company undertook a program which successfully certified the Grumman HU-16 Albatross, originally built for military service, as the G-111 30-seat passenger transport aircraft. The Albatrosses enabled Chalk's to usher in a new standard of scheduled seaplane service, with major-airline amenities such as flight attendants, in-flight snack service and lavatories. With the addition of these 30 passenger amphibians, Chalk's became the primary carrier to Paradise Island in the Bahamas. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=+1]http://www.flychalks.com/images/Chalkssticker.JPGAfter being sold by Resorts International in conjunction with the disposition of that company's Bahamas hotel properties, Chalk's was owned by several South Florida investors, and operated for a time in conjunction with the restarted Pan Am under the Pan Am Air Bridge name. In early 1999, in conjunction with the bankruptcy filing of one of the airline's investors, Chalk's reorganized and recapitalized in mid-July 1999 when bought by Florida businessman, Jim Confalone. As part of its re-branding as Chalk's Ocean Airways following the bankruptcy, the Chalk's Turbine Mallard fleet is undergoing extensive refurbishment, Chalk's passenger facilities ashore are being upgraded, and a modernization program for the fleet of 30 seat Grumman G-111 Albatross is preparing that type for return to service.[/SIZE]
..............................................................................................................................

For more information: Please call our reservations center at 1-800-424-2557
 

viking737

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 26, 2002
Posts
184
Total Time
14,000
by Florida businessman, Jim Confalone

Did he fly for Eastern?
1989-1991?
 

CSY Mon

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 10, 2004
Posts
746
Total Time
12K+
Did he fly for Eastern?
1989-1991?

Well, Mr. Viking, there is a James Confalone on the official SCAL List.

What a co-incidence...?

Other owners of Chalks in those turbulent times was a famous Norwegian dude with plenty of airlines behind him: Thor Tjøntveit of Wien Alaska fame.
(way after the strike, the Norwegian gay is not a scab, but rather famous for stirring his drinks with the bone from a polar bear's penis)
 
Top