Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19368 posts, RR: 52 Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5022 times:
Ever flown aboard the SH6 or BNT? If so, what was it like? I am seriously considering a wee trip to JER in order to fly on both machines, although it would seem, with reference to Amadeus.net, that the SH6 is scheduled irregularly on the JER-GCI-JER route.
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Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5018 times:
Well James, you already know I've been on the Shorts 360! I was on JER-GCI last year with Aurigny.
It's well worth a trip before they are gone, as it won't be long now. The cabin is surprisingly roomy with good headroom. One of the best things are the HUUUUGE windows, you get a great view! Shame those flights only last around 15minutes, mind you, i know some carriers used to fly them on sectors such as LGW-DUS and LBA-BRU in the late 1980's, a flying time of around 2 hours which would be a bit too much even for a 'shed' lover like myself!
LawnDart From United States of America, joined May 2005, 992 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4977 times:
Was lucky enough to do a tour of the Britten Norman factory on the Isle of Wight, and got to take a quick flight in a BN Islander...aircraft is just wide enough for a double seat, there is a door at every row...felt a bit flimsy, but turned out to handle the grass airstrip with ease.
Short take-off and landing characteristics, and the windows were large. Fuselage is also rather thin, so you are an inch away from the atmosphere...makes for an interesting ride.
If you can swing it, take the Islander over the flying dumpster...or do both if possible!
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4961 times:
I took an Islander from Charlevoix over to Beaver Island one fine December day....when the pilot started stuffing cotton in his ears before he put his David Clark headset on I figured it was going to be noisy....I was not disappointed....sitting no more than six feet or so from the stub exhausts...it had the feeling of having a nicely sharpened Dixon Ticonderoga forcefully shoved in the ear canal. I rode the entire twenty mile flight with my index fingers in my ears and couldn't even enjoy the snow showers out on Lake Michigan.
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4941 times:
I've flown around the Channel Islands several times with Aurigny on their BNT's, most recently on the GCI-ACI-GCI route in 2003. They only fly at 2000ft, so you get great views of the islands from the massive windows! And if you're lucky enough to sit near the front, you'll get to see everything the pilot is up to too. I believe that on full flights they sometimes even open up the co-pilot's seat to pax, but could be wrong. One of the drawbacks of flying at 2000ft is that you're at the mercy of the elements, so on a bad day you could be in for a rough ride, as I know from bitter experience flying JER-GCI back in 1979 - that was certainly a white knuckle ride and one I wouldn't want to repeat!!
Most of Aurigny's flights between GCI and JER are operated by the BNT, but every now and again you'll get the SH6. I believe they also use it to do overnight postal runs to the mainland. Never been lucky enough to catch it myself, but as I'm doing a business trip down to the Channel Islands in September, I might try and plan a trip on one!
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M404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2237 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4935 times:
Actually the single flight I got on the BNT was down your direction. From Suva to Lautoka then Malololailai (Plantation island) That was waaaay back in 1976 or thereabout. Could not even tell you the carrier except local Fijian of course. (Air Fiji?)
Lots of lift amd big windows even in the back. Spartan interior but it's what was needed. Don't remember sound level so must not have been too loud.
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Trident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4930 times:
The SH360 is fabulous! Flying along at less than 8000' is a great aviation experience. But you don't have to go to the Channel Islands to get one - you can also fly from BLK to IOM or BHD with A2B Airlines.
TimRees From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 357 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4924 times:
My first ever flight was on a Humber Airways Islander when I was 10 - so a long time ago. Can still remember that the views from the windows were fantastic as they are so large.
I've also flown on a BMA SD360 from East Midlands to LHR (again, I'm showing my age!) Great experience as Trident2e says I think we only climbed to FL160 and the views were great. The windows were huge and in those days (G-BMAJ in 1984) the aircraft wasn't that old and certainly wasn't leaking!
FlyBeQ400 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4916 times:
Haven't flown on a Trislander, but flown on a BN Islander (smaller version, without the 3rd engine) from Connemara to the Aran Islands (Inis Mor); a brilliant experience especially as I was up front on the way back! BTW: does anyone know what the requirement is for a 2nd pilot? Is it above a certain number of pax?
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4910 times:
I flew on Loganair's SH6 in Scotland 1995 (EDI-KOI, KOI-WIC, INV-GLA) and Aurigny 2003 (JER-GCI-JER).
Amazingly enough the cabin is rather quiet and I found the flight quite comfortable. Amazing headroom thanks to the swuare cabin and good views through the large windows. There are individual cockpit doors for Captain and F/O. Would fly the SH6 immedaitely again if one would be around here
The trislander was a bit longer ago... 1996 GCI-JER-GCI. Feels like flying a private plane, quite a bumpy ride. Well, on the way back I wa sstill suffering from a fish poisoning I got on Jersey, so this one is not too well remembered... the 15 min flight was quite long for me that day....