TuRbUleNc3 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 519 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 13421 times:
Hello there and thanks for choosing to read this trip report.
Im sorry if the pics take a while to load.
Omega holidays were offering a trip to spend a day with Mytravel, looking at their operations, training centre,talks and presentations from pilots and other crew, a 55min flight including a go around at Liverpool with full commentary from the flight deck and ATC, buffet lunch and a trip to the Mytravel hanger at manchester. The price for this day was £159.
The user ThomasCook did a fantastic review earlier in the year, which made me book it. And i doubt my review can match his.
Before i start may i thank all the staff, from the ground crew to the directors and managers for this fantastic day i was very fortunate to go on. You all worked very hard to make it enjoyable, and your professional attitude made you all shine.
Onto the report.
Prior to the day, an leaflet was sent, documenting the events for the day and an approximate time. We were all split into colour coded groups, and some groups did the hangar in the morning and alteon centre in the afternoon and the others did the reverse. I was in the 'Green' group and did the alteon centre in the morning.
As soon as i arrived i was directed to go to 'check in' where i was presented with a pack containing some flight plans, welcome letter and a questionairre. Also included was a keyring, pen and alteon sticker. A very nice touch.
I proceeded to the classroom where we were to gather, which was showing the ITVV Airtours A330 MAN-SFB video on the projector screen.
Soon enough, a lady came in and gave some information on mytravels background and we were invited to ask any questions we had at any point.
After this we then moved into another classroom and had a talk on fire safety, and volunteers were picked to fight some fires outside.
Soon enough this was over and it was time to visit the physical training hall. This contains a 757 Cabin with a 757 and A320 door which they filled with a little smoke to simulate what it would be like in an emergency Also an A330 evacuation slide (Sadly we couldnt have a go on this due to 'health and safety'. Very upset, id have even signed a disclaimer!!! Also was a little 767 type cabin where a cabin crew trainer showed us how to operate the door, both automatically and manually.
Here are some pics from inside the training hall.
After this, it was time for lunch. Not really a whole lot to choose from which was quite disappointing really.
Also they had a souvenir table, where models and other items were available for purchase.
After we all had a brief chat, it was time to be ushered for boarding of the coaches to take us to manchester terminal 1.
It was about a 15min ride, and as we had our boarding passes already we bombarded fast track security. It did look quite funny on the information screens as MYT7317 To Manchester. Quite a lot of people were pointing with confused looks on their faces. We made our way to gate 23, and were advised not to stop at duty free or any shops as they wanted to get us on ASAP.
Our aircraft today was G-DHJH Airbus A321. Every seat was taken, im not suprised! I also noticed some MYT staff sitting at the back.
Gate 23 Departure
Stand 14 Arrival
Departure: Manchester MAN/EGCC
Destination: Manchester MAN/EGCC
Blocks off SCHD: 13:45
Fuel load: 7.8 tonnes
Load Factor: 100%
Flight Number: MYT 7317
Seat: 31A (Yay window seat )
As i was one of the last to board, the captain informed us the cabin crew were having to do a headcount as apparently we were 6 people down. This turned out to be incorrect and we were all aboard.
We pushed back whilst listening to the safety demo, and had full commentary.
We had 3 flight deck crew, one captain was providing the commentary from the jumpseat. He told us that the 'barking sound' common on the airbus fleet were the hydraulics testing themselves, as well as running through all the checklists prior to our departure.
ATC was fed through when we lined up on runway 23R, and i heard they had no details on us so we had to wait a little bit before we could take off. When full power was applied he advised us the engines were burning 4 tonnes of fuel per hour and V1 was around 140kts as i remember. Cruising altitude today was 5,000ft and involved heading on the WAL SID out of manchester.
After a very short time, we started the descent into Liverpool. As we hit 200ft, power was applied and we climbed straight ahead before turning right, to an altitude of 7,000ft and had a peak above the clouds at the sun (it was a typical manchester cloudy day on the ground).
We cruised for a while, then started the descent back into manchester to land on runway 23R. ILS was intercepted and we made a perfect touchdown followed by an exit on the high speed taxiway.
Applause followed, followed by a comment from the captain saying how it was 'much appreciated up at the front'
Pulled up onto stand 14, where coaches were waiting to take us to the arrivals area and also allowed for some picture time. 3 Mytravel engineering trucks came to greet us, and i exchanged a conversation with Captain Rob Burgess. Many thanks to you, i know my questions seemed never ending!
I managed to grab a few pics, before making my way on the coach and saying goodbye to Juliet Hotel as she got ready for her flight to Faro.
Back to the coaches and next on the agenda was the mytravel/thomas cook hanger and the operations department.
We had a short talk with the operations duty manager, before being split up into groups again. I first went to the operations rooms and was told all about how the department works. Very interesting. This was followed by a talk about 'Crewing'
We then went back to have a talk about flight planning which was very interesting as well
After this it was the part i was waiting for. The hangar!!
We had a talk on engineering and different types of engines. G-DAJC was in apparently having a 'Leg seal' as a preventative measure and the engineers were hard at work. On display was a CFM engine and also an RB211.
The engineering talk was very long winded, but interesting. However he was nearly done and one of the cabin crew hosting told us the coaches were waiting to take us back to Cheadle. We did have time to get some photos though before making the final journey back.
I left cheadle at 18:40 after a very tiring day, and was very sad it all had to come to an end as i enjoyed it so much. I can recommend this to anyone! Even a couple had even flew in from Alaska to be here for it!.
Again i pass on my gratitude to all the cabin crew who acted as hosts, the pilots including Rob Burgess and John Tennison-Collins, and all the other staff who made this day happen. I can only hope there are more days like this. You were so professional and very helpful at all times of the day no matter what the question or query.
My thanks is with you all.
Triple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 12975 times:
Very good description and opportunity for you to see what the flying public normally does not get to see. I especially liked the video of the go around. I could hear the pilots commentary. On that flight were you allowed to go into the cockpit at any time? Or did they just give you the commentary?
Thank you again for the report with pics and video
Ryanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 12818 times:
Nice account, its a good day.
Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 5): Does anyone know if the two pilots from that video are still with the company?
I heard that Cpt. Julian Bond is Airbus Training Manager at the Alteon flight sim facilty in Cheadle and I also heard that F/O Mark Haley left about a year after the vid was made and went on to the 747-400 with Global Supply Systems based at STN. So both are no longer with MYT.
Caspritz78 From Germany, joined Aug 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12764 times:
Thanks for the great report.
Quoting TuRbUleNc3 (Thread starter): Also was a little 767 type cabin where a cabin crew trainer showed us how to operate the door, both automatically and manually.
Am I right that the 767 doors don't swing open to the outside but rather slide up? I was always wondering how in an emergency with no power and no hydraulics you can open such a door manually. So how is it done?
Quoting TuRbUleNc3 (Thread starter): He told us that the 'barking sound' common on the airbus fleet were the hydraulics testing themselves, as well as running through all the checklists prior to our departure.
I always wondered what that horrible noise on the A340 was before take-off.
TuRbUleNc3 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12517 times:
Quoting Triple7man (Reply 4): On that flight were you allowed to go into the cockpit at any time? Or did they just give you the commentary?
Sadly not, it was a quick get on and sit down then quick get off onto the buses. The pilots came off the aircraft for photos though.
Quoting Caspritz78 (Reply 8): Am I right that the 767 doors don't swing open to the outside but rather slide up? I was always wondering how in an emergency with no power and no hydraulics you can open such a door manually. So how is it done?
Yep there is a button on the panel that opens it, and if i remember right they push and lift it up manually.
Well this is the second this year, theres a few question marks about future ones due to the merger, but the guy i asked sounded hopefull as they are very popular. The last one was earlier this year. I think i heard him say they have done 4 or 5 days like this.
Quoting Caspritz78 (Reply 8): I always wondered what that horrible noise on the A340 was before take-off.
Its on startup, havent flew an airbus for a while so it was a nice change.
I do have some other videos ill try and get posted tonight, depending on the size of course.