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VIE To AGP On A Learjet Plus Air Berlin  
User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 11777 times:

I work as a Dispatcher for a business jet operator. Although the company is based in Vienna, our aircraft don’t come here very often. And if they do, it’s often with passengers on both inbound and outbound legs, which means we are not allowed to fly along. So when our Learjet 60 was ferried in from Moscow and would ferry onwards to Malaga the next day, I of course took the opportunity to get a ride on the Ferrari among bizzjets!
In the summer of 2008 I went along on a circuit training with a Falcon 900 and this would be my second trip on a business jet.

I’m always a bit nervous when planning anything which has to do with the business jets because in this industry, schedule changes happen all too often (especially with this particular aircraft.) The night before the trip, I booked my airline flight from Malaga back to Vienna as well as a rental car and a hotel in Torremolinos, near the airport. Luckily this time the schedule remained as planned…

I made my way to Vienna Schwechat airport on a cold winter morning and met up with one of the two captains at the airport hotel (two captains and no first officer on this flight), from where we took a taxi to the general aviation terminal. There we met the rest of the crew, the second captain and the flight attendant (I’ll call them the Austrian Captain and the Spanish Captain…) After printing the latest weather charts we walked to our waiting aircraft.

A nice collection of bizzjets at Vienna Schwechat
http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/Bizzjets_lr.jpg

The Plane
http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/OEGSU_01_lr.jpg

http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/OEGSU_3_lr.jpg

http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/OEGSU_9_lr.jpg

http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/OEGSU_15_lr.jpg

08 January 2009
International Jet Management flight IJM399
Vienna / VIE - Malaga / AGP
Bombardier Learjet 60 OE-GSU

Before starting the engines, the Austrian Captain asked me whether I had ever experienced the legendary climb performance of a Learjet… I said no and kindly requested him to give me a demonstration if possible  Wink Engines were started and we taxied to runway 29 for departure. The acceleration during the take-off run was great. Once lifted off, he initially kept the plane in a shallow climb. You can guess what happened next… we went BALLISTIC! Wooo-hoooooooooo!!! I was pushed back firmly into my seat as we climbed like a rocket. Now I know what the Lear’s climb performance is like  Wink

The Office
http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/OEGSU_cockpit8_lr.jpg

Cruising over the Alps
http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/OEGSU_19_lr.jpg

Room with a view
http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/OEGSU_21_lr.jpg

Air France 747-400 going in the opposite direction
http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/747_4_lr.jpg

Needless to say, we were at our cruising altitude in no-time. Our routing (which I had prepared myself the day before…) took us over Nice, Barcelona and Valencia. Unfortunately it was overcast from Nice onwards, but the first bit over the Austrian Alps provided some spectacular scenery. Unfortunately the Learjet doesn’t have a jumpseat – if you see the size of the thing you’ll understand why – and I split my time between overlooking the men on the job in their “office” and relaxing in one of the large leather seats in the cabin.

FL390, speed M.795, somewhere over Spain
http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/OEGSU_cockpit5_lr.jpg

The descent into Malaga was bumpy and we lined up for an approach to runway 32. Unfortunately it was raining upon arrival but at least I didn’t get stuck there like thousands of people did in Madrid because of the snow!
I thanked the crew for the fantastic trip (they now had to wait for two passengers and take them to Paris Le Bourget) and jumped into the handling agent’s van, who was kind enough to take me via the airside to the passenger terminal where I picked up my rental car.

I went to a spotting location recommended to me near the final approach path to runway 32, at a big shopping complex, and sat in the car waiting for some action. That action never really came however, and combined with the rain and cold made me decide to abandon the spot and go and look for some food before driving to my hotel for the night.

A visit to AENA’s website assured me that the next morning there would be a lot of traffic in the morning hours which, combined with a clear sky and sunny conditions, gave me the chance to do some great spotting after all and test my new Canon 70-300mm lens.

A venerable Learjet 35A built in 1978, still going strong
http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/Learjet_35A_DCAPO_1_lr.jpg

Big Brother is watching you
http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/Policia_Bo105_ECEQY_lr.jpg

A former FlyNordic Mad Dog now in basic Norwegian Air Shuttle colours
http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/Norwegian_MD80_SERFD_1_lr.jpg

I left the location around noon, as there was a 45-minute gap between incoming flights anyway, and returned the rental car after filling up the tank. As I had already checked in online for both flights at home the morning before (you can do this from 30 hours before departure with Air Berlin) I walked straight through security into the airside of the terminal. Photography through the dirty windows and against the sunlight wasn’t any good so I spent some time strolling along the shops and having a small lunch, before making my way to gate B20. It struck me than nobody checked my identity before I got on the plane, neither at security nor at the boarding gate…

Quite a beauty, this NetJets Falcon 7X
http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/NetJets_Falcon7X_CSDSB_3_lr.jpg

09 January 2009
Air Berlin flight AB5587
Malaga / AGP - Hamburg / HAM
Airbus A321 D-ALSA

The flight to Hamburg today was almost completely full. We took off from runway 32, and the routing was via San Sebastian, Paris and Brussels. It was amazing to see everything covered in snow and ice. I must say that this particular flight on Air Berlin was a bit of a disappointment, mainly with the catering service. I flew on the airline from Zurich to Palma de Mallorca in 2005 and the catering was great, with a full meal. However, on this 3-hour flight the standard catering only consisted of a cheese or salami sandwich with a drink, followed by a second round of drinks a bit later. It was possible to buy a hot “meal” with a price between six and ten euros, but it didn’t look too filling to me anyway. Luckily I’d had a sandwich at the airport so at least I didn’t die from starvation.
My connection in Hamburg was seamless: we parked on a remote stand and upon entering the terminal I made my way to the floor above, where boarding was just about to start for my flight to Vienna.

Sunset over a wintery France
http://www.aircraftspotting.net/tripreports/AB_A321_wing_lr.jpg

09 January 2009
Air Berlin flight AB8846
Hamburg / HAM - Vienna / VIE
Airbus A320 D-ABDO

Service on this 1 hour 10 minute flight was the same as on the longer flight I had come to Hamburg on, with a sandwich (cheese or turkey this time) and a drink. The moving map display was working properly this time which made it interesting to follow. It’s really a nice system, using satellite images to track the flight, combined with nice graphics. It for example also shows the view to the left and right of the airplane as well as a forward view as it is from the cockpit. Actually it looks a lot like the graphics on Microsoft Flight Simulator and allows you to “see” the scenery on the ground even if it is overcast…

Vienna was a chilly -8 degrees centigrade when we landed on runway 16, followed by parking on a remote stand and a short bus ride to the terminal.
Although the whole thing turned out a bit more expensive than I had hoped for, the experience was certainly worth it. Let’s see if next time I can hitch a ride on the Global 5000  Wink The scenic airport of Samedan in Switzerland is definitely in my top 5 wish-list… although I’ll happily take any opportunity to ride a bizzer of course.

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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5150 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11685 times:

Hey, Levent,

for sure, that´s a out-of-the-ordinary story.

Flying the Learjet 60 Ferrari seems impossible for most of the A.netters here!.

Nice pics, as well.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11663 times:

Hi Levent!

That's for sure a great ride! Great pics, and for you a wonderful experience.
But, I think I would prefer the flightdecks on the widebodies, where some free space is available to stretch the legs  Wink

Gruß
Eric



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11497 times:
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Nice report Levent, for sure a different trip and well worth the jolly!

Th closest I've been on a Biz jet is a couple of Ford 737 BBJ flights some year back, though it's really just a 737  Sad

Thanks for sharing.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1201 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 11173 times:

Hola Levent!

Thanks for sharing this unusual TR.

I have always wondered what is like to fly one of those business jets parked at the ramp of many airports. Especially the acceleration in climbing must be great.

Nice pics.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11081 times:

Servus Levent,

very interesting report about one of the less common planes here. You also took some great pictures of the Alps.

Quoting Levent (Thread starter):
The acceleration during the take-off run was great. Once lifted off, he initially kept the plane in a shallow climb. You can guess what happened next… we went BALLISTIC! Wooo-hoooooooooo!!! I was pushed back firmly into my seat as we climbed like a rocket. Now I know what the Lear’s climb performance is like

Sounds really tempting...

Quoting Levent (Thread starter):
Air France 747-400 going in the opposite direction

Nice shot!

Quoting Levent (Thread starter):
It’s really a nice system, using satellite images to track the flight, combined with nice graphics. It for example also shows the view to the left and right of the airplane as well as a forward view as it is from the cockpit. Actually it looks a lot like the graphics on Microsoft Flight Simulator and allows you to “see” the scenery on the ground even if it is overcast…

Indeed, a great system - also used by TUIfly, btw.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
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