I got the day off school for this flight, which was to be my first flight without my parents. We left home at about 14:30 with my nextdoor neighbour. We got to the airport early and the checkin Desk for KLM still wasn't open. To take up the time we went and had a look at the shops, where i bought the latest edition of Airliner World. Thanks to my mom's paranoia, we still had plenty of time before the flight opened so we went and had a coffee at the bar.
nearly an hour later the KLM desk finally opened up, we strolled over and gave in our bags. The woman was very nice and asked if i would need any assitance at both ends, i declined since i have flown this route many times before. I was booked on a window seat on the third row (could not remember the seat number).
After going back to the shops AGAIN, i finally said my goodbyes and went through security. It wasn't a busy afternoon so i just went through the express security (for Buisness and 1st class passengers when the airport is busier) and made my way to the departure lounge.
My flight was delayed by a massive 15minutes, which i was understandably not bothered about. I watched the aircraft i was to fly on (PH-KVC) arrive from the Mezzanine floor, before nearly falling asleep infront of the apron.
We finally started to board at 17:10, i took my seat on what was a full flight, and immediatly fixated my eyes on the busy apron out of my window. Our aircraft pushed back at 17:25 and we slowly taxied out for departure on Runway 27. Our Fokker 50 held for a long time, giving me a great view of the sunset and most of the runway. Two Brymon ERJ145's landed before we departed, both in very quick successtion.
After alot of waiting (and anxious passengers starting to get a bit worried) we finally lined up on the runway and applied full power. The Fokker 50 is known as quite a noisy aircraft, and the overhead bins rattle alot to amplify that noise. We lept into the sky using only about 1/4 of the 2000m runway, and almost immediatly made a 120 degree turn towards the centre of Bristol.
Then came one of the points where you wish that your camera wasn't in the overhead bin, we flew directly over Bristol airport with a great sunset unfolding behind it. Thats the last time i ever go on a flight without a camera by my side!!!
This flight was amidst the Foot and Mouth crisis (i think) and there were many fires burning throughout the West Country. We crossed over Bristol and i got a good look at just how close the Memorial Stadium is to the County Ground (Bristol Rovers' Home ground and Gloucestershire CC's Ground). Food was promptly served over Swindon. A Ham Sandwhich and a Donut, probably some of the tastiest food you will ever get on a short haul flight.
The last light of the day dissapeared as we overflew London, and then onto the English Channel where we encountered quite alot of CAT (oh yeah, i loved that ). Flying at night is so much different to in the daytime, although i don't know which i prefer. after 40 minutes of nothing but darkness except the occaisional ferry or oilrig we reached the coast of Holland, at which time we were already descending through 6000ft.
The most annoying thing at this point is the fact that we approached over the seeside town of Noordwijk aan-zee and followed the two roads that you take to get to Schiphol by car. I mean, why don't they have parachutes in the aircraft so they can drop you to your door?
The weather wasn't too good, light drizzle and quite cool. We made the final crossover of the A5(?) Highway before touching down firmly on the Kaagbaan (1R?).
For anyone familiar to Schiphol, you will realize that the commuter ramp is directly opposite the Kaagbaan, and somewhere down the line our pilot obviously made a massive mistake and we ended up taking a huge tour of the airport (oh, i wasn't complaining!) in which we encircled the terminal complex. Finally we parked up next to a KLM Alps Dornier 328, which we then had to wait for in the bus.
Baggage claim was surprisingly good, which Schiphol isn't renowned for, all our bags were there and waiting to be collected by the time we arrived. Security was tight but overall it was a great trip.
What was your favourite flight? Please post your trip report in detail!!!
OH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1121 times:
So far this is my favourite flight:
AY296 JYV-HEL ATR72-201 OH-KRD
June 10th, 2001.
Seat Assignment: FREE Actual Seat: JS
I got to the terminal at 1920, and went to the check-in, after that i went to the cafeteria and had a sandwhich and drank some tea. Then i went thru security to the waiting area, i didn't need to wait long and besides i got priority boarding, again , there was only 1 UM on this flight, and the gate agent took us to the plane, when i boarded i asked about a possibility about sitting in the jumpseat during takeoff, the FA said she'd ask, then she came and gave me bad news, the answer was no, but then i told her that they would've let me on my inbound flight, but that the seat was broken, then she asked if i had jumpseated before, and i said that i had on a AY B757, then she said it was ok as i had jumpseated before. Then i went to the cockpit and i were VERY HAPPY, i asked if i could stay for landing but they wer'e afraid that it would be impossible, then i got my own personal safety demostration, in case of an emergency i should follow the FO to the cabin and use the normal emergency exit, if that'd be impossible, we'd open the trapdoor on the roof and climb a 'ladder' there and that we'd have a rope with us to get us down from the roof. Then we were approved startup and the flightcrew started going thru the before start checklist, after that we started taxi towards rwy 12, we had to wait until a Cessna reg OH-CSC would takeoff, after that it was our turn, and the FO pushed the throttle forward, we used about ½ of the runway. When we were climbing to FL160 we started talking about Virtual Flying, and i told them that i had a VA and stuff like that... When we were starting the approach the Captain said that it was ok for me to stay for the landing, and then i became HAPPIER! We got a clearance from Helsinki Approach for Visual Approach rwy15, and then we came closer and closer to terra firma and touched down, then we taxied to gate 13. I thanked the flightcrew for letting me stay for the whole flight, and when i deplaned there was a ground agent waiting for me and the UM, like i'd get lost at such a small airport like Helsinki-Vantaa.
I give this flight 10/10.
SBT=Scheduled Boarding Time
ABT=Actual Boarding Time
SDT=Scheduled Departure Time
ADT=Actual Departure Time
SAT=Scheduled Arrival Time
AAT=Actual Arrival Time
Leftseat86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1120 times:
My favorite was also the last I was on!
United Flight#932, 777-200 N792UA
LAX(Los Angeles) to CDG(Paris)
August 8 2001
This one was memorable because it was the one that would take me to my new home in France, after living my whole life in Los Angeles CA. Our flight was scheduled to depart around 4:30, but since we wanted to get windows, we checked in at 11:00am! When the agent said "You have seats 49 H I and J" I exploded with joy! YES! a window, behind the wing! my fav!
For the next few hours I took in the greatness that is LAX, my home airport, one that I still miss dearly. I had lunch with my Grandparents and cousins in the Theme restaurant, scanner on the table, watching the never ending stream of traffic.
Soon we said our goodbyes and we were off to the plane. Ahh the 777 looks so cool sitting on the ramp!
I took a cool photo of our plane at the gate, with a 777 of Air France taxiing in the background...
We boarded, and I kissed American soil goodbye, see you soon! We made our way down to row 49, and settled into what would be our living space for the next 10.5 hours. I quickly plugged in my haedset and tuned in Channel 9! IT WORKED! YES! I heard LA ground firing commands at the line of departures for 25R. We pushed back, but facing the wrong way! I thought, hmm this is odd. Soon I realized what was up as we took the North Route* to runways 24. We were soon on taxiway E behind an Air New Zealand 747-400. He left, straight out over the vast Pacific, and we followed. As we launched into the sky, I saw the 777's massive wings flex upwards, like an Eagle joining her element...
To my surprise, we turned LEFT after takoff, and proceeded north over Malibu and on over Bakersfield. I listened intently as we passed over the Nothwestern US, first with Oakland Center, then Salt Lake, eventually crossing into Canada, while the sun set behind us.
We had a dinner service, which was not the best, but I never ever complain if I'm on a plane! Besides, the FA was a cute young blonde that spoke fluent french and english 8-D
I grabbed some sleep, still with channel 9 in my ears as we crossed Canada. I awoke to greet the sun once again over Greenland. I saw something amazing. The sunlight wasn't coming from the west, it was coming from north!!!!!! You could stare north and see a BRIGHT red/orange/pink reflection, that of the sun on the polar icecap... amazing. Soon daylight found us again, over Scotland, and I listened to Scotish control handle all the incoming North Atlantic traffic. Down we came, over England, Flying above and below all sorts of traffic, a Swissair MD-11, TWO other UA 777s! and a KLM 744.
Soon we crossed over the English channel, leaving all the Midlands and Virgins behind, on ino France.
We traversed many puffy white cumulus on our descent, touching down on CDGs runway 27L. CDG was alive and well, with a great variety of liveries, Saudia 777s, KLM cityhopper F-100s( EGGD!) Air Afrique A330s and the like.