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E170 To EDI, Mini Flybe To Tiree, Dash-8 Back  
User currently offlinestolport From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 12 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9152 times:

I left Plymouth departing for Taunton on the train – the advance ticket only cost £6.50 and I also had an all day First bus ticket which took me to Plymouth station then on two further trips from Taunton to Glastonbury and Glastonbury to Bristol. After enjoying the sun in Glastonbury and Bristol I boarded the Megabus for the 2.5 hour trip to London Victoria. It was wet in London and too at my final destination of Brighton. The next day I caught the train back to London and made my way to London City. Since Air Southwest had axed their direct flight from Plymouth to London City I made this interesting route to London City……

My first flight was a trip on the BA Embraer 170

F50 taken from the departure area at City

About to board the E170 for the short flight to Edinburgh

Passing by the bad weather en-route

Arriving at Edinburgh

I then caught a £1 Citylink bus to Glasgow and the next morning made my way to Glasgow Airport to catch my first flight on the Twin Otter. I’ve flown many Dash-7 and Dash-8’s so was looking forward to this flight to Tiree Island.


G-BVVK arriving at Glasgow

Onboard – there were about 5 other passengers

Climbing out of Glasgow

One of the pilots decided to read the paper en-route!

Arriving at Tiree Island

The next morning I took the long walk back to the airport – took this nice rainbow picture

About to board the flight back to Glasgow…. There were about 10 other passengers on board. The flight turned out to be one of if not my best ever scheduled flight as the 50 minute flight back was at about 1000ft providing outstanding views of Scotland. I highly recommend this trip!

En-route to Glasgow

Arriving at Glasgow

I had about 5 hours to spare so took the bus to Sunny Glasgow for lunch

Then it was time to return to the airport for the evening Air Southwest flight to Newquay and Plymouth. I’ve flown this flight 2 or 3 times previously and it’s always been almost full: today was no exception and there were only a handful of spare seats

Saab 340


G-WOWD arriving 10 minutes early into Glasgow

Departing Scotland

The flight arrived on time into Newquay but the visibility was poor and even worse at Plymouth (less than 50m in fog!). About 35 passengers were to travel by coach to Plymouth but as the bmibaby flight to Manchester had been cancelled, the coaches had been used to transfer the 737 load of passengers by road all the way to Manchester….Luckily I managed to share one of the 8-seater minibuses and travelled on a slightly scary trip down the country lanes of Cornwall in heavy rain, fog and flooded roads………a tree had fallen down on the A38 so we had to find a different route to Plymouth. It was a great trip though….

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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4402 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8481 times:

Hi, stolport,
great report. Fantastic to see the DHC-6 included actually. We don't see it covered so much, and who have thought about FlyBE/Loganair. Still looking into some schedule to do the SF340 myself, but your report might let me check something else too. I simply love the scenery as in your low altitude pictures! And you've been lucky with the great weather also, since that can be completely different up North.

Quoting stolport (Thread starter):

About to board the E170 for the short flight to Edinburgh

I think the LCY-AMS sectors they do also are even shorter  
Quoting stolport (Thread starter):
The flight arrived on time into Newquay but the visibility was poor and even worse at Plymouth (less than 50m in fog!).

Yeah, that would be a CAT-3 approach then, I question indeed if those Dash 8's are suitable for that. Guess not. Also crew have their limitations to operate in such conditions.

Keep them coming I would say.


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 7100 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8082 times:

Hi stolport,

very interesting report with many stunning pictures, well done!


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8041 times:

Hi stolport,

Great report and fantastic pictures - I enjoyed reading and watching a lot.

Quoting stolport (Thread starter):
One of the pilots decided to read the paper en-route!

I'm sure there is no problem about that, but it might be not the best impression to some passengers, regarding the open cockpit...

Quoting stolport (Thread starter):
took this nice rainbow picture

Great picture!


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