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Fighter Jets & Midsummer Magic: HEL-KAU-HEL  
User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6594 times:

Background story


”Midsummer day simply refers to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, but more often refers to specific European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice, or that take place on a day between June 21 and June 24, and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary between different cultures. Midsummer is especially important in the cultures of Scandinavia, Estonia and Latvia where it is the most celebrated holiday apart from Christmas.” (Wikipedia)

On midsummer eve, since 1945, a special air show has taken place at Kauhava in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland. The venue for this show is a military base where Training Air Wing of the Finnish Air Force is situated.

However, earlier this year Finnish government announced that this air base would be closed down because of cuts in the military budget. So, 2012 would be the last year for this traditional midsummer festival to take place.

I have been to this air show a couple of times and have always had a blast. Both Finnish and foreign military planes plus that magical midsummer spirit makes this a special occasion not to be missed especially this very last time.

Normally there are no scheduled flights to Kauhava airport (KAU) although it is also open for civilian flights. However on midsummer eve Finnair operates a special flight leaving Helsinki at 4 PM and returning to Helsinki late at night after the air show. This flight is actually a charity event for handicapped chilren. Finavia doesn’t charge any airport fees for this flight, Neste Oil donates the fuel and Finnair donates the plane and the crew for this flight so practically all money paid for the flight goes to charity.

This year the cost of the return flight HEL-KAU-HEL was 140 euro including entrance to the air show area. Flight would be operated on an Airbus 320 and there would be a special greeting by the Air Force on route HEL-KAU. So, this flight just had to be booked!

Friday 22 June 2012 (midsummer eve)


I had been a bit worried about the weather. Early weather reports were suggesting that there might be some rain and clouds but as this special friday got closer, the weather reports were getting more optimistic. There would be a lovely summer day with a lot of sunshine and temperature around +20 C. A perfect day for aviation related outdoor life!

As my flight would leave in the afternoon, I had plenty of time to get to the airport. I first took a Helsinki city bus 98 from my home to Itäkeskus and then continued on bus 519 to the airport. As I had done OLCI, there was no need for check in at the airport. I was a bit disappointed that I was late with my check in and all the window seats and also all middle seats were already taken. So, I had to take an aisle seat. Someone else was also going to snap photos during the flight!

I was at the airport around 1.5 hours before departure time. I walked almost directly through security as there was almost no queue at all. As I had some time to kill I walked a bit around some shops but luckily bought nothing as I had only a small camera bag with me and it wouldn’t have been very comfortable carrying anything for several hours at Kauhava airport.

Gate 21 for my flight


I decided to head for the gate early as there might be some people I know. I had a small chat with some Finnish Flightforum.fi users.

Yes, Kauhava is our destination


OH-LXB would be our plane today (second and third flight on this particular plane for me)


Then an announcement was made on the speakers. At first I thought that we would be told that boarding would begin shortly but the person on the speakers introduced himself as the captain of our flight. He welcomed us onboard soon and told that this would be a special flight with Air Force Hawk escort. Very nice gesture!

Captain and a microphone


Soon, we were boading. When walking on the bridge towards the plane, I heard some music. Ah, of course, accordion music. Traditional Finnish music for midsummer.

FA playing accordion during boarding process


Midsummer magic: birch trees and a Finnish flag


Finnair AY7922
Helsinki (HEL) – Kauhava (KAU)
Airbus 320
OH-LXB
Seat 4C (aisle)
Scheduled time 15:55 – 16:45


A very warm welcome by the crew. I quickly took my seat and soon also a woman and her teenage son took the other two seats 4A and 4B.

Not that nice view from my aisle seat


As soon as boarding was completed, the cabin was also decorated with birch trees


Definitely a midsummer flight


Let’s not forget that we are heading for Kauhava


Blue Wings, summer edition


Then our captain was welcoming us onboard, again! We were in a bit of a hurry actually, he said. We had now 5 minutes to leave the gate as we had agreed to meet the Hawks above Tampere at a certain time. And then we would continue to Kauhava escorted by the Hawks. At Kauhava, we would make an approach together with the Hawks and at first fly above the airport at about 1 000 feet and the Hawks would make a maneuver called a barrel. And only after that we would land.

Our captain also told that photos would of course be allowed but no radio transmitters or receivers would be allowed during the flight. He also told that we would be using runway 22L for take off.

Pushback came soon after that announcement. So, we were on schedule.

Taxiing towards 22L


This Air Baltic Fokker was delayed because of technical reasons (whatever they were)


Take off


When the seatbelt sign had been switched off, also a flag was added for our special decoration


OJ – nice, I wasn’t expecting any food or drinks


Then captain told us that because the Hawks were running a bit behind the schedule, we would be waiting for them in a holding pattern above the city of Tampere. He also told us that the Hawks would be there in a couple of minutes and that there would be two planes. He also told the names of the pilots but I didn’t write those down.

To be able to make better pictures, I decided to stand up and walk towards the bulkhead.

Cabin view


Then, we were told that now the Hawks had arrived


Also the cabin crew had their cameras with them


What followed was one of the finest moments I have ever experienced onboard a plane.

Simply wow, part 1


Simply wow, part 2


We began our approach very soon. As the airshow programme in Kauhava was running a bit late, we had to also wait in a holding pattern above the city of Seinäjoki. And all that time, we had two Hawks following us.

Cabin crew prepared the cabin for landing. They asked everyone to make sure their electronic appliances were turned off, their seats were in upright poistion and their seatbelts would be fastened. Then they added: normally we would also ask you to open your window blinds but this time we don’t think we have to.

Almost half an hour behind the schedule we at first flew over Kauhava airport at 1000 feet at the direction of runway 35, the Hawks made their barrels (which I didn’t see because everyone on window seats did very effectively block the view but I heard expressions like wow, wonderful etc). After that we made a sharp turn and landed on runway 17.

After taxiing to our parking position next to the runway, captain again made an announcement and welcomed us to Kauhava and wished for a nice evening. Then he continued: "as we are in Ostrobothnia, you will have to wait for the stairs some time because they use horses here to move them – just kidding, they use soldiers to do it."

Then cabin crew asked if there was anyone who planned to stay at Kauhava and not return with this plane to Helsinki at night to report them. They also handed out bracelets that would allow us to enter the festival area.

Ah, sunlight at Kauhava


Once I was on the ground, I heard a sweet (and terribly lound) sound of a jet engine – oh, a Belgian F16 taxiing right next to me


OH-LXB


Other equipment at the airport included old Finnish Fouga Magister and Finnish Air Force F/A-18 Hornets


Walkway towards the festival area was through the grass - not every airport is this natural and ecological  And of course I had to turn back to take a picture of that beautiful A320 in the old (and beautiful) AY livery


At a military base, all equipment has a certain military feel to it


Two Belgian F16s here tonight on display


Finnish Air Force Hawk on display (this plane used to belong to the Swiss and is still in Swiss colors)


This is a family midsummer event


But adults can enjoy their beers too (at a military base beer gardens just have to be nicely decorated too)


Sotilaskoti, ”a home of the soldier”, is a voluntary organisation that provides cheap catering and other services at all military bases in Finland


A restaurant where you can buy non alcoholic drinks, fries, sausages and other healhy food is located in this plane hangar


But I wasn’t the only customer….


Every year there is also a foreign guest performance at this air show. This year Patrouille Suisse from the Switzerland is here and seems like they have brought their own trucks here as well


Finnish Midnight Hawks performing


Midnight Hawks


Also some musical performances (Finnish group Haloo Helsinki)


Finnair A320 was also performing 4 scenery flights around Kauhava area (duration 20-25 minutes) for 30 euro / each. The sales point of these flights:


Also other military equipment on display


Normally you can’t get that close to the planes – unless you are a beautiful woman who can persuade a Belgian fighter pilot….


Patrouille Suisse getting ready for their performance, part 1


Patrouille Suisse getting ready for their performance, part 2


Patrouille Suisse getting ready for their performance, part 3


Patrouille Suisse getting ready for their performance, part 4


This formation was called ”Toblerone”


Patrouille Suisse still up there


Unfortunately my camera is not that good for snapping good photos of fighter jets up in the sky. So, no more fighter jet pictures.

Finnish NH90 military helicopter


Patrouille Suisse taxiing after their performance


Now it was getting close to midnight and also Finnish Popeda (ugh, such s*it) was playing!

Saturday 23 June 2012 (midsummer day)


Exactly at midnight, a traditional midsummer bonfire (Kauhava style) was on the sky with some help of 4 Hawks and 1 Hornet


Midsummer bonfire


After a perfect summer evening it was time to head for our ”gate” for boarding the return flight to Helsinki


As you can imagine, at an airport with no terminal building there is no check in and no security check. Cabin crew asked on arrival if everyone would also return to Helsinki. They will count the number of passengers once we are inside the aircraft, that’s as simple as that 

Soon, our flight is ready for boarding


Finnair AY7934
Kauhava (KAU) – Helsinki (HEL)
Airbus 320
OH-LXB
Seat 4C (aisle)
Scheduled time 00:55 – 01:45


Although we have no assigned seats, everyone is taking the same seats as previously today. That makes boarding as a surprisingly smooth experience.

As everyone had taken their seats, a traditional Finnish song is suddenly heard through the speakers. A very special cabin crew today!

Singing behind a wall


Once the song is over, everyone is applauding. After that, a representative of Flying Wheelchair (the charity organisation behind this flight) comes onboard and also thanks everyone. He gets an applause as well.

Then our captain is making an announcement that there will be no songs from the cockpit. He also tells that we will take off from runway 35 and after take off we will again make sharp turn and fly over runway 17 at 1 000 feet and once over the runway ”wave goodbye for Kauhava” by turning our plane first to the other side, and then to other side. After that we would head directly to Helsinki where we would land on runway 15. And our landing would be ”smooth as silk”, according to the captain atleast.

Destination Helsinki


Take off was uneventful. Also I have to say that this small but nice gesture by ”waving goodbye” for Kauhava on an A320 at 1000 feet is a thing to remember forever!

Service on return leg


We landed on runway 15 at Helsinki airport 3 minutes ahead of schedule. Maybe the landing wasn’t smooth as silk – but not bad either 

At Helsinki airport, I wasn’t expecting us to be arrving at one of the jet bridge gates as we hadn’t been going through a security check point at Kauhava. But, that is what we did. If I would have had something illegal with me, I could have left it for someone at the airside with no problem at all. But, I guess they thought that no-one else but some crazy aviation enthusiasts would take this flight 

I was quickly out of the airport, and headed directly for the taxi stand. A quick taxi ride home where I was already 1 hour and 25 minutes after leaving Kauhava. The advantage of taking a jet home directly from the festival area.

Was it worth it? Yes it was. And I have to say that I am also very disappointed that this fine tradition of Kauhava midsummer festivals and air shows is over now. But, I hope something new will come sooner of later?

Have a nice day 

Jani

My previous reports:

My First Trip Report: HEL-ARN-VIE-MXP-WAW-HEL
Groundhog day? My week report
Embraers & Soviet Forced Labor Camps
4 Inaugurals and a Reborn TXL, Part 1



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6569 times:

Hi Jani  

Great report and something quite different . The photo you got was a once in a lifetime event unless you are unlucky to be escorted for other reasons !

Lovely photos and nice to see AY made a effort to get into the event mood.

Shame that these types of events are being cut all the time.

Thanks for the nice Sunday read.

Philip  


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6469 times:

That is one great report from what seems like a great experience! Thanks for sharing!

User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1316 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6452 times:

Certainly seems odd to be getting straight off a plane onto the grass!


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User currently offlineRJtraveller From Indonesia, joined Feb 2011, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6323 times:

Hi AYA333 !

A great and unique report. What a wonderful experience you had, being escorted by those
Hawks Jet. I suppose those are the Finnish Air Force Hawk Mk.66 .

Great pictures on the Finnish Midnight Hawks and the Patrouille Suisse performance , too bad that will be the last time of the airshow.


Thanks for sharing a nice report.  


User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6245 times:

Hey AYA,

Thanks for your very nice TR! I always wanted to get also to Kauhava but sadly it has an end now, what a pity!
Very nice gesture from those Midnight Hawks to escort the flight!

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):

Midsummer magic: birch trees and a Finnish flag

Finnair should always be like this!

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Cabin view

Loadfactor about 100% ?  
Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Simply wow, part 2

Lovely!

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):

Finnish Air Force Hawk on display (this plane used to belong to the Swiss and is still in Swiss colors)

There are 19 Hawks in Finnish Airforce which are from Swiss.

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Also some musical performances (Finnish group Haloo Helsinki)
Haloo Helsinki! - Jos Mun Pokka Pettä!  

Nice to see Patrouille Suisse in Finland, they are always training above our house!

So, this was a very nice TR, but sad that "Lentäjien Juhannus" is nomore. I would have loved to fly to Kauhava with one of Finnair's MD-80's in 2006.

So thank you for your TR!


User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 943 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5986 times:

Great you posted this special TR, thanks!

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
However, earlier this year Finnish government announced that this air base would be closed down because of cuts in the military budget. So, 2012 would be the last year for this traditional midsummer festival to take place.

I never took part to this midsummer aviation event in Kauhava   .. but who knows if it pops up somewhere else in the future, Rovaniemi air base in Lapland could provide a great midsummer show.

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
FA playing accordion during boarding process

She's like from a French film  
Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Simply wow, part 2

What a stylish Hawk excorting you.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6577 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5843 times:

Hi Jani!

Very nice report with nice pictures !

Must have been very special to be a part of this very special event especially for the last time.

Amazing how bright it is that late at night.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1551 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5775 times:

A nice different report.

Great photos.



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User currently offlinelucce From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 5448 times:

A great trip report. It's nice to take a peak inside that flight and it's also awesome that the crew made a special effort and the fighter jet escort was truly unique. I was going to attend the event but our plans changed at the last minute but as we were near by I did see the Hawks flying over head. Apart from the mosquitoes it was a magical moment.

User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 5429 times:

Thanks for all the feedback everyone!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Great report and something quite different . The photo you got was a once in a lifetime event unless you are unlucky to be escorted for other reasons !

Yes, I certainly hope this was the last time!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Shame that these types of events are being cut all the time.

Maybe we should organise something fun on our own, as. a.net trip reporters? Charter a plane to some exotic destination? Or something else 
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
That is one great report from what seems like a great experience!

Thanks! It was definitely fun!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
Certainly seems odd to be getting straight off a plane onto the grass!

Odd, but nice. Not all airports have to be Changi!

Quoting RJtraveller (Reply 4):
A great and unique report. What a wonderful experience you had, being escorted by those
Hawks Jet. I suppose those are the Finnish Air Force Hawk Mk.66 .

Thanks! Yes, they are.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 5):
Thanks for your very nice TR! I always wanted to get also to Kauhava but sadly it has an end now, what a pity!

Thanks for your kind words! Yes, but everything fun always comes to an end and then something more fun will appear! So, don't worry!

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 5):
Finnair should always be like this!

I was actually thinking about the same thing. Why not more things like this instead of cutting expenses only?

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 5):
Haloo Helsinki! - Jos Mun Pokka Pettä!

Impressive!

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 5):
So, this was a very nice TR, but sad that "Lentäjien Juhannus" is nomore.

You are fluent in Finnish? Have roots here, or are interested in the Finnish culture?

Quoting HELyes (Reply 6):
Great you posted this special TR, thanks!

Thanks!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 6):
but who knows if it pops up somewhere else in the future, Rovaniemi air base in Lapland could provide a great midsummer show.

Rovaniemi, Kuopio, Tikkakoski? Or maybe they even can continue at Kauhava later?

Quoting HELyes (Reply 6):
She's like from a French film

Oh, yes. She just became my new favourite FA  She was really lovely

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Must have been very special to be a part of this very special event especially for the last time.

It was, definitely! This was actually my second time on this HEL-KAU-HEL flight. On my first time (2007, I think) we flew on E190 and at first flew over Helsinki center at 1 km and then continued the coast all the way to Porvoo at that same altitude! Those were excellent views!

Quoting Ryan h (Reply 8):
A nice different report.

Thanks! It's not every day you get to write a report about fighter jets and boarding through a field instead of a nicely designed airport building 



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5123 times:

Hi Jani!


Nice to read this TR on a shall we say... uncommon... route!

It's a shame you couldn't get a window seat, but of course on this flight the window seats were more desirable than the aisles!

Still, a good couple of pictures of the fighter jets alongside the Airbus.

The disembarkation pic is awesome and the accordeon as well--I missed that upon first reading, so thanks for pointing that out!

Seems that the airshow was quite fun--I could probably do without the music... although I guess it's inevitable, to entertain the masses. Well, actually, I don't know, Finland has some good music, unlike my country.

Thanks a lot for sharing, Jani!


User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5093 times:

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):

You are fluent in Finnish? Have roots here, or are interested in the Finnish culture?

All 3 actually. My TR for the Summer Holiday in Finland is comming soon! I'm at least 1-2 times per year in Finland, visiting some family members and enjoying holidays  


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 690 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4699 times:

Hi Jani,

cool report, for sure something different and a great experience to get a fighter escort during a flight (well, at least if it is part of a show like that and just for fun, otherwise it probably wouldn't be that cool). Awesome air-to-air pictures. Also looks like the crew enjoyed the event as well.

Also nice to disembark the plane directly on the grass, doesn't happen at a lot of airports   ...

CaptainRed


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3007 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4678 times:

Hi AYA333,

Excellent, unusual report! Looks like a great event too, and a good idea for a charity fundraiser. Maybe others should "borrow" this idea, as long as it is advertised on A.net it would surely be popular!

A shame you didn't get a window, but still the photos you got of the Hawks are amazing!

Also it's not everyday you get to board an A320 from a field!

Thanks for sharing your experience!

signol



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User currently offlineokAY From Finland, joined Dec 2006, 663 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4457 times:

Really nice and unique TR. Well done and what a great experience! It is sad this air show has come to an end.

Finnair and "the flying wheelchair" organisation has a long history of co-operation. I remember them doing special flights to Mediterranean destinations where the whole flight was specially for children and teenage-handicapped people and their abled bodied persons going on holidays. My mom did those flights and she said that though they were demanding (often crew had to physically help these people to use the toilet etc.) they were also very rewarding as for these kids nothing could have been more exciting than going on holidays abroad and it showed on their faces! It is sad more and more of these kind of special events disapear!

okAY


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4144 times:

Hi Jani

Great report, nice to be onboard such an unique flight as that one.
Nice to catch the Fighter Jets that close up.
Must feel weird however to land at midnight and still have the sun out  


Greets
Marc



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3900 times:

Hi Jani mate,

Good to see you writing a quickie about that very special Juhannus flight and the rare chance of logging KAU airport on a (sort of) commercial flight! Certainly something very different and probably one of the quietest days of the year at HEL airport too...

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
However, earlier this year Finnish government announced that this air base would be closed down because of cuts in the military budget. So, 2012 would be the last year for this traditional midsummer festival to take place.

Well what do you know - thanks to these completely pointless, stupid and very dangerous cuts by the time the festival will be celebrating it's centenary it will be held at a Russian airbase somewhere in Finlandski Oblast. Grim future. Whoever votes for these idiots anyway?

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Flight would be operated on an Airbus 320

So they got more pax now than the previous time you were there with the E-190?

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
As I had done OLCI, there was no need for check in at the airport. I was a bit disappointed that I was late with my check in and all the window seats and also all middle seats were already taken. So, I had to take an aisle seat.

Wow, kinda impressed to see OLCI available even for this special flight, maybe there's something good in the AY IT offering. But that's bad for you not to get a window seat - didn't you try it sharp at the T-36 mark?

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Midsummer magic: birch trees and a Finnish flag

Plus our former president as flight attendant, how about that?!

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Definitely a midsummer flight

Well you are missing the ridiculous amounts of alcohol consumed by ever able bodied person...

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
When the seatbelt sign had been switched off, also a flag was added for our special decoration

There's something really scary about that FA - she is a zombie, isn't she?

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Then, we were told that now the Hawks had arrived
Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Simply wow, part 1

Wow, very nice pictures here! No need for a window seat I guess?  
Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Then they added: normally we would also ask you to open your window blinds but this time we don’t think we have to.

Haha.

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
But adults can enjoy their beers too (at a military base beer gardens just have to be nicely decorated too)

Ahh, that's my kind of a sotku.

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Also some musical performances (Finnish group Haloo Helsinki)

Yuck, what crap. They really were scraping the bottom of the barrel where they?

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Finnair A320 was also performing 4 scenery flights around Kauhava area (duration 20-25 minutes) for 30 euro / each. The sales point of these flights:

Why didn't you attend one - that's a bargain!

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
This formation was called ”Toblerone”

How appropriate!

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
Now it was getting close to midnight and also Finnish Popeda (ugh, such s*it) was playing!

Come on, Popeda is the perfect band for Juhannus! Not necessary for anything else, but during this celebration it works.

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
At Helsinki airport, I wasn’t expecting us to be arrving at one of the jet bridge gates as we hadn’t been going through a security check point at Kauhava. But, that is what we did. If I would have had something illegal with me, I could have left it for someone at the airside with no problem at all.

Wow, that is very, very bad by Finavia. A major security breach. You know things a bit like this got the Copenhagen airport into a sort of an EU watchlist some years ago until they cleaned up their act.

PS. I'm still very irked by the fact that you didn't finish your previous trip report first. Ordnung muss sein and all that!

PPS. Did you get miles for this flight or where those also donated for charity?


User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3555 times:

Thanks again for all the feedback!

Quoting lucce (Reply 9):
I was going to attend the event but our plans changed at the last minute but as we were near by I did see the Hawks flying over head. Apart from the mosquitoes it was a magical moment.

Too bad you couldn't make it. I am still a bit sad because of the fact that this wonderful event no longer exists   And at the airport there were no mosquitoes 
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 11):
The disembarkation pic is awesome and the accordeon as well-

Thanks. It surely is fun to step out of the plane, directly to the grass. Festival spirit 
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 11):
I could probably do without the music... although I guess it's inevitable, to entertain the masses.

Definitely! I could have lived without those performances but the masses, the masses... And of course there has to be some programme in between the flight shows that did only take about 3-4 hours of the total of 8 hours I spend in Kauhava.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 12):
I'm at least 1-2 times per year in Finland, visiting some family members and enjoying holidays

Nice! I understood that you will also be visiting Finland this summer! Tervetuloa!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):
Also looks like the crew enjoyed the event as well.

They certainly did! I have never seen a Finnair crew as relaxed as this one! Well done!

Quoting signol (Reply 14):
Also it's not everyday you get to board an A320 from a field!

No, definitely not. Maybe we should charter our own a.net plane and something crazy with it some day 
Quoting okAY (Reply 15):
I remember them doing special flights to Mediterranean destinations where the whole flight was specially for children and teenage-handicapped people and their abled bodied persons going on holidays

Oh, I didn't know about this. When was this?

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Must feel weird however to land at midnight and still have the sun out

Not really! We are used to it up here. It's actually weird again in August when the nights are getting darker and when it's still warm outside. The same thing of course happens if I travel somewhere south, like Central Europe.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
So they got more pax now than the previous time you were there with the E-190?

A320 fully booked this year! I think they could have sold tickets for a full A321 also easily this year.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
But that's bad for you not to get a window seat - didn't you try it sharp at the T-36 mark?

No   I was late and did my OLCI only about 24 hours before the departure  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
There's something really scary about that FA - she is a zombie, isn't she?

No.... She was really sweet and lovely  My new favourite FA is not a zombie!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
No need for a window seat I guess?

Well, I could fight my way to the windows for maybe 2 minutes only  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Why didn't you attend one - that's a bargain!

Because there was a long queue. And then I think that all flights were sold out. And they didn't tell beforehand where they were heading. I remember as a child living around 60 km from Kauhava, that one of those scenery flights flew over our house at a low altitude. If I would have known that they flew south to Ilmajoki, I would of course have fought my way to the front of the queue 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
A major security breach.

Tell me about it. I couldn't believe this was happening again. The same thing happened on my previous Kauhava flight 5 years ago as well.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Ordnung muss sein and all that!

Vielleicht I will write that report later 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Did you get miles for this flight or where those also donated for charity?

No miles  

Jani 



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3406 times:

Hi Jani!

Nice report of this very special event! Too bad that the tradition is ending!

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
This year the cost of the return flight HEL-KAU-HEL was 140 euro including entrance to the air show area. Flight would be operated on an Airbus 320 and there would be a special greeting by the Air Force on route HEL-KAU. So, this flight just had to be booked!

Indeed, great idea!

Quoting AYA333 (Thread starter):
OH-LXB would be our plane today (second and third flight on this particular plane for me)

Nice to see that they used a bird in the old scheme.

Martin


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1162 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3066 times:
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Hi Jani,

Great report on this "rare" event. What an amazing sight to have 2 fighter jets flying next to you during part of the flight, too bad you didn't get a window seat though!

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter


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