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Isle Of Man With FlyBe And Manx2: STR-BHX-BHD-IOM  
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 677 posts, RR: 21
Posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7151 times:

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Fastyr mie dear readers!

Introduction and Planning

The Isle of Man, an island in the Irish Sea, about midway between Ireland and Great Britain, a dependency of the British Crown, but otherwise independent, neither part of the United Kingdom, nor the EU. Known for its rich celtic history, its beautiful scenery and its temperate climate, but also for the annual TT race, a motorcycle race around the Snaefell, the highest mountain on the isle.

For an aviation enthusiast this island is remarkable for its own little airline, Manx2. An airline that gives you the opportunity to fly on some rather rare aircraft types, like the Czech built Let L-410 or the Dornier 228.

Because of all this the Isle of Man has long been on my to-travel-list. And for this autumn I finally decided to do it and built a nice trip around. Manx2 flies to IOM from a couple of UK airports, but Belfast seemed the most interesting for me. So I first booked a flight with flyBe from Stuttgart to Belfast City via Birmingham. I always wanted to try out flyBe, and it seemed a great opportunity to fly them on one of their Dash 8 out of STR. The fare was reasonable for around 100,- Euro for both legs. From Belfast then I booked Manx2 to IOM, operated by Van Air Europe on a Let L-410, the fare 30 pounds.

This is the route map for this part of the report. The return trip from the Isle of Man (of course not on the direct way   ) will be covered in another report.

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Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.


Flight 1 (25.09.2012)
STR-BHX (BE7122)
Dash 8 Q400 (G-JEDP)
Seat 3D
scheduled 10:20 – 11:35
actual 10:30 – 11:28

A 10 o'clock departure time is what I like, no wake-up call in the middle of the night, instead a leisurely morning, some time on the autobahn (my wife took me to Stuttgart) and still time enough for some breakfast at the airport. The Air Berlin heart greeted us in front of the terminal building, although not for me today:



The FIDS, obviously Blue Air is a bit in trouble today, quite a long delay announced to Sibiu. But everything looks ok for my flight, leaving from gate 122 (which is not, as indicated, in terminal 4, but in terminal 1. Not that it matters, since all terminal areas are connected with each other airside):

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A long line before the security checkpoint of T1, so I went to T3, but the line there was equally long. But just as I was about to join the queue, an official came by and said that the checkpoint in terminal 4 is completely empty and we should follow him there. Nice touch, it was indeed quite empty there and I was through in no time. Once airside I saw this United 757 for a flight to EWR:

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And a bit further down the terminal there was the Delta 767 scheduled for ATL. Really good to see two transatlantic flights here in STR:

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My gate was downstairs, one of the Non-Schengen bus gates. Yes, Birmingham for me today:

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It was very crowded, with two germanwings flights (to BEG and to SPU) departing at about the same time from this area. Funnily I even met some old neighbors from me there, who were on the flight to Split. But as soon as the gates for the 4U flights were closed, it was getting quite empty. So obviously not a good load for my flight today. Boarding started then and the Cobus arrived that would take us to our plane:

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In the end I counted some 40 passengers on board of the bus, so the load was around 50%. I was delighted to see that we would be flying with a plane in a special green and blue livery:

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It was G-JEDP, the scheduled Dash 8 Q400, flying for flyBe since 2004. The engine:

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I couldn't get a picture of the complete plane, so here are the other parts. The fuselage (I have to agree here, not at any cost please):

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And the nose:

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Oh, good to see I will be flying in a plane with an environmental green A rating. So no more bad environmental conscious   .



Anyway once onboard I was nicely greeted by a good-looking young flight attendant and settled down on my seat 3D. Legroom was quite ok here:

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The seat was quite comfortable, the seats and the cabin looked a bit worn though:

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Nice welcome from the flight deck as well, flight time estimated at 1 hour and 50 minutes, cruise on FL220, route of flight via Brussels, London direct to Birmingham. Engines were started a few minutes late, but nothing serious. However it allowed the Delta 767 to pass us on the way to the runway:

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We eventually arrived as well at runway 25 for a rolling take off at 10:35. The city of Stuttgart was visible right after departure:

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And a little later I spotted the “Sinsheim Technik Museum” about halfway between Stuttgart and Mannheim. This is quite an interesting exhibition, so if you are in the area and have some time on hand, you might consider going there. They have (among many other things) both a Concorde and a Tupolev Tu-144 on display:

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The big fan in action during climb-out:



Now let's have a look in the seat pocket. The “uncovered” inflight magazine:



And the safety card:



Some puffy clouds on the way over Belgium:

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And the coast of England after crossing the channel:

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BA somewhat lower, probably on the way to one of the London airports:

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I then estimated that we must be flying North of London right now and I changed to the left side of the plane. And indeed, we had some great views over London in the distance. Even the flight attendant took a moment to sit down and look out of the window.

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Descent started soon thereafter. First it was quite cloudy, but as we got closer to the destination it cleared up somewhat. This offered a view over the suburban sprawl of Birmingham:

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And the city center up close:

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We circled around the whole city on our approach towards runway 15:

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Streets going round and round, looks like a nice neighborhood:

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Touchdown then at 11:25, so exactly after the predicted 1:50 of flight time. On the way to the parking position we passed the flyBe hangar:

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A nice goodbye from the crew, another short busride to the terminal, a quick passport control and welcome to Britain.

Birmingham Airport

I had about 3 hours now before my next flight. I went outside first to catch some fresh air and to explore the surroundings. The main entrance of the terminal:

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And hey, seems someone has just started to learn programming   :



Back inside, let's check the FIDS:

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The United flight to New York originally scheduled at 9 o'clock showed a very long delay, new departure time was estimated at 20:30 in the evening. Must have been quite a few annoyed passengers around. Part of the check-in hall:

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There wasn't much to do landside, so I went back through security. There was only a short queue, but everything went very slowly with a couple of families with small kids, babies and buggies in front of me. The officer there however was very friendly and helpful. I observed someone who had his liquids in a much larger than allowed plastic bag. But instead of scolding the officer got a regular plastic bag from somewhere and even helped the guy to repack his liquids in it. All this slowed the whole process down even more though, but since I was still early for my flight no problem for me this time. As usual nowadays after security you have to cross the duty free shop first:

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After having some lunch and a first Ale at the Wetherspoons I headed out towards the gates area. Quite crowded here with a lot of holiday goers waiting for their flights to some warmer destinations.

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But still nice views at the end of the pier. Here is the heavily delayed 757 to New York, it had some speed brakes and flaps deployed, so I guess it had some technical issues:

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The Monarch was here:

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And a classic 737 by AirExplore, interesting, never heard of them. It obviously operated a Monarch flight to PMI:

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The Dash 8 that has brought me here was still parked at the apron:

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And the highlight of the day, it has just arrived a few minutes ago:

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An Aurela 737 was parked there as well. It had a little 'ooops' moment just a few days before, when it ran over the runway edge after landing, causing the airport to get closed for some hours. Fortunately nobody was injured. More details can be found here thanks to the Aviation Herald.

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Flight 2 (25.09.2012)
BHX-BHD (BE 410)
Embraer 195 (G-FBEE)
Seat 18D
scheduled 14:35 – 15:40
actual 14:58 – 16:00

Time now to get over to the other pier where my flight would depart from. As usual with British airports the actual gate was not announced yet, so I settled down at the waiting area there and made use of the free Wifi offered. As soon as the gate number was shown at the screen I made my way there. It was a bus gate downstairs, and when I arrived boarding was already on the way. I showed my boarding pass and entered the bus. However it took quite a while until everyone had arrived there. Seems to me that the late announcing of the gate did slow everything down quite a bit. Furthermore obviously someone didn't show up at all, they called into the bus if a Mister X was there. But no, he wasn't. So then finally without Mr X on board the bus driver brought us to the waiting Embraer. It was G-FBEE, an E-195, my first flight on this subtype:

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The plane was built in 2007 and was since then in service with flyBe, one of 14 planes of this type in the fleet. Slow boarding:

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The small engine:

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And hey, this plane isn't as green as the Dash 8, it is only light green, category B, so should I feel bad now?



No, of course not, and I entered the plane nevertheless:

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The cabin looked much fresher then the one in the Dash, the leather seats were comfortable as well and seat pitch ok:



Cabin view after boarding was completed, load factor a bit better this time, I think around 70%:

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I still had a whole free row all for myself, always nice of course to have some space around you. Cabin crew consisted of two young females, and one elderly man, they were all rather friendly. After a short welcome by the Captain and an apology for the short delay (no reason given though) the engines were started and we began the long taxi towards runway 15 again. On the way we passed another Monarch A321:

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Wheels up at 15:10, and into the dark and rainy skies:

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Turning towards the Northwest:

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And into the clouds. And it stayed cloudy all the way up to Belfast. The safety card:



I finished to read the article in the onboard magazine about truffle hunting in Italy and the difference between white and black truffles (always amazing what kind of mostly useless knowledge you can gain by reading these magazines   ) and in almost no time our descent into Belfast begun. No more info from the front office, also no flight level info. The first glimpse of Northern Ireland as we broke through the cloud base:

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The weather was quite bad and it was also quite shaky, it was very difficult to get any pictures, even though the approach was quite nice over the city (though I was on the wrong side for the city center). This one was already taken on short finals to runway 04:

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And the terminal, with some more flyBe planes:

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And cool to see this BA airbus in the special livery:

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At the gate at 16:00, 20 minutes late, no biggie. I quickly made it outside of the airport and to the bus stop. The weather was terrible at this moment, drizzling with a strong and cold wind, so I was glad that I didn't have to wait long for the bus. The ride itself was quick, we arrived at the station in the center only 25 minutes after touchdown on the runway. Now this is what I call an efficient airport!

Belfast

Fortunately by now the weather had improved and even the sun came out a little (It is Ireland after all: Don't like the weather? Come back in 10 minutes!).

Right after leaving the bus station you are greeted by one of the Belfast murals, welcoming you to Sandy Row (though this mural was apparently redone recently, I have seen pictures of this house with a much more martial picture):

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I walked to my hotel then, the Citilodge, more a big B&B than a hotel, but at a nice location in a side street of the Golden Mile, the infamous party/pub area of the city, and only a short walk from the city center:

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The room was quite small and didn't offer much amenities, but well, a clean bed was all I needed anyway:



And the stunning view out of my room   :

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Time to explore the city now. The Grand Opera House, right next to the Europa bus station:

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The city hall and the surrounding area:

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Some shopping gallery:



Ran out of garbage at home? No problem, you can get some fresh one here:

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And another mural, though this one doesn't seem to be politically motivated:



One of the many pubs:



To the riverside now, where this big blue fish sits on the dry:

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Across the river you can see the cranes of the Harland and Wolff shipyards, where the Titanic was built:

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And what is this?

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Oh, it is just a big shopping mall in the center, this is what it looks from the inside:

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After a lovely Thai dinner I had to try out some of the pubs and sample some black (or, as BAViscount has pointed out once, actually dark red) pints. You don't have to like Guinness, but you have to admit that it is one of the most beautiful beers out there:



This pub was next, if they welcome filthy students, they might welcome this crazy German tourist as well:



Well, the name of this pub is Filthy McNasty (sounds inviting, doesn't it?), and it was definitely a cool place (or how many pubs do you know where they have a historic dentist's chair as decoration?). Picture was taken the day after:

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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 677 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7130 times:

Flight 3 (26.09.2012)
BHD-IOM (NM 507)
Let L-410 (OK-TCA)
Seat 2A
scheduled 12:00 – 12:40
actual 11:40 – 12:08

The next morning, a full Ulster breakfast, another short walk through the city and in the bus back to the George Best Belfast City Airport:

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The FIDS, flyBe is the major player here, serving a lot of cities throughout the UK. I am here however to catch that flight with the exotic NM flight number:

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The officer at security asked my if he can do the swipe test on my camera. Well, sure, no problem. He was really friendly, apologized for it, thanked me for my corporation and even wished me a nice flight then. Very nice, wish all security people would be like that. In the gate area I didn't have to wait very long to see a small twin engine propeller plane on the runway. And yes, it was the Let that would take me over to the Isle of Man:

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Boarding then was called, and I made my way downstairs, through a long corridor towards exit number 5:

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Once outside, on the way to the plane, I heard my fellow passengers say the usual things when approaching a plane like this: “What, we fly with this one???”, “Oh dear, what a small plane!”, and so on. But yes, we indeed fly with this one, isn't it cute:

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I wanted to take another picture from the front of the plane, but one of the ramp workers shouted at me “No pictures, please!”. Doh 

So I entered the plane, the first officer was at the door greeting the passengers. There was free seating and I choose to sit in the second row on the left side of the plane. No seat numbers were visible, so I just assumed this was 2A. The propeller from my seat:



And the view into the front office, no cockpit doors here:



Nice blue fabric seats:



Legroom was terrible though, and with no overhead bins I had to put my stuff under the seat in front of me:

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Fortunately there was only one seat on this side, so I could stretch my leg into the aisle. In total there were 7 passengers on board. The first officer gave a short welcome speech then, announced the flight as a Manx2 flight operated by Van Air and wished us all a nice flight. Safety demo was played on the screen in front:

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Engines were started very early, about 20 minutes before scheduled departure time, and we taxied towards runway 04:

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Take-off at 11:45, it was quite noisy in the cabin, though actually not as bad as I had expected. Climbing out over the farmlands south-east of Belfast:

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During the whole flight they showed some old, black&white silent movies on the screen:

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It was accompanied by the piano music you often hear with such movies. Together with the engine sound this made quite an interesting, even surreal acoustic background for the flight. But somehow it fitted and definitely added to the atmosphere on board.

In the small seat pocket there was also a tiny safety card:



And an inflight magazine:



I didn't read in it though, since the show outside was so much more interesting:

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Details in the cabin, the forward emergency exit door, plus the oxygen for the pilots (the cabin in this plane wasn't pressurized):



And the first view of the Isle of Man, this is Brada Head:

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And the town of Port Erin, which I did visit just the next day:

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On final approach, oh, how I wish that there were views like that on every flight:

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I just should have asked the Captain to remove his sunglasses from the dashboard before   .

Chasing the shadow:

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And touching down on runway 08 after only 23 minutes of flying time. King William's College is located just a stone's throw away from the airport:

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At the gate then shortly thereafter, the First Officer came out from the cockpit, thanked us again for flying with them and opened the rear door. I didn't get out immediately though, instead I stepped forward and stuck my head inside the cockpit to say a quick hello to the Captain. He was a nice guy, although a bit busy doing the paperwork, so I just thanked him for the flight and asked for a quick picture, which was granted with a “Sure, of course”:

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One last picture of this lovely plane, with the FO still standing at the door:

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The Isle Of Man

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I decided to spent two nights on the Isle to have some time to explore it. Outside of the airport there is a monument depicting the three legs of Man, which is the symbol of the island:



It is also featured on the flag:

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I had booked a room in the George Hotel in Castletown, the small town right next to the airport, only a five minute bus ride away. And it was a good choice, a lovely little place, friendly staff and much cheaper than the hotels in Douglas. My cozy little room:



And right across the street was Castle Rushen, the former seat of the kings of the island:

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This was quite interesting to visit, very well preserved, with a rather interesting exhibition about the history and the life of the kings and nobles there. The massive entrance to the inner courtyard of the castle:



And of course from the top you had some wonderful views, like this one over the small harbor and the countryside:

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… or towards the airport:

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My hotel seen from atop:



After visiting the castle I took advantage of the good weather and hiked a little along the coast and just enjoyed the tranquil atmosphere by the sea. Lovely colors here, with the green grass, the gray rock and the blue water:

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An attempt at a somewhat artistic picture:

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On the way back to Castletown I saw an easyjet approaching the airport, they have flights to Liverpool and London Gatwick from here:

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The next morning I started the day with a full Manx breakfast:

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The plan for the day was to get an Island-Explorer-Day-Ticket for public transportation and to make good use of it and to see as much from the island as possible. First I went by bus to Port Erin to get the steam train up to Douglas from there. Here comes our locomotive in full steam to pick up the train:



Close up:

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And steaming away through the countryside:

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After about an hour in the train we arrived at the terminal station of Douglas, the capital of the Island. Some Victorian houses along the seaside promenade, and with usually mild winters they even have palm trees here:

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A cute little castle just off the shore in Douglas bay:

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Usually they have a horse drawn tram in Douglas that runs along the waterfront, but it wasn't operating that day. So instead I walked along the bay to the station for the famous electric railway, that runs further north along the coast. One of the historic cars was arriving:

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If the weather is nice you can sit in the open car, but today it was a little too windy so I settled down inside. At the station of Laxey I had to change trains to get up to the summit of Snaefell mountain, the highest point on the isle. Quite a scenic ride. The other train coming down:

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Once on top I hiked the last few meters up to the summit, but the wind there was so terribly cold that I just took a quick picture of the summit marker and quickly retreated back to the train station:



Visibility was not the best on that day, the summit was just barely under the cloud base. On a clear day you are supposed to see 5 kingdoms from here (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and of course Mann). But not today, still there were occasionally some nice views:

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Back down in Laxey I paid a visit to Lady Isabella, the world's largest working waterwheel:



Very interesting to see this thing turning, especially since you can climb up that tower and get pretty close to the action:



The long wooden rod that transfers the force from the wheel along a bridge to the old mine up the valley:

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This is the end of the rod, where it drives a pump to clear the mine from the water:

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And the old machine house:

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The entrance to the first level of the old mine, you can walk a few meters inside, quite a wet and claustrophobic experience:



And this is how the whole thing works, water flows downhill from a cistern, which is a bit higher then the top level of the wheel, then up the tower and on the wheel. Pretty simple, but also quite an engineering achievement, given the fact that it is more than 150 years old:

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On the way back to Douglas later I was lucky to get a ride in the oldest operating tram car of the world, built in 1893 and still in service. However it was shaking and rattling so much that I really thought it might fall apart any second:

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Anyway I arrived back in Castletown and had a lovely steak'n'ale pie, together with a couple of locally brewed Okells pints, a great way to end such a wonderful day:

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Conclusion

And with this I want to end the first part of the report. It was an awesome trip so far.

On the aviation side I had two enjoyable flights with flyBe, they basically are a low-cost-carrier with no special service, however the crews were quite nice on my flights and the cabins also comfortable with adequate seatpitch. So no complaints here from my side.

And the Let 410 from Van Air, well, what should I say, noisy, terrible seatpitch, no service at all, but I absolutely loved every minute on board of this plane. What a great experience. The only downside was the short flight length, I wish I could have spent much more time in this plane.

Also liked my time in Belfast, certainly an interesting city with a good vibe. And the Isle of Man, what a lovely place, wonderful people, great scenery, interesting public transportation and lots of things to do and see. I am really glad that I spent two nights there, but still there are many things left which I couldn't see so I definitely want to come back some day.

Now stay tuned for the second part of the report which will include another 4 legs, to a new country for me and a plane with a special livery.

Thanks for reading my report so far, and of course feel free to leave a comment or a question here, would be greatly appreciated   ...

CaptainRed


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5023 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7075 times:

Hey, Captain,

great idea and story. Sure the thing to do with a couple of open days.
Superb pictures, also you´re location examples.
The tourist office should be proud to link you´re story, well done.
Congrats to the Let, also missing here.
And good to follow you´re impression about BE outbound STR.
Waiting for the next part.
Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3052 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6844 times:

Very nice report - IOM always seems popular with spotters!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And a little later I spotted the “Sinsheim Technik Museum” about halfway between Stuttgart and Mannheim. This is quite an interesting exhibition, so if you are in the area and have some time on hand, you might consider going there. They have (among many other things) both a Concorde and a Tupolev Tu-144 on display:

I drove past there a few years ago...was quite surpised to see the Tu-144 peering over the motorway wall! Will have to go one day

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):

The officer at security asked my if he can do the swipe test on my camera. Well, sure, no problem. He was really friendly, apologized for it, thanked me for my corporation and even wished me a nice flight then. Very nice, wish all security people would be like that.

One of my worst ever security experiences was in BHD...horrible staff.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6658 posts, RR: 78
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6639 times:

Hi CaptainRed,

great report with many nice pictures! I also need to visit the Isle of Man...congratulations on getting two new types - and the Dash in special colors. I flew EDI-BHX on BE's E175 in June and really liked it. Nice interior, friendly FAs.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And a little later I spotted the “Sinsheim Technik Museum” about halfway between Stuttgart and Mannheim. This is quite an interesting exhibition, so if you are in the area and have some time on hand, you might consider going there. They have (among many other things) both a Concorde and a Tupolev Tu-144 on display:

Nice shot! But it's a shame to see the Concorde there - it should still be active!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
There wasn't much to do landside, so I went back through security.

Very true, not much to do there. Btw - it was very cold in the concourse - did you notice that, too?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And the highlight of the day, it has just arrived a few minutes ago:

I also took several pictures of the EK 77W.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Once outside, on the way to the plane, I heard my fellow passengers say the usual things when approaching a plane like this: “What, we fly with this one???”, “Oh dear, what a small plane!”, and so on.

That reminds me of the old couple who was once complaining about the "old plane" when we were boarding a relatively new ATR 42-500 at NUE some years ago...of course I couldn't resist to tell them that it was a very modern plane actually. Now imagine how they looked at me.  

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):

I wanted to take another picture from the front of the plane, but one of the ramp workers shouted at me “No pictures, please!”.

Ah, nonsense once again...


PH



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1582 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6593 times:
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Hello CaptainRed,

Nice story including an interesting routing and the rare Let aircraft. It’s good to see that FlyBE wasn’t bad either. Sure it’s low cost but at least they manage a fairly decent service standard and the planes you flew on are definitely lice as well. Your sightseeing trip around the Isle Of Man seemed very worthwhile. I might visit the island as well next year but most probably not by plane but by motorbike, to watch the TT of course  

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I was delighted to see that we would be flying with a plane in a special green and blue livery

That livery reminds me of that LX RJ100, painted in a resembling livery with grass and flowers and stuff. It looks a bit.. well cheesy I’d say. But nevertheless nice to have this special painted one.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And the highlight of the day, it has just arrived a few minutes ago

EK seems to fly to every major and secondary UK city?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Seems to me that the late announcing of the gate did slow everything down quite a bit.

That’s really annoying. It happened to me as well a few times and this way of course people turn up at the gate late which delays boarding.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
so should I feel bad now?
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
No, of course not, and I entered the plane nevertheless:

Sure not! Were you considering in retracing your steps when you saw this plane is less environmentally friendly than the Dash?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The officer at security asked my if he can do the swipe test on my camera.

The swipe test... What’s that all about? Drugs I assume?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
During the whole flight they showed some old, black&white silent movies on the screen:

Very retro and perfectly appropriate for this aircraft  

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
This is the end of the rod, where it drives a pump to clear the mine from the water:

That’s a very nice piece of old engineering at work. I would love to see that in full action.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And the Isle of Man, what a lovely place, wonderful people, great scenery, interesting public transportation and lots of things to do and see.

It shows from your pics and story. Definitely a recommendable trip!

Sultanils



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User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 876 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6485 times:

Wonderful report with wonderful pictures!!! I recognized some of those Victorian Houses. They were recently featured in an episode of House Hunters International  
Thanks for writing the report & sharing it...
Cheers


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 677 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6322 times:

Hi, good to see some comments already, thanks a lot for it.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
great idea and story. Sure the thing to do with a couple of open days.
Superb pictures, also you´re location examples.
The tourist office should be proud to link you´re story, well done.

Hi Markus, thank you. And well, I might make a deal with the tourist office there, why not   ...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Congrats to the Let, also missing here.

You should try to catch it, it is a cool experience to fly with.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Very nice report - IOM always seems popular with spotters!

Hi Gabriel, thanks. And yes, it is indeed popular, there are a lot of reports about IOM here.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
I drove past there a few years ago...was quite surpised to see the Tu-144 peering over the motorway wall! Will have to go one day

Indeed, it is quite an interesting sight when you drive past on the autobahn and see these two planes so close next to it. Comes really surprising.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
One of my worst ever security experiences was in BHD...horrible staff.

Hmm, maybe I was just lucky then.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
great report with many nice pictures! I also need to visit the Isle of Man...congratulations on getting two new types - and the Dash in special colors. I flew EDI-BHX on BE's E175 in June and really liked it. Nice interior, friendly FAs.

Hello PH, thanks a lot. And yes, you should definitely make a short trip to IOM, definitely worth it. Good to read you also had a nice experience with BE.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Nice shot! But it's a shame to see the Concorde there - it should still be active!

How true.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Very true, not much to do there. Btw - it was very cold in the concourse - did you notice that, too?

You are right, it was indeed quite cold in that concourse, maybe the want the passengers to stay as long as possible in the shopping mall area.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
That reminds me of the old couple who was once complaining about the "old plane" when we were boarding a relatively new ATR 42-500 at NUE some years ago...of course I couldn't resist to tell them that it was a very modern plane actually. Now imagine how they looked at me.

Yeah, I guess most of the people think 'propeller plane' = 'old plane'.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Nice story including an interesting routing and the rare Let aircraft. It’s good to see that FlyBE wasn’t bad either. Sure it’s low cost but at least they manage a fairly decent service standard and the planes you flew on are definitely lice as well.

Hi Nils, thank you.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
I might visit the island as well next year but most probably not by plane but by motorbike, to watch the TT of course

Oh, that must be cool as well. I have seen pictures and videos about this race, definitely spectacular. I am sure you will enjoy it.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
But nevertheless nice to have this special painted one.

Yeah, always nice to get a special livery. More to come in the next part.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
EK seems to fly to every major and secondary UK city?

They have quite a few flights to the UK, yes.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Sure not! Were you considering in retracing your steps when you saw this plane is less environmentally friendly than the Dash?

Of course not, I just don't see the point of putting this information there. We all know that flying isn't exactly environmental friendly, regardless of an A, B or C rating or whatever.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
The swipe test... What’s that all about? Drugs I assume?

They test for explosive residues as far as I know. And my camera actually passed the test   ...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Very retro and perfectly appropriate for this aircraft

Indeed, that was really retro, was somewhat surreal there.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
That’s a very nice piece of old engineering at work. I would love to see that in full action.

Yeah, it was very cool to see the whole thing in action and to see how all the parts work together.

Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 6):
Wonderful report with wonderful pictures!!! I recognized some of those Victorian Houses. They were recently featured in an episode of House Hunters International
Thanks for writing the report & sharing it...

Hi buck3y3nut, thanks for stepping by, glad you liked my report.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1155 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6266 times:

Good report there - and interesting as i looked at doing the BHD-IOM run on Manx2 over the summer after i saw the Let at BHD.

Did you have any problems taking pictures being sat at the front of the Dash8 on your Flybe flight? As i was sat in 2A and i was told not to use my camera! That kind of tainted my opinion of them a bit - along with the pretty tight legroom on the E-195. I found the Dash8 ok though.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
I wanted to take another picture from the front of the plane, but one of the ramp workers shouted at me “No pictures, please!”. Doh

Yeah, i found the same when I was there!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
One of my worst ever security experiences was in BHD...horrible staff.

Agreed. I have pretty much the same things packed in my bag for every trip I do - I even accidentally left some liquids in on my recent flight back from JFK - and yet only in BHD was my bag pulled aside and searched. Then I was just left to repack it, only to be asked to do the explosives test 2 seconds later.



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6133 times:

Hello CaptainRed

What a nice report you wrote! Enjoyed reading it.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The Air Berlin heart greeted us in front of the terminal building

That looks a bit cheesy, doesn't it?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
obviously Blue Air is a bit in trouble today, quite a long delay announced to Sibiu

Nevertheless an interesting carrier and route!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And a little later I spotted the “Sinsheim Technik Museum” about halfway between Stuttgart and Mannheim

Very nice, I think I should go there soon.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Streets going round and round, looks like a nice neighborhood

Just flew to BHX last week and made exactly the same photo!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
category B, so should I feel bad now?
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
No, of course not

Let's leave the bad conscience with the Greens! Always get a laugh out of people compensating their flights! Do they compensate their train and bus rides, too?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The officer at security asked my if he can do the swipe test on my camera. Well, sure, no problem. He was really friendly, apologized for it, thanked me for my corporation and even wished me a nice flight then.

Nice way of fulfilling his quota.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The next morning I started the day with a full Manx breakfast

Look yummy! Skip the beans, though.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
It was an awesome trip so far.

And a great report. Nice scenery on the Isle of Man. I wish I had spent more time there.

Best regards, LXM83


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

Great report!
A very interesting teaser for my trip for this weekend, it will take my past BHD as well, and also a night in Belfast.

Pictures from Isle of Man look great too, only flew trough the airport a few years back, but definately on the list to pay a good visit too!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
to fly them on one of their Dash 8 out of STR. The fare was reasonable for around 100,- Euro for both legs. From Belfast then I booked Manx2 to IOM, operated by Van Air Europe on a Let L-410, the fare 30 pounds.

Good choice!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The big fan in action during climb-out:

Great shot!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And indeed, we had some great views over London in the distance. Even the flight attendant took a moment to sit down and look out of the window.

A great sight. Good to see how the Thames meanders trough the city!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I didn't read in it though, since the show outside was so much more interesting:

Very scenic!


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5897 times:
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Hi CaptainRed,

A very nice report you made here on your trip to the IOM, a place that is on my to visit list.
Looks like you had 2 nice flight with Flybe. an airline I also still have to fly..
Always nice to catch a flight on a Let 410 despite the service and seat pitch, must have been great to see the landing through the cockpit windows
Great pictures of Belfast and especially the IOM, such a nice place!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Once airside I saw this United 757 for a flight to EWR:

I love it how United flies to all these "smaller" airports in Europe, unfortunately with the 757

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I was delighted to see that we would be flying with a plane in a special green and blue livery:

Congrats on catching this special livery!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And indeed, we had some great views over London in the distance.

Outstanding views, great pictures

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The United flight to New York originally scheduled at 9 o'clock showed a very long delay, new departure time was estimated at 20:30 in the evening

oeef, United TATL 757s seem to be going tech and being delayed heavily a lot. Had the same experience at ARN a month ago where it was delayed for 14 hours!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
an E-195, my first flight on this subtype

Congrats once again!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Right after leaving the bus station you are greeted by one of the Belfast murals, welcoming you to Sandy Row

With a dutch king pictured on it!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
But yes, we indeed fly with this one, isn't it cute:

I atually think its quite ugly hehe

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 677 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5714 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
Good report there - and interesting as i looked at doing the BHD-IOM run on Manx2 over the summer after i saw the Let at BHD.

Hi James, thank you. And you should do that flight as well when you have the opportunity, a great experience

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Did you have any problems taking pictures being sat at the front of the Dash8 on your Flybe flight? As i was sat in 2A and i was told not to use my camera!

No, not at all. I was a bit discreet during take-off with my camera at first, but afterwards I was taking pictures like crazy, also during the approach, nobody seemed to notice or care.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
Yeah, i found the same when I was there!

That's too bad.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 9):
What a nice report you wrote! Enjoyed reading it.

Hi LXM83, thanks a lot.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 9):
That looks a bit cheesy, doesn't it?

No, it's chocolate, not cheese  ...

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 9):
Nevertheless an interesting carrier and route!

Indeed, quite an interesting route, would also love to try it someday.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 9):
Let's leave the bad conscience with the Greens! Always get a laugh out of people compensating their flights! Do they compensate their train and bus rides, too?

You are right, I have left my bad conscience at home long ago   I just find all this greenwashing sometimes a bit ridiculous.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 9):
And a great report. Nice scenery on the Isle of Man. I wish I had spent more time there.

Well, there you have a reason to go back   ...

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
Great report!
A very interesting teaser for my trip for this weekend, it will take my past BHD as well, and also a night in Belfast.

Hey Robert, thank you. And have a nice trip to Belfast, I am sure you will enjoy it, should be interesting over the weekend along the Golden Mile there   ...

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
Pictures from Isle of Man look great too, only flew trough the airport a few years back, but definately on the list to pay a good visit too!

Then you should definitely go back there.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
Great shot!

Thanks again.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
A great sight. Good to see how the Thames meanders trough the city!

Yep, that was indeed a very nice and interesting view.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
A very nice report you made here on your trip to the IOM, a place that is on my to visit list.

Hi Brendan, thanks a lot for your reply.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
Always nice to catch a flight on a Let 410 despite the service and seat pitch, must have been great to see the landing through the cockpit windows

That was great, seatpitch and service don't really matter with such a plane. And actually I had to hold my camera over my head to get that shot out of the front window, from the seat you don't see very much out of the front.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
I love it how United flies to all these "smaller" airports in Europe, unfortunately with the 757

Yep, interesting. I really like the 757 but I am not sure if I wanted to do a long-haul flight on one.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
oeef, United TATL 757s seem to be going tech and being delayed heavily a lot. Had the same experience at ARN a month ago where it was delayed for 14 hours!

Ouch, that's bad as well.


CaptainRed


User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1249 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5700 times:

Great report, thx for shearing.

I didn't really know anything about this place till I was reading this report.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26520 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5469 times:

Hi thanks for the report.

This seems to be Manx season with the TR from Gabriel earlier.  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And another mural, though this one doesn't seem to be politically motivated:

It is just less so to a non local lol...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Oh, it is just a big shopping mall in the center, this is what it looks from the inside:

Arr yes the Victoria Centre . A favourite place of mine when I go shopping . They have some nice restaurants on the top floor and a decent cinema.

Nice pics of the IOM . More people should visit there including myself. Im so close and never got there yet !

Always interesting to see pics of my local areas in TRs .

Regards

OA260  



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4208 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5454 times:

Hey Captain,

nice read and so similar to the trip I took recently with MEA-707 to the island. Got on the same Turbolet. Shame for the weather though, we were more lucky with lots of sunshine. For the rest I agree, it's a great island for a day or 2, nice sceneries. I'll upload my story later not to get too many similar reports of the same here at one time. I've more others to write  

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5299 times:

Hello Captain


Interesting report, thanks for sharing it with us.
Manx 2 and IOM look very interesting, a combo that is starting to get high on my to-do list.
Great pics of the Island as well

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 677 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4945 times:

Hello everybody, good to see more comments, and sorry for replying so late, but I was on the road again the last few days.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 13):
Great report, thx for shearing.

Hi EL-AL, thanks a lot, glad you liked it.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Hi thanks for the report.
This seems to be Manx season with the TR from Gabriel earlier.

Hi OA260, thanks a lot, and indeed, we have seen a few reports on them already here.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Arr yes the Victoria Centre . A favourite place of mine when I go shopping . They have some nice restaurants on the top floor and a decent cinema.

Yeah, was indeed nice for a shopping mall, though I was actually more interested in the pubs than in the shops this time   ...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Nice pics of the IOM . More people should visit there including myself. Im so close and never got there yet !

Then what are you waiting for   ?

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):
nice read and so similar to the trip I took recently with MEA-707 to the island. Got on the same Turbolet.

Hi Eric, thanks a lot for stopping by. Nice that you got the same plane.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):
Shame for the weather though, we were more lucky with lots of sunshine.

Well, all in all I was happy with the weather, it was just that one time at the summit of the mountain where it was quite bad, but besides it was acceptable for that time of year.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):
I'll upload my story later not to get too many similar reports of the same here at one time.

Looking forward to read about it   ...

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Interesting report, thanks for sharing it with us.

Hi Marc, thank you.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Manx 2 and IOM look very interesting, a combo that is starting to get high on my to-do list.
Great pics of the Island as well

Yeah, it is certainly a great experience to fly with Manx2. You should definitely do it, I am sure you will enjoy both the flight and the island.


CaptainRed


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

Fastyr mie Captain,

May I give you the honor of being a great ambassador of Isle of Man? I really love how you take us along the sights like Castle Rushen, Douglas and Lady Isabella, the ride with the steam train and (oldest) tram car, and also the natural beauty all around.   


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Known for its rich celtic history, its beautiful scenery and its temperate climate,

Appealing slogan! Have you considered suggesting it to the local tourist agency?   


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
(my wife took me to Stuttgart)

How sweet of her. I assume you have brought along a nice gift for her.  


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Not that it matters, since all terminal areas are connected with each other airside):

That’s good.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
But just as I was about to join the queue, an official came by and said that the checkpoint in terminal 4 is completely empty and we should follow him there.
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
But instead of scolding the officer got a regular plastic bag from somewhere and even helped the guy to repack his liquids in it
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
He was really friendly, apologized for it, thanked me for my corporation and even wished me a nice flight then.

I just love such considerate, customer minded officials.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
we would be flying with a plane in a special green and blue livery:

Cool, but what’s the occasion?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Oh, good to see I will be flying in a plane with an environmental green A rating.

Haha, Is it typical flyBe? Because I cannot remember such notification with any other airline.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Legroom was quite ok here:

Not bad for 30 inches!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
They have (among many other things) both a Concorde and a Tupolev Tu-144 on display:

Interesting, instead of two Concordes like LeBourget’s collection.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
the flyBe hangar:

Is it flyBe’s home base then?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The United flight to New York originally scheduled at 9 o'clock showed a very long delay, new departure time was estimated at 20:30 in the evening.

I would have been so amused!   


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Slow boarding:

Allowing you more time to spend on the tarmac! 


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And the stunning view out of my room   

Charming!  


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Across the river you can see the cranes of the Harland and Wolff shipyards, where the Titanic was built:

How nice to know the shipyards still being kept for production.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Well, the name of this pub is Filthy McNasty (sounds inviting, doesn't it?), and it was definitely a cool place (or how many pubs do you know where they have a historic dentist's chair as decoration?). Picture was taken the day after:

It sounds like a fun place to go out.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
a full Ulster breakfast
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
a full Manx breakfast:

Can you elaborate the difference between the two?  


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
but one of the ramp workers shouted at me “No pictures, please!”
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
One last picture of this lovely plane, with the FO still standing at the door:

Good job! You’ll get the picture anyway, so what’s the problem with the ramp worker?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
Safety demo was played on the screen in front:

Is that the famous safety demo performed by children?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
And an inflight magazine:

Your free copy to take away!   


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
An attempt at a somewhat artistic picture:

Well done!


Gura mie ayd. Thank you for sharing.

Suryo  



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1425 posts, RR: 33
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4680 times:

Evening Captain,

Slowly but surely I am getting more and more ashamed of the fact that I still haven't made it to the Isle of Man. It just looks so beautiful and as I've mentioned before, lots of similarities with the North Wales coast just across the sea. Thanks for including so many destination pictures, I loved them all.

It’s quite a few years now since I last used BHX airport, but it doesn’t seem to have changed much. I wonder how that EK flight is doing.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The Air Berlin heart greeted us in front of the terminal building, although not for me today:

Just imagine if that was all chocolate, yummy  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Oh, good to see I will be flying in a plane with an environmental green A rating. So no more bad environmental conscious

And an excellent reason to book a few more such flights!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
They have (among many other things) both a Concorde and a Tupolev Tu-144 on display:

Wow, I never knew there's a Concorde displayed there, certainly an excellent reason to visit it one day.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
An Aurela 737 was parked there as well. It had a little 'ooops' moment just a few days before, when it ran over the runway edge after landing, causing the airport to get closed for some hours.

There were quite a few stories in the UK press and some rather confusing headlines.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And hey, this plane isn't as green as the Dash 8, it is only light green, category B, so should I feel bad now?

Ah, don’t worry, it could be a lot, lot worse.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I heard my fellow passengers say the usual things when approaching a plane like this: %u201CWhat, we fly with this one???%u201D, %u201COh dear, what a small plane!%u201D, and so on. But yes, we indeed fly with this one, isn't it cute:

My Mum would run a mile if she was booked on that!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
On final approach, oh, how I wish that there were views like that on every flight:

Fantastic shot.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
An attempt at a somewhat artistic picture

Excellent!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4542 times:

Hi Captain!

Nice report!
Glad to see you went to & enjoyed Isle of Man, I was only there for a day last year but I did have time to go on the horse tram and the electric railway. I too enjoyed my stay at the Island though.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
From Belfast then I booked Manx2 to IOM, operated by Van Air Europe on a Let L-410, the fare 30 pounds.

Great fare! I think I payed 50 pounds for my BLK-IOM flight.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I was delighted to see that we would be flying with a plane in a special green and blue livery:

Very nice! I didn't even know they had a bird in that livery.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And hey, seems someone has just started to learn programming :

Haha, I remember having that as the first assignment when I went to a programming class at school.  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And yes, it was the Let that would take me over to the Isle of Man:

Nice, as I mentioned I too flew OK-TCA. A nice bird indeed!  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Take-off at 11:45, it was quite noisy in the cabin, though actually not as bad as I had expected.

I remember they handed out earplugs to us on my flight.

Martin


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 677 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4412 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

May I give you the honor of being a great ambassador of Isle of Man? I really love how you take us along the sights like Castle Rushen, Douglas and Lady Isabella, the ride with the steam train and (oldest) tram car, and also the natural beauty all around.

Hi Suryo, thanks a lot for your reply. And of course it way my pleasure to take you virtually on this trip   ...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Appealing slogan! Have you considered suggesting it to the local tourist agency?

Not yet, but hey, I might do so, maybe I get a free trip back   ...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
How sweet of her. I assume you have brought along a nice gift for her.

Sure.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
I just love such considerate, customer minded officials.

Yes, I guess I was lucky on this trip with security. Since especially in BHD some people have had much worse experiences.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Cool, but what’s the occasion?

You don't need a special occasion to fly a special plane, do you   ?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Haha, Is it typical flyBe? Because I cannot remember such notification with any other airline.

Haven't seen this on any other airline, right. Though you see some of this green-washing on other airlines as well occasionally, although usually it is much more subtle.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Is it flyBe’s home base then?

They have a base there, though I don't know if it's their main or home base.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Can you elaborate the difference between the two?

No, I can't. Though I have heard that there are indeed some subtle differences. Maybe someone from the UK can elaborate here   .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Good job! You’ll get the picture anyway, so what’s the problem with the ramp worker?

I guess he just wanted to feel important while shouting at me.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Is that the famous safety demo performed by children?

I didn't really pay attention to it, there were so many other things to look at in this plane.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Gura mie ayd. Thank you for sharing.

You are very welcome  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):

Slowly but surely I am getting more and more ashamed of the fact that I still haven't made it to the Isle of Man. It just looks so beautiful and as I've mentioned before, lots of similarities with the North Wales coast just across the sea. Thanks for including so many destination pictures, I loved them all.

Hi Hannah, thanks a lot for replying, glad you liked my little report. The Isle of Man is truly a wonderful place, so if you have the chance go visit it, I am sure you will enjoy it as well.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Just imagine if that was all chocolate, yummy

That would be fun, especially on a hot and sunny day  ...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
There were quite a few stories in the UK press and some rather confusing headlines.

Never trust the press when it comes to aviation related articles. The avherald is usually a good source for information there.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
My Mum would run a mile if she was booked on that!

I think my wife would run as well   All the more interesting it was to fly on it.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Fantastic shot.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Excellent!

Thank you   .

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Nice report!
Glad to see you went to & enjoyed Isle of Man, I was only there for a day last year but I did have time to go on the horse tram and the electric railway. I too enjoyed my stay at the Island though.

Hi Martin, thanks a lot. Good to read that you have enjoyed it as well.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Great fare! I think I payed 50 pounds for my BLK-IOM flight.

That's stiff for such a short ride, but then I am sure it was worth it for the experience.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Very nice! I didn't even know they had a bird in that livery.

I didn't know either, was a nice surprise.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Haha, I remember having that as the first assignment when I went to a programming class at school.

Yeah, that's always the first thing to do when you learn programming, that's why I found that sign so funny.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Nice, as I mentioned I too flew OK-TCA. A nice bird indeed!

Nice coincidence.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
I remember they handed out earplugs to us on my flight.

Didn't get them on my flight, but then I wouldn't have used them anyway. Wanted to get the full experience including the sound on board   ...


CaptainRed


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4401 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 21):
You don't need a special occasion to fly a special plane, do you    ?

Haha, true!  


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 21):
They have a base there, though I don't know if it's their main or home base.

I have found out that its home base is Exeter International Airport.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 21):
I guess he just wanted to feel important while shouting at me.

Dear ramp worker, get a life!   



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